Cronin Theory of Comics – Creators and Their Work Are Two Separate Entities
I’ve been following the coverage of Judd Winick’s relaunch of the Wolfman/Perez-era Titans (CBR just had a piece on Winick and the book here), and it’s really interesting to note that Judd Winick just seems like a really nice fellow.
He did an interview with George Perez for Wizard (which I believe had been archived online here), and Winick was nice and extremely respectful to Perez. It was a real cute interview.
Also, if you’ve ever read Pedro and Me, Winick comes off as a sensitive, kind person. That was basically what he came off as on the Real World as well (only tack on boring there, too).
All of this, though, has no bearing on whether his output as a comic book writer is any good. I think that the majority of his mainstream comic book work has been quite dreadful (which is amusing, as the majority of his NON-mainstream comic book work has been quite good). That seems fair enough, right? He can be a nice guy, but it doesn’t make his comics any good.
That said, the reverse also holds true, and that’s what appears to be harder for readers/fans to believe/concede.
If you think a writer’s work is sexist/homphobic/racist/et al, then that’s different, as that may fairly be considered a reflection upon a writer him/herself.
But otherwise, just because a writer does poor work, just criticize the work, leave the writer alone – after all, they are separate entities from their work.
NOTE: This is different from previous theory “Treat Comic Creators Respectfully.” That’s just straightforward – treat them with respect. This is specifically “Do not pass judgments about creators based on their work.”