Tony Harris On Rebuilding Bridges

An Ex Machina cosplayer...
An Ex Machina cosplayer…

A short while back, Bleeding Cool came under attack from comic creator Tony Harris after we ran his thoughts on cosplayers, as he had asked people to do.

"And lastly, Bleeding Cool, and Rich Johnston are Shithead, scumbags, and this isnt the first time his camp has come after me. Fuck you Rich."

Yes, that was the one. However, it seems that Harris has had a change of heart, not towards me specifically, but in general. Posting on Facebook, and passed to Bleeding Cool, he first talked about his personal family life, then:

It's made me rethink how and what I do and say. I have burned a lot of bridges professionally, and just as many personally. Some or all of the time because I am loud and opinionated. Sometimes I was right, and I was wrong even more often. But a lotta times people let the loudmouth win just to avoid conflict. I realize how difficult I have been to deal with, and to be around. Im not blind or stupid, and I also realize that's why I have precious few friends. I am owning it, for the first time. Being an artist who's freelance is a isolated and lonely existence. But acting like I have for oh, so many years, has made it even more lonely. I am truly sorry to those of you on either side of the table, that I have wronged, or just treated badly. I mean it. I hope you can take me at face value from here on out and gimme a shot at being a friend. I'm actually a pretty good guy if you gimme a shot. There….I feel like I'm in a 12 step program, and NO…..this is not a suicide note "

Which is good to hear. Our hand is, as always, extended for the purpose of shaking. You can currently find Harris' work in the Image Comics title Chin Music.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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