Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool Rich Johnston published a poorly researched negative article on master comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver entitled The Return of Ethan Van Sciver’s Mean Streak.
The article relies heavily on the unchallenged and unsubstantiated words of Darryl Ayo, a New York City-based cartoonist, and comic book shop employee.
Darryl Ayo has been calling Ethan Van Sciver a Nazi on Twitter since last year.
The same day that we were on here talking about Ethan Van Sciver's Nazi leanings, I was at work, checking out his original pages.
— darrylayo (@darrylayo) September 1, 2017
One would not know this fact from reading Johnston’s article because that fact was never mentioned.
This is what was published in the article:
You can’t claim to not have a history with someone when you wrote last year about that same someone supposedly having “Nazi leanings.” A seven-second Twitter search would have dug this fact up. If Bleeding Cool had a competent research department or even an intern with a borrowed laptop, a mistake like this could have been avoided.
I don’t even blame Rich Johnston for this. Even though I think based on my own personal interactions with him that he’s a lying, unethical coward, the man deserves a competent editor whose job it is to save him from himself. That duty falls upon the rounded shoulders of Mark Seifert, managing editor of Bleeding Cool.
When you read something not true on Bleeding Cool, blame Mark Seifert, not the hack who wrote it.
I don’t even blame Darryl Ayo for his obvious falsehood. The man tweets about Nazis so much, he may have honestly forgotten he claimed Ethan Van Sciver had Nazi leanings back in September of last year. It’s now February. How is someone like Darryl Ayo supposed to remember who he called a Nazi way back in September?
Finally, why does there seem to be a pattern of calling people with German-sounding surnames Nazis? Speaking as someone with a German surname, I find it annoying. I can’t help but wonder if Darryl Ayo would claim Ethan Van Sciver had Nazi leanings if Ethan’s last name was Lieberman.
I don’t think so. Calling the guy with a German-sounding last name a Nazi is low hanging fruit.