Ross Campbell, creator of Wet Moon and Shadoweyes and artist of IDW Publishing's new Jem and the Holograms comic, made a big announcement on Friday:
it’s time to stop hiding! i’m transgender and over the past year i’ve been transitioning and i’m sick of keeping it all a secret. i’m on hormones now so i figured now is the time to come out. i’m going by Sophia but Sophie for short. :)
i don’t really feel proud or confident or anything, it’s a nightmare, but maybe i’ll get there one day.
"this is why i haven't been doing conventions anymore and probably won't for the foreseeable future," she wrote on Twitter. One reason, sadly: "i'm scared to fly, airport security is not known to be friendly toward trans people," she tweeted.
Campbell commended her editors and co-workers for their support and noted that her mother had been very accepting of the news. The reaction on Twitter and Tumblr was also overwhelmingly positive (she mentioned she had received her first Twitter troll, however), but there was a bit of a war over Campbell's Wikipedia entry, as Rich Johnston documented.