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The last 13 hours have caused a lot of chaos on twitter, and in doing so have reminded me of one of the worst parts of comics: Comicsgate. For those who don’t know what Comicsgate is, it’s a hate group dedicated to harassing women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people for the increasing diversity and liberalization of storytelling. DC Comics writers like Gail Simone, Vita Ayala, etc. have been attacked consistently by Comicsgaters. Comicsgate is one of the worst parts of the comics industry and is responsible for a lot of horrible things. You can read more about them here
Today, Comicsgate reared it’s ugly head once again. After Dynamite comics tweeted out the following:
For some context, here is an ACTUAL page from the series Dynamite is promoting:
This comic is vile, racist, homophobic, and sexist and is downright hurtful. The fact that a MAJOR publisher is supporting this is serious cause for concern. This is a comic written by a comicsgater.
In response to Dynamites support, news websites like AiPT, Xavier Files, and more have announced that they will cease coverage of Dynamite Comics. This is HUGE news as Dynamite is one of the largest publishers in the comics industry.
So this is where my story comes in. I spent time on twitter sending out a bunch of tweets/replies to answer various peoples questions. One of my replies got retweet by the writer of the comic, and made it seem like I was endorsing and supporting the comic. So I replied with the following:
In response, I got hit by the full force of the Comicsgate community. In the next 4 hours, I got over four thousand notifications as comicsgaters attacked me. Some attacked me by taking this reply as an endorsement of the comic and retweeted it with added comments, while others like the Comicsgate Leader Ethan Van Shrier attacked me as well. Each retweet and comment by big name comicsgaters only increased the amount of hate I got.
The list goes on and on. Some of the messages in the replies were genuinely horrifying and I can’t show without breaking DCU guidelines. This is what I faced as a random commenter of one post, imagine what people like Gail Simone, Vita Ayala, Cecil Castellucci, and others go through every day. People targeted me because I made some comments, while people attack Gail Simone because she has power and makes a living on comics.
The point to all of this is 1) Spreading awareness about Comicsgate and giving people an example of comicsgate tactics. 2) Spread awareness about Dynamite’s Actions. and 3) Help people get a sense of what various non-cis white male writers have to go through.
Thank you for reading this.
Edit: 7/20 9:50 PST
UPDATE: After multiple creators left Dynamite, Dynamite decided to pull there support for Cash Grab. I responded of course.
Of course, as I write in my tweet, after all the hate I got from Cecil and Comicsgate for my complaints, Dynamite releases this BS statement as damage control. However, Dynamite already pissed off Anti-Comicsgaters. Now, Dynamite has pissed off Comicsgaters by pulling support.
So Ethan Van Shriver, the Leader of Comicsgate, revealed details to punish Dynamite. I think it’s easiest for you guys to read this article from Screen Rant for more details.