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The Truth -- If You Can Stomach It

Valerie D'Orazio is a name well known to us down here in the trenches.

She famously gave everyone an inside look at the comic book industry, from the cruel behavior of the editors to the sexual harassment that was overlooked because everyone just loved the guy to her days as an assistant editor on Identity Crisis for DC.  She wrote "Memoirs Of An Occasional Superheroine" to document what happened around her.  For those of you who just read the Bullpen Bulletins and stuff like that?  It's not a pretty picture.

It became one of the seminal works of comic journalism, a warning of the snake pit it was, a guide to prevent yourself from becoming a target of the biggest predators stalking the land.

And she has just released it as a free download.  For anyone to read.  For all to share.

I don't usually do trigger warnings unless it is something really really horrible.  But her chapters on a guy who may or may not be Julie Schwartz and what went on during the work on Identity Crisis and the rape of Sue Dibney are horrifying to me, and I don't have triggers, so I can only image what they would do to someone with them.  But for your sake, you need to lock them down.  You need to read this.

You need to see the war that is going on without you even knowing it.  Especially if you are a woman trying to make it in the industry.

These aren't funny stories.  These aren't things she talked about over drinks during cons, commenting on Dave Sims' goofy behavior or smirking at new talent.  This is someone who has gone through Hell, and is still there.

This is what those controlling the message don't want you to know.

It is permanently embedded at Bleeding Cool here.  You can also download it as a .pdf from her own site here.

It's a horrible slog.

But you have to do it.

Bookmark it.  Download it.  Share it with your friends.

This is history we cannot afford to forget or repeat.

Honor this hero among us.

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