February 28, 2014 12:16 PM Subscribe
John Campbell, the cartoonist behind the webcomic Pictures for Sad Children, has ceased deliveries of the strip’s second hardcover collection to kickstarter backers
and threatened to burn the remaining books if anyone complains.
Campbell posted a chilling kickstarter update
yesterday with a video of him burning over 120 comic books originally made for backers. This comes shortly after a spat with another webcomic artist
over what a young girl can expect from a future in the business, and earlier kickstarter updates where he satirically confessed that he had been faking depression for profit
and afterwards confessed to only be pretending to fake depression
Just a few days ago a tumblr user named Lauren attempted to summarize "what the hell's been going on with John Campbell
KC Green, of Gunshow
offered some thoughts on twitter
: "john campbell made a video about burning her own books instead of shipping them out. i will go fuck myself... i havent gone thru the shit she has nor will I probably ever. i guess this is where we part. good enough. did our best. etc... i guess I dont like the way john went about deleting his work while still staying present online. it felt like a dis at being a cartoonist... Sorry John. I read the book you never sent me or 25% of other people and I liked it and still will. I will continue to re-read them... ive done everything she's asked of me (and everyone in general). stopped following her, stopped liking her, etc. so its all working out!... I remember when my car got towed in chicago and John and I walked for hours to find the impound place. John paid the money to get it out cus I did not have the cash on me at the time... John Campbell wrote in a way that changed my head forever. There was nothing like it before and never again."
This post was deleted for the following reason: I know this is in a webcomic/zeitgeist sense sort of a high visibility thing but it's also sort of just someone apparently in the middle of having a mental health crisis of some sort. Maybe if there's gonna be a post about it it can be a little down the line when things are less raw and unsettled and there's not as much of a sense of watching someone melt down? -- cortex