Marvel is, without a doubt, more than just a comic book company. They're a titan of pop culture, churning out hit movie after movie, along with the top-selling comic books in the entire world. It doesn't even matter if you're into comic books. Everybody knows Marvel. Well, our beloved company just hired a white dude as their Editor-in-Chief. Which, no surprises there. One major thing though: for years, this guy wrote under a Japanese pseudonym.
Meet the new Editor-in-Chief of Marvel: C.B. Cebulski.
Cebulski is known for bringing to light unique and diverse voices. He’s a writer and editor and pretty well known in the Marvel-sphere.
When news dropped that Cebulski had been promoted, it was really exciting.
But it also brought along with it a rumor that’d been circulating for quite some time: that Cebulski spent time writing under a Japanese pseudonym.
Ummm, it's pretty obvious that Cebulski is not Japanese.
Like, at all. And this week he finally decided to address the rumors that he wrote as “Akira Yoshida”.
Turns out that yes, this white man had a Japanese pen-name.
Cebulski explained his reasoning for adopting the name Akira Yoshida when writing.
He told Bleeding Cool that the reason he decided to write under this name was so he could pivot away from his editing job. He wanted to transition into a full time writing position within the company, pursuing his true passion.
Which, yeah, we all have dreams we hope to achieve but most of us don't pretend to be another race while going after them?
“I stopped writing under the pseudonym Akira Yoshida after about a year. It wasn’t transparent, but it taught me a lot about writing, communication and pressure. I was young and naïve and had a lot to learn back then,” he said in a statement.
One has to wonder that if “it wasn’t transparent” means that it simply wasn’t…true.
It doesn’t stop there…