by icarus, age 10
here’s the thing.
this dude made a comic.
this dude said he had depression.
this dude ran a kickstarter, talking about his depression and his struggle with it and how it influenced his comic.
his kickstarter got 50k$
and then he admitted he never had depression and was faking it for profit.
this makes me angry for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that this is prettymuch word for word the plot of a cartman scheme in a southpark episode.
i draw comics. i actually have depression.
but now that this guy and his super popular webcomic has come out and gone LOL, FAKING MY DEPRESSION J/K it throws all artists who actually have it into an awkward position. we can’t actually discuss how it influenced our work or how a kickstarter might help us out, because now there’s fear that we’ll be suspected of lying for financial gain. all of us. forever. because we’re a nervous bunch.
and all the kickstarter backers will suspect us. forever. because you’ve made them a suspicious bunch, john campbell.
and nothing is worse for depression than a sense of isolation and disbelief of your peers
what campbell did undermines all of us who actually use art as a coping mechanism, who actually wrangle that vile serpent in our heads down to the ground and trap it on paper as a method of feeling a little better about ourselves. it undermines ANYONE with a similar condition, because while those of us with real problems learn how to live with them and overcome them and are kept humble?
people like john campbell see dollar signs.
people with real problems see the aftermath of john campbell and feel like they need to isolate themselves more. people without problems see the aftermath of john campbell and decide to scrutinize anyone claiming depression/OCD/ADHD/etc more. EVERYONE LOSES, EXCEPT JOHN CAMPBELL.
and that’s just fucked up. you do not fake an illness for money. ever. ever, ever. you do not take 51,000$ for your faked illness. you do not pocket it and walk away.
he should at LEAST give half IF NOT ALL of it to suicide support lines. cause fuck, seeing shit like that is sure as hell going to trigger a few calls.
so in conclusion, fuck you john campbell.
fuck you on behalf of depressed comix artists everywhere.
i hope every item you consume for the rest of your life tastes like stale dog urine
i hope every toilet seat you sit on will be warm and slightly damp
i hope that every time you lie down to go to bed, a spider will crawl out from under your sheets and scurry around on the bed before abruptly vanishing leaving you to wonder all night if it is gone or not
and i hope the IRS takes all your money away and gives it to charities which help people with depression, john campbell, because you deserve none of it. may you have a severe allergic reaction to the binding used on your books, and may you never draw another comic ever again.
because what you did was hella wrong
and saying sorry does not fix it
and that’s all there is to it
edit: update to everyone saying “omg you idiot it’s a joke!” so, what exactly is this then? an extra punchline?
the majority of the artists on that list weren’t consulted or spoken to before he posted it, by the way. and a lot of them are Really Mad that he’s dragging them into his “”“”“”joke”“”“”“