Schools Ban Penis-Shouting Comic CEO




An Archie Comics CEO has been uninvited to tell kids at Gilles-Sweet Elementary in Fairview Park and two Elyria Catholic schools tomorrow about how comics are drawn up and produced. Is it because Nancy Silberkleit is credited with introducing a gay character into the Archie comics line and the kids might ask about that?

No. Way worse.

Silberkleit allegedly shouted “penis” repeatedly during a company Board of Directors meeting, which was presumably not attended by children, but some apparently fear the incident makes her likely to shout “penis” repeatedly in a room full of fourth-graders.

The Plain Dealer reports that the schools will, however, allow the Archie comic book sales (proceeds to benefit the schools) that were to accompany Silberkleit’s visit to go on as planned. Naturally.

According to the PD:

The speech plans were derailed after a woman left a voice mail for Barbara Brady, principal of the Giles-Sweet school, and questioned the choice of Silberkleit as a speaker. School officials did an Internet search and were surprised at reports that the company sued Silberkleit alleging sexual harassment over inappropriate behavior, including shouting "penis" repeatedly at an Archie Board of Directors meeting.

Similar anonymous calls were left at the two other schools where Silberkleit was to speak.

School officials discussed their concerns with the Elyria Comic Book Initiative, the educational group that arranged the speeches, and the speeches were canceled.

We want to know how many times the word “penis” was spoken during that discussion.

And more:

"The pending litigation between Silberkleit and her company would potentially detract from the real value of the comic book fairs, which is to have children become excited about learning through comic books," said initiative President Ken Glanc.

We wonder how many grade school kids have been following the pending “penis” litigation.

At any rate, Carol and John’s Comics at Kamm’s Corner will have Silberkleit on board between 10 a.m and noon Saturday and is evidently not concerned about her ability to moderate her vocabulary in public.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.