C.B. Cebulski

Marvel EIC CB Cebulski says use of Japanese pseudonym was a ‘poor choice,’ apologizes for ‘misstep’

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Dec 18, 2017

The saga of Marvel's new editor-in-chief received another installment today, as C.B. Cebulski has made a public statement regarding his writing under a Japanese pseudonym. 

Cebulski took over for Axel Alonso this past November, but soon enough it was discovered that the new editor-in-chief had written for years under the name Akira Yoshida in an attempt to bypass certain policies. Marvel executive (and co-creator of Kamala Khan) Sana Amanat supported him, excusing his behavior because "that man has lived in Japan, speaks Japanese, and has lived all over the world. He very much associates with Japanese culture." 

Today's the day that Cebulski (a white man) has made some form of apology regarding his actions. He writes the following in an email to The Atlantic

"I’m truly sorry for the pain, anger, and disappointment I caused over my poor choice of pseudonym. That was never my intention. Throughout my career in anime, manga, and comics, I’ve made it a point to listen and learn from my mistakes, which is exactly what I’ve been trying to do with this misstep. Building honest relationships with creators has always been important to me, and I’ve continued to do that in my new position. I’ve spoken with talent close to this issue, and have had candid and productive conversations about how we can improve the industry and build better stories, while being mindful of the voices behind them. My passion has always been about bringing the best talent from across the world to work on the best stories in the world, and I’m hopeful that fans and creators alike will join us in that continued mission." 

A few words are presumably missing from this statement, mostly the phrase "I was wrong." There has been a huge outcry from every corner of the comic community about Cebulski's actions, with many accusing him of using "yellowface" to further his own career. Whether this statement will pacify those voices or not remains to be seen. 

We will have more on this story as it develops. 

Via: The Atlantic