FORMER BATGIRL CO-WRITER ACCUSED OF PREDATORY BEHAVIOUR
This is the kind of story we never want to have to cover, because it's the kind of thing we wish didn't happen.
Artist and model Aviva Maï has accused comics writer and artist Cameron Stewart, probably best known recently for his run as co-writer on Batgirl, of grooming her when she was a teenager.
In a series of tweets earlier this week, Maï stated that she met Stewart when she was 16 and he was in his early 30s, that they flirted via text and went on one date in 2009, then stayed in contact for some time after, with him expressing regret that he'd "missed his chance" to date her.
Artist Kate Leth subsequently supported Maï, stating that she'd had a similar experience.
Now. Nobody has suggested criminality here. Nobody is claiming a sexual assault or anything like that. But as a former teacher I have to say that every single one of my safeguarding alarms is activated by this story - my discomfort is increased by the fact that much of Stewart's recent work has been on books aimed squarely at teen girls.
With that hat on we would suggest that if you're a teenager and somebody who is maybe your age takes an interest that in any way feels "romantic", if there is a suggestion of "dating", that's a very serious red flag. If you know somebody who habitually makes passes at teen girls half their age, you should challenge that behaviour.
DC INVITES YOU TO THE FANDOME
Jim Lee, the head honcho at DC Comics has announced the "Fandome" a one day online comics convention scheduled for 22nd August.
More info HERE.
IT'S PRIDE MONTH!
Marking Pride Month today's social media profile pic is America Chavez. Art by Joe Quinones.
DIAMOND DELIVERY SCHEDULE TO END OF JUNE
We have previously announced that Diamond would be recommencing weekly deliveries from 20th May. As a result of various factors (their own warehouse capacity if they are to maintain social distancing and protect their staff, availability and cost of air freight and the need to be consistent) they have now revised and reduced this schedule. Deliveries will now re-start on Wednesday 27th May, and be fortnightly until the end of June, at which point they will reassess the situation.
The new schedule is as follows.
Wednesday June 24th
What will actually be shipping on those dates is unclear at present. We'll keep you informed, and also let you know as soon as possible what's happening in July.
GRAPHIC NOVELS ON DEMAND SERVICE NOW ACTIVE
For various logistical reasons we don't list our range of graphic novels and trade paperbacks online. However, we are now able to offer an ordering service - just tell us what you want, either by e-mail, through our social media or using the form on our website (click HERE to go to the appropriate page), we'll send you an invoice and have your book (or books) shipped directly to your door. We can even have them gift-wrapped if you're sending them to somebody else. (Or if you just like unwrapping things...)
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