Man, and I thought Sarah Zero over did it with the red.
Date: 03 Sep 2009 21:44
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What I'm wondering is why Satan appears to have such a problem with his son being gay.
What? Does he think the Christians might think less of him?
*edit* Oh, I should add that
Apparently the creator found this review, had a hissy fit, and decided to take another hiatus on Skull Boy.
Cheers all around!
I am interested to see a screencap of / link to evidence of this
he sent me a private message, and a few days later subtly removed the comic from the main page. The fans gave him lots of huggles and glomps to cheer him up.
Date sent: 16 Sep 2009, 23:40 GMT
Dear Scott Foss,
I waited a very long time before I decided to write a reply about your review, as I wanted to make a calm, well thought out response with an even and balanced perspective.
This is not hate mail, I just want to set some things straight and get some stuff off my chest. I'm sure you can spare a few moments to read a simple note. I think you owe me that at least, what with an entire page dedicated to showing how worthless my work is.
First, I just wanted to let you know I am archiving the comic Skull-Boy to make more time for Fish Quarry. But, I'm telling you this so you know it's NOT because of your cold review and pitiless comments, I've been tired of Skull-Boy for a long time now. The review, if anything, was the final nail, or realization that it was time to get it over with.
Second, you realize my site only generates, like, 200-500 unique visitors a day, 900 on a really good day. That's not even enough to get real sponsors on my site. I'm not a big shot, hell, I'm not even a medium shot. So, it's very obvious your review was made for the soul purpose of hurting me and me alone. I think it's a shame you would waste your time trying to hurt someone who's a small time artist much like yourself. Not only that, gather other people to single me out and talk about what a hack I am behind my back.
Third, Skull-Boy was a pet project at best, I just did it for myself. It's completely self-indulgent and don't get me wrong, you're totally right, it's crap. The story's a mess, as is the art and the characters are flat. But why wouldn't it be? I started it when I was 15. Do you like what you made when you where 15? Oh wait, I guess you would, because you're 16, which brings me to my next point. What makes you think you know anything about me, my work or webcomics for that matter? Not to be mean, but you're barely getting started yourself. Who gave you the right to judge me?
I can't expect you to understand what it feels to be singled out the way you did to me, but if you're even the slightest bit of an empathetic human being, you will understand that all the hatred you built up was completely meaningless and only accomplished hurting the already frail confidence of an artist who started out much like yourself and is only a stone throw away from where you currently stand.
If you don't understand that, then I especially don't care what you say or think of me. If you feel glad that my comic is being archived and you feel like you've won, eager to smash the confidence of another fellow webcomic artist, then you're a very little man and I feel sorry for you, which I seriously hope isn't the case. All I really want is for you to have the dignity to leave me and my friends alone.
I don't hate you, let's try to keep it that way before this gets ugly.
~ William J. Gregory
What an interesting letter.
However, I feel the need we should translate it to English for better understanding.
Here's my translation, for the benefit of you all:
Date sent: 16 Sep 2009, 23:40 GMT
Dear Scott Foss,
I wanted to give myself some time to make a calm, balanced and thought-out response to your review and actions towards me, yet this is all I could come up with.
This is not hate mail, as I not, by any chance, hate you in any way. There might be a bunch of parts where it certainly seems that I do, and that I want to pin all my troubles and shortcomings on you. You probably didn't read them right, asshole. I don't hate you.
I seem to think you dedicated an entire webpage to tearing my guts and thrashing me, rather than just a short article with several generalizations of the genre, which among other things concluded that Skull Boy is a product of my excitable teenage years and lack of experience.
But this is not about that. Fuck reality and truth. We're not talking about the validity of your critics and your objectiveness. We're talking about you saying things that I do not like, and how I TOTALLY DON'T CARE.
I'm putting Skull Boy out for the time being. I strongly believe that, since you wrote this review, you're an arrogant and self-important jerk. You must think this hiatus is all a result of your biding. Well, let me burst your bubble by saying it has nothing to do with you. Your review had no effect in me. It was little and petty and it did not influence my decisions in the least. That either means that I don't care for criticism, that I don't consider your words valid, or I that I'm childish. I'm not sure, whatever makes you the most wrong.
Since you wrote a critic about someone unimportant like me, you must be totally after me. You are making this ultra-personal and mean-spirited, not me. You're persecuting me for my blood! I'm a victim! That means I can be as mean and ridiculous in my claims as I want and be excused for it. Counter-hate rules, let me count the ways:
- You are a shameful person who wastes his time chasing unimportant people like me. By my logic, you should only bother people with famous comics. I don't matter enough to be asked to be good, so shut up about any negative aspects of my comic! If you can't praise me, I don't want to hear it.
- You have gathered a dark collective of haters like yourself to laugh and mock me behind my back in the secret confines of your all-accesible wiki page! You have singled me out, humilliated me and hurt my confidence and feelings. And by that, I mean that I was totally not affected by your words and that any consideration of it so makes you an asshole. HA HA, you lose!
- All your claims are invalid because: a) I wasn't serious about this webcomic, so LOLZ U FAIL for bringing up the point its not good b) Skull Boy is a totally personal and self-indulgent pet webcomic that I make for myself (yet I put it on the Internet, biggest public exchange of ideas in the world), c) I don't consider you superior, so you're not allowed to have an opinion on my work
- You don't know anything about me, but I seem to know you're a bratty teenager who's exactly like me, if not worse. That totally adds up.
- You have caused me pain. You didn't. You did. You should feel sorry. Even if I wasn't hurt. And I wasn't. But I was. Or was I? I flip a coin every sentence, it's hard to follow.
So in conclusion, because of your review, I think terrible things of you for no good reason, just like I suppose you do to me. And even though I sent you a lot of veiled insults and make hurtful suggestions of your attitude towards me, I'll repeat that I don't hate you.
Just leave me alone already, okay? It isn't fair that you read my stuff and expect to have an opinion on it. It's not supposed to work like that.
This will be the last we speak about it, because having the last word means I win.
~ William J. Gregory
That's about right. I sent a response to him immediately afterwards, but he never replied.
Then i emailed him a few times and never got a response back. I guess he's just trying to ignore me, until he has enough messages from me to say I'm stalking him.
OH! and what's really bizarre about him claiming that I know nothing about comics because I'm just a punk youngin', is he also has people younger than me making comics for him on his website. Like, just out of middle school.
So I actually bothered to take a look at this comic and now I want to contribute to the article a bit, hope that's ok
go crazy on it. :3
This comic is an abomination. Basically, it's the entire spirit of VG Cats and Chugworth Academy, only more exaggerated and hollow, like a bad fan's attempt to recreate them for his own gain. What I mean is, if Chugworth fucks around with sex, and VG Cats fucks around with videogames, well, at least they have topics to write comics about. This guy is empty. 100% Air and Red Paint.
That whole goth and red and violence themes are just to be used as complements to what should be the main theme of the comic, which I for the love of God I can't find. I say this because it is painfully obvious this guy isn't goth/emo/even-a-black-clothes-enthusiast. He might try with all his will to emulate it, but as far as I know, goths aren't to keen of Sam and Max, Family Guy or Mystery Science Theather. That's indy/comic/nerdy at best. So you the true colors start to emerge. Just to be clear, I'm a fan of the shows mentioned; my point is that they seem misplaced in a comic that tries so ridiculously hard to be so subversive and goth and hateful and kickass.
But really, most of the talk here are either the oldest and most obvious arguments we've ever heard. Things so simple, we don't mention them that often out of respect for other people's time. I mean, come on: Mothers who blame bad things on media? Video game junkies? Desires to be individual? People not getting other people? It's kinder garden subversion, t-shirt phrases. Then there's the meaningless violence. As in, entire strips that only exist to underline the message that X person is so unidimentionally violent or dull or satanic. YAAAAAWN.
I think that, if I deleted evrything I considered meaningless, subpar or stupid, there'd be nothing left. And realizing what this comic is and all that's been said about it, it would be just about right.
There's a website out there that lists webcomics on the internet, i forget the name.
But Will posted Skull-Boy up there himself and summarized the comic as "A family of serial killers that rob zombie would envy"
Yeah, no, he wishes that his comic had that much depth.
He sent me a note as well a few months ago.
Hi, this is William, creator of Skull-Boy,
I took a break from ripping off everything evar in my sleep to read the replies to your topic, first off thanks for letting people know I've moved, I've been trying to get that fixed on the review of my old comics for months. I cannot reply to your topic, even though it's about me. That's pretty damn ironic when you think about it, "NO, we're talking about you, you can't talk about you, only we can!" so I need to ask you… what the hell is FTS? Full Text Search? If I'm being accused of ripping something off, again, I'd like to at least know what it is so I can go have a good cry about it.
Thanks in advance,
Ask me about webcomics.