On Sept. 5, DC Comics announced a talent search competition looking for artists to develop ways to depict four different suicide attempts by one of its main villains, Harley Quinn, as part of a new book being released in November.
AFSP, along with the American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness released a joint statement calling the talent search insensitive and potentially dangerous. While we understand that this may have been unintentional, this was nonetheless a mistake in judgment. See the full statement and Huffington Post article.
Last week, DC Entertainment, home to DC Comics, issued an apology and contacted AFSP to express its regret for the competition. The company stated that they were developing new oversight procedures to ensure this type of decision isn't made in the future, and were now more sensitized to the issue of suicide and mental illness.
AFSP is pleased with the response from DC Entertainment to date and follow-up conversations with executives at the company are planned.