I only added the link after making the post, in case someone questioned my use of the word “literally.” And I think my comic speaks PRECISELY to why I find this kind of behavior particularly horrible within the field I’ve dedicated my life to.
But since you asked, yeah. I am infuriated that this shit continues within the business of superhero comics, which one would expect to have higher standards of conduct, given the inspirational and progressive nature of its subjects. This guy gets to write Superman? Are we in a parallel, evil universe?
The fact that women are second class citizens in this world disgusts me. When I was working with an orphan outreach program in Uganda, I learned that wives there had to kneel on the ground in order to speak to their husbands. When I was building toilets in the most impoverished areas in eastern India, I spoke to women who had been set on FIRE by their husbands for not producing male children. Since posting Something Terrible, I get emails every single day from women whose lives were derailed by sexual violence, often in their childhood homes. You think I shouldn’t make the issue about me? It’s humans with MY physiology committing these acts and perpetuating these systems. What the hell is going on with MEN?
The other private response I got to posting about this was from a dear friend writing to thank me for always posting about these events, and to tell me that she’d experienced similarly victimizing offenses from Mr. Lobdell over a decade ago, and that events like that have influenced her to keep a lower profile in this business, despite her incredible talent. (Thanks a lot, Scott. The world is a worse place because of people like you.)
As a dude working in this business for over ten years now, I have never and will never stop calling these assholes out for their sexism, racism, and homophobia, because this IS my house. AND YOURS. The sign on the door says “You’ll Be Safe Here.” That should be true for every single person reading or making comics. And if adding a link to my story that is helping men and women who have experienced sexual violence all around the world offended you, then we really have dramatically different gauges for what is offensive.
It offends me to not see more men speaking out about these stories, I assume because they’re afraid of not getting more work. I guess that’s preferable to thinking it’s because they’re all just cool with it. It really is a small industry once you’re on the inside. There are only a few major employers. I say what I want because I was raised by Batman and a mom worth ten of him. I’d rather work alone than with any of these exclusionary clubhouses. I can’t judge those who choose their livelihoods over speaking out. I posted what I did because I’m not ruled by their fears, but by an intolerance of injustice, borne of experiences explained in the link that so offended you. (If anything, by the way, that comic proves I don’t need the Boys’ Clubs. More people read it last month than their top ten books combined.)
You think I’m co-opting the issue, even though all I did was share a link about an issue that needs far more attention with my followers, with three sentences of commentary about how these continued offenses make me feel as a male comics creator, along with a link to my friend Rachel’s much longer (and better) post on the subject. I can only speak from my own point of view, but I linked to two others that I hope my fans made time to read.
Scott Lobdell is one more bully on our block. As always, the system favors his kind. But they’re going to lose anyway. Because we’re on the rooftops. We’re lights in the sky.
I sincerely don’t mind you calling me out, but I hope you’ll accept that if you don’t want to hear my POV on these issues, the best thing to do is block me. Because I am never, ever, going to stop.#dean trippe #scott lobdell #rambling #comics #sexism