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The Southern Poverty Law Center adds Bosch Fawstin to their 2016 Report

THE INFIDEL #1 coverComic creator Bosch Fawstin is in the center of controversy after his portrait of Mohammad won the contest hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). That contest spurred two terrorists to attempt an attack on the event hosted by AFDI. Both gunmen were killed by police.

Fawstin Tweeted the below concerning the attack.

He has since used the event to promote his anti-Islamic series The Infidel, causing the series to vault to the top of digital sales on comiXology. I reviewed the comic a while ago and you can read the review here.

Fawstin, a New York born, former Muslim, won $12,500 in prize money for his art.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization which tracks hate groups, includes the AFDI in its annual list of U.S. hate groups. They plan on adding Fawstin to the list according to Heidi Beirich, director of the tracking effort. In full disclosure, I’m very much a supporter of the SPLC, and find Fawstin’s and the AFDI’s beliefs disgusting. Beirich said to Reuters that Fawstin would have been listed before, but was not due to the fact they were unable to figure out his location.

Beirich said to Reuters:

He’s like the artist of the movement. His views, they are hate views.

Fawstin said he fears for his safety, but will continue his work. To Reuters, he said:

It definitely is concerning. You do your work and people out there want to kill you for it. I understand the threat, but I’m not going to be cowed by it. I still intend to go up there and I still intend to speak out.

And on being added by the SPLC:

So they want to put a cartoonist on there who doesn’t act out violently? Go for it.

It should be made clear, Fawstin is against all Islam:

You can see his drawing below.

This is a story we’ll be following as it progresses.


(via Reuters, The Outhousers)

Dan Slott on Avengers: The Initiative and It’s Real World Influences

In Wizard Magazine’s Marvel Mondays they interviewed Dan Slott this week about his work on Avengers: The Initiative. In issue #12 it did stick out of me about a character’s similar responses to a certain real world Attorney General.  Below is a snippet of the Wizard article:

One of the threads that grew out of the first year was that idea of conspiracy and deceit. The Initiative started out as a bright and optimistic idea�to train the heroes of the future. Then all this terrible stuff happened. Was that something you wanted to put in initially, or did having Gyrich and the crossovers and everything else turn you towards it?
SLOTT: One of the things I think Marvel does best is that Marvel is the world outside your window. And it would be really hard for me to write a book when you turn on your TV and see [Alberto] Gonzalez constantly saying, “I don’t recall” or a new story about Halliburton or stuff about the President’s approval ratings and have that not reflected. When the world gets happier, The Initiative will get happier. [Laughs] So you want to be able to reflect stuff that’s going on. I had so much fun in #12 where Gyrich keeps saying at the tribunal “I don’t recall.” I wonder who he’s parroting?