DC Comics artist Rafael Albuquerque has issued a statement regarding the recently resurfaced sexual harassment allegations surrounding the publisher’s editor Eddie Berganza over the years towards company employees. The Brazilian, a frequent collaborator with one of DC’s lead writers Scott Snyder, took to social media to voice his concerns, even if it meant jeopardizing his career.
His Facebook statement reads:
I love DC Comics characters since I can remember. First watching them on TV then with Batman movies and those definitely brought me to comics, where I could find my voice, my home. Having spent almost my whole career working for this company made me feel part of a family. That’s how important DC Comics is for me, and I believe that I can speak for many creators who have similar paths.
Maybe, by writing this, I might be jeopardizing my career over there, but I can’t just stay silent about what happened with our colleagues who reported sexual harassment. They probably had the same feeling about DC Comics, and probably felt the same way I did when they became part of the family, and suddently [sic] their careers were harmed by someone who just didn’t realized, respected or cared enough to understand that a power position is a privilege that must be used wisely and fairly.
DC Comics, you mean the world to me, but it’s time for you to make the right call, not just for your image, but also to show that there is no place for this kind of behavior in this industry and neither in our society.
I spent the whole day affraid [sic] to speak out. I shouldn’t and I won’t anymore. Neither any professional should be anymore.
Albuquerque is renowned for his work on books such as Batman, Batgirl, Detective Comics and American Vampire and his rallying call comes on the heels of harassment also being levied against the likes of Brett Ratner, George Takei and Andrew Kreisberg, showrunner of The Flash and Supergirl, emphasizing that the current Hollywood scandal is hitting the geek world closer than we’d all like.
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