CityBreak wrote:Tom Preston has been known for showing a political side which has on deviant art sometimes caused flame wars.
I think people hate Preston expressing his views because he does it so badly. He either strawmans the opposition to make himself look smart or put-upon, or he just expresses his opinions so unclearly or ham-fistedly, you'd take the opposing stance on principle. I think he did one where he had one of his characters gleefully reading a book report about Native Americans killing Americans, and a comic comparing the Aurora shooting to Jar Jar Binks. The fact that he has to explain what he really means in the comments under the pictures (that the Native Americans didn't deserve to be killed and stripped of their land by white people, and that the media was fanning the flames of the Aurora shooting for ratings) is a testament to his ability to articulate himself. Of course, his inability to express himself in comic form without coming off like a douche allows him to continue his self-delusion of being the only sane man in a world full of evil trolls who want to crush him for taking a stand.
To be fair, Preston isn't the only one with these problems, and these mindsets and tactics are the reason I get alienated by political works. Not so much the existence of politics, but how those politics are expressed. When the author wants to turn their work into an allegory where every character is either a strawman or a sock puppet, it all begins to feel like propaganda. If they don't let their ideas ruin the comic or they're expressed in a way that aren't ham-fisted, I can turn a blind eye to whatever they have to say. I don't know what I would do if they were a bigot or something though. My only experience I've had with it was Orson Scott Card, but the book I read was one of his later works where you could totally see his beliefs even while knowing nothing about him. But I think if I became a fan through one of his less-sucky works and then found out, I'd still enjoy what I read, but would find ways to enjoy the work while cutting off all financial support (buy used, use adblock so they don't get money from my pageviews, etc.)