Sometimes (so often) on Tumblr, I just want to respond with a Form Letter to my personal Asks. It would read vaguely like:
I Have Received Your Ask. Unfortunately, it seems that you lack (one or more of) the following:
- Reading Comprehension
- Knowing That Mythical Creatures Aren’t Real
- Understanding Hyperbole
- Knowing Anything About Me
- Being Capable of Basic Reasoning
- The “Google” Search Bar
- Any Sense of Boundaries
- A Desire for Reasonable Discourse Beyond Inflammatory Verbal Diarrhea
- Discriminatory Words Against Me Beyond “Dyke,” “Bitch,” “Lesbo,” “Rape-Baby,” or variations of “Fuck(er)”
- A Dictionary
Because of this, I have chosen to laugh, delete your Ask and never think of you again. Please continue being one of God’s humorous creatures, much like the duck-billed platypus. Or, in lieu of this, use the amazingly wondrous internet you got here with to educate and entertain yourself instead, much unlike the duck-billed platypus (unless there’s some secret world of Cybernet DBP we’re unaware of, in which case, good on them). Please proceed to the nearest exit and Don’t Panic.
K, fielding dumb ass questions like a pro.
When you see a complete manga or comic posted by someone other than the original artist, please don’t reblog. It’s one thing to privately enjoy a bootlegged work and another to publicly advance its spread. I try to refrain from getting negative about piracy on this blog, but it saddens me when I see it directly affecting artists who I love.
Seizoh Ebisubashi is a truly freelance, full time gay manga artist. He left G-men last year to pursue an independent career in this niche within a niche. Ebisubashi voluntarily shares a boatload of his artwork on Tumblr in an effort to directly reach fans. Recently, he’d noticed a surge of postings by other users sharing his comics in their entirety. Here’s what he wrote about the subject in a Tumblr post last week. Translation by Anne Ishii:
"Hi. Nice to meet you, this is Seizoh Ebisubashi. I have a message concerning the manga you recently published on your Tumblr. I’m glad you were able to enjoy my manga but when you post it for free for anyone to download it seriously damages my ability to keep up paid publishing work and has a direct effect on my life. If you could at least read it on your own and not make it public, I’d be grateful."
I sent the above message to a Tumblr account that posted one of my works in its entirety. It’s not like it’s the first time this has happened. My stuff has been published without permission before, but it’s been work from magazines and compilations, scanned and uploaded, which isn’t to say it’s fine, but at least it’s limited in scope, and I reason to myself, it might serve as some kind of publicity for my complete works. Whereas this is the wholesale publishing of an entire story by one person—three volumes—and if someone sees that it’s available for free they will think it only their due right to read it for free going forward. It cuts directly into my income and has a profound effect on my life. I just ask that anyone encountering this consider resisting the urge to download the work and suffice with the previews I offer on my own site.
I’ve been publishing my work in JPEG format because I trust my readers not to exploit it, but if this keeps up I will have to publish in a non-downloadable PDF format that probably won’t be viewable on Macs [ed note: with a type of manga DRM that’s notoriously clunky and only works on certain operating systems]. At the very least, if you come across a free downloadable version, please don’t then spread it or publish it on your own site.
The posts he’s referring to tend to have hundreds of likes and reblogs. Once these bootlegs become ubiquitous, Ebisubashi stops getting paid for his work, and it becomes impossible for him to make art for a living. But you can break the chain! By just not reblogging. Reblogging a bootleg comic may seem like a small, meaningless gesture, but it directly counters the efforts of the artists whose work you’re enjoying.
I won’t pretend that I can offer a complete solution to the problems of accessibility through our small (but earnest!) efforts at MASSIVE. Anne and I are passionately engaged in eliminating the divide between gay mangaka and English-speaking gay manga fans. We want to get so much more manga translated and published here— but it’s not a fast or easy process and we still have a long way to go.
In the meantime, artists like Ebisubashi are doing their best to offer their hard work to readers directly through sites like Digiket and BOOTH. Let’s support them wherever possible!
A prominent feminist scheduled to speak at Utah State University on Wednesday has cancelled her presentation after an email threatening a campus shooting was sent to the school.
Anita Sarkeesian canceled her presentation NOT because someone threatened to shoot everyone in attendance, but because the campus REFUSES TO PREVENT CONCEALED CARRY OF GUNS DURING THE EVENT. She was still going to speak despite the threats until learning that ANYONE IN ATTENDANCE COULD HAVE A GUN ON THEM DESPITE THREATS OF THE SCHOOL BEING SHOT UP.
Someone threatened to murder a bunch of people because a woman they don’t like who talks about video games was going to say things, and the school can’t even ban weapons during the presentation????
AMERICA: We’re so fucking fucked up! SCHOOL SHOOTERS CAN’T EVEN TAKE OUR GUNS FROM US.
Uh, just so you know, supporting GG means supporting people who want to start massacres because they don’t want women’s voices heard. You really want to throw your hat in with that lot? Because you’re worried about “corruption in games journalism”, a.k.a. women liking and making video games?
"ETHICS!!! THIS ISN’T ABOUT GENDER. WE DON’T HATE WOMEN." Right, right, okay, whatever you say, sure.
Oh, and you know what a lot of people’s replies to this were? “Having a lot of armed people in the crowd just means they’re more likely to take down the attacker!” Oh goodie, that’s so comforting to know that if someone opens fire in a crowded room, a ton of other people are going to start shooting too! Yes, let’s bring that fucker to justice with a massive fire-fight in a crowded auditorium filled with college students and innocent bystanders, who of COURSE won’t accidentally get shot in the crossfire as every armed individual starts firing at the shooter. That’ll go GREAT.
Bitch is so angry she had to make a fucking gif for the anger. I’m a gay woman of color… how long do I have to keep fighting to be treated like a fucking equal without getting a fucking death threat for it?