Saturday, September 10, 2011

Morrison on "GD" Superman

A brief update on yesterday's piece about the North Carolina comic shop owner who found an insult against God in a two-letter grunt of pain by Superman. So exorcised was this character that he immediately cancelled all orders for Action Comics going forward, as well as all other work by author Grant Morrison. As soon as this broke, I was wondering if Morrison would have something to say, and whether it would involve the words "idiot" and "moron."

No luck on the latter part, but here's his response via DC's blog:
It should go without saying that the offending panel and caption, a mere ‘GD’, is a sound effect grunt – to suggest Superman’s breath being forced through gritted teeth – much like ‘DHH’, ‘GNUHH’ or the many others used throughout this book and in general in the comics business. It’s not in any way representative of God or a curse.
Seriously, dude. You're a freakin' comic shop owner. How lousy are you at your job if you need to be slow-walked through the intricate subtleties of comic book sound effects? No liberal bias here. No religious persecution. Just one guy trying really hard to be offended. I don't know how Morrison reacted when he learned of this non-troversy, but I picture him closing his eyes, slumping his shoulders and letting out a slow, cold exhale followed by a muttered "GD.".

Anyway, upon getting Morrison's take, the shop owner quickly recanted, declaring:
Thank you Grant Morrison. The boycott is lifted. Once again my apologies to Grant for the unwarranted name calling. Thank you to those who supported my stance. To those who didn't... I respect your opinions. To those who only posted to bash Christians and people with opinions different from yours... grow up and get a life.
"Get a life," says the man who was willing to sacrifice paying customers and buy himself a boatload of bad pub at the altar of a non-existent insult in a comic book. Ah irony, how bitter thy taste.

1 comment:

Abdul-Halim V. said...

I wonder if he is going to freak out again when the new Superman invokes Rao for the first time.