On Twitter, comic book writer Charles Soule offered his assistance to foreign comics creators looking to attend the upcoming Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, Washington. In his statement, Soule made it clear that, while he cannot give legal advice, he does hope to any answer questions foreign creators might have. Soule's offer comes at a time when the the United States' current border policy is ambiguous.
re: prior tweet - I've been an immigration attorney for 15+ years. Can't give legal advice, but I can possibly help clarify what to expect.— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) February 28, 2017
A member of the New York State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Soule is a Columbia Law School graduate with a focus on immigration and corporate law. In recent years, he has penned such comic book series as "The Death of Wolverine" and "She-Hulk." He also tackles a regular series based on the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" pilot Poe Dameron.
Though he didn't explicitly draw a connection between the events, Soule offered his assistance after comic book writer Tom Taylor's announcement that he was cancelling plans to attend ECCC as well as all US-based signings and convention invitations this year, fearing that he would not be able to enter and exit the country safely. Taylor, who lives in Australia, pointed out that his decision was also based on the targeted nature of President Donald Trump's currently suspended travel ban, which focuses on predominately Muslim countries.
"I don’t want to happily visit a country that is in the process of denying entry to so many, purely because of where they were born or what they believe," wrote Taylor in a Facebook post. "And so, I won’t.”
Emerald City Comicon will be held from March 2-5 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center.