Marvel Comics has been making its presence felt at this year’s New York Comic Con and in a closed Q&A with the company and a group of direct market retailers, things got heated.
Marvel Comics executive editors Tom Brevoort and Nick Lowe were on hand to answer questions in the session that was specifically for Retailers only. As Lowe opened up the floor for questions, according to Newsarama and The Week, an unknown retailer took the opportunity to express his concern about some Marvel titles not selling well and his opinion as to why.
The retailer took issue with the company changing the ethnicity, gender and sexuality of some of their classic characters. According to the reports, the retailer took issue with Thor Captain America and Iceman stating “when they see that Thor is a woman and Captain America is a black man,” apparently they leave his store. The retailer called for Marvel to create new characters and not mess with the old ones because they were, in his words, “solid”.
As the rest of the retailers began to chime in, many echoing the same sentiments including a distaste for Iceman “kissing other men”, the room started to get more tense and Editor Nick Lowe tried to calm the crowd. Attendees stated that the words “black”, “homo” and “freaking females” were used multiple times in discussion of their frustrations. Marvel assured the retailers that the Legacy storyline would address many of their concerns, but ultimately the session ended with many retailers leaving and confronting Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Sales David Gabriel.
Lowe stated that the company would continue to publish characters that fans of every background can relate to before closing out the panel.
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