Bleeding Cool is once again at the center of controversy, this time for their failure to cover the greatest crowdfunding comic of all time in Eric July’s Isom #1. Rippa has, at the time of this writing, raised over $3.2 million for its comic book campaign.
Fans and professionals alike are reacting, wondering if there might be political and racial biases in the salacious comedy news website’s reporting.
The only Bleeding Cool article posted on the Rippaverse includes a passive-aggressive swipe at the African-American creator, questioning his price for a 96-page comic by comparing it to direct market retail issues rather than other similar crowd-funded books. The author also made comments questioning Rippa’s “ethics” in the article.
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As a comic-centric website, readers wonder why Bleeding Cool doesn’t give the Rippaverse additional coverage on Isom #1 like it does with other mainstream comics.
For other titles, Bleeding Cool regularly posts preview images, plot point summaries, or covers the sales milestones these companies have reached.
With over 30,000 backers, Isom #1 has higher sales than many Marvel or DC Comics in stores; a worthy achievement, many will agree.
It seems like the Rippaverse should be the biggest story on sites like Bleeding Cool, because it’s rare that we see independent books reach such heights in sales. Isom #1 releases numbers we don’t see outside of The Walking Dead Where Spawn when it comes to books other than those published by the “Big-2”.
Richard Johnston, the purveyor of Bleeding Cool, seems more concerned with poking fun at Republicans than covering comic book news.
He recently took to his personal Facebook page to share a rather incendiary message, stating, “So…how is Fox News going to react to DC Comics’ confirmation that Lex Luthor is a Republican?”
“How will Bleeding Cool react to Eric July making a million in a day on a self-platform comic?” read a response from Dan Fraga, artist and creator of Black Flag, which is another book that crowdfunded so many sales it should have been massively covered by comic media, mocking Johnston’s original comment.
Not wanting to let Johnston’s comment go under the rug, the Black Flag creator took to Twitter to share a screenshot of both the Bleeding Cool author and his own comments, followed by the question: “Comic News should cover all comics. Especially when it’s real news.
Fraga’s comments underscore an inherent bias in the comics industry where major comics news sites like Bleeding Cool, Comic Book Resources and IGN – to name a few – refuse to blatant way to cover projects made by right-wing creators as they do books by their left-wing counterparts in the industry.
There seems to be a strong political bias involved in comic reporting, with Bounding Into Comics and Bleeding Fool – whose name is a parody on Rich Johnston’s own comic diary – being among the only publications to cover content from creators like Fraga or July.
Johnston argued, “If he had said he was a Democrat, I would have written the same article.”
Fan and comic book creator Richard Embree found Johnston’s post to be dishonest, calling Bleeding Cool and stating, “If you’re for fairness, where’s your story about @EricDJuly hitting 3 million? That’s huge for a black-owned business.
He then asked, “Aren’t you on inclusivity? Why don’t you celebrate this incredible achievement in comics? »
Johnston made his most bizarre response yet to his cover’s string of criticism by doubling down on Eric July not responding to his emails as if July’s replies were the only way to cover up. comics.
In response to Embree’s follow-up tweet, which questioned the Bleeding Cool author’s credibility, Johnston said, “I have emails with Eric that are more than welcome to respond to.”
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It seems clear that Johnston doesn’t want to cover Eric July’s Rippaverse in a positive light by his apologies to comic book readers for his lack of coverage. Many comic book readers piled into the conversation, accusing Johnston and Bleeding Cool of political bias and racism.
Rippaverse creator Eric July had actually addressed the situation days before Johnston’s meltdown, writing, “Bleeding Cool article attempts to passively and aggressively clown around on the Rippaverse Isom #1 campaign,” in response to the author’s own news coverage.
“We always knew these dishonest people would do anything they could to take pictures or delegitimize what we’re building,” he continued, adding a challenge, “They can’t stop us.”
Whether Bleeding Cool will listen to fans and adjust its coverage to more fairly represent the comics industry as a whole, including books created by conservative and libertarian creators, remains to be seen.
Do you think the comics industry is fair in their coverage of Eric July’s hugely successful Rippaverse Isom #1 campaign? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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