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Eric Esquivel and Eddie Berganza Team Up for the New Publisher Alternate Empire

Alternate Empire

Two notorious individuals in the comic industry are coming together to form a new publishing venture, Alternate Empire. Eric Esquivel and Eddie Berganza have announced they’re “building toward a better future” with the new publisher which has a goal of “creating top-tier quality comics for the Latinx Community.” The first release will come to Kickstarter on March 1.

Esquivel was accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse in December 2018. The abuse included both physical and mental experiences. With the behavior described as “reprehensible” by one publisher, Esquivel saw his projects canceled from multiple publishers.

Eddie Berganza was an editor at DC Comics and during his time there abused coworkers over numerous years. The toxic environment included verbal and physical abuse towards other staff and his reputation so bad that women avoided working with him. The reportedly last incident from him occurred in 2012 at WonderCon but it took five years for him to part ways with DC and only after high profile media coverage.

In the announcement, Esquivel recounts Berganza reaching out to him after being named. Berganza offered Esquivel advice after his own experience. Berganza told Esquivel to “hold (him)self accountable for the mistakes (he) made, try to make amends wherever possible, and continue to find ways to serve the community (he) love(s).”

Ten percent of Alternate Empire’s proceeds will go to Los Angeles’ “Restorative Education Services,” which is an organization dedicated to “healing systemic harms, via traditional cultural practices.” A search for a charity of such name in Los Angeles (or the entire country) through the IRS, Charity Navigator, and Charity Watch turned up no results.

The first release is El Ronin by Jocelyn Ojeda. The comic is described as:

A Japanese-American man whose ancestors were incarcerated during the period of Japanese Internment steps up to defend his Mexican-American neighbors from a cabal of corrupt I.C.E. agents who are trying to extort them.

The reaction has been negative by numerous professionals and we’ll see how the public reacts by the Kickstarter when it launches in March.

Around the Tubes

It’s Thanksgiving here at GP HQ and not to sound too cheesy but thank you all for visiting our site and helping keep it going all these years. We have a full day of news coming at you, no rest for the holiday! And we’re kicking that off with a fresh round of news from around the web.

The Beat – Marvel Watch: Joe Quesada steps in to smooth Cebulski transition, including interviews – Except an interview with us. No way that’ll happen. Publishers are scared for us to interview their CEOs and EICs.

The Beat – Five more women accuse Berganza of sexual harassment – The tip of the iceberg.

Kotaku – Marvel Heroes Developer Gazillion Apparently Lays Off Everyone On Thanksgiving Eve – What assholes.



Talking Comics – Aquaman #30

CBR – Doomsday Clock #1

Newsarama – Doomsday Clock #1

Atomic Junk Shop – Illuminati Transport

ICv2 – Riverdale Vol. 1

DC Has Fired Eddie Berganza

DC Entertainment has fired editor Eddie Berganza after assault and harassment again was raised. Buzzfeed released a detailed article covering the multiple incidents by Berganza which included harassment and assault.

Numerous articles concerning the incidents have been written for years without ramifications or result until this weekend when it became more high profile.

Berganza joined DC Comics in the 1990s and the Buzzfeed report has incidents going back to the early 2000s with the most recent in 2012. During that time he was promoted and demoted and enabled to continue while women were punished in various ways.

DC has released a statement saying:

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza. We are committed to eradicating harassment and ensuring that all employees, as well as our freelance community, are aware of our policies, are comfortable reporting any concerns and feel supported by our Company.

Over the weekend Berganza was suspended pending an investigation with word of his termination being confirmed today after the rumor surfaced he was this Sunday.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Eddie Berganza Has Been Suspended

An email has been sent out from DC Entertainment that Group Editor Eddie Berganza has been suspended and removed from performing his duties.

Berganza has once again been at the center of past harassment at the comics publisher. Buzzfeed published an in-depth article on Friday which reignited the discussion about the lack of action on DC’s part leading to a new round of coverage as well as creators and more adding their voice and concerns over the continued employment of the individual.

The email is below:

Statement from DC Entertainment regarding Eddie Berganza

DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics. There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared. DC continues to be extremely committed to creating a safe and secure working environment for our employees and everyone involved in the creation of our comic books.

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.

Eddie Berganza’s Years of Harassment Gets In-Depth Coverage

Harassment is rife in the comics community with known issues buzzed about and whispered with little repercussions for the harassers or those that protect them. Buzzfeed has released an extensive article covering the known issues with DC Comics‘ editor Eddie Berganza which has been covered extensively by Bleeding Cool for years (credit where credit is due). The article has numerous individuals on the record discussed not just Berganza but also DC “goodwill ambassador” Julius Schwartz.

Berganza’s career has been all over rising from group editor to executive editor and back again to group editor all the while women left the company due to the harassment and behavior. Berganza’s actions occurred years ago and no new allegations have arisen recently but with the numerous reckonings of people like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein the issue is back to the forefront again highlighting how men in power have kept their jobs and been protected in their careers while the individuals they abuse are left in their wake with careers at times ruined.

Berganza’s allegations involve groping and forcibly kissing female staff on more than one occasion with at least five individual having spoken to DC leadership. Three of those women spoke to Buzzfeed. None of the women who reported Berganza to human resources still work for the company.

The article paints the picture of a toxic environment full of “offensive jokes or line-crossing comments in the presence of or at the expense of women” including the statement that a character needed to be made “less dykey.” Despite that toxicity and multiple infractions and complaints Berganza is still employed by the company.

Berganza’s reputation was so known in the industry and out that women avoided working with the line of books he oversaw and women were discouraged from working with him in his department. Sophie Campbell is quoted as saying she turned down working on Supergirl because she’d have had to have worked with Berganza. It was an “open secret” though a “code of silence” prevented some from speaking out.

The most recent, and reportedly last, incident occurred in 2012 at WonderCon where Berganza again attempted to “make out” with an individual. Despite numerous issues Berganza kept his job but was “demoted” from executive editor to group editor. They still apparently valued him enough to keep him employed sending a signal to many.

In response to the article DC stated:

DC and WB are unequivocally committed to cultivating a work environment of dignity and respect, one that is safe and harassment free for all employees. We take all claims of harassment very seriously and investigate them promptly. Employees found in violation of the policies are dealt with swiftly and decisively, and subject to disciplinary actions and consequences.

It’s clear a toxic element still corrupts the industry with individuals protecting or encouraging this type of behavior for the sake of sales and actual impact to the instigator from behavior being minimal. Berganza is just one case but we’ve covered the issue more than once. We’ve gotten word of more that has yet to be revealed with other individuals at other publishers.

Hopefully with a renewed spotlight on toxicity in entertainment, and elsewhere, maybe changes can be made going forward within the comic industry but that won’t make up for the careers and individuals destroyed in the wake of what has already happened.

Parenting DC Comics, and A Rebirth of Ethics

The following is guest commentary by Joseph Phillip Illidge

DC-Comics-logoby Joseph Phillip Illidge

On Wednesday, April 20th, DC Comics announced that Shelly Bond, VP-Executive Editor of its Vertigo division and imprint, had left the company.

You know, “left”.

Additionally, the position of VP-Executive Editor, Vertigo, was being eliminated.

You know, like it never existed. An antimatter wave come from across the multiverse of corporate speak to fill a vacuum by removing the vacuum.

In addition to that megaton bomb being dropped on the comic book industry, the “elimination” of a high-ranking position held by a woman was commented on by two men. Dan Didio and Jim Lee, the Co-Publishers of DC Comics.

The Twitterscape, at the very least, was full of pointed and heated conversation as a result of this announcement.

Three people I know in the industry sent me texts. The texts (mature content warning) read as follows:

“What the hell is DC doing?”

“…DC shredding Vertigo and eliminating Shelly Bond’s job is one of the dumbest moves they could make.”

“It’s like DC enjoys doing dumb shit”

All interesting questions or observations.

The removal of a powerful woman from the corporate structure of DC Comics opened the floodgates for a history of injustices done to women by DC Comics, significantly because of alleged and documented sexual harassment of women by Eddie Berganza, Group Editor.

So much has been said about the latter in the last week, much less handful of years, that I doubt I could add anything more.

What’s I’d like to discuss is this thing that happens, when I bring up DC Comics’ problems concerning its female employees in public and in private.

DC-Super-Hero-Girls-Diane-NelsonPeople throw out Diane Nelson’s name.

Throw it out like a baseball, or a panacea.

Diane Nelson is the President of DC Entertainment, a position she’s held since 2009.

DC Comics is a subsidiary of DC Entertainment.

DC Entertainment encompasses DC Comics.

The two are not the same. One is larger than the other. One commands the other.

None of the people whom have presented Diane Nelson’s name to me have offered proof that Diane Nelson runs the day-to-day operations of DC Comics.

I don’t think she does.

I think she has much bigger fish to fry and a considerably larger and higher-stakes palette of responsibilities than day-to-day management and oversight of the publishing arm.

Said arm being run by three men.

DC_EntertainmentSo DC Entertainment is like the parent of a child old enough to be afforded a good deal of autonomy, but still living in the corporate house.

Diane Nelson, a female President of DC Entertainment, does not seem to have any impact whatsoever as to how women are treated, on a corporate and, or human, level at DC Comics.

Women whom have served at DC Comics for at least two decades are given their walking papers, and other women have their creative job opportunities hampered by the continued employment of a controversial officer of the company.

So please spare us the Diane Nelson excuse. She’s a businesswoman of a higher order dealing with billion-dollar-scale matters.

She is not the parent in the equation. Apparently and unfortunately, DC Comics has no moral compass.

So we must serve that role.

The community of supporters and consumers, who believe that the providers of heroic mythology should operate within an environment of heroic ideals, who believe that the need for profit does not outweigh or negate the need for equity of treatment for everyone, who believe that good employees and creators should not have to deal with the conflict of working in the belly of a beast so they can make a living, raise their families, and provide stories that define a better world.

I have boycotted DC Comics before, but I will not do so now.

I know that heroes operate within their halls. People of bright spirits and the best of intentions write, draw, and utilize their artistic gifts to contribute to a mythology that has finally found global respect and greater impact along with its global visibility.

You and I, if we want a better comic book industry, can be the moral compass for this damaged company.

WONDER-WOMAN-SENSATION-04_612x380_0We can be their Superman, in our optimism and unwavering hope that they can be better, in our capacity to not punish creators for the actions of their employer.

We can be their Wonder Woman, in our considered judgment of their injustices and crimes against people across gender and ethnic lines.

We can be their Batman, in our capacity for decisive action which will be tantamount to punishment.

Our industry is diminished when men of power allow for crimes against women to continue, alongside the removal of women of power.

Let’s get them to do better, because honestly, when the publisher of Wonder Woman, arguably one of the most powerful icons associated with feminism and female empowerment for the last and present century, is the home to despicable actions against women, something is fundamentally wrong and ugly and sick.

The criticism and admonishment must continue.

Joseph Illidge Photo by Milo Stone

Joseph Illidge
Photo by Milo Stone

Joseph Phillip Illidge is a public speaker on the subjects of race, comics and the corporate politics of diversity. In addition to his coverage by The New York Times, CNN Money, the BBC and Publishers Weekly, Joseph has been a speaker at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Digital Book World’s forum, Digitize Your Career: Marketing and Editing 2.0, Skidmore College, The School of Visual Arts, Purdue University, on the panel “Diversity in Comics: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexual Orientation in American Comic Books” and at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City.

Joseph is the Head Writer for Verge Entertainment. Verge has developed an extensive library of intellectual properties for live-action and animated television and film, video games, graphic novels and web-based entertainment.

His graphic novel project, “The Ren,” about the romance between a young musician from the South and a Harlem-born dancer in 1925, set against the backdrop of a crime war, will be published by First Second Books, a division of Macmillan.

Joseph’s newest comic book project is the upcoming Scout Comics miniseries “Solarman,” a revamp of a teenage superhero originally written by Stan Lee.

After Vertigo Shake Up, Sexual Harassment Allegations Resurface

eddie berganzaIt wasn’t long after the news of the firing of Shelly Bond and restructuring of Vertigo by DC Entertainment that folks begin questioning why someone like Bond was let go while others in the industry who have histories of sexual harassment keep their positions. One of those people mentioned specifically was Eddie Berganza, currently the Group Editor for Superman titles at DC Comics.

I had known of the incidents for some time, but with everything of its nature things always need to be researched, checked, double checked, get permission from those who recount stories, check those stories, etc. etc. Covering this sort of issue was nothing new for the site, but there’s right ways to do it, and I like to try to do it the right way.

So when people decided to name names it was absolutely time to write what was known as now it wasn’t just an open secret, it was just open. And I pondered all day as to what to write, then I didn’t have to really write anything, because there’s two solid pieces that you should read that covers it all.

Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool does an excellent job of recounting the incidents, the facts, the fall out, everything you need to know about it. And he fills in some gaps I didn’t know about. Credit where credit is due, he nails it with facts.

Then Heidi MacDonald at The Beat also posted an article that is an fantastic companion piece to Johnston’s post.

When it comes to the details, I have nothing to add, and they do a much better job than I could have.

What I will add and state is that harassment is still pervasive in geekdom whether in offices, at conventions, or in stores. It should not be tolerated, accepted, or swept under the rug. We as an industry and as fans should be aware it is present, and do everything we can to help make comics an inclusive and welcoming place.

We Talk Supergirl with Ema Lupacchino

Ema Lupacchino is a relative newcomer to the comic book industry, but she has already made her mark.  With over 100 issue credits to her name, she has already worked on a lot of iconic comic characters including Thor, Vampirella and Lois Lane.  Since issue #30 of Supergirl she has been the series’ regular illustrator.  We got a chance to talk with her about her work on the title, designing battle armours, and choosing the right colour of nail polish.

Graphic Policy: How did you get the chance to draw this iconic character?

karaEma Lupacchino: From what I remember, It happened in just three seconds – Eddie Berganza asked me if I’d  have liked to work on Supergirl and I said “YES”. I was really happy when he named “Supergirl” as the title I could have been working on, I love this character.

GP:  Supergirl is fairly iconic in terms of her costume and her design,  What do you do to put your own personal touch on this character?

EL: What I think is that the costume is not really important in order to define a character – the key is the attitude I give to her. I feel this responsibility every time I have to feature a specific character with the acting, the gesture, the expressions – it’s what describes him or her the most, the costume is just an outfit. This is what I try to give to her, a very specific temper and attitude. It can be a look, a way to move, a feeling. I want her to be as “real” as possible.

GP:  Along with Wonder Woman,  Supergirl is one of  two major DC Comics heroes who are both very strong and very feminine.  How do you find the balance between the two?

EL: Easily – she’s very feminine outside, in her movements, her make up, the way she smiles, these kind of  things. And she’s strong in both her head and heart. Of course she’s Kryptonian and she’s got some extraordinary superpowers, she’s almost invincible, but the real force is in her will. The hardest part of my  work is to communicate all this with drawings … I hope I’m doing it well :)

supergirl - blue nailsGP:  In the most recent issue (#36), Kara is wearing Supergirl-blue nail polish, which is a nice touch for the character.  Did you have any input into that?  

EL:  YES! It was me, I confess! I love blue nails, and since it’s more modern that the classic red one I thought it could be a smart way to show she’s living our timeline.

GP:  Also in the most recent issue Kara is thrown into some Kryptonian battle armor, which looked pretty amazing.  What were your inspirations for the design?

supergirl armourEL:  I was inspired by some pretty amazing concepts, mostly by Japanese illustrators I really love, like Terada for example. Japanese are the best at conceiving sci-fi technologies and I wanted to give a sense of futuristic tech on her armor, in order to help her feel light and comfortable at the same time.

GP:  The series has generally been a mix between Earth based stories and outer-space cosmic stories.  Is there a setting between the two that you prefer?

EL:  Space, of course! On Earth, as our real world, nothing extraordinary really happens – but out there in the space, extraordinary things can be discovered: futuristic technologies, new worlds and races that are very exciting to draw.

GP:  Speaking of outer space based stories, the world which you designed for the Crucible is pretty complex and amazing, between the different environments and an awesome looking space station.  How much input did you get into the design of the planet?

supergirl crucibleEL:  The idea of the Crucible as a bracelet orbiting on two twin stars was written in the script, and I think it’s a very cool idea. I spent a lot thinking about how to design it. You know, there were many factors to consider out there – the balance it should have with the stars’ orbit, the dimension, the details, the dimension of the ships outside. At the beginning I was working on some preliminary studies that didn’t really give the sense of its size, so I asked my friend Emiliano Santalucia to help me in figuring out what wasn’t really working with it. So he suggested to me to draw a huge diameter bracelet in which we can barely see where it ends over the stars. That worked perfectly, thanks Emil!

GP:  Are there any superhero characters that you would like to get a chance to draw that you haven’t already?

EL:  Good questions, I have TONS! :D I really wouldn’t mind to draw Catwoman or Wonder Woman one day.

Review: Superman #19

Cover Superman #19Superman #19 gives us a WTF certified gatefold cover where we see Wonder Woman holding him back as he wipes blood from his mouth, surrounded by rubble. When you open the gatefold; there stands Orion, gripping Superman’s cape in his hand, hovering above. There is a lot happening in this book with plot elements setting up future stories and Scott Lobdell is really starting to have fun as he’s settled in quite nicely shaping the Man of Steel’s comic book world.

The Dialogue:

I really enjoyed the dialogue in this issue with the exception of one thing. There is a scene where Superman is talking out loud to himself about what he did and what he’s going to do. This seemed a bit like the old Super-Friends cartoon where he would spell things out for the viewer at home who didn’t know what he was capable of. He’s Superman, what can’t he do? Anyways, I thought this would’ve been a great opportunity to show off some narrative skills, but Lobdell chooses to let Superman talk out loud to himself. Also, Perry White is highly enjoyable in a J.K. Simmons sort of way. If this is the way Lobdell will continue to write him, we need more Perry!

The Art:

Kenneth Rocafort is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. When Jim Lee decides to retire from drawing (which I hope his hand falls off before that happens), Rocafort could be my go to guy. His style fits this genre perfectly and the perfect adjectives escape me right now. He doesn’t use traditional panels as they splash all over the page with really unique framing that screams science fiction. The colors by BLOND are well blended, especially in the beginning where we get a glowing effect from Superman’s foes. The blur effect from anything happening at super speed in the book are nicely done as well. It seems like the Superman scenes have very ‘busy’ backgrounds, while Clark’s backgrounds are more relaxed and simplified. I really enjoy that symbolism in the art.

What I Loved:

The setups. This book gets the ball rolling on future plot points, not only by introducing Hector Hammond, but the Allysun and the people made of red sun particles. These will provide some great stories to tell in the future. Not to mention the discussion of Lois and Jonathan’s ‘soon-to-be’ roommate. That will definitely be something to keep an eye out for. I can’t imagine how that can end well for anyone involved.

What I Hated:

Superman’s need to talk out loud to himself. I really think at times the story could benefit from some narrative, rather than hearing him talk to no one. As I mentioned earlier, it seems a bit on the campy, cartoony side of things to have Superman talk about using his powers to do something. I would love a little box, that describes what’s happening and why. Remember those? Remember when comic books provided narrative and told a story rather than the characters setting it up for us? Then later we get thought bubbles! So, why is he talking out loud to himself at one point…but later decides it’s better to keep his thoughts to himself. This back and forth is a bit strange to me.

Favorite (non-spoilerish) Line:

“Honestly, if I didn’t have three ex-wives to support and a prostate the size of the weekend edition, I probably would have joined you when you walked out that door, kid.” – Perry White during a ‘heart-to-heart’ talk. If this is how Perry is going to be…we need more Perry!


In Conclusion:

This book is a must have if you’ve been reading Superman already, I don’t need to tell you that because you already understand how great Lobdell and Rocafort have been together. But if you haven’t been reading, and are looking for a place to jump on board, this is a great place to start. With new villains, old villains and hints of things to come this book is setting you up for a great future run.


Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy


Book Credits:

Writer: Scott Lobdell Pencils: Kenneth Rocafort Colorist: BLOND Letterer: Rob Leigh Cover Art: Rocafort Editor: Eddie Berganza Assistant Editor: Anthony Marques Publisher: DC Comics Cover Price: $2.99 US Title: “Look Who’s Flying to Dinner”

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