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What did everyone think of Joey Q’s appearance on The Colbert Report last night?

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What did everyone think of Joey Q’s appearance on <i>The Colbert Report</i> last night?

In case you missed it, Joe Quesada showed up on Stephen Colbert’s show last night.  It was kind of a strange interview – usually people on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report are either politicians or authors pimping their latest book or celebrities pimping their latest project.  Joey Q, naturally, was pimping Civil War, but, like most DC and Marvel comics and the poor marketing behind them, you can’t say it’s in your local bookstore, and neither Joey Q nor Colbert said where you could find them.  Other than that, it was nice to see the face of Marvel out there, because too often people don’t know anything about the talent behind comics – they think of Spider-Man or Batman but not who is writing and drawing (and editing, in Joey Q’s case) them.

There were a couple of problems, but minor ones.  First, Joey Q said Civil War is a debate between “personal freedom” and “civil rights.”  Those seem to be the same thing.  Civil War is a debate between personal freedoms/civil rights and “feeling safe” and “trusting the government.”  In the age of terrorism (even before 9/11), we have had to make choices between having civil liberties and feeling safer, and sometimes we pick the former, and sometimes the latter.  I always bring this up – try to get on a plane sometime.  Your Fourth Amendment rights are being violated all over the place, but we don’t mind, because we have voluntarily given up that right to feel safer.  So Joey Q screwed that up, but it was just a slip of the tongue.  I thought he did a worse job explaining Captain America’s motivation – he didn’t get too specific (time constraints, I assume) and Colbert pointed out that he’s Captain America, so he should be “my country right or wrong” all the time.

Other than that, it was a fun few minutes.  Wouldn’t it be nice if Joey Q could say, “Civil War is a big graphic novel and it’s in bookstores right now!”?  Alas, that is not to be.  Instead he should have said, “You can find Civil War in poorly-lit stores populated by guys who, to some degree or another, look like me and will ridicule you if you don’t know who Nitro is.”  That would have brought the people running! 

What did y’all think?