Really, as an observer of weird pop-culture rightwing backlash campaigns, I have to say the so-called “Comicsgate” is incredibly dull. I don’t want to minimise the extent of the toxic harassment and bullying [which is severe] of either Comicsgate or its predecessors such as the Puppy campaigns or Gamergate but taking a look at its other dimensions…well, it doesn’t have any.
Perhaps this is brilliantly tactical — have so little of even the remotest substance to say that there’s nothing a critic can say about the campaign other than “Wow, that’s extraordinarily toxic”. To re-cap, various rightwing people (several of whom we’ve met before) have been campaigning for more overtly rightwing comics or less “politics” in comics or just generally being obnoxious about comics.
The main focus of the campaign has actually been crowd-funding for comics by a rightwing creator, not all of whom use the term “Comicsgate” (Vox Day, for example, has been a bit more equivocal about the term because he thinks all these people should be joining his petty empire). So we have a ‘campaign’ that is just a collaboration of outrage marketing techniques following the standard Scrappy-Doo model: be as loud and as obnoxious as possible and then when people react, claim to be being persecuted.
It’s the same grift we’ve seen over and over: targetting people (particularly women) for harassment in the hope of generating clicks and sales.
This article has background from Feburary: