Been getting a lot of concerned questions and comments from a lot of you, and of course plenty of you formed an angry mob earlier- I appreciate you all coming to my defense and I'm very, very thankful to have such a strong, loyal support system. Honestly, it means a lot! You guys are fantastic and it feels great to have friends and followers who really care about me and have my best interests at heart. However, I've been seeing a teensy bit of overreacting; a boycott really, really isn't necessary, guys. It hurts both WLF and
me, since I need a following that will be supportive and positive (and... y'know, buy stuff) if I want to have my work picked up by a company. Yes, there was a bit of unprofessional behavior- on both sides.
It's definitely a bad PR move to ignore/delete questions and concerns from social media pages, but had I realized what an issue the situation apparently was and how upset folks were (my knee-jerk reaction tends to be to just laugh it off, especially with how full of drama the MLP community can be at times), I certainly would have done more to try and calm everyone down before things got so out of hand- I apologize. I was upset, of course, but I didn't tell anyone to start a massive boycott (or any kind of shitstorm for that matter.) However, I am not one to go about silencing others' opinions, especially when it involves the treatment of artists, so initially I wasn't paying it much attention and just retweeting things that folks should be generally aware of. I was not intending to pick any fights- I don't like burning bridges. By that point I had intended to merely cut my losses, move on, and keep drawing. And then
the Fire Nation attacked
the explosion happened. Eesh.
So that said, let me fill you all in. WeLoveFine has in fact reached out to me to sort things out.
It's certainly appreciated, and the representative that I've been communicating with is very pleasant.
We're still sorting some stuff out, so please sit tight and I'll update you guys when I can. Things I can confirm thus far:
-The BABSCon shirt is being looked into. The person in charge of that has been away, so we're still waiting for her to return so we can sort that out. It's likely that there was a dropped ball somewhere, since it is convention season and thus a busy time for everyone and these things happen. That's not to say that it isn't still upsetting, but we're working on it. Breathe, guys! Fingers crossed that we can still get the design printed.
-My missing check for my second winning contest entry "Choose Your Pony" was never cashed, so they've cancelled it and will be sending out a new one this week. Problem solved, everyone chill!
-Regarding the sudden "rule change" in which an artist can only win twice at most: apparently that went out due to a miscommunication. The rule was never approved by their contest coordinator and went out prematurely. Some of the WeLoveFine staff has discussed it and declared the rule unnecessary and invalid, and thus SambaNeko
and I are once again eligible to win. The contest ratings are not a popularity contest, and I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we want to be judged on the merit and quality of our work, not our names.
That's about it at the moment. So, all of that said, kindly put down the pitchforks and take a deep breath, peeps. I love you all and I was honestly a bit surprised to see so many of you get so riled up on my behalf. It wasn't my intent, and I know WLF had no malicious intent either. This just got blown out of proportion.So, what can you guys do?
If you want to show support, do so in a POSITIVE way! Throwing around hate and negative feelings usually isn't the way to go. If you want to support my work,
I suggest heading over to my Patreon page
, buying a print or two from me at con, and purchasing one of my contest-winning shirts from WeLoveFine. Vocalize that you LIKE my work, that you ENJOY seeing it and wearing it on tees, and that you want to see MORE of it! POSITIVE stuff! There needs to be more of that. Being negative isn't good for anyone. This whole thing has been quite the stressful mess, to be blunt.
I'm not after profit (the prize money is my payment for these two shirts, I don't get paid extra for shirt sales on these) but buying the shirts is a good way to show support- it tells WeLoveFine that you guys like my stuff and want to see more, and it also tells me what you guys like to see (and would buy). Money really doesn't matter much to me- I just want to create and be able to make a living so that I can create more.
Also, with the rule change invalidated and out the window, that means my current entries are eligible to win- if you like them, please go vote for them! Don't forget to go support the other artists too though, there's some FANTASTIC competition!
That about sums it up for now. Will keep you all posted on happenings. Thanks again, everyone.