Earlier this week, artist Ben Templesmith announced via his Patreon that he would be finishing work on Fell, alongside writer Warren Ellis, who stands accused by dozens of women and non-binary individuals of sexual assault and misconduct. Today, Image Comics sent AIPT a statement on the matter, calling Templesmith’s announcement “neither planned, nor vetted”, and said that they refuse to work with Ellis “until he has made amends to the satisfaction of all involved.”
Image’s full statement reads:
This week’s FELL announcement was neither planned, nor vetted, and was in fact, premature. While finishing Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith’s FELL is something we’ve been looking forward to for years, Image Comics will not be working with Warren on anything further until he has made amends to the satisfaction of all involved. It is our sincere hope that the conversations that are beginning now will result in positive changes for everyone. Please visit SoManyOfUs.com.
Warren Ellis was accused of sexual assault and misconduct last summer. Since then, dozens of individuals have come forward with their stories. After laying low for the better part of a year, Ellis is attempting to quietly return to the industry — but it appears those attempts are not working.
Following Templesmith’s announcement, SoManyOfUs.com announced that Ellis has reached out to them to accept their offer of “a mediated dialogue”. It remains to be seen if this dialogue will make amends to an extent that is satisfactory to Image Comics. So, for now, it appears Fell is still on the shelf.
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