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There are pieces of this page that don’t quite work, but the bits that do I like SO MUCH that I don’t really mind the rest of it.

If you’ve been following comics news, you’ve probably already heard about the public naming of an open-secret serial harasser in DC. Anyone that’s followed comics at all should not find this surprising. Every time an anonymous survey goes out about working conditions in comic companies, issues of sexual assault are raised. Part of why I’ve always found it strange when asked in interviews (always this question comes from men) “Have you ever wished that one of the big publishers would hire you?” I’ve known for a very long time that most of the big publishers have zero interest in me as a demographic, let alone as a creative person. Even if they did, I already left behind one blatantly toxic, sexist work environment (engineering) so why on earth would I subject myself to that a second time?

I’m making my own space. Seeing the news and personal stories unfold over the past few days, I’ve thought often on how important that is. A better and safer comic community starts with each and every one of us trying to be better to each other and making our own best work. On creating spaces and communities that are safe and welcoming to ALL readers, not just a select group of them.

I want this to be a place where you feel comfortable. Where you feel safe to express your opinion, share experiences, and not be concerned that you’ll be targeted or harassed. If there is anything I can do, or anything I need to STOP doing, to make the LeyLines site a better, safer, friendlier environment, please tell me. I always want to become a better host here. If I’ve done anything that needs to be addressed or fixed, I want to know that and I promise to listen. If there’s something that you think I’m doing right, and should continue to focus on in the future, that’s valuable for me to know too. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions, whether you make them publicly in the comments below, or would feel more comfortable addressing them through email or a contact form.

I want you to feel safe here. I want to be part of building a better comics community. What can I do to make sure that happens?

And in a broader, but related issue, what would help you feel safer in any community in your life?

15 Comments

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I don’t know that there’s anything you can do, Robin, because this is already the friendliest, safest, most tolerant place I’ve been to on the internet.

I’m glad you feel that way. It still never hurts to check, especially since everyone has a different perspective and experience. Plus, the invitation stands for the future. I’m imperfect and learning. I discover new and ugly blind-spots in myself every day. There may come a time in the future where I don’t catch one before it makes it onto here and it taints this space. If that happens (or has happened) I need to know. I can’t get better and grow if I can’t see where the flaws are.

Una! I just want to hug her! And it’s a good thing she’s feeling good now, since Pakku is in the middle of his existential crisis. Friendship time!

I think you do a good job of making this space welcoming, Robin, especially since you are open about your journey as a person and how you are trying to grow. You seek feedback from people, which is a big part of it. 🙂

He used my name! Blue-sempai still remembers my name~<3!

"Captain! The SS UnaAppa has been sighted off the starboard bow! Orders!"
"An alliance is still possible. Let the history books show that the UnaPakku did not shoot first."

Oddly enough, this being a ship did not even occur to me. Blue’s just made a point NOT to use Una’s name until this point, so him choosing to define her the way she asked him to YEARS ago is a big deal for her.

…but now that you’ve pointed out the ship possibilities, my brain is intrigued by that too. WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HAS IN STORE.

You welcomed me even when I knew so little of your story – when all I’d read of your works was the backstory of TBoS-OCT.
I can’t ask for much more than that. ^^

Thank you for being open, honest, and humble about what you do.
*Optional!Hugs*

I’m just happy that the OCT backstory intrigued you in my work, and you decided to discover more of what I do. That’s really exciting for me! Cory and I have been mulling over a new OCT for a while now. I’m hoping to have some time soon to actually work on one again.

*Optional!HugsBack*

If a singly mistake can taint and ruin a space forever, that space wasn’t as tolerant as this one seems to be. This has always been a space where I feel comfortable about expressing my opinions, even if they don’t agree with yours (see: the debate that was had about whether bigotry can run both ways a year or so ago), so I don’t think anyone here would have a problem calling you out gently and politely if something bad happens!

And as for Kalietha, don’t worry, I’m not mad. Great minds think alike!

My opinions are constantly in flux as I consider new things and have discussions on different topics. That’s part of why I ask for peoples’ point of view, because often I discover new things in the process of the exchange. I wish there were more places where people would just TALK to each other and be okay having different world views.

Actually this is the first I have heard of it. I left “traditional” comics behind a long time ago. The 100+ webcomics I follow, I can research in my own home, and if I like them enough, I pay (e.g. Patreon). But that was merely my initial motivation; now a) I get to interact with the authors and see them progress, and b) OBTW most of them are a lot better than most anything I could buy anyways 🙂 (I do realize that there are still some high-quality graphic novels in dead-tree edition.)

The engineering conferences are currently confronting their own enabling of harassment as well. Apparently it’s easy for me, as a male, just to look straight past it, and this is something that angers me. I refuse to be part of the enablers going forwards. I was saddened to learn that the one conference that I thought was so cool, has also had women not speaking up for how they were being treated. Yes, the harrassers were/are a small minority at this conference, but that doesn’t excuse any of it happening.

There’s a whole bunch of male humans (I refuse to call them “men”) that have a hell of a lot of growing up to do.

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