As promised here are some notes from our exchange that Dave wanted to comment on.
I appreciate your compliment towards the end of your reply. It may seem that I’m ambivalent about the “petition” but I understand completely why you are doing it. It makes sense and I’m glad you’re taking a stand against feminism. It seems sad to me because you are a wealth of knowledge. I wouldn’t have realized anything about feminism impacting our society if you hadn’t brought it to my attention first. My biggest concern is that by withdrawing yourself you automatically cut off opportunities to prove your case. It’s kind of a catch-22. My thought was that if you keep pushing through you’ll eventually get what you’re looking for. Kinda like the bag of leaves thing again. If I may be blunt, how many signatures do you need? You’ve said substantially more than 250. 1,000? 2,000? Those are quantifiable goals. That’s something that between me, Margaret, and Mike we could achieve if we put our heads to it. Wouldn’t God spare Sodom over 10 souls? You are too valuable to society to be held up in Kitchner indefinitely. 55 is still young. You can still make a difference. Would you offer a free Cerebus head sketch for every signature? I know it sounds like bribery but people need a reason to invest time into 1. Understanding what misogyny is 2. Understanding your case as it applies specifically to misogyny. Or what about a free head sketch for someone just willing to read about it, that way bribery is not involved at all. It’s your playing field and we have to play by your rules. You can still be at conventions and you can still be autonomous about the whole thing. You can have a petition sign up sheet at the show. So if you want to talk to Dave, sign the petition. Otherwise the people who “get it” can still interact with you. My point being the petition is a good idea but those signatures don’t get there without first talking about feminism, misogyny, and how Dave Sim fit’s into it all.
I also wanted to amplify my thoughts about Eric Adams. I took no issues with the comics themselves. I thought his caricatures of an overly zealous Christian society made a good point. What I did take issue with were some of the comments he made outside of the comic– specifically in a casual way on Facebook. He seems like more than just an observer, but one who actively seeks out to humiliate and degrade. I can believe that not supporting his book is just as much the right decision to make as say, Dave Sim’s “I am not misogynist petition”. Point being until Eric decides to stop ridiculing others and decides to make an active decision to open communication to Christians that he describes as foolish or unintelligent, I will not support his book. It’s a shame because I was really looking forward to finishing the series. I look at like this. We both know Alan Moore is a practicing pagan. Moore doesn’t go out of his way to say that Christianity is stupid. Instead he does things like exposes the weakness of human nature, which is something we can both agree on. I’m not actively roadblocking Alan Moore books from my life, but I’m aware of what he believes.
From time to time I may go into “Radio Silence” with you. Not because I don’t care or that my interest has let up. I will remain a Dave Sim fan for the rest of my life. I haven’t written to you in the past because I assumed you’d rather me use my resources to advance the issue # of Straw Man, rather than ask you questions. As you may have surmised, I’m not the fan who wants to know every single detail of Cerebus. I’m more interested in how you got it done. If you say, “Go to work” I would be disrespecting you if I didn’t do the work. So if you don’t hear from me for 3 years, it’s because I’m doing the work.