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).

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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:

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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?

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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…

Ethan Van Sciver and Vox Day wrestle over who owns Comicsgate

The world of Comicsgate became even more of a dumpster fire a few days ago. Hero of the alt-right and author of SJWs Always Lie Vox Day (government name Theodore Beale) announced he’s starting a comics imprint called Comicsgate. This didn’t sit too well with comic creators using the word to promote their independent projects. Ethan Van Sciver rallied his Comicsgate lieutenants on a YouTube live show to discuss this issue.

For me, the most interesting part was at 6:12. Ethan said:

This is the name of my YouTube show, Comicsgate Live. I own the word Comicsgate. It belongs to me. And I will fight him (Vox Day) in court for it. Nobody will make a Comicsgate line of comics, except for me. If I want to or if I don’t want to. So we are going to pursue legal action. I know I can count on the support of my fellow Comicsgators to do so. This is clearly copyright infringement.

I don’t think Ethan Van Sciver owns the word Comicsgate. He didn’t create the word. It was a word people began using long before he started his YouTube channel. Just because he incorporated the word into a segment of his YouTube show doesn’t mean he’s the trademark owner of Comicsgate.

There’s even a channel on YouTube called Comicsgate. It’s run by a comics fan in Egypt. This individual began producing videos under the name Comicsgate six years ago. This same person also owns the website comicsgate.net.

If someone owns the trademark to the word Comicsgate relating to a YouTube show, it’s the person in Egypt, not Ethan Van Sciver.

I thought everyone was the leader of Comicsgate?

What’s strange about this declaration of ownership is Ethan Van Sciver helped make a video that said everyone is the leader of Comicsgate and you can be too.

This video now seems inaccurate if Ethan owns the word. If someone owns the word, then they’re the leader of Comicsgate.

If Vox Day wants the word Comicsgate, let him have it

I don’t understand why anyone would want to go to court and fight over the word Comicsgate. To say the word has a massive PR problem is an understatement. It’s a word born out of the old Gamergate movement and was first used as an insult. If Ethan Van Sciver took Vox Day to court over the name, it would be like fighting over a turd sandwich.

If people need a word to describe their beliefs, then they should create their own word. No good thing as ever had the word gate at the end of it: Watergate, Heaven’s Gate, Gamergate, Bill Gates, etc.

I wrote about not supporting Comicsgate anymore and I cited my reasons. If I hadn’t already distanced myself from the movement, I would have done so after comics book legend Dave Gibbons, artist of Watchmen, the greatest comic ever made, denounced the movement on Twitter.

It’s not like Dave Gibbons is the first comics professional to denounce Comicsgate, nor will he be the last. To associate yourself with such a toxic word, so toxic Vox Day wants to use it to publish comics, should be a huge warning sign to everyone.

If you want people to take you seriously, if you don’t want people to assume bad things about you, don’t be like Vox Day. Don’t label yourself as Comicsgate. Trust me, you don’t need a single word defining your beliefs.