Following last week’s news that DC Comics had cancelled a planned second volume of acclaimed digital-first series “The Legend of Wonder Woman,” reports circulated online that it was due not to sales or the quality of the book, but to what DC characterized as a “challenging relationship” between the publisher and its creative team, writer/artist Renae De Liz and colorist Ray Dillon. De Liz has since responded to the reports, calling the assessment of a challenging relationship “fair from both sides.”
“DC stated ‘challenging relationship’ as the cause for the end of LoWW, which I feel is fair from both sides,” De Liz said in a statement issued to CBR and posted on her Facebook. “I want LoWW readers to know, never once did I knowingly cross any lines, or felt I risked LoWW in any way, which is why I was so shocked by the turn of events. I am a very careful person, and would never have risked it.”
The “challenging relationship” was alleged in an article published Tuesday by The Guardian, attributed to an unnamed DC spokesperson. In the article, the DC spokesperson is quoted as calling the cancellation an “unfortunate situation,” and that while DC “loved the book,” the publisher was worried about negative comments towards the company made by the creative team on social media. DC Comics did not comment on the record when reached last week by CBR.
As documented by Bleeding Cool, Dillon had criticized DC Comics in since-deleted tweets for greenlighting a Wonder Woman-related “Odyssey of the Amazons” series written by Kevin Grevioux, saying that De Liz had pitched a similar series. Dillon also took issue with the content of the recent “Wonder Woman: Earth One” graphic novel, and De Liz herself expressed disappointed that an Amazons series was happening without her involvement.
“My couple tweets seen in most articles were relating feelings and not intended as a negative towards DC,” De Liz said in her statement. “I didn’t recognize it was viewed so harshly, and I apologize for any harm they did.”
“I appreciate DC and everyone we worked with there,” Dillon added, in a statement to CBR. “Thrilled to have the chance to work on our vision of Wonder Woman and we hope someday to revisit these characters that we love. Thank you to all the fans who have supporting our work.”
After news of the cancellation hit late last week, fans of the series took to social media to lament the loss of “The Legend of Wonder Woman,” including petitioning for the return of the series. De Liz and Dillon, who are married, started a GoFundMe campaign to help their family recoup the loss of income following the book’s cancellation; in five days, it’s made $5,180 from a $2,000 goal.
Additionally, critics of DC Comics has used the end of “Legend of Wonder Woman” as another example of perceived hypocrisy from the company. An editorial published this week on Comics Bulletin questioned why De Liz and Dillon’s book was cancelled due to public criticism of the company, while longtime DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza, who has been at the center of sexual harassment allegations, remains employed with the company.
The news of the end of “Legend of Wonder Woman” and the reasons behind it has also brought out fans and professionals who report less than favorable experiences working with De Liz and Dillon, largely citing unfulfilled commissions and Kickstarter rewards. Dillon has responded to some of these concerns in a Facebook thread started by a fan seeking a $400 refund based on the money raised via GoFundMe; as seen in the comments, Dillon has now refunded $400 to at least one fan.
In both De Liz and Dillon’s statements, they make it clear they’re looking to move on from this situation and “The Legend of Wonder Woman,” with the duo now working on a creator-owned series titled “Lady Powerpunch.”
“The Legend of Wonder Woman” debuted digitally in November 2015, with its print run starting a couple months later. The series, which presents a new version of Wonder Woman’s origin story, was nominated for Best Digital/Webcomic at the Eisner Awards this year, and has appeared on multiple year-end best-of lists.
Renae De Liz’s complete statement follows in full:
“There’s seems to be a ton of articles on LoWW at the moment, and wild ideas of what happened, and misconceptions of who we are, so let me say a couple things to clarify so we (and DC) can hopefully move on from this. 🙂
DC stated “challenging relationship”as the cause for the end of LOWW, which I feel is fair from both sides. I want LoWW readers to know, never once did I *knowingly* cross any lines, or felt I risked LoWW in any way, which is why I was SO shocked by the turn of events. I am a very careful person, and would never have risked it.
My couple tweets seen in most articles were relating feelings and not intended as a negative towards DC. I didn’t recognize it was viewed so harshly, and I apologize for any harm they did.
In the last week I’ve lost a dream project, been uplifted by the comics community, been accused of being horrible things, while dealing with a threatened pregnancy.
We are not bad people, we didn’t know we were…er…”poo-ing” where we ate and weren’t roving around DC like a couple ungrateful, mindless rebels. We just missed information somewhere which led to us choosing honesty when perhaps we shouldn’t have been.
So I hope now news sites will give my family peace through the Holidays, because we sorely need it, especially for baby soon-to-be. There is no ill will to DC, and no crazy story to tell. It’s just the way things worked out this time.
I will be forever grateful for my time with Wonder Woman, and to the readers who supported it. I’ll always be right here, continuing to support the works of DC’s wonderful creators, and I hope everyone does the same. :)”
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