Lucas over at Shotgun Reviews sent me a link to this on Friday, but with WonderCon going on I didn’t have time to follow it. In a post titled “This Lie’s Been Bothering Me…” on his LiveJournal, Hart D. Fisher of Boneyard Press says he published Gerard Way’s first comic:
The most troubling side of this lie is the collusion of the comics industry at large. Boneyard Press was not a small time publisher that was a flavor of the month that got flushed after one year. We published regularly for over 13 years. Boneyard Press was a unique publishing house and held it’s own place in the comics industry, one that has not been filled while I’ve been active in movies. I was listed two years in a fucking row on the Top One Hundred Most Important People In the Comics Industry, and that shit happened a couple years AFTER the Dahmer affair began.
So why was it so easy to pull one over on the public and hoodwink everyone in the comics world that good ol boy Gerard was doing his first published work at Dark Horse?
So did a big company like Dark Horse knowingly commit fraud on the public in their advertisements touting these books by Gerard as his first foray into comics, or were they unknowing dupes. How many kids bought this comic book, The Umbrella Academy, because it was the FIRST. It’s a well known fact that the first issue of any new series is the best selling, or the first issue of a celebrity’s FIRST comic ever published. You see where I’m going with this? Sales for a book like that are going to be much higher than for a an old comics pro coming back to the fold now that he’s famous. You think Dark Horse had any part in this, I’ve already shown motive.
Shotgun Reviews contacted Scott Allie at Dark Horse and Gerard Way. Allie said he doesn’t think they ever billed The Umbrella Academy as Way’s first published work, noting that he did something for DC when he interned there. Way said:
I sent [Hart] an email years ago, before we finished ‘Revenge,’ thanking him for believing in me, and never got a response. I think I emailed him once again as well…never heard anything back. I’m not ashamed of what I did for him, and wanted to see him in person and thank him. I’ve never had the chance.