In the wake of Buzzfeed's report on the sexual harassment allegations against longtime DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza on Friday, some high-profile comic book creators have taken to social media to address the allegations.
DC Comics artist Rafael Albuquerque called on his employer to "make the right call" despite spending "the whole day afraid to speak out." Some other high-profile industry creators have also issued statements on the story, including Shea Fontana, writer of the hit DC Super Hero Girls series of graphic novels, the first of which we recently learned sold more than 100,000 copies, catapulting Fontana to one of the most prominent creators in the industry.
But Fontana wasn't the only one speaking up. Gail Simone also cast her support with the women who shared their stories in Buzzfeed's article.
Meanwhile, Marvel exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg took to Twitter to issue a long statement:
While Lilah Sturges called for Eddie Berganza to be fired:
And Tamra Bonvillain talked about the struggles of those who call out abuse in comics:
Kwanza Osajyefo didn't mince words:
And neither did Kate Leth:
Leth called on male comic book creators to speak up.
And lamented when few had by Saturday morning.
But one of the men who did was Tony Isabella, who wrote:
Joshua Hale Fialkov expressed his support for the women who shared their stories, and had some choice words for Berganza:
Gerry Conway alluded to the situation, tweeting:
Spike Trotman wrote:
Sophie Campbell spoke out about her part in the story.
And Christopher Sebela said:
And Tess Fowler wrote:
We're sure we've missed some, and equally sure that more comic book pros will speak out in the coming days.
Responding to Buzzfeed's article, DC Comics issued the following statement on Friday:
DC and WB are unequivocally committed to cultivating a work environment of dignity and respect, one that is safe and harassment free for all employees. We take all claims of harassment very seriously and investigate them promptly. Employees found in violation of the policies are dealt with swiftly and decisively, and subject to disciplinary actions and consequences.
Though allegations against Berganza have been reported before by Bleeding Cool and others, the Buzzfeed report comes amidst a sweeping tidal wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful men across the entertainment industry and politics — one that has remarkably captured the attention of the world. Additionally, Buzzfeed's report contains previously unreported allegations about Berganza, and comes from the highest-profile outlet yet to report on them. Echoes of Buzzfeed's report have also followed on sites like Vulture and The Hollywood Reporter, as well as comics sites like CBR, ComicBook.com, and Graphic Policy. Berganza's photo also made the front page of the New York Daily News.