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*deeply disappointed*

Barely three months ago, I posted about how pleased I was with Wood's work on X-Men and about my favorable impression of him generally. This has since changed. A couple of weeks ago comics artist Tess Fowler alleged on Twitter that early in her career he had sexually harassed her at a con and then verbally abused her, in public and later online, when she refused. The identity of the person in question was a bit vague, though, as she did this by piggybacking on someone else's Twitter rant.

The identity is vague no more; she's directly confirmed that this person was Brian Wood. Further discussion here here.

It's all very disappointing, folks. I was pretty upset when this stuff started airing two weeks ago; Wood's all-women X-men comic is the reason I am in comics. It's one of the things I point to to say that the comics industry is getting better in terms of its treatment of diversity, which only makes all this worse. I can only think of maybe one or two other comics authors I'd be sadder to learn this about than Wood.

Woe.

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quickreaver
Nov. 15th, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
Ho boy. This isn't the first story I've heard of bad behavior from guys in positions of 'power' at cons. You just can't get away with that stuff anymore, not with the internet. It's tougher to sweep junk under the carpet.

But it all boils down to bad behavior is bad behavior, and it shouldn't be tolerated. Guess he gets what he gets.
snickfic
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Yeah. I've heard a fair bit about this kind of thing on the literary SFF side of things, and I knew it happened in the comics industry as well, but it's especially a bummer when it turns out to be someone whose work you admire. :(
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snickfic
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
That's interesting; I hadn't really thought about that aspect. I feel like the X-men people don't necessarily have a lot to do with the non-X-men people? But then again Fraction and Gillen have both written for the X office before.

It is extremely disappointing. :(
rahirah
Nov. 15th, 2013 01:29 pm (UTC)
From what I hear, the US comics industry is pretty much set up for this kind of abuse of power. Marvel and DC don't take submissions; you have to have an in with someone working there to get a job. :/
snickfic
Nov. 16th, 2013 01:59 am (UTC)
Actually, I understand that they do accept some art submissions and look at portfolios in certain circumstances. It's the writing end of the gig that's basically impossible without knowing people and being known. :\
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