Ethan Van Sciver blocked me on Twitter

Last week Ethan Van Sciver, the glorious leader of Comicsgate blocked me on Twitter. The reason? He’s good at throwing insults, but not so good at hearing the truth.

It started when I commented on someone’s tweet about a donor to Richard C. Meyer’s lawsuit campaign. Meyer is suing comic book writer Mark Waid for slander and tortious interference. When Waid started a legal defense fundraiser on GoFundMe to help pay for his lawyer, Van Sciver responded by starting a similar fundraiser for Meyer.

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.

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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?

Conservative smarty-pants, Dennis Prager.

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.

Before the emergence as Donald Trump as the face of the Republican Party, most Democrat voters thought Mitt Romney was kind of a jerk. In retrospect, Mitt Romney is a wonderful and decent guy.

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.

Is Ethan Van Sciver a “real man”?

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.

Top artwork by the great Aaron A Alvarez.

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts

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:

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

Marvel Comics fired Chuck Wendig over his Twitter posts - Bent Corner

 

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?

Isaac “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.

 

Here is an easy way to make Twitter less toxic

Twitter can be a toxic cesspool of weaponized hatred. It will continue to be one until the people in charge take steps to clean it up. Until then, here’s an easy way to keep a lot of the trolls from appearing in your Mentions.

Go to “Notifications” and then select “Setting” on the right. This will bring up the following screen:

Here is an easy way to make Twitter less toxic

In “Mute notifications from people:” check off “Who haven’t confirmed their email” and “Who haven’t confirmed their phone number.” Then press “Save Changes.”

Once I did this, I saw a lot less toxic comments in my Mentions.

I actually had no idea people could create a Twitter account without verifying their email address and their phone number. I just assumed people had to confirm their real email address and phone number. It seems crazy to me that they don’t. This is especially true when you factor in how much toxic hate gets thrown at people, especially by those associated with Comicsgate.

Eventually, Twitter will make confirming a person’s email address and phone number a mandatory step when creating an account. Hopefully, they’ll do a lot more to verify people. How can they not? They should be doing a lot more than that. Everyone – not just celebrities – should be able to confirm their identity with a government ID and a credit card. Then, there should be a setting that only allows verified accounts to appear in your feed.

If Twitter doesn’t do this, another company will and they will put Twitter out of business. At this point in the timeline, perhaps that’s best.

Wil Wheaton left Twitter, then got kicked off fake Twitter

Former child actor and Internet social activist Wil Wheaton decided to leave Twitter. The reason? Because Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey refused to ban Info Wars host Alex Jones, someone Wheaton didn’t like.

I’ve got to admit, I enjoy the comedy stylings of Alex Jones, although not directly from the man himself. I like him best when his foolishness is pointed out by others and then ridiculed for it. I was sad to see Jones get kicked off YouTube because it made it harder for people to mock him.

If YouTube allows someone as repulsive as Boogie2988 to remain on their platform, it stands to reason they’ll allow anyone to remain. Or so I thought.

A day that will go down in Twitter infamy

 

Wil Wheaton left Twitter on August 17, 2018. Twitter could continue doing what it wanted to do, it just couldn’t do it with Wheaton still on board.

I didn’t know this, but there’s a fake version of Twitter called Mastodon. Instead of using a centralized server like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other similar services transfer information, it uses smaller decentralized networks and computers to do it. Much like you can send email to people who are not using the same email server as you, Mastodon messages can be read by other Mastodon members.

Wil Wheaton joined Mastodon to fill the massive void created by not having Twitter in his life anymore.

Mastodon has a large trans user base. Many of the trans users on Mastodon didn’t like Wheaton and have even claimed to feel unsafe by his mere presence on the service. The reason? Because back in the days of Gamergate, Wheaton endorsed GGAutoBlocker, the Twitter blocklist created by Randi Harper. She created a block list based not on the actions of people, but because of who people followed.

Randi Harper is a terrible human being

Randi Harper

I was listed on the GGAutoBlocker. I harassed or attacked no one. How did I end up on the list? Because for a time I followed Milo Yiannopoulos, a one-time leader in the Gamergate community. I followed him not because I agreed with him (I didn’t), but because I was interested in the stupid things he said and did. For as long as I can remember, I’ve appreciated listening to the voices of people I didn’t agree with. I’ve found it helps me better define what I believe in and even more importantly, what I do not believe in. 

As it turns out, not only was Randi Harper adding people to her blocklist she deemed to be pro-Gamergate (I was not), she was also adding known trans women because she personally didn’t like trans women. Or something. I don’t really know the specifics and I’m too lazy to go to Ask Jeeves and find out.

It all came to a head for Wil Wheaton when he blocked a trans woman for pulling a prank on him that involved the old “deez nuts” joke. This person then rallied other trans people and as a group demanded Mastodon remove Wheaton. Unlike Twitter’s response to Wil Wheaton’s demand to remove Alex Jones from the platform, Mastodon was more than happy to comply with the demand to remove Wheaton.

Wil Wheaton is no longer on the decentralized platform.

So there you have it. Wil Wheaton finds himself without Twitter and fake Twitter. It’s a sad tale. People like Wheaton rely on Twitter as a mechanism to share their virtue. I actually feel bad for him. What good is it to want to punch Nazis if you can’t broadcast that fact on social media? I guess he’ll just have to start actually punching people he decides are Nazis and let people find out about it from police reports and TMZ.

Jeremy Hambly getting punched at Gen Con is now officially a dumpster fire

I’m calling it. As of 9:44 pm eastern daylight time, Jeremy Hambly getting attacked by Matt Loter at Gen Con is now officially a five-alarm dumpster fire.

Little by little, the story of him getting punched to the back of the head because of his “political beliefs” has become more and more absurd. Last night Jeremy released a video that said a whole host of things, some of which contradicted what he said earlier.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=ncE9q6fHIU8

The whole thing is a mess. An absurd, hot mess.

Jeremy Hambly should have been prepared to deal with people who hate him

Jeremy Hambly

Jeremy is a controversial, YouTube culture warrior. He was banned for life by Wizards of the Coast, the makers of Magic: The Gathering for what they considered harassment and bullying of people in the community. He’s not allowed to attend sanctioned Magic: The Gathering events or tournaments for the rest of his life. There’s a reason they took this extraordinary step.

Whatever you think about Jeremy, there’s no denying he’s disliked by a good many people. It’s a reaction he spends a lot of time and energy cultivating.

If this happened to me, I would not have called the police

Matt Loter

If someone like Matt Loter attacked me and I walked away with little to no physical damage, I wouldn’t have called the police. What’s the point? I generally don’t like the police and I try not to interact with them.

I also wouldn’t broadcast to the world that I allowed some alt-lifestyle freakazoid to approach me from behind and punch my head several times. The last thing I would want is my name in a public record documenting my inept reaction to being assaulted by someone. Consider how often Jeremy refers to men he doesn’t like as cucks, soy boys, and beta males. Now consider how he acted when he met with someone who wanted to do him harm. He ran away. At the very least, I don’t think he should ever call into question another man’s maleness.

Is Jeremy Hambly an alcoholic?

I think Jeremy has a drinking problem. In the military, this incident would be classified as an alcohol-related incident. He would have to be evaluated and depending on the findings, forced to attend an alcohol a rehab program and AA meetings. Even if he didn’t have, according to him, 19 drinks before the assault, the fact it happened outside a bar at 2:00 am would trigger some kind of mandatory treatment. Good thing for Jeremy he’s not in the military. Good thing for the military too. His reaction to someone visiting violence upon him is to run away.

Jeremy Hambly wants to be a victim

Jeremy seems obsessed with making this one drunken incident his defining moment. He seems to want to wallow in victimhood. That’s too bad. Who wants to be known as a human punching bag? Who wants to be a professional victim? Not me, that’s who. I would do everything in my power not to be those things. I get the impression this was the first time he was attacked by someone. I wouldn’t call it a fight because that implies both parties participated. Matt threw ineffective punches and Jeremy fled to the safety inside the bar.

That, of course, is if you believe any of it even took place.

Who knew James Gunn used to be a Twitter edgelord?

James Gunn, director of fine movies such as SlitherGuardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 used to be a Twitter edgelord. The problem is when he stopped being a Twitter edgelord and decided to be a respectable movie director, he failed to go on Twitter and delete is edgy tweets.

I don’t understand why Gunn didn’t hire a social media person to manage his online content. He’s now a famous movie director connected to Marvel Studios which is owned by The Walt Disney Company. Why didn’t he have someone scrub this old Twitter stuff a long time ago?

He should have deleted all his old tweets as soon as he signed on to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s what a normal human would have done.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time for James Gunn. The San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is taking place and he was scheduled to appear. I’m sure that’s not going to happen now. The SDCC is like the Daytona 500 for nerds. The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the NFL’s FIFA World Cup. So obviously, right now is a terrible time for something like this to emerge.

It will be interesting to see if Marvel Studios fires him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. As terrible and unoriginal as his edgelord tweets were, his movies are very good.

Update

Marvel Studios has fired James Gunn.