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Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important

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posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:07 AM
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By Bill Maher

The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess. Someone on Reddit posted, “I'm so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.” Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own. Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.

But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer. And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it “adulting,” and act like it’s some giant struggle.

I’m not saying we’ve necessarily gotten stupider. The average Joe is smarter in a lot of ways than he was in, say, the 1940s, when a big night out was a Three Stooges short and a Carmen Miranda musical. The problem is, we’re using our smarts on stupid stuff. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important.


www.real-time-with-bill-maher-blog.com...






Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.

Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come -- great responsibility!”

-Team Stan


therealstanlee.com...


And you thought I was a douche, lol Nice Job stealing the cake Bill.



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posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:14 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

Says the same guy who wishes millions would go hungry, homeless and just struggle in general to sate his ever so fragile ego.

F that guy.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:17 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

I think Team Stan covered pretty much everything in their comment. I only have one question. What did Bill Maher ever contributed in making one's life a bit easier, forget about the every day bulls"#t a person has to deal with? Well Stan was amazing to achieve that. Stan the Man


So, suck it Maher...


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posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:27 AM
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Obama got elected by the same country, unsurprisingly...



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:28 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

Another liberal with nothing constructive to say,maybe trying to revive a career he never had,only way he gets a laugh these days is when some one looks at his face



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:28 AM
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Yeah dunno why he had to wait to until Stan died if he felt this way, maybe just jealous he didn't get to do a cameo.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:30 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

Comic books ARE important.

Like any literary art that changes the entertainment and social landscape.

When the Romans wrote of Hercules, a man with super powers, was it meaningless?

Or when the Greeks before them wrote of Heracles.

I believe that comics are just the continuation of a need that humanity has to create tails of super powered or godlike people.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:33 AM
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a reply to: JinMI

He is a real dumbass when he says the economy should crash to teach trumpsters a lesson and he is very wrong about the importance of comic books in American culture.

I agree with bill most of the time but not on this.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:35 AM
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a reply to: Oldtimer2

While I strongly disagree with bill here he is no way washed up.

His show real time is amazing.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 03:38 AM
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Comics are also huge in Japan, France and Belgium, just saying:


The largest comic book market is Japan. By 1995, the manga market in Japan was valued at ¥586.4 billion ($6–7 billion), with annual sales of 1.9 billion manga books/magazines in Japan (equivalent to 15 issues per person). The comic book market in the United States and Canada was valued at $1.09 billion in 2016. As of 2017, the largest comic book publisher in the United States is manga distributor Viz Media, followed by DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Another major comic book market is France, where Franco-Belgian comics and Japanese manga each represent 40% of the market, followed by American comics at 10% market share.
Wikipedia
edit on 20-11-2018 by MindBodySpiritComplex because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 04:01 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

The more I see and hear of Bill Maher, the more I want to punch him in the face.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 04:22 AM
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I love books. I've read the classics. I love Shakespeare, I regularly read the same three plays over. I understand the theme of empathy within 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.... etc etc

But I also read The Simpsons comics, I love them, and within are hidden gems of wisdom far superior to anything Shakespeare could have imagined.

If that makes me a dumb-ass then....

Let the dumb meet the ass!



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 04:25 AM
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a reply to: MindBodySpiritComplex

Yes. And talk about being ingrained in humanity. The manga culture in japan goes back a thousand years.




Manga is said to originate from scrolls dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. During the Edo period (1603-1867), another book of drawings, Toba Ehon, embedded the concept of manga.[6] The word first came into common usage in the late 18th century[7] with the publication of such works as Santō Kyōden's picturebook Shiji no yukikai (1798),[8][9] and in the early 19th century with such works as Aikawa Minwa's Manga hyakujo (1814) and the celebrated Hokusai Manga books (1814–1834) containing assorted drawings from the sketchbooks of the famous ukiyo-e artist Hokusai who lived from 1760–1849.[10] Rakuten Kitazawa (1876–1955) first used the word "manga" in the modern sense



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 04:28 AM
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originally posted by: Wide-Eyes
a reply to: Lysergic

The more I see and hear of Bill Maher, the more I want to punch him in the face.


Really ? You don't agree with him here?




posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 05:29 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

I'll tell you whats really surprising....

The fact that somebody is touting Bill Mahers opinion as if that guy is some kind of super intellectual who farts gold.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 05:44 AM
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You want to know where comic books aren't huge?

Venezuela

Well maybe with the exception of their political class.

Anyway, I have always found Bill Maher stupid. America is also a place that apparently finds washed out stand up comedians important and intellectual.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 06:35 AM
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originally posted by: MindBodySpiritComplex
Comics are also huge in Japan, France and Belgium, just saying:


The largest comic book market is Japan. By 1995, the manga market in Japan was valued at ¥586.4 billion ($6–7 billion), with annual sales of 1.9 billion manga books/magazines in Japan (equivalent to 15 issues per person). The comic book market in the United States and Canada was valued at $1.09 billion in 2016. As of 2017, the largest comic book publisher in the United States is manga distributor Viz Media, followed by DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Another major comic book market is France, where Franco-Belgian comics and Japanese manga each represent 40% of the market, followed by American comics at 10% market share.
Wikipedia


Read the comments on the cartoon series like Ulysses 31 (French/Japanese), He-Man, Mysterious Cities of Gold (French), Asterix (French) and Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (French), Battle of the Planets (Japanese). Some people who had alcoholic or drug addict parents said those adult characters were better parents to them than the real ones they lived with.

All those series had high moral values related to co-operation, respect, friendship, fraternity and team playing.

British comics like Dandy, Beano, The Broons, tended to be more about children getting into mischief or war heroes.



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 06:36 AM
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Guy sounds like a right d!ck.

I am not Trump fan, lets not pretend that I am sticking up for Trump over this because I am not I am sticking up for the overgrown child that dwells within me.

I have actually come to believe that a big part of being happy as a adult is to still enjoy the things you did as a child, I love reading comics and playing video games because I can use those forms of entertainment as a kind of escapism.

His entire argument is flawed, Stan lee published his first comic in 1939 (I think...) so what is this guy claiming the same about every election since. I feel like this is a reaction to Stan's death, he is just trying to get a little bit of publicity out of it for his failing blog.




posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 07:04 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

Bill Maher is a man that just spews hate speech and bad opinions, this is what keeps him employed and he knows it. I really don't understand the appeal, I don't think he is funny or witty at all and he seems to be just full of hate, sadness, and whatever drug of choice.

To quote JinMI "F that guy."



posted on Nov, 20 2018 @ 07:11 AM
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Now OP....you sir have got to find something to occupy your time better, you're living in your runaway thoughts

You want real life...not what's just in your mind




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