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Marvel EIC CB Cebulski Attempts To Apologize For Using Japanese Pseudonym To Skirt Editorial Policy

Written by Tim Midura on Tuesday, December 19 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Marvel EIC CB Cebulski Attempts To Apologize For Using Japanese Pseudonym To Skirt Editorial Policy

While an editor, Cebulski wrote under a pseudonym due to a Marvel rule saying editors can't write.

Source: i09

In late November, it was revealed that Marvel's new Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski used a Japanese pseudonym in 2004 in order to skirt a Marvel policy that disallowed editors from writing as well. Cebulski didn't just write under the name Akira Yoshida, he also gave interviews as well, explaining how he grew up in Japan loving manga. He also claimed to have learned English through superhero comics.

This past weekend Cebulski gave an interview to The Atlantic where he tried, and try is used loosely here, to apologize.

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.

Cebulski claims that his error lies in his poor choice of pseudonym, while it's actually that he pretended to be a Japanese person, going so far as to give interviews in character complete with a made-up backstory. He claims to value honest relationships with creators while previously lying to executives and creators alike about where the scripts were coming from.

Cebulski also claims to have spoken with talent close to this issue. Could he perhaps have had a phone call with Akira Yoshida?


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