MICHAEL DAVIS: Not What You Think

Michael Davis

Master Of The Universe, Lord Of All Media, Most Interesting Black Man In the World, Sexiest Man on Earth, Mentor, Writer, Artist, Producer & Uppity.

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  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    "This kind of Junior High antics is what keeps the comic book industry in the bush leagues in regards to the rest of the entertainment business."

    Hear, hear!

    "when it affects how a company does business or how a free lancer makes his living then it can be dangerous…"

    The rumormongers don’t care, Michael. There is a type of person who starts or passes on untruths because he or she desperately want to be seen as someone who has special knowledge that nobody else possesses (the reason for that being, of course, that the knowledge is FALSE), and so rumormongering turns the spotlight onto him or her. It’s a bid for attention, and unfortunately too many professionals enable this kind of behavior so the bid works.

    "Denys, Dwayne, and Derrick Dingle to deal…"

    Oh my god, you’ve got Stan Lee Disease!

    A very enjoyable and important column, Michael, thanks.

  2. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    Kids and rumors are like milk and cookies. I remember getting all my friends' Bubble Yum because I was the only one who didn't believe the spider eggs rumor. I think I got the same jaw disease that japanese hot-dog eater has now.Rumors in the comics industry are just as ingrained, and with the Internet, even easier to spread, and to gain the illusion of vertity. After all, if the SAME thing shows up on three different boards, that's three sources, and according to the rules of journalism, that's enough to quote it as truth, right?I guess my two main questions are, do YOU know who the creator saying such things about UMI are, and more importantly, do you know if they are being said with malice?Based on the tone of your column, it seems you believe they were said with malice. But while the first kid (or competitor?) who spread the rumor about the old lady in the drug store may have had a bone to pick with her, you certainly didn't.It's important to address these kind of rumors, because to quote the Chairman of NBC in Quiz Show, "Speculation in our society has a habit of becoming fact". So good for you for coming to the company's defense publicly and definitively.But I'd rather hear more before I dogpile the guy outright. He might have overheard two people compaining about some other company and mis-heard.In short, he may have heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another UMI been messin' around. I live my life by the tenet "Never attribute to malice that which can be ascribed to sheer stupidity". If all the details aren't made clear, this story could well turn into a rumor that Mr. Chat Room is on a mission to destroy UMI's foray into comics because of some hatred of who they are and what they stand for. You know how rumors crop up; hell, it's what this whole article is about.So, a little more clarifying detail please?