If you haven’t been following the She Said / He Said / She Said story of Tess Fowler and Brian Wood, it’s been a pretty shocking story to unfold in our little comic book world. It’s been a no-holds-barred airing of dirty laundry and gotten a lot of people talking about sexism, sexual harassment and what’s considered “acceptable” in the comics industry.
Of course, there are stories like this in just about every industry and profession, I would wager. I think what makes this one so shocking is that it’s the first time (to my knowledge) that something like this has come to light in a comics world that is pretty small to begin with.
Like a lot of the people pictured above, I really didn’t know what to say about it. I struggled a bit about what to say in today’s post. I don’t know the parties involved, I wasn’t there and can understand why people have been reluctant to weigh in on it. It seems so out of this world, I mean we are talking about funny books here. Not a Motley Crue tour in the 80’s.
Jeremy Shane of The Outhousers has written a great article that points out something important that put it in perspective for me. That while this incident should not be overlooked or condoned, the conversation that it has sparked has brought forth bigger issues. Issues that we all can have a part in dealing with as a fandom, as a community. No one should be afraid to participate in the kind of discussions that are happening all over the internet right now and maybe out of it we can see some real change happening.
I have enough faith in fandom to know that even though we may disagree on who the best Robin was or how many titles Deadpool should have, we can come together as a community and deal with things like this that are of a more serious nature.
In the end, opinions will be made, blog posts will be shared and comments will be posted. Will things change? I don’t know. But, it’s getting people talking about what’s going on and that in itself is a start.
Today’s page comes to us from Mike DeCarlo:
Mike DeCarlo was born on March 14, 1957 in New Haven, CT. After graduating Notre Dame High School and studying art for 2 years at Southern CT ST College, he began his professional career as sports cartoonist for The New Haven Register in 1977. He left that position in 1979 to begin apprenticeship with the legendary Dick Giordano and after 18 months branched off to begin a solo career in the comic book industry. Over the next dozen years, he worked primarily as an ink artist on such titles as Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Thor, Iron Man and Conan the Barbarian. In the mid-nineties, his focus changed to the cartoon/animation genre and worked as an artist on Looney Tunes, Powerpuff Girls, Ben-10, Scooby-Doo and Pinky & the Brain among others. In the last decade, in addition to the work he now does for The Simpsons comic company Bongo Entertainment, he works for Disney Worldwide Publishing on Phineas & Ferb, Marvel Superheroes Magazine and Spider-Man Magazine. Mike also has extended his repertoire into the digital field, becoming accomplished at digital inking in Illustrator and coloring in Photoshop. He also has an active commercial website www.fancommissions.com which engages the general public in personalized drawings. Mike is happily married since 1981 and has raised 4 children and currently resides in Stratford, CT.
Have a good week, friends! See you back here Friday!