Gen 13 and veteran comic book artist J. Scott Campbell found himself the center of targeted attacks and accusations from social justice activists who took issue with his sexualized art style.

On September 7th, twitter user Sidney Tucker (@SidneyTucker666), whose account regularly features posts of ‘sexy’ depictions of fictional characters, posted an image of Marvel’s Inhuman Queen Medusa drawn by Nacho Arranz and featuring colors by Colombian artist Fran Duque (misspelled by Tucker as ‘Duke’):

This innocuous posting soon caught the attention of social justice activist “Lo” who proceeded to retweet the image with a misandrist declaration that “men are trash and shouldn’t be allowed to draw women” and subsequently clarifying that those who took offense at their comments were not allowed to defend themselves without being a “part of the problem.” (Archive link: http://archive.is/KTbC9)

This shot at Arranz and Duque’s work was soon met with agreement and affirmation from Lo’s fellow social justice obsessed critics. (Related: Comic Book Artist J. Scott Campbell Attacked as Racist and Pedo!)

Lo then proceeded to shift the object of their criticism from Arranz and Duque’s Medusa piece to Campbell’s portfolio, insinuating that Campbell’s work carried pedophilic tendencies because he drew both regular teenage and ‘sexy’ adult characters, separately, in his own personal style:

Campbell has had a long career in comics, having broken into the industry in 1993 with his Image Comics published original series Gen 13. Campbell has since gone on to be a regular variant cover artist for Marvel and to regularly publish his original series Danger Girl with co-creator Andy Hartnell. (Related: Danger Girl Movie Reportedly Finds Its Director!)

As support for Lo’s criticism grew, Campbell himself posted a tweet attempting to give the situation perspective in relation to general social media outrage:

Campbell’s tweets garnered support from fellow Image Comics creator Erik Larsen, who also found Lo’s arguments to be disingenuous. (Related: J. Scott Campbell and Blake Northcott Defend Frank Cho)

Veteran artist and industry icon Adam Hughes, who also found himself a target of those same critics, also responded to the criticisms, albeit by first mocking the criticism and then deleting those tweet in an attempt to call for civility:

Unfortunately, neither these comments by industry professionals nor the rampant mockery being aimed at them from the general comic book community would deter these critics, as they currently continue to harass Campbell with accusations of pedophilia and baseless attacks on his art:

One user in particular, Nat, appears to have a vendetta of sorts against Campbell, as shown in their continued hyperbolic complaints and accusations against him:

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