Mark Waid’s Legal Defense Fund

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The Mark Waid Legal Defense Fund

My name is Mark Waid. I’m a New York Times-bestselling comics writer. In September of this year, I was sued by one of the perceived leaders of a relentless online harassment movement called “ComicsGate” which I and many comics professionals strongly feel has unfairly and offensively targeted women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ creators working in our industry in an effort to make them feel unwelcome. (You can read more about some perspectives on ComicsGate and its harassment techniques in the Washington Post  and on Inverse.) I firmly believe this lawsuit is an effort to silence those of us who stand up publicly against bigotry and racism and who continue to defend diverse creators from harassment.

If you like, you can learn more about the specifics of the lawsuit at, among other places, the Daily Dot . You can learn more about ComicsGate's tactics  here , here , and (my favorite!) here , and I encourage you to visit my website markwaid.com  for further details.

Even though I am confident that the claims made against me are entirely without merit, lawsuits are time-consuming and very expensive. Still, I have never backed down from bullies, especially those who denigrate my friends, colleagues and the values our community stands for, and while I am not a rich man, you have my solemn promise that I will fight this fight no matter the personal cost.

We won't know until this goes before a judge whether or not my ask will be enough to pay my expenses--so feel free to keep donating and sharing. Any excess, if there ends up being any, will be donated to an appropriate anti-harassment campaign and donors will be updated.


If you believe, as I do, that women and people of color deserve to be able to do their jobs—or any job—without being bullied, donate. Stand with me. If you believe that someone's gender or sexual preference should have no bearing on the career they pursue, donate. Send that message.

This isn’t just about me; it's about standing together in the face of bullying. Every day that we don't push back against online harassment, it only becomes nastier and more powerful. For the first week, you could see that much just in the comments section here, which I was eventually forced to close once ComicsGaters went into full attack mode.

This is an important fight. Thank you for having my back.

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Hi, all. Apologies for not being able to update you until now, but that's the nature of lawsuits--(a) there's a limit to what the parties can (or should) say in public without complicating matters, and (b) the wheels grind slowly. But I've been given the okay by my lawyers to send a quick update:

My legal team filed a Motion to Dismiss the Plaintiff's lawsuit based on lack of jurisdiction, and we are currently involved in limited discovery. Following completion of this discovery period, the parties will finish the briefing, and then we will await the Court's decision on the Motion. Regardless of how it all shakes out, I'll keep you updated whenever I'm allowed to.

Thank you again for joining in this fight. There's still a long road ahead, but it's heartening that we're all so clearly agreed that there's no excuse for (checks notes to see what he can say without his lawyers wincing) certain online behavior. I'm excited that we're pulling together to make clear that we can't and won't be silenced or intimidated simply for being on the side of diversity and inclusivity in this or any industry.
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Hi! One last update, then I'll let you get back to your dinner:

Today my lawyers filed a motion to dismiss as a first step, as well as a legal declaration of my side of this matter. (The trolls in the comments section have done a pretty good job of showcasing what we're up against.) Obviously, I can't answer detailed questions about the case at this early stage, but the two documents are publicly available, will no doubt be widely circulated by the media, and will provide to you, I strongly believe, a more balanced view of the case.

Good lawyers are hella expensive. (I'm in the wrong business.) I never could have afforded even *this* much without the help you've given thus far, so I've come to thank you again. Most people understand that filing even a motion in a case like this with the best lawyers ain't simple or cheap--you don't just go pick up a form at Staples--and there's much more work yet to be done.

So, again, I thank you for your contribution, I promise you that it will be used to push back against harassment, and that I will continue to keep you updated with developments. Together, you've made a hell of a statement about our willingness to fight against ComicsGate's bigotry and transphobia in what should be an inclusive medium.
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Sorry to update you twice in one morning, but two important things I wanted to mention.

One, money's still coming in--wow. That's great. That means that donors realize this is about something bigger than one lawsuit, something we can fight together.

Two, I'm finding reliable guidance even now in choosing an appropriate anti-harassment fund to donate to in the event there are any funds left when the legalities end. It will be several months before the court rules anything (the wheels of justice grind slowly), so we won't know for some time to come if my expenses exceed the cumulative donation--but if they don't, I'll donate appropriately and update you all. Thanks again.
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Funded. I couldn't possibly fight this ugly fight without the support of good fans, good friends, and people eager to push back against bigotry and racism. Feel free to keep sharing--everything helps, and while this may or may not cover my legal fees in the end, it keeps me solvent while we fight what will still be a very long battle. In the event any funds are left over when all is said and done, I'll make a donation to an appropriate charity such as the Hero Initiative--we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

I thank you each and every one. Be proud of yourselves for taking a stand against online harassment, have a terrific weekend, and feel free to keep sharing.

Best,
MW
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