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This Is Not Fucking Harmless
I love Kickstarter. I think that’s clear to people who know me by now? I love it. There’s a dude named Brad Muir and he works at Double Fine and I love the games they make, so much. But before Kickstarter, every time a Double Fine game came out I was a little worried it would be their last, and I’d have to worry that if people didn’t buy it, who knows what would happen to that studio. Then they found KIckstarter and now they make games and people like me can front load the development cost for them and it is the absolute best arrangement for creative people who want a tool in the exhausting struggle of art + commerce. A friend of mine is taking a month off her job to write a children’s book because of this platform. It’s GREAT. I love it.
The outcome of this is that I spend a lot of time just browsing Kickstarter looking for something cool to either back or crow about online. I don’t really back much - I don’t have a ton of capitol to toss around, and I’m sure the fact that I have a lot of ideas and no money factors into my love of a platform that gives money to people with ideas - but I like to check it out. So tonight, I found THIS fucking thing.
This is a nightmare.
Watching the video, reading the description, it sounds fairly innocent but a little eye-roll inducing. It’s another book where some nerd, desperate to be liked by women (this is not an insult, we are ALL desperate to be liked by someone we want to have sex with) thinks he’s figured out some cheat code or check-list like routine they can run in a bar to make women sleep with them, as if women aren’t people but a series of subroutines or an obstacle course that they can optimize to get their dick wet as fast as possible. And he’s written that advice down! And he’s selling it! To you! You could learn his cheat codes. This is nothing new for the internet. In fact, a large swath of this book was published already on Reddit. What’s new is that he’s crowdfunding it.
And sure, you might think this is sad or dumb or that this guy is just another lonely dude talking to other lonely dudes who’ll head out into the night with their fedoras to failure, right? Not a big deal? Oops, turns out we’re wrong, because here are some excerpts from what he’s already put on Reddit -
”5) Get CLOSE to her, damn it!
To quote Rob Judge, “Personal space is for pussies.” I already told you that the most successful seducers are those who can’t keep their hands off of women. Well you’re not gonna be able to do that if you aren’t in close! ”
“All the greatest seducers in history could not keep their hands off of women. They aggressively escalated physically with every woman they were flirting with. They began touching them immediately, kept great body language and eye contact, and were shameless in their physicality. Even when a girl rejects your advances, she KNOWS that you desire her. That’s hot. It arouses her physically and psychologically.”
“Decide that you’re going to sit in a position where you can rub her leg and back. Physically pick her up and sit her on your lap. Don’t ask for permission. Be dominant. Force her to rebuff your advances.”
Pull out your cock and put her hand on it. Remember, she is letting you do this because you have established yourself as a LEADER. Don’t ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick.”
SO. Now I am no longer rolling my eyes.
This guy is no longer just being weird and creepy on the internet. Now he’s writing a book about how to sexually assault women, and he is using something I believe in (Kickstarter) to ask YOU for money to do it. I am offended as someone who believes in the platform, and more importantly I am offended as someone who believes women shouldn’t be treated this way, and that people who say otherwise CERTAINLY should not profit off saying they should.
This isn’t harmless. People come to these boards because they are scared of being humiliated, and they are saying to the world, “Tell me what to do, because I don’t know what to do.” And this guy has chosen to tell them, “You should be a rapist.”
There’s largely nothing we can do about people saying this shit on a place like Reddit - Reddit’s a mess for another time - but let’s get it off of Kickstarter. The project is funded in 10 hours - and unfortunately a lot of those are sleeping hours - but PLEASE report it to Kickstarter, please tweet @Kickstarter asking them to take it down, and PLEASE do not let something cool be used for the UGLIEST thing imaginable.
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Kickstarter comic 'artist' stealing art, please help!
I was on the Kickstarter site and saw this Kickstarter on the front page, Iconic: Abstract Art Series of Heroes & Villains.
Is it just me or is this artist taking pre-existing comic images and just sing Photoshop filters to then sell them as original prints…? He says he wants to use the money to fund his NYCC table, sounds to me like this guy is gunning to be the new Rob Granito.
This is his Harley Quinn print that looks like he’s just tracing around the Adam Hughes Harley statue to create the image:
This may not be the original Jim Lee Green Lantern he ripped from, but I know I’ve seen the original before. I know Jim Lee’s work, I grew up
his body shapes and the way he draws his characters.
Yeah no caption needed for this one.
His Superman looks like it’s ripped from a Christopher Reeve Superman poster and his Nightwing looks oddly like a cosplayer I remember seeing.
Any way I’ve reported the Kickstarter with my evidence, if you could all report it too, or boost the signal, or at least try and help me get some more proof. (All of these images seem to familiar to me, but Google image search is failing me a little.) I hate to drag this guy over the coals, but I’d really hate to see him make $10,000 off of the hard work of others like this.
If you have any respect for comics as a craft, or the creators; you respect their work. It’s okay to save their images, it’s okay to re-draw their pictures because you liked the original work, but the second you start turning it for a quick buck - that’s when you show you have little to no respect for comics as a medium, the people who slave their ass off day to day the bring us great stories (or statues, or games, etc.) or the work they do.
Bleeding Cool has run the story, with more proof. The project creator has also told me that he’s waiting to hear from DC legal before he pulls the project, despite getting a cease and desist from Marvel during the project itself.
From the project creator himself as of a few minutes ago: