Emily S. Whitten: Another Day, Another…Death Threat?!

Emily S. Whitten

Emily S. Whitten writes everything from news, reviews, and interviews to how-tos, con round-ups, and opinion pieces for ComicMix and others; as well as comics featured on ComicMix, MTV.com, and Reelz.com; and occasionally even award-winning poetry and fiction. When she's not writing for fun or profit, she’s sharing geeky thoughts on the Fantastic Forum radio show and podcast Made of Fail. Emily is a convention organizer and consultant, and co-chair of the fourth North American Discworld Convention, which she co-founded. She has been Program Coordinator for Awesome Con and staff for several genre cons. Emily is a program moderator for Awesome Con and Fan2Sea; and you might also recognize her from her days of answering questions online as her alter-ego, Ask Deadpool. In her copious spare time, Emily enjoys crafting and cosplay, and looking after the cutest three-legged dwarf hamster in the world, ElliePuff. Oh, and when she's not doing all that, Emily is an active member of The National Press Club and holds down a 9-to-5 as a senior attorney for the federal government - although that may just be her superheroine cover identity.

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9 Responses

  1. Billy The Cat says:

    ANYONE can comment on here, other “news” sites or twitter under a different name knowing that it would be very hard to find them, so feel brave to leave those type of comments its nothing new but its getting more and more personal with readership falling we seem to have less comic fans but more fanatics

  2. mike weber says:

    The late L.Sprague deCamp was doing a ‘visiting lecturer” gig at Georgia Tech (about 1990 or a bit later, i think), and my mother was teaching an English class there.


    On the last day he was there, there was a lunch for him and for his wife Catherine; during the lunch, deCamp mentioned that they had received a faxed death threat at their hotel that morning.


    People were shocked, and the deCamps said that it was a fairly common thing … his biography of Robert E Howard had enraged Howard fans.

    • Emily S. Whitten says:

      It makes me wonder, if “known” people (wouldn’t even have to be all super-famous, just people with regular fans) shared their death-threat statistics, if it might shock all of us. I mean, people don’t share every time they get a threat, for various reasons, and that’s probably as it should be. But because of that, we probably don’t even really have a good handle on how frequent it might be for public figures in the creative field.

  3. Mindy Newell says:

    I am so sick of this bullshit! What the hell is wrong with these people?

    Great column, Emily!

  4. Jonathan (the other one) says:

    Speaking for myself (as I am ill-qualified to speak for anyone else), this twist has me contemplating actually purchasing the title (well, the new title :) ) for the first time since the “One More Day” debacle. This has the potential to lead to some really interesting contemplations of the nature of heroism, and whether assuming the role means that you are, in essence, forced to assume the character as well. Things certainly seem to be leaning that way, which I find highly intriguing.

    Of course, I have no doubt that just as soon as it gets really good, someone at Marvel will decide that the status quo must be re-established immediately…

    • Emily S. Whitten says:

      That is *exactly* what I thought once I started to consider what this could mean to the story. And if/when (as is almost inevitable) Peter comes back – what will they do with Ock? Will he have grown as a character, and will they keep that growth? Heck, such a storyline *could* even be used to completely heel-turn a villain into a hero. It could be a *great* story arc.