If you are an aspiring comic book artist or a writer, you’re probably going to deal with a lot of rejection. That is just the nature of the beast.
One artist apparently had experienced one too many rejections and went on a bigot-fueled rant for the ages.
Taneka Stotts is the editor of Elements, a comics anthology by creators of color. They are accepting submissions for the book until August 30. Anthony Acri is an artist that submitted his work to be reviewed for the anthology. According to Bleeding Cool, Stotts told Acri she didn’t want to see a completed comic book, and he should stop sending her individual pages of it. (Update) Stotts added that Acri continued to spam their inbox with the book after they made clear they were not interested in.
On Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 4:46 PM Acri responded to Stotts in the following email.
NSFW – DO NOT READ THIS EMAIL OUT LOUD AT WORK OR IN FRONT KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 17.
“I won’t say this “comes with the territory” because it shouldn’t and normally doesn’t. I shared the email in full to shed a little light on what can happen behind the scenes, and to hopefully prevent it from happening to any other editors or curators in the future. In the end it has sparked a lot of healthy dialogue which I can only hope will continue well into the future, especially as I’m now added to an ever growing list of women who are attacked online because they said “no” to a man,” said Stotts.
At the time this article was published Acri had not responded with comment.
Telling a man "no" and the usual response. A warning to all to just block his email now and get it out of the way. pic.twitter.com/owCu44jGVX
— Taneka Stotts (@neekaneeks) August 23, 2015