Previously On Comics: Charity and Foolishness

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Most important things first: Noted comics creator Jon Rosenberg could use your help. Jon’s son Alec was born premature, and has cerebral palsy as a result of complications from that. He needs spinal surgery, and Jon’s insurance won’t cover the year of therapy Alec will need after that to relearn how to walk. They’re nearly at their goal now, with only $6,000 or so to go. Please consider helping the Rosenbergs out, they could really use it!

In the last week, both Mark Waid and Vault Comics have released statements on harassment, and their strong words have ended it forever! Meanwhile, over here in reality, harassment continues unabated, because vague public statements are easily ignored. Waid’s words are a little more specific, at least, about the targets of this harassment, but they still don’t go far enough to name names (something Waid has proven himself happy to do in the past), and that’s the real reason this kind of thing continues–because the industry is all too pleased to pat itself on the back in condemning the act without holding responsible the actors.

Speaking of individuals not being held responsible, almost two years to the day after widespread reports of Dark Horse editor Scott Allie’s public misconduct broke, Mr. Allie has stepped down from his role as an editor at Dark Horse and gone freelance. Prior to those accusations, Allie was Editor-in-Chief, and became an Executive Senior Editor afterward, because nothing says “you deserve another chance” like an established pattern of assault. Neither Dark Horse nor Allie have made clear why his status at the company is changing this time, and he will indeed continue to work freelance on several Dark Horse projects.

If you’re going to be at NYCC, consider picking up a sketchbook tribute to Preacher co-creator Steve Dillon. Dillon passed last October due to complications from a ruptured appendix. Proceeds from the book will go toward Dillon’s favorite charity in life, the Hero Initiative.

We rag on comics as an industry a lot here at WWAC, but it’s just as important to point out the good behavior when it happens, too. On September the 27th, indie platform Gumroad held a 24-hour sale in which they raised $9,442 to assist with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Gumroad has gone ahead and rounded that up to $10,000, and they’ve similarly announced that independent creators under their umbrella have nearly doubled that amount. Similarly, artist Michael DeForge ran a fundraiser of his own, by creating a panel-a-tweet comic wherein a new panel was added each time he was sent a screenshot confirming someone’s $15 donation to Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

Internet persona Vox Day, famous for racist tirades against sci-fi authors and spearheading the “Rabid Puppies” campaign to manipulate the Hugo Award ballots, has announced his own independent comics project, which he promises will provide glorious triggering, the ultimate goal of any mature and successful publication. The campaign has already been a source of intense LOLs, but has raised quite a lot of money in a few short days– from some notable sources, no less. It will be interesting to see what the final product looks like. Ha ha.

Last week was Banned Books week! The Washington Post ran an article highlighting the treatment that graphic novels and other illustrated books face in the market; specifically, the top two most challenged books of the last year were This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Drama by Raina Telgemeier. It’s an interesting look, and well worth a read.

That’s all for this week’s Previously!

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