Superstar Creator Rafael Albuquerque Speaks Out about Berganza and DC Comics
With the line feeling like it’s finally being drawn and more and more speaking out about harassment everywhere creators are coming forward in signs of support and also taking a stand.
Rafael Albuquerque is taking a stand with after the recent Buzzfeed article laid out in detail the failure of DC Comics and Warner Bros. leadership to adequately handle ongoing harassment by editor Eddie Berganza.
Albuquerque is an award winning artist who has worked for DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Oni Press, and Image Comics. For DC he most recently worked on All-Star Batman, but also worked on Animal Man, Batgirl, Batman, Blue Beetle, among others, as well as American Vampire for Vertigo.
Rafael Albuquerque wrote on Facebook:
I love DC Comics characters since I can remember. First watching them on TV then with Batman movies and those definitely brought me to comics, where I could find my voice, my home. Having spent almost my whole career working for this company made me feel part of a family. That’s how important DC Comics is for me, and I believe that I can speak for many creators who have similar paths.
Maybe, by writing this, I might be jeopardizing my career over there, but I can’t just stay silent about what happened with our colleagues who reported sexual harassment. They probably had the same feeling about DC Comics, and probably felt the same way I did when they became part of the family, and suddently their careers were harmed by someone who just didn’t realized, respected or cared enough to understand that a power position is a privilege that must be used wisely and fairly.
DC Comics, you mean the world to me, but it’s time for you to make the right call, not just for your image, but also to show that there is no place for this kind of behavior in this industry and neither in our society.
I spent the whole day afraid to speak out. I shouldn’t and I won’t anymore. Neither any professional should be anymore.