The internet sure makes people [angry people]. But there are [angry people] in the real world too, and three recent stories reveal that [angry people] in all mediums are still with us.
§ Don MacPherson goes all 20/20 in investigating the case of copyright infringement on Rich Koslowski. Basically, the owner of Geeks Galore Computer Center in Marmora, Ont., one Hogan Scott Courrier, used images based on Koslowski’s 3 Geeks books as the logo of his business — they are visible on his Facebook page and elsewhere. Last year, Kowlowski sued over copyright infringement — and won. But Courrier has simply ignored the court ruling, still using Koslowski’s art, and making all sorts of excuses — it’s his art, he wasn’t there when it happened, wah wah, wah.
“I was never served with the disclosure so the court ruled in my absence. The following forms have been reintroduced into court. You would be best to talk to my lawyer regarding this as I am far too busy to play games with a comic-book creator. We are two completely different businesses, much like Joe’s Garage in the States and Joe’s Coffee Shop in Canada, they both use the same Joe’s Logo,” he wrote, mistakenly representing the notion that entities that share a name can use the same copyright-protected logo if they’re in different countries.
Koslowski says he isn’t going to spend any money to pursue more legal action but if he wants to go over to Courrier’s and yell at him, The Beat will definitely go along and pitch in with gusto. ***
§ Over at Robot 6, Sean T. Collins runs down a recent ugly internet incident involving Dan Slott.
It seems some internet wanker going by the handle Lejayjay accused Slott, the current Spider-Man writer, of being a hack:
It is jus a paycheck for Slott anyway. He’s not a real fan.
Slott is known for his love of hanging out on message boards, something all his friends have advised him against, but he did it, and this comment was too much, as it would be for anyone with pride in their work.
As a guy who turned down a side job this year for a paycheck that would’ve been over a third of his yearly income– BECAUSE it would’ve meant cutting back on his not-so-lucrative comic book writing career– and get in the way of working on his Spider-Man dream job…
…and the guy who slept less than 12 hours over the course of 4 days this week working on a script while he was sick… a guy who finally had to be ORDERED off it by his editor to go see a doctor… and is still in a good deal of pain today…
…this is the first time I think I’ve ever said this to somebody over a comic book message board:
Go fuck yourself.
Go. Fuck. Yourself.
Now seriously, if Slott had gone over to lejayjay’s house to yell loudly, we would have pitched in on that, too.*** What gives you, internet mouth breather, the right to insult someone who has EARNED the right to ENTERTAIN YOU with stories about your favorite characters by years and years of hard work? Someone who works nights and weekends, as so many freelancers do. We admit to being a little biased here, as Slott is a neighbor and friend that we often chat to at the local Dunkin’ Donuts, and he’s always talking about work and how much of it he has to do. The man is a unique talent who is beyond passionate about his work. Anyone who slags Dan Slott for not caring is an idiot.
The internet message board culture that rewards those big game hunters who bring down “major pros” with their brutal zings is one of the worst things about our wired world. Or as we wrote here recently of JMS, “The man is not above criticism, but he is above abuse.” Of course all work is open to criticism, but the baroque personal fantasies that fans dream up about comics pros. It’s crazy! Collins has much more on this kind of fanboy entitlement attitude, which we have zero tolerance for. Slott himself bounced back on Twitter this morning:
OMG! I said “FUCK”! How will the world go on? That’s 1 less “fuck” for Tieri, Ellis, Bendis, and a zillion other comic creators to say! :-O
It’s my own fault for not saying “fuck” enough. I need to dilute it. Here: fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuckity-fuck-fuck-fuck.
Fuck, fuck, fuck fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, FUUUUUUCK. — Seriously, people, that’s how Frank Tieri says “Good Morning.” :-)
And you know what, he’s going to be fine, writing things he enjoys writing, and lejayjay can go back to his world where spewing insults on a message board is his greatest achievement.
§ Now THIS [misguided person] harmed mostly himself. Over at Comics Comics, Tim Hodler caught a review on the Onion’s A.V. Club which wasn’t just funny…it was a miracle. The book in question was Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth, and the amazing thing is that..the book is not even finished yet! It doesn’t exist, as we told you the other day.
Onion A.V. Club editor Keith Phipps was of course, mortified when this was brought to his attention:
A reader just brought this to my attention. I just spoke to the writer of the piece and I’m sorry to say it’s exactly what it looks like. This is someone given the assignment who could not track down the book—for now-obvious reasons—and faked it. This writer will not be writing comics reviews for us again. My next stop after this is to the delete the review and leave a note on the site.
I cannot tell you how embarrassed I am by this. Whatever you think of the quality of our reviews, this sort of thing is exactly what we _never_ do at The A.V. Club. We hold ourselves to a much higher standard than this and I can truly say this is one of the worst days I’ve had on the job because of this incident.
What have we learned? The review has been removed, the writer in question will not work for the Onion again, and the rest of his reviews are being examined. He’s our own little Jayson Blair.
While the perpetrator of this little swindle is clearly a[misguided person] we’d guess he — or she — also hasn’t been at this game too long. Although the review in question certainly did a good job of sounding like the reviewer had seen the book, even in these devolved times, pulling it all out of your ass isn’t the way to go.
In short…DON’T BE A [ANGRY/MISGUIDED PERSON] PEOPLE.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT WAS A JOKE AND WE DON’T CONDONE ANY ACTUAL USE OF YELLING AS A MEANS TO AN END. Yes, I’m just another wimp who gets our her aggressions by postings things on the internet