Bleeding Cool apologizes for Vox Day article


Bleeding Cool, the eminent comic book and pop culture blog, published an apology for publishing an interview with Vox Day, an American white nationalist living in Italy.

Mr. Day (government name Theodore Beale) is now in the comic book publishing business. His comics cater to the white alt-right crowd.

Mr. Day was a proud member of Comicsgate until the supreme leader of Comicsgate Ethan Van Sciver unceremoniously kicked him out of the movement. Was it Mr. Day’s bigoted, white nationalist views that earned him the expulsion?

Ethan Van Sciver (Photo: New Jersey Comic Expo)

Nope. It was because Mr. Vox planned to create a comics publishing imprint called “Comicsgate” and was proceeding to trademark the term. Mr. Van Sciver didn’t take too kindly to this scheme. He asserted he owned the term “Comicsgate” and the official lawyer of Comicsgate agreed with him.

Mr. Day didn’t follow through with his plan, but the damage between Mr. Van Sciver and Mr. Day was done.  It doesn’t appear it can be repaired. Sadly, their friendship is over. Their weekly phone calls? Not anymore. Mr. Van Sciver is still a fan of Mr. Day’s books though and recommends people read them because, well, he agrees with this views about the evils of Social Justice Warriors (SJWs).

Bleeding Cool apologizes for Vox Day article - Bent Corner
Comicsgate (Photo: Craig Alanson)

The day I recommend books written by a white nationalist bigot is the day I want someone to shoot me in the head. It’s not me, but a robot from the future pretending to be me!

Why did Bleeding Cool apologize?

The interview was seen by some as a signal boost of Mr. Day’s awful, repugnant views. Those people are right. Unfortunately, even when you publish a negative article about someone explaining how racist they are, it attracts racists and bigots to whatever this person is offering.

This is one of the problems with denouncing Comicsgate as a bigoted group of hate mongers: it only attracts more and more hateful bigots to the movement.

The apology was written by Kaitlyn Booth. This is the apology:

Bleeding Cool apologizes for Vox Day article - Bent Corner

It looks like the offending article has been scrubbed from the website. You can read an archived copy by going here.

Who is Kaitlyn Booth?

Bleeding Cool apologizes for Vox Day article - Bent Corner
Kaitlyn Booth

In the apology, Ms. Booth announced she’s taking over the role of editor-in-chief of Bleeding Cool. If you thought Rich Johnston was the editor-in-chief, you would be wrong. It’s a common misconception. Mr. Johnston is the chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool.

Before Ms. Booth claimed the iron throne, the EIC duties belonged to Mark Seifert.

Ms. Booth was the film writer at Bleeding Cool. She’s also a co-host of The Nerdom Podcast.

If Ms. Booth’s letter of apology about the Vox Day article is any sign of how things will be under her watch, I expect Bleeding Cool to get a lot more respectable and decent, very quickly. I just wish she could do something about all those annoying ads…

Don’t act surprised when a comic book artist rips you off

admin-ajaxI read an interesting article on Bleeding Cool about the troubles people are having with comic book artist Jason Craig. He’s currently the artist for Dynamite’s Evil Ernie. Last year people commissioned him to do comic book character sketches. They paid Jason Craig upfront.

Jason Craig has personal problems

Because of a whole host of personal problems including a divorce, a broken neck, high blood pressure, a foster child with Cerebral Palsy, and a bunch of other awful things, Craig spent all the money and never did the sketches. I know all about this because Craig posted about it on a public message board.

Craig detailed all his personal problems on a public Internet message board. Many of the folks who paid him for sketches he never did took their problem to the same message board. One of the problems with ripping people off over the Internet is they tend to make a stink about it.

The person Craig seems to have the biggest problem with is a ripped-off customer by the name of “Kyle.”

Most commercial commission sketches are not legal

Personally, I don’t have much sympathy for anyone who sends money to an artist in exchange for a commissioned sketch of a trademarked comic book character. The artist, in most cases, doesn’t have a legal right to create commercial art based on the trademarked character. You’re essentially paying them to do something outside the law, to create something that is technically illegal.

If an artist is willing to accept hundreds of dollars to create something they’re not legally entitled to create, should it really be that big of a surprise when they fail to do what they were paid to do?

I don’t think so.