BORDER TOWN IS CLOSED
Posted: 122518

Title Cancelled When Writer was "Me-Too'd" as a Sex Abuser

Eric M Esquivel, the writer of the new DC/Vertigo comic Border Town, was identified as an accused sexual abuser, which led to the other people working on the book to depart. The accusations came in a blog post by toy designer Cynthia Naugle, who told of her experience with a former co-worker at a Tucson, Arizona, comic shop. She identified the person as "X," but the detailed account of abusive and harassing behavior, including sexual assault, mentioned the person was working on a current Vertigo series. People familiar with Esquivel's work history made the connections quickly and identified him as the unnamed subject. Esquivel immediately deleted most of his social media presence except his Twitter account but it is locked from public view. Colorist Tamra Bonvillain announced that she was leaving the title after the end of her contract, which was #5. Artist Ramon Villalobos then walked away from the book and mentioned he has heard "vague rumors" about Esquivel's behavior. DC has cancelled the book effective with #4, #5 and #6 will not ship and the first three issues are now returnable.

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