First came Gamergate. Then came Comicsgate. Now there’s Animegate. What exactly is Animegate? It sprung up when sexual harassment allegations surfaced against voice actor Vic Mignogna. He’s known for his English voice-over work of Japanese anime shows that were dubbed for English-speaking viewers.
People who are pro-Animegate contend there’s no evidence Mignogna sexually harassed anyone. They created the #animegate and #istandwithvic hashtags.
I strongly disagree with Animegate. I think Vic Mignogna is a creep.
These photos are from Anime News Network and they feature Mignogna posing with a 14-year-old girl at a 2014 convention:
Funimation conducted an internal investigation concerning Mignogna’s behavior and announced they would no longer work with the voice actor. Rooster Teeth did the same. How could they not? All they had to do is look at the three above photos posted by Anime News Network. Why would any company want to work with Mignogna? Generally, reputable businesses don’t want to work with creeps like him.
Ordinarily, I try to see both sides to a controversy before making up my mind. Before I was against Comicsgate, I was for it. I thought comics were too expensive and the books were delving too much into identity politics. Eventually, I could not ignore the underlying base of hatred and bigotry the hashtag movement attracted and fostered. In retrospect, I wish I had noticed it sooner.
Animegate is one hundred percent wrong
I’m having a hard time seeing both sides when it comes to Animegate. This is about as cut and dry as you can get. People who are supporting Mignogna must not have looked at the photo evidence. That, or they don’t see a problem with a 51-year-old man putting his hands and lips on a 16-year-old girl.
In conclusion, I think anyone supporting Vic Mignogna needs to reassess their position. In this case, the sooner the better.
Today is the first day of the New Year. It’s the day a lot of Americans have weapons-grade hangovers. The last time I had a hangover, any type of hangover, was 1993. It’s when I learned a man I both admired and respected did something truly horrible and was in prison. This man was my boss when I was in the Air Force and stationed on Guam. More importantly, he was my friend.
I found out about it in the afternoon. That evening, I got extremely drunk. I haven’t been drunk since.
2018 was a terrible year
My hope is 2019 will be better than 2018 was, but how can it not? 2018 sucked. I began last year fresh out of the hospital where I almost died. Even when I got out of the hospital, life wasn’t that great. For one thing, I could barely stand, let alone walk. Ten days in bed had made my legs extremely weak. Once I was able to stand, I began working on walking.
I’d want to go to Walmart and Target with Sheri, but legs weren’t all that cooperative. I had Sheri take a photo of me in one of those scooter chairs at Walmart. It was the only way I could get around. I wanted a photo of me in the scooter because I used to look down on folks who rode these scooters. I’d try to determine in my mind if they had something physically wrong with them or if they were just lazy. Most of the time, I decided they were just lazy.
I was wrong to do that. Who was I to judge anyone? I wanted a photo to remember what an ass I was. Not that I usually need anything to remind me.
My large intestine is smaller than your’s
Then in June, I went back to the hospital to have surgery. By then, my gastroenterologist diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease. It’s what put me in the hospital at the end of December 2018. Crohn’s had severely damaged my large intestine, so much so, I had to have part of it removed.
That’s when you know you’re old when they start hacking off parts of you.
What do you know, Comicsgate is a hate movement
I’m ashamed to admit that I at one time supported Comicsgate. I think I was fooling myself that it was a grassroots consumer movement. In reality, it’s a hate movement filled with people hellbent on being jerks to women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, or anyone else they deem to be unworthy of making comic books they don’t read.
In August, I saw the light. I wrote three (3) critical blog posts on Jeremy Hambly, a controversial professional YouTube personality.
Unbeknown to me, Hambly was one of the leaders of Comicsgate. I was not aware of his status in Comicsgate because he never spoke about comics in his videos. Evidently not possessing an interest in comics doesn’t matter to people in Comicsgate. What matters is if you have an ax to grind against women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, or men deemed inferior to the manly men of Comicsgate.
People in Comicsgate began going after me, both in the comment section of this blog and on Twitter. Some of these same people had interacted with me prior in a much more cordial manner. It got so bad, I had to temporarily disable my blog’s comment section.
The whole experience was quite eye-opening. If they went after me in the manner they did, I can only imagine how they went after women, minorities, and members of the LBGT community.
I now wish I had nothing to do with Comicsgate. It’s something I’ll regret for a very long time.
Don’t look now, but there’s a stranger in my car
In the latter part of 2018, I began to focus more on driving for Lyft and Uber. Integrating e-commerce on websites and selling WordPress plugins was my main gig, while rideshare driving was a distant second. I then switched it up. It turned out to be a good move on my part, both financially and mentally.
My goal for 2019 is to make it better than 2018
I want this year to be better than last year. I’m going to concentrate on the things I control. I want to identify what those things are and focus on them. I also want to identify on what I have no control over and try to ignore those things. For example, the raging idiot we have in the White House. I have no control over him or what he does.
For my own well being, I need to be better at ignoring Donald Trump and his buffoonery. I cannot make Donald Trump a better person. I can make myself a better person.
Waid’s list of donors reads like a who’s who in the world of funny books. Meyer’s list of donors, not so much. One of Meyer’s donors is someone named Nancy Balbutin-Collins. She donated $11,000 to help Meyer sue Waid. She’s now the third highest donor to Meyer’s fundraiser.
Who is Nancy Balbutin-Collins?
Renfamous, Comicsgate’s number one enemy and one of the best people to follow on Twitter, googled Nancy Balbutin-Collins’ name and the first result was a real estate agent in Northern California. Renfamous then posted a screenshot of her real estate agent page, minus her contact information along with a funny comment.
The screenshot was interesting because it showed Nancy Balbutin-Collins is not the type of person one would normally associate with comic books, let alone something as toxic as Comicsgate.
Comicsgate supporters responded to Renfamous’ screenshot by claiming it doxxed Nancy Balbutin-Collins. As you can see from the above tweet, this claim is not true. Nancy Balbutin-Collins chose to give to the fundraiser with her full name. She could have donated anonymously. When someone googles that name, the see her real estate agent page. If that’s doxxing, than Google and Ask Jeeves dox people every single millisecond. I tweeted something to that effect. This prompted Ethan Van Sciver to insult me by claiming I used to have ethics.
Who does Van Sciver think he is to comment about my ethics?
That was… strange. I have many weaknesses and flaws. A lack of ethics is not one of them. I’m a very ethical person. I responded to his insult about me, not with an insult toward him, but some much-needed truth about me.
Minutes later, Van Sciver responded with more insults.
How rich that he would dare accuse anyone else of engaging in a harassment campaign. He is the undisputed leader of Comicsgate, a group of people who constantly harass people. And what in the hell is a “lickspittle“? Did someone buy Van Sciver a Dennis Prager word-of-the-day calendar?
Not only have I never heard that word used in a sentence, but I’m also quite confident I’ll never hear it used ever again.
I pointed out to Van Sciver that he’s in no position to criticize and insult my ethics.
Ethan Van Sciver should feel embarrassed to insult someone’s ethics when he clearly has a problem in that area of his life. Part of being an ethical person is paying your debts. It’s unethical not to, especially when you have the means to do so.
Remember, according to Mitt Romney, the candidate Van Sciver supported for president in 2012, corporations are people. When you stiff a corporation the money you agreed to pay them, you’re stiffing people.
Van Sciver responded a few hours later.
Van Sciver fails to realize foreclosure records are not private. They are public records. Nobody stole them. Too bad for him he didn’t consider that when he decided to simply not to pay his mortgage.
I found it ironic he called me a “piece of shit” yet of the two of us, I’m the one who pays his debts. Ethan Van Sciver does not. I was going to reply to his tweet, but then immediately after saying “fuck you” and calling me a “piece of shit,” he blocked me.
The only time I heard about Ethan Van Sciver’s foreclosure was on his own YouTube channel
I didn’t learn of Van Sciver’s foreclosure from an SJW unless he is an SJW. I learned about it from him. He talked about it on two of his YouTube live streams. Van Sciver deleted one but left the first one on YouTube. He begins talking about his foreclosure at around the 21-minute mark.
According to Van Sciver, in 2015 he owned a house in North Carolina and didn’t want to live there anymore. He wanted to return to New Jersey so he could be with his now current wife. She couldn’t move to North Carolina because of a child custody situation. According to Van Sciver, he owned more on the house than it was worth, so selling it was out of the question. He said he was advised to walk away from the house and rent for the next three years.
Ethical people pay their debts
Van Sciver didn’t say who advised him just walk away from a house he still owed money on, a house he could afford to pay. Is walking away from a house because you don’t want to live in it any more unethical? When you still have the means to pay for, one hundred percent yes.
Van Sciver didn’t say he couldn’t afford the mortgage. He said he just didn’t want to live there anymore. It’s unethical behavior like this that makes it difficult for normal, honest people to get a mortgage. I would never walk away from my mortgage because I wanted to live somewhere else. It’s unethical and irresponsible. Van Sciver has no business accusing me of being unethical. I pay my debts. He does not.
Just to be absolutely clear
I do not have a problem with Ethan Van Sciver blocking me on Twitter. It’s not like I place value in what the man has to say. Not anymore. What I took issue with was how he did it. He sought me out to insult me. He implied I’m not ethical. I corrected him. He insulted me again with the same disparaging accusation. I pointed out that he was in no position to insult my ethics. I told him why. He then told me “fuck you” and said I was a “piece of shit.” He then immediately blocked me so that I could not respond.
What makes his behaviour even more outrageous is that I am his customer. I paid $35 for his 48-page CyberFrog comic back when I supported Comicsgate. He knows this. And I thought Comicsgate was about comic book professionals treating customers with respect.
I block people on Twitter, but I don’t block people after I instigate trouble with them. I don’t instigate trouble with anyone, not on Twitter or anywhere else. Unlike Ethan Van Sciver, I don’t seek out to create drama. I don’t like drama.
Comicsgate supporters have come up with a new term for people who don’t support their movement: NPC.
It stands for “Non-Player Character.” It comes from table-top roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. The term later migrated over to video games. An NPC is a character in the game who looks and acts like another player but is controlled by the Dungeon Master or in the case of video games, the programming.
The NPC term originally became an insult on 4chan. It was coined to describe people who only have the same canned response to everything. They don’t think for themselves. They’re fake people.
Why is Comicsgate using the NPC slur?
One of the underlying problems with the movement is most people in the comic book community disagree with its principles. Those who’ve never heard of the movement, once they learn about it, generally have a negative opinion of it.
TheUmbrellaGuy is one of the minor lieutenants in the Comicsgate command hierarchy. He has a YouTube channel and he regularly appears on Ethan Van Sciver’s Comicsgate live streams. Mr. Van Sciver claims to own the term “Comicsgate” and because of this claim, when he’s not decapitating a metal Rose Tico figure with a pair of bolt cutters, decides who and who isn’t Comicsgate.
TheUmbrellaGuy hides behind a fake name. The person he’s referring to in his tweet as an “NPC” is Heather Antos, a real person who tweets under her real name. I find it ironic that in the world of Comicsgate, a fake person can call a real person an NPC.
This irony, like a good many things, seems to be completely lost on members of Comicsgate. Like other popular slurs in Comicsgate, they will eventually grow tired of it and switch to something else. If you want to know what they’ll be calling they believe to be “anti-Comicsgate” in the future, just go to 4chan today. They will undoubtedly recycle a term coined by 4chan and then cast aside when it becomes old. What’s other people’s trash is Comicsgate’s treasure.
Originality is not one of Comicsgate’s strong suits.
Marvel Comics took the extraordinary step firing Chuck Wendig, an acclaimed writer working for them as a freelancer. Reportedly Marvel fired him over posts he made on his personal Twitter account. Here is what Mr. Wendig said about the situation on his Twitter account:
Chuck Wendig had his personal, verified Twitter account long before he began writing comic books for Marvel, and he’ll have it for a long time to come. This is the tweet that most likely landed him in hot water with Marvel:
This tweet irritated a good many Trump supporters. Members of the cash grab known as Comicsgate made a very big deal about it. Not only do they enjoy paying $35 for 48-page comics not yet published, but they also enjoy going after SJWs, cucks, soyboys, cultural Marxists, and people who don’t support Donald Trump. In other words, roughly 60% of the country.
Some of the biggest and most respected GOP celebrities, people like Dinesh D’Souza, Ben Shapiro, and even Curt “bankruptcy” Schilling, began publicly chastising Mr. Windig over his anti-GOP, anti-Trump tweets. Mr. Windig’s tweets then may or may not have come to the attention of Ike Perlmutter.
Who is Ike Perlmutter?
Ike Perlmutter is a super-weird billionaire and a massive Donald Trump supporter. He’s not only best friends with Trump, he reportedly secretly co-managers the Department of Veteran Affairs from Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s favorite country club. Ike Perlmutter is also the chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment.
It’s not outside the realm of possibilities to think Perlmutter somehow heard about Chuck Wendig’s Twitter activity, perhaps someone in his inner circle listening to The Ben Shapiro Show, and ordered Marvel editorial to show Mr. Wendig the door. Something had to have recently happened considering Mr. Wendig has always been vocal about his disdain for Republicans and their politics.
What Marvel Comics did was terrible
How Marvel Comics could go after a person because of their free speech is more than ridiculous. Books publishers traditionally placed great value on free speech. Not Marvel Comics. I’m glad I don’t spend much money on Marvel books. I was reading their Star Wars books, but I probably will not do that anymore.
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?
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).
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.
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?
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…