- Posted by Johanna on November 24, 2007 at 4:38 pm
- Category: Comic News
Update: For the latest on this situation, please read this post.
I have just had it confirmed by Dan Vado, SLG Publishing head honcho, that the reported permission message allowing Z-Cult FM to torrent their comics is a hoax. From email, reprinted with permission:
NOBODY at SLG wrote that letter… There are only two people working full time on staff editorially at the company right now, me and Jennifer. Had her or I written the thing we would have signed our name to it.
Please note that the signature does not have my name on it but instead just says SLG Publishing, although whoever DID write it had some knowledge of what goes on here since he (or she) mentioned that the Disney Comics would still need to be excluded due to details of our contract. … So, somebody close to our situation is talking out of class and pretending to be me. Man, this is weird and disturbing on so many levels.
He’s posted his response (link no longer available) at Z-Cult as well.
While I am generally sympathetic to Z-Cult, I did not, nor did anyone associated with my company in an official capacity, write the letter that is being quoted very freely here and across the internet. …
I am posting this mainly to set the record straight on the post being attributed to me and not to comment on this sites current beef with Marvel or DC. I noticed that a few people have gone to our site and made purchases and traffic at Eyemelt has gone up quite a bit in the last couple of days, so maybe this can serve as example of how supporting a site like Z-cult can lead to positive results. However I do not like the idea of people spending money under false-pretenses. …
However, I am really angry about the lack of of due diligence on the part of the sites operator in regards to the posting. It casts everything being done here under a negative light.
Lots more at the site, including some ranting about the “poor excuse for journalism that exists in the comic book industry”. I can’t speak for any other sites, but I didn’t question the message because it sounded plausible and it fit in with the cool kinds of things I’ve seen SLG doing, so it didn’t trigger any “this is wrong” flags. There’s still a lot of trust online; perhaps we should all be more suspicious. I’m just glad I decided to ask Mr. Vado to elaborate on his motives, since that message apparently alerted him to what was going on.
So who would have the chutzpah to fake this, and why? And why did Z-Cult believe it? Should they have checked it out more diligently?