Comic book creator Joshua Luna, formerly one-half of the comics creating duo The Luna Brothers, has spoken out on Twitter about his brother, Jonathan Luna, in a series of tweets alleging exploitation as well as physical and emotional abuse by the elder Luna brother. Joshua Luna claims his brother split profits 70/30 in Jonathan Luna's favor rather than 50/50, which Joshua Luna believes would be fair, prevented the younger Luna from utilizing their shared social media, and used both financial leverage and violence to keep his brother in line. Luna detailed the allegations in a series of tweets Friday, saying he kept silent for years out of shame but decided to come forward after seeing his brother continue to receive support in the comics industry.
In response to the tweets Saturday, Jonathan Luna posted the following statement:
Jonathan Luna declined to comment further on the accusations by his brother.
The Luna Brothers broke onto the comics scene in 2004 with Ultra at Image Comics and followed that up with Girls and The Sword in the following years. In 2012, Joshua Luna made his solo debut with the six-issue series Whispers at Image, while Jonathan Luna co-created Alex + Ada with Sarah Vaughn in 2013. However, Joshua Luna spoke out earlier this year about issues with former publisher Image Comics surrounding the publication of his upcoming comic, Americanizasian: A Filipino American Comic Creator's Awakening.