From co-opted symbols, to to bigotry, to sexy demons, and keen adaptations, a lot went on in comics last week.
To Protect and Serve?
St. Louis Police Officers’ Association president Ed Clark has asked people to post the Punisher’s skull symbol in support of officers under investigation for posting the “blue line” variation of the symbol, along with very concerning social media statements. Punisher writers such as Kurt Busiek and Gail Simone took to social media to clap back, and the July 3 issue of Punisher directly addresses the issue of cops idolizing the vigilante. Punisher creator Gerry Conway has spoken out many times against military and law enforcement co-opting the symbol:
“To me, it’s disturbing whenever I see authority figures embracing Punisher iconography because the Punisher represents a failure of the Justice system. He’s supposed to indict the collapse of social moral authority and the reality some people can’t depend on institutions like the police or the military to act in a just and capable way.
“The vigilante anti-hero is fundamentally a critique of the justice sysytem, an eample of social failure, so when cops put Punisher skulls on their cars or members of the military wear Punisher skull patches, they’re basically sides with an enemy of the system. They are embracing an outlaw mentality. Whether you think the Punisher is justified or not, whether you admire his code of ethics, he is an outlaw. He is a criminal. Police should not be embracing a criminal as their symbol.”
St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden responded to the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association’s edict in a memo, reiterating Conway’s statement and adding, “the Punisher logo does not coincide with our mission to protect life and property and achieve a peaceful society.”
The Tokyo in Tulsa Artist Dungeon Saga
The artist who tweeted out a PSA regarding the location of the Tokyo in Tulsa Artist Alley was ejected from the convention, as reported by Nerd and Tie, after sharing further frustrated tweets suggesting that people sneak in to help support artists and vendors who were situated 9 minutes away from the event’s core. Though many sections of the event were spaced out across the city, the Artist Alley, housed in an abandoned Hobby Lobby, was the furthest away. Shuttle service was provided but, given then vendors rely on steady foot traffic to profit or at least break even on conventions, this was poor planning on the part of the organizers.
The Stjepan Sejic Future Looks Hot
2020 between my novel, 2 volumes of sunstone and fine print… i'm thinking it's gonna be a very unique year pic.twitter.com/pd0PnbIWaP
— stjepan sejic/ nebezial/ shiniez (@stjepansejic) July 10, 2019
Archie Comics Goings On
Apparently, people keep sending Archie Comics pitches for a gritty Richie Rich reboot. Meanwhile, Katy Keene screenwriters got a sweet surprise when actress Lucy Hale stopped by their offices.
— Michael Grassi (@thatthingofwhen) July 12, 2019
Writer Lilah Sturgess (who we just interviewed about her work on The Magicians: Alice’s Story) was set to speak to kids at the Leander Public Library about Lumberjanes, but the event was abruptly cancelled two hours before its scheduled start time. Sturgess states that she was later told it was because she had no background check in place, but she, a transgender woman, notes that this is the same city that cancelled a drag queen story hour in the previous month.
Let Ironheart Soar
The Ironheart: Those With Courage trade is out and author Eve Ewing is busy promoting it, with particular focus on librarians, educators, and people who prefer to people who prefer not to wait a month between issues. If only Marvel would put this much value on promoting trades and embrace the varied ways people want to consume comics these days.
some of you out there are excited about the idea of #Ironheart but you can't get to a comic shop, you're a teacher/librarian who needs something more sturdy than floppies, or you just like to binge your comics. WELL THIS WEEK IS YOUR WEEK! the trade paperback is out! pic.twitter.com/HqT8sf74Oc
— wikipedia brown demands #MoreThanDiversity (@eveewing) July 12, 2019
Following a vague tweet, Gumroad has vaguely clarified that they will not deplatform creators whom they do not agree with, as long as they follow the site’s terms of service.
Listen to Kieron Gillen’s speech after earning his Doctorate of Arts from Stafford University.
HarperCollins launches HarperAlley, their new graphic novel imprint.
Alt-right political cartoonist Ben Garrison was invited and then uninvited to the White House Social Media Summit.