Apparently the new president of the Science Fiction Writers of America suggested that membership of the organisation should be opened to the writers of comics & graphic novels. The reported reaction is… unsurprising:
The objections ran the whole gamut (paraphrased here because I’m a notoriously awful note-taker. But the gist of the matter remains): “There’s too many of them–this will be like a mouse swallowing an elephant”; “Their contracts and issues are different than ours”; “If you take away the pictures, the words don’t tell the whole story”; “We have nothing to offer them”; “We need to grow and add more members first, then we can think about opening the organization to comics”; “Manga recycles the same plot over and over again–that’s not writing, and shouldn’t qualify…”
My Sidewise Award for best alternate-history sf is actually really pretty.