Saturday, March 29, 2008

Suddenly, Everything Has Changed

I'm an atheist and I don't believe in the possibility of life after death... and yet, just a few weeks after Steve Gerber's death, we have the seemingly successful culmination of the very thing for which he had spent the better part of his career fighting. Just a bit of the uncanny in that. And certainly, it's not sweeping, it's not universally applicable, and it's bound to result in years of further legal wrangling, possibly even all the way to the Supreme Court. Warner Brothers won't go down with a fight.

But this isn't some small symbolic motion in regards to an ancillary matter. This is it, the grand-daddy of them all, and by strange coincidence perfectly timed for the character's 70th birthday in just a few days. It's not very often in life that such monumentally important issues can be boiled down to stark black and white, but sometimes it does happen. Not very damn often, but often enough to make all the other crap seem not so important after all.

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