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Brendan Wright Releases a Statement Regarding Harassment Accusations

Last week, editor Brendan Wright was accused of harassment and crossing boundaries with another professional within the comic industry. The revelation resulted in Wright being removed from numerous current comic projects as well as individuals distancing themselves and saying they wouldn’t work with him further.

Wright had remained silent and today released a statement regarding what happened.

You can read it in full below:

I am sorry to Bekah Caden for hurting her by disregarding her boundaries. My recollection of events isn’t different enough from hers to be worth arguing. What matters is that my behavior toward her was wrong, and I wouldn’t have acted the same way toward a male editor who had impressed me the way she did.

I first crossed a boundary when I told Bekah I was interested in her. She was clear to me about the nature of our relationship, and I convinced myself there was mutual attraction anyway. We later started working together, and I assured her I understood she didn’t share those feelings and that I could put them away. But it is clear I was lying to myself about how I felt and what was appropriate, and while I fooled myself, I didn’t fool Bekah. A few months into our editorial partnership, Bekah told me it would have to come to an end. Instead of hearing her when she talked about my disrespect of her boundaries, I reacted with disbelief.

I spent the rest of that year rethinking the time we’d known each other in light of the pain I caused Bekah. I started learning how not to lie to myself about my behavior so this couldn’t happen again with any woman. But one thing I never did was apologize. I always felt it would be another unwanted invasion of her space. Hopefully this setting is less invasive.

Bekah, I am truly sorry that when you set boundaries with me I broke them. I am sorry that I brought up my attraction to you a second time when you had been clear it was not reciprocated. I’m sorry I wasn’t honest with myself about my feelings after that or about the effect they’d had before deciding things could just go back to normal. I am sorry that my failure to respect your boundaries brought my belief in your talent into question. I’m sorry you were put in the position of therapist on top of friend. I’m sorry, years ago when you told me what I’d put you through, that I didn’t believe you. I’m sorry for any lasting effects this has had on your life and career. I’m sorry this apology didn’t come much sooner. If you want or need this apology extended to you directly, I will make that happen however you are comfortable with, and if not, I hope this one helps heal some of the pain I caused.

As time passes, I will reject any opportunities to turn to bitterness and aggrievement to minimize my culpability. Making amends requires me first to remember that this situation is a result of my actions and to remember the remorse I felt at the pain I caused even before those actions were public. To do my part in making everyone safer, it also means continuing to actively believe and validate people who have been hurt by anyone.

Editor Brendan Wright is Removed From Projects After Being Named in Harassment Accusation

Editor Brendan Wright has been removed from numerous projects after being accused of harassment and stalking another individual within the comic industry. Wright is a former Dark Horse Editor and the former Executive Editor and VP for SBI Press.

Wright has been dropped from numerous projects including the Shots Fired benefit anthology which was recently Kickstarted. Numerous other individuals and publishing teams have announced they have parted ways with him as well.

Suspicious Behavior Productions released the following statement:

White Cat Entertainment also announced they would no longer working with Wright Tweeting:

We have terminated our relationship with Brendan Wright, and as of now he will no longer be working on Rise of the Kung Fu Dragon Master.

Starburns Industries Press, his former employer but Wright was still working on projects with them, also released a statement:

Wright met the accuser at a party where she provided him with her information in hopes of building out her connections within the industry.

She went on to describe Wright as “calling/texting constantly, showing up at my then day job” and even showed up outside of her apartment building.

She would go on to Tweet:

Brendan would remind me all the time that he knew more people than I did, that he could get me on projects if he was feeling generous, all the while telling me how much he was in love with me and how badly he wanted to fuck me.

After he quit DH we started working together freelance. Once, in a bar (I always insisted on meeting in public), while we were going over notes on a script, he again told me that he was in love with me.

I asked him to stop saying that and he responded with what he considered a joke saying, “Even though I want to fuck your face?” He laughed. Loudly.
Another time at a work meetup, I drank too much and ended up having to crashing at his place (I’m going to stop you here if you’re thinking this is my fault. I drank too much. It happens. I didn’t want to drive, the buses had stopped running, and this was before ridesharing).

He let me sleep in his bed with him on the couch. I locked the bedroom door and was so uncomfortable that I kept waking up to check that it was still locked.

In the morning he asked why I’d locked the door. I asked why he’d been trying to get into a room where an intoxicated person was sleeping. He then made another “joke” about the sweats I’d borrowed to sleep in “smelling like pussy”.

I allowed our acquaintance to continue because I’d convinced myself that my career was worth it. I wasn’t picking up very much work at the time and he approached me with projects that were already green lit and getting published.

When I finally cut contact, all of my work went with him. I didn’t work for months.

These are just two of many memories I have of him.

Brendan Wright used his position of power to torment and harass me in an attempt to satisfy his own obsessive sexual urges.

We’ll add to this article as more individuals come forward. We’ve asked for a comment from Wright but have yet to hear back as of the time of the article’s release. We’ll update it if any is received.

Starburn Industries Launches SBI Press on Free Comic Book Day and Announces New Staff

Starburns Industries, the production studio that brought you Rick and Morty, Anomalisa, and Harmonquest, is expanding beyond film and television development with Starburns Industries Press (SBI Press), a publisher of books, comics and specialty cassette tapes.

SBI Press’ talent includes Dan Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty), Dino Stamatopoulos (Moral Orel, Community, Mr. Show), and the vast network of comedians, writers, and podcasters affiliated with Starburns Audio.

The new imprint has signed a distribution agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and pop culture products, and its book trade division, Diamond Book Distributors.

The new division is founded and headed by Starburns production executive Simon Oré, who will serve as President of SBI Press. Joining Oré to build the division are new hires Brendan Wright, formerly of Dark Horse Comics and New Arab Media, who comes on board as SBI Press VP and Executive Editor, and Trevor Richardson, formerly of Diamond Comics Distributors, who fills the role of SBI Press VP of Acquisitions. The staff is rounded out by Editorial & Production Assistants Ross Clark and Paige Dowling, and PR and Marketing Manager Cassandra Church, with Starburns Producer Casey Rup (VICELAND’s Party Legends, Ricking Morty) serving as producer and consulting editor.

SBI Press becomes the first publisher to debut through the comics industry’s annual Free Comic Book Day event with the showcase Starburns Presents on the first Saturday of May. The anthology title will preview the SBI Press’s 2018 slate, headlined by a short story from comedian and writer Patton Oswalt, artist Troy Nixey, and colorist Michelle Madsen.

Coinciding with Free Comic Book Day, the May edition of Diamond’s Previews catalog will include the company’s first launches: Dan Harmon’s biting take on supervillainy, Gregory Graves, cowritten with Eric M. Esquivel, and illustrated by Brent Schoonover, Ted Naifeh, and Rebecca Nalty; Dino Stamatopolous and Leah Triscione’s graphic novel Trent, “a lighthearted tragedy with music”; and the company’s first series, Hellicious, a family comedy set in Hell, written by Alan C. Medina and Mina Elwell and illustrated by Kit Wallis and Jio Butler.

From there, the first wave of titles in 2018 continues with Comics Comics, teaming fan-favorite stand-up comedians with leading comic industry talent in an anthology series, Oddwell: The Frog of War, a fantasy-adventure comic series from writers David A. Clarke and Walter A. Bryant III and artist Acacia T. Rodarte; and The Crawling King, an illustrated dark fantasy novel by award-winning filmmaker and animator Einar Baldvin.

Kickstarter Spotlight: GWAR: Orgasmageddon

standard-cover-jonathan-brandon-sawyer-josh-jensenGWAR: Orgasmageddon, a blasphemous and blood-drenched 4-issue full-color comic book series by shock rock legends GWAR, writer Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), colorist Marissa Louise (RoboCop, Escape from New York), letterer Taylor Esposito (The Paybacks, Red Hood and the Outlaws) and editor Brendan Wright (Archie vs. Predator, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).

Having already violated the art, music, and film worlds, now infamous scumdogs GWAR are coming for your comic books!  Do you need to be a GWAR fan to love this series?  Hell no!  There’s loads of laughs, violence, fun, and irreverent social satire for everyone to enjoy!

Trampling through the past after being trapped in time by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, GWAR fights and kills and kills and KILLS, slogging their way through human history in a torrent of gore, blood, bile, and other assorted bodily fluids the way only the most famous satirical heavy metal band from the depths of outer space can.

In addition to the main story, every issue contains extras – shorts featuring X-COPS (GWAR’s cult-favorite 1990s side project, lampooning corrupt police) and the follies of SAWBORG DESTRUCTO, GWAR’s fearsome but mostly incompetent nemesis from Planet Scumdogia.  Each issue will also feature art and story contributions from GWAR members themselves, starting with pieces by BOB GORMAN (Bonesnapper the Cave Troll) and MATT MAGUIRE (Sawborg Destructo).

To entice pledges on the Kickstarter, the team has come up with a treasure trove of goodies to reward loyal backers.  Items range from comics and exclusive Kickstarter covers to limited edition T-shirts, original painted art on drum heads from GWAR themselves, painted baby GOR-GOR character dinosaurs, honest to God STAGE-USED GWAR PROPS, and tons of autographed merchandise, such as posters signed by the entire band, including the late, great Dave Brockie, who graced our puny human lives and made the world a much more fun place as the band’s ODERUS URUNGUS.

I got a chance to talk to Matt Miner and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer about their new project.

Graphic Policy: How’d this project come about? I know you’re a big Gwar fan Matt (Miner).

Matt Miner: Kind of a bucket list item for me, to write this book.  I have multiple GWAR tattoos, I’m winning a mission to collect every variation of every film and music release,  I’ve been into them for more than half my life, and I might have gotten emotional when Dave Brockie died.  I know they have a lot of hardcore fans and I don’t know how I stack up against them, but I consider myself pretty dedicated.  Most folks when they start writing comics probably want to write Spider-Man or Batman. Me?  I wanted to write GWAR, who are about as comic book a cast of characters as you could get.

Right now it’s kind of a weird situation though, because GWAR’s mostly-incompetent nemesis SAWBORG DESTRUCTO has me and Jonathan tied up in a basement and we have to raise this Kickstarter money in order for GWAR to come save us.  It’s a whole thing better explained in the Kickstarter video, but he’s gonna cut us open and play around in our guts if we don’t come up with the dough! Help us out at GWARkickstarter.com!

GP: Jonathan, how’d you come on board? Did you listen to Gwar before?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: I’m a big fan of metal and punk music in general, so of course I was familiar with the name and heard about their legendary stage shows. I had some friends who were big fans and I used to listen to the song “Penguin Attack” a lot back in high school, but I can’t say that I really delved into their stuff that much past that.

When Matt and I started working together on Critical Hit, he would always talk about GWAR. I always sneak in album covers and band shirts in my pages when I can, and he specifically asked for GWAR stuff to be included a few times. One day he commissioned me for a GWAR/Spring Breakers crossover piece, and I think that’s where the gears really started turning. He would always talk about how cool it would be for us to do a GWAR comic. One day he came to me and said he was actually taking the idea to the band and wanted me to be a part of it. Even though I didn’t know  a lot of their music at the time, I knew enough about them to know it would be a ton of fun, so I said yes.

Since then, I’ve listened to a lot more of their stuff, and I’ve went on a knowledge-binge a couple of times, researching the characters and storylines. I’ll never be as die-hard as Matt, but I’d say I’m a fan now, for sure.

GP: With the level of detail of some of these characters, what type of work did you do Jonathan in bringing them to the page and getting all of that right?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: I did a lot of digging for visual reference. I collected photos of their outfits from different angles, looked at art from the GWAR guys themselves, as well as other official art and fan art. Every artist that draws GWAR has their own interpretation of the characters, whether it be on an official t-shirt design, album cover, or just a fan doing a piece to show off on their deviantart page. I just looked at all that stuff, and figured out what the key elements of the characters are, visually. I also took each character’s personality and backstory into account, and tried to add my own spin to it without changing anything drastically.

GP: Gwar visually seems to have a lot of influences in there. I see D&D, Kirby, comics, it’s an amazing mix. When designing the world of this comic, is there a challenge of keeping up that eclectic feel of it all?

Jonathan Brandon Sawyer: Yeah, I’d say there is, but the real challenge for me is more about figuring out what NOT to draw. I actually love drawing backgrounds more than anything else, and I feel like I overdo it on detail sometimes (I’m sure our colorist, Marissa, agrees). I’m always trying to simplify things. That extra control panel or shelf of knick-knacks probably isn’t that necessary.

GP: When I think of Gwar, I also think of social satire. The band has taken on censorship, media violence, and celebrity as examples. I’m guessing we’ll see some of that within?

Matt Miner: Absolutely, and that’s why I’m stoked you wanted to ask us questions about the books, since Graphic Policy has a focus on politics in comics. GWAR has always had a certain brand of nihilistic social conscience – buried under the blood spray, the jizz, and the jokes, is an awareness of the world around us and a lampooning of societal ills.  GWAR doesn’t tackle these problems in any deep way, just drowns them in a sea of blood and bile – they help us to remember not to take everything so seriously, but to care about the things that matter.

GP: With things being so out there now, is it harder to do that social satire? It feels like things mainstream reality just keeps going further and further off the rails.

Matt Miner: What’s great about GWAR is that there’s no real-world problem you can’t behead or monster you can’t ram a sword through or inject with liquified radioactive crack cocaine until it grows and warps and becomes a  twisted monstrous version of itself.  Real life has gotten really crazy lately, and part of what GWAR: Orgasmageddon does is explain how we got to this point: It was all GWAR’s doing, stomping around in our human timeline like a bull on bath salts through a china shop.

GP: The issues will have back-up stories and I saw X-Cops will be a part of it. The idea of corrupt police is a whole other thing now than it was in the 90s. Will it be touching upon some of the more modern issues?

Matt Miner: A little explanation for readers: X-Cops were basically a GWAR side project in the 90s and they put out one excellent full-length album, a music video, and a 7-inch single.  They were maybe even more misunderstood than GWAR, as they’d get up on stage in police uniforms, and lampoon the racist, corrupt, violent cops that we know exist in our society.  Not everyone understood that these horrible, ugly, nazi cops on stage were satire and holding up a mirror to real-life problems – and I think they were chased out of more than one concert by well-meaning folks who just didn’t get it.

So yes, X-Cops will be in the backups and they’ll be taking a look at modern day ills, plus there’s a couple throwback previously-unpublished strips by Bob Gorman that we’ll be running.

GP: Why does the world need Gwar now, more than ever?

Matt Miner: GWAR’s here to roast marshmallows on the dumpster fire of humanity. Who’s up for s’mores?

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Wraparound Kickstarter exclusive: Art and color by Matt Maguire (Sawborg Destructo)

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Make America GWAR Again Kickstarter exclusive: Christian DiBari art, Mike Spicer color, Taylor Esposito design

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? We’ve got lots of reviews going up if you haven’t decided.

While you decide, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

ICv2 – Perlmutter Loses Marvel Studios – Where’s all the articles about Marvel collapsing/some dysfunction?

The Beat – “Mind MGMT” Editor Brendan Wright Leaves Dark Horse Comics to go Freelance – Good luck, we wish you the best.

The Beat – Garbage Pail Kids Painter Programs His Computer to Create Comics! – This is interesting.

Broadway.com – Fun Home Announces Graphic Novel Giveaway For College Freshmen – We really want to see this.

CBR – Suspects in alleged Pokemon plot will remain in jail – Good.

Kotaku – Deadpool is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this fall – Interesting and not shocking considering the movie. Bet it does better.

The Independent – Marvel villains are now quoting David Cameron – Bwahahahahaha.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – The Definitive Betty Boop: The Classic Comic Strip Collection HC