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Comic book writer Mark Waid starts GoFundMe campaign to fight back against Comicsgate lawsuit

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One of the biggest controversies over the last couple of years in the gaming industry has easily been Gamergate. Essentially a hate movement manned by fringe loonies, Gamergate fed into the rise of right-wing malice that seems to be crapping all over the world lately, judging by how Brazil has just elected one of the worst human beings to ever live, to the highest office in the land.

Comic books haven’t been immune to such movements either, with Comicsgate picking up the torch and allowing a vocal minority to run rampant and make the industry worse for everyone. Incensed at the very idea that comic book companies are hiring more diverse creators and including a wider range of topics across political, gender and race topics, Comicsgate blames this more inclusive policy on a slump in sales (Which you can read more of here in this in-depth Bleeding Cool breakdown).

The movement has its fair share of voices that scream every day for attention. Comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver is a notable proponent of ComicsGate, as is one Richard C. Meyer who hosts a YouTube page that regularly attacks people in the industry. Meyer himself has a habit of making constant racist, homophobic and sexist statements in his videos, even going so far as to label top names in the industry as members of a paedophile club.

One thing that Meyer isn’t doing? Getting his comic book Jawbreakers published, as he claims that veteran writer Mark Waid managed to bully Antarctic Press into dropping his series before it could hit the printers. While Jawbreakers will be self-published eventually, Meyer is engaging in the traditional American pastime of attempting to sue the pants off of Waid, claiming that he deserves recompense for the writer’s perceived sabotage of his career.

The original goal for Jawbreakers after it managed to gather over $400 000 in pledges on Indiegogo, was for Antarctic Press to publish the book. Antarctic has a history of publishing anything on either side of an ideological divide, but when news of this deal broke it resulted in plenty of notable names in the industry urging Antartic Press to reconsider their plans of allowing Comicsgate to get a foot in the door through Meyer.

“Several retailers announced they wouldn’t stock the comic,” The Daily Dot reported several months back, “making a statement against what they believe to be a toxic influence in the industry.

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Meyer responded by tweeting the names and addresses of stores that decided not to stock Jawbreakers. Retailers then received negative reviews and online comments.

As for Waid, in a FaceBook post (which has since been deleted), the writer described how he contacted Antarctic press to ask them if they were aware of Meyer’s well-documented online toxic behaviour. “Until I hear back,” Waid’s post read, “I’m (hesitantly) willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they don’t really understand who or what they’re getting into business with, which — though it would seem a stretch — is a possibility”.

If I do hear back, I’ll report in. Curious as to how they feel about publishing creators whose marketing strategy is to allegedly (*koff*) encourage their fans to threaten the employees of stores, and/or harass and one-star-review-bob [sic] stores, that don’t order their product.

Not long after that, Antarctic dropped Jawbreakers and Meyer went nuclear, accusing Waid of threatening the publisher both verbally and physically, even roping in Marvel Comics as a legbreaker. Antarctic Press denied the claims, and four months later, Meyer filed a lawsuit against Waid. Meyer claims that Waid has succeeded in getting him “blackballed by the comic book industry,” and of painting him as a “racist, serial harasser of minorities, and as affiliated with white supremacists”.

Pretty certain that Meyer established that identity all on his own on his YouTube channel anyway, but what do I know? Anyway, Waid wasn’t going to just lie down and roll over for the lawsuit, and instead launched a GoFundMe page for his upcoming lawsuit, looking to grab $75 000 in donations for the legal brouhaha.

“Mr. Meyer alleges that I deliberately and singlehandedly blocked the publication of one of his comic books,” Waid wrote on his website.

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I did no such thing, and I believe this lawsuit is his effort to try and intimidate and silence those of us who stand up publicly against bigotry and racism and who continue to defend diverse creators from harassment. Even though I am confident that Mr. Meyer’s claims are entirely meritless, lawsuits are expensive and time-consuming. If I were wealthy, a lawsuit wouldn’t be much of an issue, but I work, y’know, IN COMICS. My expenses are already substantial and could easily run into six figures.

As Waid noted, his lawsuit isn’t just about him, but a first step in a larger pushback against the trolls that have descended on comic books lately. In a world where heroes are needed more than ever, pushing back against trolls and opening up comic books to an even wider audience, is an idea that needs to be protected and embraced.

If comic books want to continue to thrive, then having a wider creative pool that can appeal to a larger audience is definitely the way to go.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: October 30, 2018

53 Comments

  1. Okey enough…i’m just gonna say it…This world needs a war…Invoke conscription!!!!

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  2. Richard Meyer

    October 29, 2018 at 20:49

    Lazy, dishonest, poorly-researched hit-piece.

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    • Marigold's Revenge!

      October 30, 2018 at 18:50

      It’s embarassing.

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  3. Skittle

    October 30, 2018 at 07:12

    lol good to see you writing an objective article xD

    Edit: I think long time comic fans have the right to get upset when there childhood heroes are pushed to the side to make way for a more ‘diverse’ roster. However, if they added new characters in the way they added Miles Morales then I’m all for it.

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    • The D

      October 30, 2018 at 07:22

      You know, I kind of do agree with you there. Marvel’s approach was perhaps a little bit too heavy-handed and by tarnishing the legacy of their heroes in some cases, but then I look at DC and how they’ve been organically inserting these new characters, in a way that makes sense.

      I think you can be progressive and pay respect to the past, but it’s a hell of a tightrope to balance those ideas on.

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    • Suitably Bored

      October 30, 2018 at 10:34

      “Objective article”

      He forgot too mention why Mark Waid was being sued. By forgot I meant he left it out on purpose because if he had too include it, then it would invalidate this word salad of an article.

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      • The D

        October 30, 2018 at 11:43

        It’s right there pal.

        “Not long after that, Antarctic dropped Jawbreakers and Meyer went nuclear, accusing Waid of threatening the publisher both verbally and physically, even roping in Marvel Comics as a legbreaker. Antarctic Press denied the claims, and four months later, Meyer filed a lawsuit against Waid. Meyer claims that Waid has succeeded in getting him “blackballed by the comic book industry,” and of painting him as a “racist, serial harasser of minorities, and as affiliated with white supremacists”.”

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        • Suitably Bored

          October 30, 2018 at 12:06

          Err wrong he is being sued for tortious interference. But then again if you ACTUALLY did some proper journalistic work you would have known that. But you are a glorified blogger so I am guessing thats too much to ask from you I am guess.

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          • Marigold's Revenge!

            October 30, 2018 at 15:09

            Not just that, but Waid admitted through his now-deleted but archived tweets that he contacted Antarctic and he was even smug about how he influenced them to drop Meyer. Once again, criticalhit has the worst take on this.

        • Marigold's Revenge!

          October 30, 2018 at 18:36

          Dude Stop it! Meyer isnt a white nationalist or a white supremacist. He has a muslim daughter and a hispanic son. The fact that you’re parotting this shit from Waid and his cronies without investigating the guy speaks volumes.

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  4. Suitably Bored

    October 30, 2018 at 08:54

    What a poorly researched article, but then again it is a reflection of the direction criticalhit is going in.

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    • The D

      October 30, 2018 at 11:47

      Yup! We’re shining a spotlight on horrible people! Damn us for asking people to not be jerks.

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      • Suitably Bored

        October 30, 2018 at 12:13

        Funny how Darryn conveniently “forgot” why Mark is being taken to court and outright lies in his article. Also, outright lies about Meyer without providing any factual evidence. Also, he pretty much ignores the history Wade has with actually being a real-life bully, not to be confused with being critical of modern-day comics on Twitter. I would ask Darryn for some actual evidence to backup his right-wing claims, but glorified bloggers aren’t known for writing factual articles.

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        • Gavin Mannion

          October 30, 2018 at 14:27

          Dude, you’re being an asshole… Kindly stop else I will ban you.

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          • Sweenifer Toddman

            November 1, 2018 at 15:14

            Asking a journalist to provide evidence or sources isn’t unreasonable, and if he can’t then he’s a glorified blogger.

            Calling someone an asshole for asking for it is being an asshole, though.

        • Marigold's Revenge!

          October 30, 2018 at 15:07

          You’re on point and correct!!

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  5. Suitably Bored

    October 30, 2018 at 12:21

    • The D

      October 30, 2018 at 12:31

      Mark Waid wanted to prevent a known stealer of convention artist alley space from stealing space from other hard-working creators again after various other artists in the industry called out Suydam for that crap? Awesome!

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      • Suitably Bored

        October 30, 2018 at 12:41

        Ah right because Suydam was attending Baltimore Comic Con and the facebook post was not aimed at Meyer. You keep on lying and you keep getting caught out. Is THIS the people they hire to write at Criticalhit now?

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        • The D

          October 30, 2018 at 13:34

          Gooooooooodbyyyeeeeeeeee

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  6. Suitably Bored

    October 30, 2018 at 12:26

    Seems Darryn also “forgot” to mention Mark Waide’s dealings with Aw Yeah comic book store.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b3841e253a5f86ea1b4d0108e116d683c0e5d8c6b17d54c66e1eb3c34cead62.png

    Or the fact that he get extremelt aggressive in real life:

    http://boundingintocomics.com/2018/10/26/mark-waid-accused-of-abusive-behavior-and-poor-business-practices-by-former-business-partner/

    But we won’t talk about that will we?

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    • The D

      October 30, 2018 at 12:34

      I’m trying to find this tape of Waid apparently trashing the store, but I’m having no luck. At least the actual business of running the store seems to have been amicably solved by Waid buying out a sole ownership stake, so there’s that.

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      • Suitably Bored

        October 30, 2018 at 12:39

        Ahaha, sure displaying Kotaku/Polygon levels of “journalism’ :

        “According to Pierce-Outlaw, when their relationship concluded, Waid signed over his ownership stake in Aw Yeah Comics to Blanch, making her the sole owner of the store.”

        5 minutes in Google Darryn 5 minutes was all it took.

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        • The D

          October 30, 2018 at 12:42

          Dude, I’m not going to waste more time debating with you. I’ve got my facts, there are links above with the research and I’ve said what I’ve wanted to say.

          I’m not going to change your mind, and I’m still convinced that Waid is right in this upcoming legal tussle, even if there is actual evidence of him being a prick.

          At the very least, he’s not hosting weekly YouTube videos calling people all manner of vile crap and being a toxic influence on the show.

          Have a nice day buddy.

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          • Suitably Bored

            October 30, 2018 at 12:52

            “I’ve got my facts” Yes anyone who doesn’t agree with my “facts” is some alt-right neo nazi. Keep sticking your head deeper into the sand. Won’t make the truth go away.

            “DARRYN (LEGAL EXPEPERT) BONTHUYS” think Wade will win the legal case even though he has no clue what tortious interference is or forgot to mention it in his article.

            “YouTube videos calling people all manner of vile crap and being a toxic influence on the show.”

            By that comment alone I am guessing you haven’t watched a single video of his. But then again that would be waaayyy too much hard work and journalistic integrity.

          • The D

            October 30, 2018 at 12:54

            Byyyyyyeeee

          • Marigold's Revenge!

            October 30, 2018 at 15:23

            It’s clear he hasn’t watched any of Meyer’s youtube videos.

  7. Suitably Bored

    October 30, 2018 at 12:34

  8. Gustav Willem Diedericks

    October 30, 2018 at 12:38

    Darryn, you couldn’t have taken the blue pill harder had a box of them been fed to you via an enema.
    GamerGate wasn’t some right-wing hate movement, but an actual movement against shoddy, Left-wing, misrepresentation-of-facts journalism (much like your representation of GamerGate). The Urban Dictionary has the least bipartisan, slanted definition of GameraGate: “A word used to describe the events surrounding the Zoe Quinn Scandal, when gaming journalists refused to cover the incident, and instead attacked and generalized their audience” AND “Gamergate is the consumer revolt surrounding corruption in gaming journalism, this group of people have been demonized as misogynists by the journalists in question as an attempt to silence and discredit the people trying to expose their corruption. Gamergate is much like anonymous in that their is no organization, if you say you are part of gamergate, then you are part of gamergate. there are no leaders or controlling party’s” (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Gamergate)

    What was so funny about the movement, was that most of the journalists who were anti-Gamergate all ended up in jail for the same things they were blaming their audience of being: misogynists (https://ageofshitlords.com/men-accused-gamergate-misogyny-now-jail)

    ComicsGate is very much the same as GamerGate. Again Urban Dictionary comes through as the most non-partisan: “A movement of comic book fans who want quality comics without radical far left propaganda destroying the stories and sales of the books” AND “A consumer revolt by comic fans (that feel are being pushed out of their hobby) against over-politicization, unfair business practices, pandering to people who ultimate will not buy the product, the free fall of quality caused by diversity hiring and the hostile behavior of Comic Professionals towards life-long fans in the comics industry.”

    Mark Waid is essentially the Anita Sarkeesian of ComicGate: a Far-Left Liberal that misrepresents the intentions of other professional comic book creators and are attempting to politicize comics, specifically to be more politically Far-left. I could say more, but I’ll let Suitably Bored red-pill you more on his NPC-ness that is Mark Waid

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    • Suitably Bored

      October 30, 2018 at 12:52

      Shhh don’t come in here with your level headed opinions! Or we will be called Alt-Right/Russian Bots/Nazi’s.

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    • The D

      October 30, 2018 at 13:32

      I’m not getting into a debate on this my dude. Here’s the thing: I will always remain staunchly anti- Gamer Gate and that’s the end of that story.

      All I want is for people to not be jerks, simple as that. Call me a blue-piller or whatever it is that you want, but I don’t like seeing harrassment campaigns carried out and people being targeted by vicous trolls constantly.

      ComicsGate is emulating this direction, and I honestly wish that people could realise that there are so many great comics out there waiting to be read, that they don’t have to sink to such petty hatred just because new blood is on the scene and publishers are trying different directions for their characters.

      Much like Gamergate though, Comicsgate will eventually die out and we can all get back to enjoying comic books once the dust has settled. That’s all that any of us want.

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      • Gustav Willem Diedericks

        October 30, 2018 at 14:17

        I am glad you at least stand by your point in being anti-Gamergate. As much as I don’t agree, I respect that.

        However, please do not be part of the problem. Misrepresentation of the facts were the main reason GamerGate started, and it is the same reason the ComicsGate movement is taking off.

        Let’s not beat around the bush here: the new comics aren’t “new blood”, but are clear propaganda pieces designed to push a Far-Left agenda. Everyone Right of the Far-Left: Liberals, Libertarians, Conservatives, Right-wing, and Far Right-wing, can see that a mile away. This is acerbated by people, such as Mark Waid, who attack anyone online who points this out, even those that do so casually and without malice. And even those that made the comics themselves have come out saying that these comics are exactly what non-Far-Lefters are saying (https://bigleaguepolitics.com/marvel-comics-2018-strategy-less-white-males/).

        All we as CriticalHit readers ask, is that when you report on matters such as this, you remain unpartisan, factual, and neutral. It’s fine to write a piece that is slanted, but then you must mark it as Opinion.

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        • The D

          October 30, 2018 at 14:20

          You know what, that’s entirely fair. On matters like this where I am bias, I’ll happily mark it as opinion. I’ll also happily read your links and meditate on them. It’s an enormously complex situation we’ve got going on here, and all I want is for everyone to enjoy comic books. Starting a mudslinging match in the comments is not the way to go, so thank you for your more level-headed response.

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          • Gustav Willem Diedericks

            October 30, 2018 at 14:24

            Cool man. I’m glad you an I can at least discuss this in a civil manner even when we don’t agree. Respect to you for that.

            You should see the crap-talk I have to get into with others not level-headed.

            Kudos, brother!

    • Gavin Mannion

      October 30, 2018 at 14:31

      I actually think some of the original Gamergate people were correct in what they were trying to do. There was a dodgy collaboration of gaming media who were pushing their agenda.

      However the GG movement was definitely taken over by the alt-right who subsequently turned it into a harassment campaign. If you want to look for any proof for this just look at this comment section and the abuse Darryn is receiving.

      I do have my tinfoil hate conspiracy that Gamergate was an early attempt by the right wing to see how they can disrupt a community with opposing ideologies and propaganda. This was a test run before Trump, Brexit and the psycho in Brazil

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  9. Marigold's Revenge!

    October 30, 2018 at 15:34

    Meyer’s crowdfunding campaign is almost fulfilled. It was started yesterday. I’ve given it $100. https://www.gofundme.com/back-ya-boi-zack

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    • Marigold's Revenge!

      October 31, 2018 at 00:07

      In one day, Ya Boi Zach made $79 000, meanwhile after 5 days Bully Waid’s still stuck on 68 000

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      • Marigold's Revenge!

        November 1, 2018 at 02:18

        Meyer’s legal fund crowdfund just hit 100 000 dollars in under two days. The known-bully Mark Waid hasn’t nt even hit 75 000 yet after 6 days.

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  10. Marigold's Revenge!

    October 30, 2018 at 15:48

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