For A More Civilized Age
has not just written a lot of Batman comics, he was heavily involved in my favorite era of the character, in which the state of Batman's relationships with his various surrogate family members and friends held just as much weight as his triumph over his foes. And while Gail Simone
is more closely associated with the Birds of Prey, Dixon was the first to popularize the all-female superhero team in a way that wasn't primarily for the male gaze. From his most popular and longstanding work in the DC Universe alone, you would not immediately guess that Dixon is an outspoken social conservative.
This weekend, Dixon and artist Paul Rivoche
(whose graphic novel adaptation of a popular conservative reading of the history of the Great Depression hit shelves in the last month) published a post on the Wall Street Journal's opinion section bemoaning the predominantly liberal bias of modern comics (as they see it), claiming that Dixon's career dried up once he started to voice his political views in the workplace, and calling conservative creators of all stripes to take up the torch and catch up to the left wing in their dominance of the market. I think.