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January 6th, 2007 (05:14 pm)

What ever happened to that whole women in comics empowerment fund that Ronee Bourgeois Garcia started some months ago? You know, the one about which there were so many questions? I'm pretty sure there were people who donated to it, so where is it? Who initially received that money and where did it ultimately go? Did that money go back to the original donators or is it still sitting in limbo?

While we're at it, how is Taki Soma doing these days? Does the woman who's private, personal distress was made public by proxy still work in comics? Is she doing well? Is she happy?  I hope so.

And what of Jim McLaughlin? Wasn't he the one who was mistakenly assumed to be the bad guy in all of this? How does his life and career fare after the Great Fan-n-Feces Debacle of 2006?

Just curious.


Posted by: Matt (mattbayne)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)

Taki Soma has a Comicspace page.

So does Ronee.

But that's all I know.

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)

Hey! Taki just launched a webcomic. That's good to see.

Posted by: Steve-O (thebfg)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 09:59 am (UTC)

Those thar are some interesting questions. Following Ronée's Comics Space page to her column, she hasn't updated since the summer when the column was supposed to go from weekly to monthly as she was doing some "new job".

Perhaps the new real world job has proven too much of a distraction to follow through on virtual world projects? This, in itself, is understandable, but you would have thought something that was such a big deal would then have been handed off to someone else to continue with :-/

I did a search at FoL and the only things that comes up from searching for "fund" is a link to CBLDF. Ronée has posted nothing in the forums since the announcement.

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)

Yes, you would have thought. Or at least that there would have been some announcment if the idea fell through.

Posted by: Steve-O (thebfg)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Office Space - Milton is concerned

Ronée has an up-to-date MySpace blog which I trawled through but there's no mention of the fund since the initial announcement so as Mr Netzer suggests below I guess you could put the question directly to her?

Posted by: jkcarrier (jkcarrier)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)

Ronée's column is supposed to be starting up again at Michael Netzer's site soon:
She's apparently one of the many people who did work for Rick Olney's Tightlip Entertainment and now can't get him to pay for it. She's posted a few times in the humongous thread over at Gail Simone's board:

I think I've seen Taki Soma posting over at the Bendis Board, but as far as I know she hasn't talked any more about the assault.

No idea what's going on with the fund, I haven't heard a thing since the initial announcement either.

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)

Yes, I've heard tell of some of Ronee's goings on, but nothing of the fund. Since some of us were taken to task for actually wanting to know how the thing was going to be administered, I was curious as to how it all finally turned out. I'm beginning to think that, despite declarations to the contrary, our old fogy insistence on accountability and ethics really did kill their youthful, passionate zeal for their cause.

Pity, that.

Posted by: jkcarrier (jkcarrier)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)

It is strange that there was never any follow-up. I have to wonder if the whole thing didn't just fall through the cracks once the initial furor died down. I know and like a lot of the people at FoL, and have nothing but admiration for their goals, but it seems like they haven't had much luck in actually getting projects off the ground.

Posted by: L. R. Jonte (arcana_j)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)

Well, if I'm not mistaken, Ronee doesn't work for FoL anymore.

I dunno. I just wondered what ever happend to the fund after all the fireworks were done.

Posted by: michael_netzer (michael_netzer)
Posted at: January 7th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Ronee and Taki

Ronee's column "What a Girl Wants" is scheduled to debut tomorrow at www.michaelnetzer.com It's an entire website, actually, with a column, blog, forum and additional archives. Look for the link tomorrow at rEvolution. We'd have to ask Ronee about the fund and her part in it. As for Taki, I know she's moving ahead with her personal projects and that she's in good spirits. I'm not sure she's completely put that incident behind her as she had legal avenues to pursue. I'm aware only that the issue was complicated because of the distant locales each of the players come from and that the judicial process makes it overly cumbersome, because of this, to pursue justice for an alleged crime of the type that was committed.

Posted by: Lea Hernandez-DivaLea (divalea)
Posted at: January 8th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
gnarm gnarm gnarm

Gentlemen, I think Lisa's asking for the monkey, so to speak, not Ronee's MySpace URL.

It's good to know Taki's started a webcomic. Webcomics are the only comics without uneccessary hurdles. Lack of connections, not having a popular style, calling someone on bad behavior, gender--none of these are barriers, and that's fantastic.

There is the flip side that anyone with a connection can spew online, but I can live with that.

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