The Present Of Comicsgate.
So far I’ve only talked about the movement’s past, but what about the present? What is the state of Comicsgate now? Well, …it’s dead, or at the very least, on life support. Before we go on, I need to clarify something real quick: at the time of writing, the events I’m about to talk about were still recent. As such, there sadly isn’t a lot of reliable information available as to what exactly happened (and I need to point out that there still isn’t), and most of what I do know comes from a buddy of mine who casually follows the movement from the outside. Although I did my best to verify what I could, everything after this paragraph should be treated as rumors for now.
The Last March.
So what’s going on here? Unsurprisingly, it involves our old friend Ethan Van Sciver. More accurately, it includes live streams, stabbing one of his own in the back, and his decision to leave the movement. After all the proselytizing for Comicsgate that he’s done, and all the declarations about Comicsgate being “the mainstream” and him showing off how successful the movement has been, etc., etc. Why would he do this? Well, here’s where it gets a bit confusing.
According to one article, I found on the website Geeks and Gamers.com, Ethan and other high profile Comicsgate pros would regularly host a live stream on YouTube called ‘Comicsgate Live.” Where they would sit around and talk about the movement, whatever they were working on and what have you. During these live streams, they would often bring up-and-coming creators and talk about their creative efforts that they were trying to get crowdfunded. For many of these up and comers, getting on these livestreams proved to be a very successful venture with many of these crowdfunding campaigns getting funded, usually within hours of appearing on the stream [ 100]. Needless to say, many others wanted a piece of that action as well.Comicgate logo after EVS trademarked the term.
Here’s where the trouble starts. You see, not everyone who wanted to could get onto the livestream for seemingly arbitrary reasons, and a lot of pro-Comicsgate creators resented that. According to the Geeks and Gamers article, many people started to accuse Ethan of “gatekeeping” — a term reserved for those who attempt to control access to something. This was an accusation that was furthered by Van Sciver’s trademarking of the words “Comicsgate” and “comics gate.” [ 100] Supposedly, Ethan filed the trademark to keep the movement out of the hands of political extremists such as Vox Day, whom the movement had denounced after an interview with Bleeding Cool News where Day’s true nature showed its ugly head [ 117].