Yesterday I learned that YouTube Spider-Man Complainer, amateur comic writer, and Washington Times commentator, Doug Ernst, is blacklisting a small creator over an association with me.
It’s not the first time this has happened, nor the last, even likely with Doug himself, as he’s had a history of trying to encourage people not to associate with me via DM. It’s sad that guys like this act this way — like petty junior high girls whispering in the back of a class about who’s going to be allowed to sit at the lunch table, but this is where we’re at.
It’s the comic book mentality that leads to this. You have an underdeveloped sense of social skill in people like Doug, who are so invested in a kid’s book where a guy runs around in pajamas and sticks to walls, that they tend to have a warped perception of real life to where they believe they’re in some fantasy where they’re a superhero on the internet, carefully guarding the “cool girls club” from the actual class achievers who are getting the work done.
We can analyze how gamma it is that someone is in DMs policing associations, or of course talk about the global issue where this causes a problem for any cultural movement when there’s blacklisting involved on such a small level, but I’ve gone over that enough at this point to where I’m sure if you follow the blog you are already on board with trying to build something better.
Which is what we’ll continue to do, but I do have a new observation which is a good rule of thumb:
- If a person starts as a YouTube Complainer About Comics
- They use their complaining platform to make “my first comic” with delusions of grandeur that they suddenly know how to write/draw better than professionals without putting in the 10,000 hours.
- Then, it is invariably not only a bad amateur comic, but the person is also unreliable and untrustworthy.
There may be a few who buck this trend but so far, it’s been pretty consistent. It’s sad to watch. I can’t do anything about it other than outwork all of these people, so that’s what I’m going to continue to do.
And check out Naplam Brothers #2, the book I’m helping Sixth produce, which YouTube Complainers like Doug Ernst doesn’t want people to discover.
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