Border Town artist Ramon Villalobos and colorist Tamra Bonvillain have each announced their departure from the DC-Vertigo title, both citing recent public allegations of sexual assault against series writer Eric M. Esquivel as their reason.
Their statements, posted to Twitter and seen below, detail their decision:
2 days ago, I was first made aware of the experiences shared by Cynthia Naugle about her relationship with Border Town writer Eric Esquivel. The way he treated her was disgusting and inexcusable, and issue 5 is my last issue working on Border Town.— Tamra Bonvillain (@TBonvillain) December 13, 2018
a few thoughts pic.twitter.com/mh1olhWvmr— Mr. Vertigo Comics (@RamonVillalobos) December 13, 2018
Cynthia Naugle's allegations cited by Villalobos and Bonvillain, first published on December 9 can be read here. Be warned, it includes graphic details of alledged sexual assault. Since Naugle's allegations surfaced, other women across social media have made public additional allegations of misconduct by Esquivel.
Esquivel has not addressed the allegations publicly as of Thursday morning.
DC Entertainment, who publish the Vertigo imprint, has not addressed the allegations or Villalobos and Bonvillain's responses publicly.
Border Town has been solicited through February 2019’s #6, which also marks the finale of the first story arc. Bonvillain has identified #5 as her last issue as the book’s colorist. The solicitation for Border Town #6 lists Villalobos as the sole artist on the issue, however Villalobos has not specifically stated when his work on the series will end.