Cartoonist MariNaomi wrote about an awful experience she had attending a panel at recent comic book convention. She detailed how a then unnamed comic book professional harassed her throughout the panel, making lewd and inappropriate comments to her and about her. I found it uncomfortable to read, both because of the actions of the harasser and because of the way MariNaomi felt long after the panel.
The unnamed harasser now has a name, it’s comic book writer Scott Lobdell.
Lobdell reveled that he was the harasser in MariNaomi’s op-ed by writing an open apology to MariNaomi and her husband. The apology in its entirety:
First and foremost and without any conditions I would like to formally and publicly apologize for offending a fellow comic book creator.
I am also sorry because if I had realized my failed attempt at humor had offended MariNaomi or her husband in the moment that I made those statements, I would have certainly apologized in then and not have left her to feel victimized in the hours and days that followed.
I am particularly saddened because I was completely blown away by not only her talent as both a writer and artist, but more importantly by the fact she was using her talent to speak so openly and freely about her own life experiences and how they informed the artist that she is today. As someone who has only ever written super heroes, I marvel at the type of courage it takes for someone to put their whole life out on paper (or blogs) for the world to see.
Finally I am sorry that my presence on the panel caused her experience to be anything other than a celebration of her work. MariNaomi deserved more than that.
This “apology” doesn’t really mesh with the facts laid out in MariNaomi’s op-ed. She wrote that Lobdell apologized to her husband immediately after the panel, as soon as he learned he was there and witnessed Lobdell’s repeated actions towards MariNaomi.
For those keeping score at home, Lobdell has so far apologized to MariNaomi once and to her husband, twice.
And it wasn’t Lobdell’s presence that MariNaomi had a problem with, it was his repeated inappropriate actions of a sexual manner. Lobdell was acting like a jerk, in public, to a woman he didn’t know. His repeated actions were in an overtly sexual manner that were neither encouraged by MariNaomi, nor welcomed.