Sunday, April 25, 2010

Much Ado About Kravitz

EDIT: To all my readers who are not hardcore comic book fans: this is what passes for "Internet feuds" in this neck of the woods. Yes: this is our Aimee Mann vs. Ice-T slapfest. I know it's sad. Between this and "The Losers" boxoffice, I don't know how we'll get our respect back in the larger entertainment community.

Earlier today I received an email from Johanna Draper Carlson ("who?"), seeking comment on a story she wrote feigning interest and concern in an organization she has done nothing but deride and put down for many years. Getting the email from Johanna was actually a good thing, because it gave me an opportunity to tell her how I feel about her. Which is that on the list of most unpleasant people I've met in this industry, she is #2 behind the man who sexually harassed me, way before people like Dan DiDio. Sorry, backstabbing "feminists" trump blustery bluster guy. At least with blustery bluster guy, I know up-front what I'm getting.

Anyway, she wrote back to me in her patented "very adult and reasonable" shtick and said she was so sorry to hear of the enmity I had for her, for she had absolutely no idea where it came from. Certainly it couldn't have been related to such measured posts on her blog such as "Valerie D'Orazio Hates Women." Oh, no.

She also recounted her constant and unwavering support for Friends of Lulu all these many years, which was pretty hilarious considering how untrue that was.

Johanna Draper Carlson, in essence, reminds me of the person who reports her next-door-neighbor for the kids being too loud, and then waits behind the blinds excitedly for them to get in trouble. She'll wait all day behind those blinds. And brag about it loudly in church on Sunday. Kinda like Mrs. Kravitz from "Bewitched." Johanna is like the Mrs. Kravitz of the comics blogosphere.

Anyway, Johanna expressed sadness and disbelief about me declining to have an interview with her. As a consolation, I said she could quote from an interview I did on the topic with a real journalist. Which I think I was fair.

Best of luck to you, Johanna. I'm sorry I stole your thunder by having a more compelling DC story than you. I know that was shitty. You were supposed to be the most wronged by DC, and I took it away. Then on top of that, I dared have different opinions than you did. Then on top of that, I was involved with an organization that you had a long-standing vendetta against. But life is too short to be consumed by hate. I'm sure if we ever run into each other at a comic con, we'll just laugh and laugh. "It's just comics."

Sometimes you just gotta go twitch your nose and call it a day.