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Tess Fowler Pushed Out of Rat Queens?

Comic book fans were deeply saddened by the recent news that Rat Queens, the Eisner Award-nominated comic book series, was going on hiatus. As fans likely know, Rat Queens has had a tough run since the series launched in 2013. In 2014, artist/co-creator Roc Upchurch was removed from the series after being arrested on charges of domestic violence. His departure made room for Tess Fowler, who was a natural fit artistically – but also seemed to some a symbolic choice, given her history of speaking up for women in comics. Unfortunately, it seems that is at an end. Fowler announced she would be leaving the series a few weeks ago, with creator Kurtis Wiebe making the news of a hiatus official:

https://twitter.com/kurtisjwiebe/status/721772129356656640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/kurtisjwiebe/status/721772202685652992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

This morning, Fowler started answering questions about her departure, and indicated that Upchurch may be returning to the series:

Damn.

Rat Queens’ subversive brand of feminism was a breath of fresh air for many readers. If news of Upchurch’s return is true, this could be a disappointment to fans who are too used to seeing acts against women go unpunished. Fowler, for her part, isn’t calling for a boycott:

In the meantime, Fowler is selling off some of the original artwork from her time on Rat Queens, and is offering a pretty great Buy 1, Get 1 deal:

Featured Image by Tess Fowler.

Courtney Caldwell

Courtney Caldwell is an intersectional feminist. Her talents include sweary rants, and clogging your social media with pictures of her dogs (and occasionally her begrudging cat). She's also a political nerd, whose far-left tendencies are a little out of place in the deep red Texas.

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