On Strips: Sad Pictures for Children

By | Friday, May 23, 2014 Leave a Comment
I normally want to take this space for newspaper comic strips, but A) I think this is really note-worthy and something I think deserves wider attention, and B) so far, I've only seen it addressed on one other site.

Do you recall the problems John Campbell had a few months back in fulfilling his pledges for the Sad Pictures for Children Kickstarter? Well, it was obviously way beyond problems with pledge fulfillment and led to much speculation and judging online. Fleen also ran the story there if you need to catch up. Be warned, it's really not pretty.

Fortunately, the new development I'm passing on today is something of positive turn to this story. Max "the guy who created Cards Against Humanity" Temkin posted this as a SPfC project update...
Hello! My name is Max Temkin. I’m a designer from Chicago.

I am a great fan of John Campbell’s work and a backer of Sad Pictures for Children, and it’s been really hard for me to see this amazing book create so much trouble for both John and its backers.

Over the last few months, I’ve been talking to John about helping to close out this project, and I’ve agreed to take over the project and fulfill the remaining books to backers. On Monday, I picked up the remaining 100 books from John’s apartment, and I’m going to work with you to distribute them fairly to people who haven’t gotten their project rewards yet.

In just a moment, you'll receive a backer-only update with a link to a form to fill out if you didn’t get your copy of Sad Pictures for Children. We’ll do this on the honor system; there are only 100 books left, so please only fill out the survey if you didn’t get yours.

To close out this project quickly, I’m going to pay out of pocket to deliver the remaining books. All I would ask of you in return is to continue to support John’s art in the future, and continue to take risks on Kickstarter to help make new art.

Thanks for your patience, and I look forward to getting the rest of these books out to you,

- Max

P.S. I will do my best to keep up with Kickstarter backer comments, but if you need to reach me quickly with any questions or comments, I am @MaxTemkin on Twitter, my email is max.temkin@gmail.com, you can text me at (312) 857-4184.
(He posted his contact information publicly on Kickstarter. I'm sure any spam he gets from having it duplicated on my site will be neglible. But, Max, if you want me to pull that part down, just let me know.)

I don't have much else to add other than to say I hope Temkin's kindness helps Campbell and that, more broadly, Campbell gets the help he needs. I don't have any skin in this game, but I really hate to hear when creative individuals have issues like Campbell has evidently had.

Best of luck, John, and thanks very much, Max.
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