Obviously, the big ticket story of last week was the announced merger of Lion Forge and Oni Press. It was spun Wednesday morning by the New York Times as a bold step for the future, but the actual reality of it is that a predominantly Black-owned company is merging into a company owned and operated out of Portland, Oregon, a city and state with a nothing-less-than notorious reputation for anti-Black racism. Oni’s first move was then to fire its only Black editor employee, Desiree Wilson, and Lion Forge, not to be outdone, proceeded to immediately axe Steenz, also an editor, also Black, and incidentally one of the creators of Archival Quality, which was an award-winning book published by Oni. All of this was done because both companies have an eye on expanding to other platforms. What an absolute mess; imagine deciding to create this much bad blood, just because you think you’ve got a shot at some Marvel bucks. For some additional context, Gale Galligan has some great thoughts.
Big Easy Con announced on Friday, May 10th, that it would be moving its show date to November, from it’s original date June 1-2. This is a scant 21 days’ notice for congoers and tablers both, who have been desperately attempting to confirm travel arrangements–it is also, in my experience, far too late to get a refund on any hotel bookings that may have been made in advance. It’s also a mere three days after the con’s social media account was urging attendees to buy tickets this past weekend–and thus lock in plans for June. If you’ve already bought tickets for those June dates, check your email–supposedly they’ll be contacting you with options.
Also this week, Action Lab, who you’ll remember from that time they fought our former Editor-in-Chief on Twitter (A wild aside, that article also contains big news items for Marvel, Lion Forge, and Oni Press, so maybe they’ve synced their clocks?) then claimed to be hacked, and then accused another one of our writers of doing the hacking (so she could…fight her own colleague?) and threatened to call the CIA on her, is at it again…again. Just like last year, they sent a message through the Nutmeg Kickstarter to advertise a different book, this time one of their Mature-Readers books, confirming that they still cannot tell the difference between what is and is not appropriate for a given market. Maybe they were hacked this time too? That’s probably it, right?
What else? You’ve read our analytical breakdown of Marvel’s new publicity stunt, right? Hey, remember how their Editor-in-Chief pretended to be an Asian man in order to sidestep a company policy? Embarrassing.
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