Update June 24, 2021: Since publishing this piece, So Many of Us has issued an update that Warren Ellis has reached out for the first time today for a mediated dialogue.
Update June 25, 2021: Image has since provided a statement, which you can read here.
Earlier this week, artist Ben Templesmith revealed on his social media accounts that he and Warren Ellis will be teaming up to finish their Image Comics series, Fell. Last June, Ellis was accused by dozens of women and non-binary individuals of sexual misconduct, whose statements have been collected at SoManyOfUs.com.
“We reaffirm our call for Warren Ellis to earn the opportunity to become the man so many people believed him to be,” the website reads at the end of its latest update.
Since this news broke, there have been many responses, including from his accusers, which Gizmodo has laid out clearly. Comics creators have also taken to Twitter to make it clear where they stand when it comes to Ellis rejoining the comics industry. Creators like Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Evan Dorkin are just a few of said creators.
A year ago when the revelations about Warren Ellis came out, we removed him from the Death Metal books in the hopes that accountability would be taken, amends made, and comics would move forward and be better through difficult but crucial good work.
— Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) June 24, 2021
I can’t in good faith support new work by Warren Ellis, and so I won’t. I’m disappointed in Image for publishing it.
— James Tynion IV (@JamesTheFourth) June 24, 2021
Working with Warren Ellis means you just don't give a f--k about being a credible human being. You're a permanently unserious fanboy/co dealer-user, who chooses comic book fun (and $ you'd make from something else) over pain caused and s----y behavior. Enjoy making things worse.
— Evan Dorkin (@evandorkin) June 23, 2021
Wasn't a Warren Ellis fan before any of this broke, so the chances of me reading/supporting anything of his were pretty slim anyway. Now, obviously, the chances are zero.
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) June 24, 2021
Fell originally published between 2005 and 2008 with nine issues released.
We have reached out to Image Comics about this story.
As of this writing, Image has not responded to requests for comment. On June 25th, Image Comics responded to our request for comment with a statement, which you can read here.
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