Roc Upchurch returns to comics after domestic violence charges.
The artist for Rat Queens was arrested in 2014 for a domestic violence charge. One year later, he's returning to his career, and there's very little uproar. In fact, in an interview he gave to Comic Book Resource, it sounds like everything is back on track. But his wife tells a very different story. In blog posts and a message to The Mary Sue, she disputes his claims that he's mending his relationship with his kids, stating that he hasn't seen them at all. She writes:
“As I write this, my children’s father is living with one of his female fans in Texas. And he’s quickly insinuating himself back into the comic book community. He’s been granted interviews in which he claims many untruths about our status. About his involvement with his children. He requests publicly to be allowed to interact with fans and the community once more. To what ends? If his past is any indication, I fear for the innocent young women who will cross his path. Or even his fists.”
Those are two very different stories.
And while we might never get any answers as to what's really going on, one thing does seem pretty clear: We're still not dealing with domestic violence in a healthy way. It's not limited to the comics community, and it's definitely not limited to this one instance. Victims are frequently silenced or ignored, or they're disbelieved at every turn.
And as for the perpetrators? How many resources are really available to the people who commit these horrible crimes against the people they claim to love? When it comes to their recovery- and other's safety- it really seems like we're failing everyone involved.