I’m not going to make it a long post so here are a few things:
- I joined because I wanted to, not because I’m naive or being coerced into it.
- I don’t care about getting any profit from the book, getting a copy in itself is a big reward because I get to see other amazing artworks. Not all rewards are monetary.
- If the artists who participated in the project are okay with it, why is it anyone else’s business to prod? People say the person had legitimate reasons to doubt but I’m not sure about that myself. I think it’s rather ill-willed and nosy, put under the guise of “concern for artist rights”. Thanks for your input, but It’s not like we’re stupid.
That being said, please support the book! Whether it’s for helping out another person or not, you’re not losing anything by getting a lovely book with gorgeous art.
Thank you for your ask. I appreciate your support. I’ll let her know your kind regards.
Regarding the affair, well, Judy is entitled to opinions on her own blog, I’m not against that, though I feel like she jumped the gun a little too quickly requesting a boycott. I only posted the book just a short while ago, and then she sent an ask only shortly after (which went MIA apparently). I did have a few mistakes on the artist list, and I also omitted information that could have avoided this fiasco, and now a ton of people are eyeing me skeptically. Which, alright, is understandable.
What I’m a bit irked about is that she made a lot of over the top assumptions, but irked not because of what she said, but because of who she is. We never really got along before, but it’s not like we’re strangers, That she jumped to the conclusion I would do something so awful in the first place is actually quite a stab.
I’m entitled to defend myself too, albeit I’m not doing the best job. I’m answering questions as quickly as I can, but hardly anyone is bothering to address me directly, while all the questions I do catch scrolling are asking the same thing, the one thing I don’t want to publicly answer: who is it going to, what for. Or otherwise telling me I should’ve just done so in the first place… Well… what am I supposed to do now… I responded as quickly as I could.
The worst thing, though, is that it seems like not enough weight is put on the artists’s feelings. The origin of all this doubts whether or not I’m mistreating artists or not but that’s not the case. They’re very supportive of the project, they’re very supportive of me, and a lot of of them are trying to make that known. The book is being avoided because the cause seems sketchy but how many people actually remember that those on board did this because they wanted to, are supporting it, and are encouraging me as this drags on, so what exactly is being fought for???
In the first place I never called this a charity book, yet now it’s being treated as such. It’s an anthology. The funds have now been stated to go to where. Must I have to announce it goes to who and for what? Is that what it takes to quiet things down?
My apologies for the long chain of conversations. If this has affected your opinions about the book (and perhaps even about myself) for a negative turn, though regrettable, for this I sincerely understand.
I’m at fault for not thinking things through a little more regarding organization and disclosure of information (though my hands really are tied for this specific case alone). I work something like 14 hours a day (12 or 10 if I’m lucky), and in my spare time I had to throw this project together in haste while trying to make deadline. I really didn’t foresee things exploding like this, considering myself, and three other organizers (there’s more than just me actually), didn’t receive any questions of concern prior to today. It never really occurred to us until it was addressed, and perhaps in the worst possible way, that the way the project was presented could be taken the wrong way.
Because this is going to affect, I wish to highlight a few things:
And that’s it… it’s not too complicated. With this, I’ve said all that I currently am able to.