Cartoonists Against Amazon Call for Comic Festivals to stop Accepting Sponsorships by comiXology
A group of artists, writers, publishers, volunteers, and others have posted an open letter to Medium calling on comic festivals to stop accepting sponsorship money from comiXology.
ComiXology is the digital comic platform owned by Amazon and the group is concerned over numerous issues regarding that parent company.
Listed as to reasons why sponsorships should be rejected include Amazon’s labor abuses and the company’s hosting of Palantir the company that provides ICE with information to use in the arrest of undocumented individuals as well as surveillance against unions.
The group is calling for the comic community to “consider alternate sources of funding” and for conventions to make a “public statement announcing their decision” regarding future commitments.
Further mentioned is the singling out of CXC and Thought Bubble to sever ties, a public pledge to not accept further partnerships and transparency regarding sponsorships and money allocation.
Signing the letter are Aaron Renier, ABO Comix, Aim Ren Beland, Alex Degen, Alex Hoffman, Alex Nall, Ann Xu, Becca Tobin, Birdcage Bottom Books, Cathy G. Johnson, Chris Kuzma, Cleopatria Peterson, Colleen Tighe, Conor Stechschulte, Courtney Menard, David Ziggy Greene, Dean Sudarsky, Dresden Douglas, Eleanor Davis, Eli Valley, Elisha Lim, Entropy Editions, Ethan Heitner, Evan Dahm, Festival Workers Association, Flynn Nicholls, Frankie Johnson, Garrett Young, Gianluca Costantini, Gina Wynbrandt, Gloria Rivera, Ilan Manouach, Io Ascarium, Jack Hayden, Jackie Roche, Jade Armstrong, Jen Wang, Jesse Jacobs, Jesse DeNobrega, Jessica Campbell, Jillian Tamaki, Jonathan Dyck, Jordan Crane, J.T. Yost, Jules Zuckerberg, Julian Glander, Katie Fricas, Kevin Budnik, Kevin Czap, Kimball Anderson, Kori, Michele Handwerker, Kris Mukai, Kurt Ankeny, Lala Albert, Laura Knetzger, Laura Lannes, Laurel Lynn Leake, Leela Corman, Liz Suburbia, M. Sabine Rear, Maria Photinakis, Marnie Galloway, Melanie Gillman, Meredith Smallwood, Michael DeForge, Mickey Zacchilli, O.K. Fox, Paloma Hernando, Patrick Kyle, Phil McAndrew, Priya Huq, Rebecca Mock, Reilly Hadden, Remus Jackson, RJ Casey, Roxanne Palmer, Ryan Sands, Sabrina Scott, Sage Persing, Simon Moreton, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Sophie Yanow, Sunmi, Tom Whalen, Victor Martins, Vinnie Neuberg, and Zach Hazard Vaupen.