Comic book artist J. Scott Campbell, who co-created Danger Girl as well as Gen 13 in the Wildstorm Universe, was attacked and labeled a racist and pedo after one fan came across an image of Tiger Lily, Captain Hook, and Smee he drew for his Fairytale Fantasies series.

After bringing attention to the artwork, others decided to dogpile and describe the artwork and Campbell as racist.

One user decided to call Campbell’s artwork a “sick pedophile fantasy.”

Campbell would respond and defend his artwork clearly showing that similar scenes showing Tiger Lily tied up are “pretty standard.”

That wouldn’t satisfy the original poster, who went on to call Campebll’s work “racist.”

And she wouldn’t stop there. She goes on to call Campbell a “true racist.”

While a small minority decided to attack Campbell and his artwork, many would defend him.

Campbell would go on to defend himself from the attacks.

However, his defense of his artwork would outrage the original poster and the small minority attacking him.

This is pretty sickening behavior to label J. Scott Campbell as a racist and pedophile all because he drew a standard image of Captain Hook and Smee having captured Tiger Lily. There is nothing wrong with Campbell’s artistic style and the image is not racist and certainly does not promote pedophilia.

I also have to applaud Campbell for defending his artistic license instead of apologizing and putting his tail between his legs. There is nothing to apologize for and his art does not “perpetuate harmful stereotypes against Native women, just like Rafael Albuquerque’s Batgirl #41 variant cover didn’t perpetuate harmful stereotypes against women, despite a similar outcry that actually got DC and Albuquerque to pull the cover.

Or just like Riley Rossmo doesn’t perpetuate harmful stereotypes against white men he draws Batman captured by the Joker and The Stag.

The list of comic book images that show people tied up and captured could go on for a very long time. None of them promote harmful stereotypes.

There is nothing to be offended by in Campbell’s artwork and it definitely should not inspire one to call him a racist or a pedophile. That’s simply vile and disgusting.

 

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