Green Lantern Writer Gerard Jones To Plead Guilty To Child Porn Charges

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Hey, remember the end of my recent post on how the creator of Ren & Stimpy has been accused of sexually assaulting underage fans?

I used to suspect there were a few people in my own industry who were into child exploitation; but people told me that I was fucking crazy, that it simply wasn’t possible. But if Kricfalusi did this shit…and nobody properly investigated him for over twenty years…it feels like, to me, that all bets are off. And that I would absolutely be Jack’s Complete Lack Of Surprise if more nasty shit comes up about key icons in the Geek world in the near future.

Well, I must be f**king Nostradamus!

Gerard Jones, who used to be a prominent writer on the Green Lantern comic book, has decided to change his earlier “not guilty” plea to child pornography charges to “guilty.”

Per Comic Book Resources:

Jones was arrested on Dec. 29, 2016, after a police investigation and search of his San Francisco home allegedly uncovered electronic devices storing more than 600 images and videos depicting child pornography.

Authorities also claim that Jones uploaded videos to YouTube depicting a child performing sexual acts on an adult, while a video allegedly found in his home was said to show children as young as 1 year old. Jones initially pleaded not guilty in early 2017 and was released on a $250,000 bond, with a home monitored curfew from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Now, this is such a *puzzler* to me…because when many years ago I raised the suspicion that there might possibly be a child exploitation problem within the comic book industry/community (albeit regarding rumors of overseas “sex tourism”), I was told I was crazy.

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I was told it just wasn’t possible that such a problem could exist in comic book circles AT ALL, because people who create/read comics just wouldn’t have it “in them” to do something so heinous. Because…well, Comics, is why. “The Dream Factory,” the benevolent sustainers of all our childhoods.

In fact, nobody would have understood this better than Mr. Jones, who was the author of Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence. In the book, Jones maintains the position that violence and sexuality in comic books is actually good for children!

Per the Publisher’s Weekly description on Amazon:

Violent entertainment is good for kids, and demonizing it can do great harm to their emotional development, claims Jones (Honey, I’m Home!) in this provocative and groundbreaking work. Drawing on his experience as a parent and as a creator of children’s cartoons, as well as interviews with dozens of psychologists and educators, Jones forcefully argues that violent video games, movies, music and comics provide a safe fantasy world within which children learn to become familiar with and control the frightening emotions of anger, violence and sexuality. He debunks studies linking violent media with violence in society and argues that children clearly understand the difference between pretend and reality. Providing realistic and helpful advice, Jones says parents need to learn to differentiate between what violent games mean to children and what they mean to adults, and to stop imposing their understanding of them on children. Adults may be horrified at the literal meaning of a video game, but children are far more interested in its emotional meaning; “through identifying with a fantasy figure who displays intense sexuality, wields destructive power, and exudes heroism, kids can help themselves feel more control over these forces.”

Per CBR, again:

In their filing, the prosecution referenced the evidence gathered in the case is “extensive and horrific”: “The image that the defendant uploaded to YouTube, for instance, showed a prepubescent minor victim being repeatedly sodomized by two adults.”

Per the usual in “geek” circles, Jones—who also has won an Eisner, the industry’s highest award—had his defenders, including a batch of fellow comic book professionals who wrote letters for the writer (while he was still pleading not guilty) attesting to his good character. Now that Jones has decided to change his plea to guilty, however…some of these comic pros are apparently backing down.

Said fellow comic creator James Hudnall:

“I wrote that letter because, while I have never been a close friend of his, I have known and worked with Gerry for 30 years. We worked together at Viz and Malibu. He has never seemed weird or into kids to me. So that’s what I said, basically. It’s a real shame because he always seemed like a decent guy who loved comics. A real shame.”

You can read a more extensive bibliography of Jones—whose email to upload the YouTube videos allegedly contained the phrase “8 is the new 18″—at the DC Comics website, who, as of this writing, still has it up under their “talent” category.

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  1. I had a coworker in one of my former jobs who met a grisly end (died in a bathtub, alone, possibly heart attack) who, after his death, was found to have a vast pedophilia collection. Nice, quiet guy, too. You’d never know. It’s not like all folks wear this on their sleeves.

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