It’s a new day of comics! Well, DC and digital comics at least. We’ll have a rundown of what you can get today as well as tomorrow later in the day. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Publisher’s Weekly – Ten Speed to Publish Graphic History of Black Panther Part – We’re there for this!
The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Beware of your doppelganger in PARALLEL CITY – Free comics!
The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Vagrant Queen’ Canceled at Syfy – Not surprising since it’s SyFy but disappointing.
CBLDF – Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board Update – A new update with numerous individuals retiring or resigning.
How to Love Comics – Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files Comics Reading Order Guide – For those who’ve been wondering.
The Beat – Love Me For Who I Am
CBR – RWBY: The Official Manga Vol. 1
The weekend is almost here! We’ve got lots to do today and this weekend for this site and beyond including catching up on so many videos that need to be done… while we do that and you await the weekend, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
The Beat – Graphic novel buyer James Killen laid off at Barnes & Noble – A very important person in the industry that few on the outside knew of.
CBLDF – An Update From Our Board of Directors – An update from the board as to where things stand including releasing one former staffer from their NDA.
Talking Comics – Batman #93
Laughing Place – Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #3
The writing was on the wall and rumors swirled all throughout the day but Charles Brownstein is officially out as the Executive Director at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund “effective immediately.”
The calls for Brownstein’s removal were raised again last week after the numerous revelations of abusers and harassers in the comic industry. Brownstein’s issues stem back to 2006 and that event along with other criticisms of the organization, some justified and some not, continued through the weekend until today’s event and change in leadership. Brownstein began with the organization in 2002.
Creators in the comic industry began to speak up how they would no longer support, or weren’t supporting, the CBLDF over Brownstein’s employment.
Read the CBLDF’s statement below:
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has accepted the resignation of Charles Brownstein as Executive Director, effective immediately.
Our organization exists to serve the comics community and the First Amendment, and we can’t do that without an open and honest discourse. We believe our organization’s management and staff should be representative of and responsive to the community they serve. As we move forward, it will be with a renewed focus on accountability and transparency. And as we plan for the future with new leadership in place, we will work with our staff and human resources experts to continue developing policies that will make us a stronger organization.
We hear and understand the concerns of our community and recognize that this is only a first step in building greater trust and understanding regarding our mission and how it is carried out.
Last week was a very revelatory week when it came to harassment in the comic industry. Three individuals were named over the week. Further discussion of harassment within the industry was raised including the 2006 allegations against current Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Charles Brownstein.
Numerous creators took to Twitter to say they were pulling support or denounced the organization for the lack of action concerning Brownstein. In full disclosure, we have been members and supporters of the organization but are also adding our voice of no longer doing so until change comes.
Things kicked off when writer Jennifer de Guzman shared the 2006 article from Comics Journal that details the assault that occurred between Brownstein and creator Taki Soma.
Numerous creators then took took to Twitter retweeting the piece and saying they were pulling support and others saying they had already done so.
Soma spoke up as well stating there were other victims.
Mike Scigliano, who served as CBLDF deputy director, came forward, Tweeting that he’d been harassed by Brownstein. Scigliano’s Tweet would indicate not only an issue with Brownstein but the entire board of the organization.
In 2006, in response to the event the CBLDF hired an outside firm which then made recommendations for Brownstein remain in his position. We’re told that he did indeed meet all of those requirements according to sources.
The CBLDF is an organization focused on free speech issues and has had some recent controversies including their support of graphic novel publisher/distributor Simon & Schuster after threats of boycott related to bigot Milo Yiannopoulos. There’s been a lot of chatter of an antiquated organization not up for modern times.
The organization is made up of a board of industry professionals and supported by donations and corporate sponsors and retail members.
It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you including interviews, exclusives, and so much more. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
CBLDF – Making Mini-Comics For Activism & Self-Care – An interesting resource for parents and educators to support kids who want to speak up suing comics.
ICv2 – Diamond Recounts Run-Up to DC Termination – A little more information on what happened.
The Comichron – DC ends distribution relationship with Diamond: Historical notes and future prospects – Some history on some of the big news.
Hoth Bricks – Quickly tested: LEGO Marvel Spider-Man 76163 Venom Crawler – A pretty in depth look at the LEGO set.
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Battlecats: Tales of Valderia #3
Comics Bulletin – Castle Waiting
The Nerd Daily – Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
The weekend is almost here. We’ll be spending it in a combination of making our voices heard fighting injustices and trying to get some mental health breaks enjoying games and comics. What will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.
CBLDF – CBLDF’s “Virtual Event Safety” Resource Helps You Support Your Community! – Some solid resources for those looking to do this.
Comics Bulletin – Far Sector #6
It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you all enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some news from around the web.
Kotaku – In A Unionization Breakthrough, Paradox Interactive Signs Labor Agreement With Trade Unions – Will this start to happen in the comic industry?
CBLDF – Anti-Racism Graphic Novels Reading & Resources List – A good list of comics and materials.
The Mary Sue – K-Pop Fans Have Been Vanquishing Racist Hashtags and Police Apps – This has been amazing to watch.
It was new comic book day yesterday! Did you all go out and support your local shop? Will you this weekend? Sound off in the comments below! If you did get some comics, what’d you like? What’d you dislike?
While you think about all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
CBLDF – VICTORY: Redbubble Restores Nick Anderson Cartoon Following CBLDF Action – Congrats to all involved.
Comics Bulletin – Amazing Spider-Man #43
Newsarama – Avengers #33
GeekDad – The Books of Magic #19
The Beat – The Daughters of Ys
Newsarama – The Flash #754
Superman Home Page – Justice League #45
Newsarama – Marauders #10
Newsarama – Venom #25
It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait to get your comics, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Kotaku – Star Wars’ New Era of Storytelling Has Been Delayed – This isn’t surprising.
CBLDF – CBLDF Leads Coalition to Protect the First Amendment Rights of Editorial Cartoonist – Good to see this. More of a reason to not support RedBubble.
Book Riot – Kid Lit Author Booki Vivat Encourages Mental Health Training With Comic – Comics have been a great tool for healthcare.
ComicMix – Is This How You See Me?
Newsarama – Justice League #45
It was a relatively quiet Wednesday in comicdom but we still have some news and reviews from around the web for you! Check out below what you might have missed.
CBLDF – Preparing Your Shop for When You’re Ready to Reopen – Some good and helpful advice for shops as they decide and prepare to reopen.
Newsarama – Ant-Man #4
Newsarama – Batman: Gotham Nights #4