Occupy… the comic book

posted at 3:31 pm on February 10, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

The Occupy movement – once viewed on the Left as the long awaited counterweight to the Tea Party – has pretty much faded from the news, depriving many of us of a ready source of comedy material. But while seemingly gone, they are not entirely forgotten. Former Hot Air Green Room contributor Howard Portnoy, writing at his new home, Liberty Unyielding, brings us up to date on the new home of the Occupiers… DC Comics.

If you thought the Occupy movement was a laughing matter … well, you may be onto something. DC Comics — a company whose name is a reminder that its earliest product was meant to put a smile to its customers’ lips — announced on Friday that it will be releasing two new series. Both focus on the plight of the 99 percent.

Wired reports that the two titles in the Occupy series, which will debut in May, feature superheroes. “The Green Team” carries the motto “Money can buy them happiness — and they want to share it with you.” The motto of “The Movement,” meanwhile, is “They were the super-powered disenfranchised — now they’re the voice of the people.”

As Howard notes, DC Comics has been dipping their toes into the “social relevance” pool for some time now, including their decision last year to bring The Green Lantern out of the closet. (That one had me a bit stumped, I confess. I mean… who didn’t already think the Green Lantern was gay? Just look at that uniform. And don’t get me started on Batman’s somewhat creepy need to keep his “ward” around the mansion all the time.) But is this a good business decision on the part of DC? The Occupy movement couldn’t even get enough people interested in the actual movement to keep it going. Is there really a market for a series of comic books based on it? Besides, comics are something of a luxury item, albeit a not terribly expensive one. When your target demographic is composed largely of the homeless, sales may be an issue.

What will the superpowers of the Green Team and The Movement be? Flying, x-ray vision or superhuman speed don’t sound like a good fit. Can they summon vast amounts of vegan food magically out of the air to feed the masses? Perhaps something more along the lines of being able to suddenly cause local property values to plummet? I’m almost curious enough to go purchase the first issue just to see what they do with this.

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Stupid.

KCB on February 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

At last, a follow up to the Alvin Greene comic.

Our long dry spell is over everyone.

Gatsu on February 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

But is this a good business decision on the part of DC? The Occupy movement couldn’t even get enough people interested in the actual movement to keep it going. Is there really a market for a series of comic books based on it? Besides, comics are something of a luxury item, albeit a not terribly expensive one. When your target demographic is composed largely of the homeless, sales may be an issue.

I don’t know, I saw a lot of Apple products at the Occupy protests. There could be a market for these comics.

KelThuzad0398 on February 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Weren’t most of the “occupiers” really the children of the “1%”, or at least the top 10%?

Count to 10 on February 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

so is that drunken old hippie crappin’ on a police car a featured hero?

*blech*

workingclass artist on February 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Maybe they’ll have an entire issue devoted to the rapes at Occupy camps.

Fail

workingclass artist on February 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Faster than a speeding drum roll, more powerful than a down twinkle, able to leap tall rape tents in a single bound.

Curtiss on February 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

The Occupy movement

…Nancy Pelosi’s children…the only movement of note…was against the side of a cop car!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Occupy’s been a comic book from the get go–a bad one with “stars” even more pathetic than the “Super Friends” version of Aquaman. No doubt the first issue will be: “Occupy faces against the awesome menace ‘Soap and Water Man.’”

M. Scott Eiland on February 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I think you’re missing the point here. The target audience here is kids. They are indoctrinating the next generation in the politics of class warfare.

It matters. Look at the journalists today–they are products of the same process, the grand march through the institutions.

PattyJ on February 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

But are the pages soft, strong and thoroughly absorbent?

CurtZHP on February 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Time for a big ole smelly bowel movement on a cop car followed by a good old fashioned gang rape of some stupid white trash suburban democrat.

acyl72 on February 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM

What will the superpowers of the Green Team and The Movement be?

Soiling the hoods of police cars with a single push?/

ted c on February 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Can’t …stop….laughing!
Will the defeat their enemies by their powers of annoyance? Get the bad guys to leave town by camping out at Bad Guy HQ and making such a stench they can’t stand it? Able to do drugs, make incoherent protests and assault each other in a single bound?

Lol I could go on for days!

RadioAngel on February 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Can I haz Dorner comix?

connertown on February 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

@Conner…. that would be the super power known as paranoia..lol

RadioAngel on February 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

OccupyCon — The Movie.

platypus on February 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Occupy… the comic book

The Weeping Boner understands it. He’s glad they didn’t do a comic book about the violent Tea Party. He wouldn’t understand that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Why should I pay for propaganda, when they’ll stuff it down our throats for free?

Voyager on February 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I think you’re missing the point here. The target audience here is kids. They are indoctrinating the next generation in the politics of class warfare.

It matters. Look at the journalists today–they are products of the same process, the grand march through the institutions.

PattyJ on February 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

While I see your point, I don’t think many kids really read comics anymore.

My BIL owns a comic/game shop and most of his customers are in their 20s and 30s.

Anecdotal, for sure, but based on the subject matter and story telling of most of what I’ve read in the comic realm the last several years, I don’t think kids are the target audience.

AScott on February 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

These “comics” will be nothing short of old school propaganda leaflets for the dumbed-down masses. Workers of the world unite stuff.

fabrexe on February 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I think you’re missing the point here. The target audience here is kids. They are indoctrinating the next generation in the politics of class warfare.

PattyJ on February 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Only one problem with that. Kids are smarter than Occupiers. They know crap when they see it.

I think these comic books will be aimed at Ivy League graduates, so stressed about the montain of depth they accumulated for their ethnic/gender studies degrees, they’ll need some fantasy escapism.

MichaelGabriel on February 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

What ever happened to Gary Cooper?

EnglishRogue on February 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

They’ll make money magically appear out of thin air, through the courtesy of “Government Grant Man”.

GarandFan on February 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Let the rehabilitation begin.

Axe on February 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I mean… who didn’t already think the Green Lantern was gay?

Jazz Shaw on February 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

(raises hand)

At least, when I was a kid, I never thought the Green Lantern himself was gay. His fans, on the other hand…

/kidding!

JimLennon on February 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Truth-to-Power. Social Justice. And the Globalist Way: The Politicization of Everything rolls on…

locomotivebreath1901 on February 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Want to “Occupy”? Eat lead paint chips and swirl quicksilver with your finger around the inside of a mug!

tom daschle concerned on February 10, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Occupy Super-powers…

…Ability to send waves of body odor in any direction.

…Ranting incoherently at deafening levels.

…Bending the media to their will. (Okay, maybe that one isn’t a super-power. It just is.)

The possibilities are endless!

Daddy-O on February 10, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Look I’m a big DC guy. Not thrilled with this. But EVERYTIME something to do with comics is reported here or on other non-comic site the story is always half assed. For example Alan Scott, the Earth 2 GL in the new 52 is gay, not the Green Lantern we all know and love and not even the original Alan Scott. God I love this site but generally you guys have the worse, most pessimistic negative reviews of movies based on comics too. Well I still love EVERYTHING else about you guys and I hope you guys are wrong about these stupid Occupy comics.

Jason Alexander on February 10, 2013 at 9:59 PM

“They were the super-powered disenfranchised — now they’re the voice of the people.”

Q: How does a person who is super powered become disenfranchised?

A: They were convicted of a super felony.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I don’t think kids are the target audience.

AScott on February 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I don’t think kids can afford comic books any more.

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2013 at 12:29 AM

I think you’re missing the point here. The target audience here is kids. They are indoctrinating the next generation in the politics of class warfare.

It matters. Look at the journalists today–they are products of the same process, the grand march through the institutions.

PattyJ on February 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM

ON TARGET! Fire for Effect!

Captain Planet et. al are just propaganda tools. Global Warming, “overpopulation”, evil corporate bad guys, etc are just the tip of the iceberg. Shows such as NCIS show Whites are the evil murders, when 80% of the crimes are caused by those of a dusky hue. The thrust is to distort the faces of both perpetrators and victims of crimes for Political Correctness reasons. Comics are largely controlled by one particular religion, as is all the media.

Don’t believe me?

“Today, seven Jewish Americans run the vast majority of US television networks, the printed press, the Hollywood movie industry, the book publishing industry, and the recording industry. Most of these industries are bundled into huge media conglomerates run by the following seven individuals:

Gerald Levin, CEO and Director of AOL Time Warner

Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Chairman of Seagram Company Ltd

Edgar Bronfman, Jr, President and CEO of Seagram Company Ltd and head of Universal Studios

Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom, Inc

Dennis Dammerman, Vice Chairman of General Electric

Peter Chernin, President and Co-COO of News Corporation Limited

Those seven Jewish men collectively control ABC, NBC, CBS, the Turner Broadcasting System, CNN, MTV, Universal Studios, MCA Records, Geffen Records, DGC Records, GRP Records, Rising Tide Records, Curb/Universal Records, and Interscope Records.

Most of the larger independent newspapers are owned by Jewish interests as well. An example is media mogul is Samuel I. “Si” Newhouse, who owns two dozen daily newspapers from Staten Island to Oregon, plus the Sunday supplement Parade; the Conde Nast collection of magazines, including Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, GQ, and Self; the publishing firms of Random House, Knopf, Crown, and Ballantine, among other imprints; and cable franchises with over one million subscribers.”

I coul d add that Michael Eisner could depart Disney tomorrow but the company will remain in the hands of Shamrock Holdings, whose principal office is now located in Israel”.

Bulletchaser on February 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM

The occupy movement was fictitious anyhow. The leap to comic books is no great feat at all.

Greek Fire on February 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Today, seven Jewish Americans run the vast majority of…

Those seven Jewish men collectively control…

Most of the larger independent newspapers are owned by Jewish interests…

I could add that Michael Eisner could depart Disney tomorrow but the company will remain in the hands of Shamrock Holdings, whose principal office is now located in Israel”.

Bulletchaser on February 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM

You’re an idiot.

Seriously.

Gerald Levin is NOT the CEO of Time Warner and the current CEO is NOT jewish.

News Corporation is run by Rupert Murdoch, not jewish.

Eisner has been gone from Disney for nearly a decade and Shamrock holdings, which owns just 1% of Disney stock, is based in Burbank California.

Go Heil yourself, dumpkopf.

Alberta_Patriot on February 11, 2013 at 3:02 AM

These will make a mint for DC Comics.

How many school libraries are there in the U.S.? Each will purchase 10 issues per month. What better way to indoctrinate kids into Leninist anti-capitalist ideology than to present the agitprop in a form with which they can relate?

ROCnPhilly on February 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Bulletchaser on February 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Ermahgerd! Duski Peeplez! Jooooz!

Get lost, nutball.

thebrokenrattle on February 11, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I don’t usually approve of book burning, but I do believe I’ll make an exception in this case. And if America had any kind of national spine we’d be staging reruns of the Palmer Raids and shipping these C-grade traitors to Cuba on rafts!!!

MelonCollie on February 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM