PrfktTear wrote:Theres nothing worse than fans who think they're entitled or owed [to] something.
I've been visiting He-Man.org since the early days when I first started exploring the world wide web --- I was amazed that anyone out there still even thought about He-Man --- I've been a registered member of the boards for about ten years now I think, but I've still got less than a hundred posts, cuz thats how often I frequent the place --- While not to knock the entire community, when it comes to this line it tends to be a hornets nest and I don't dare to touch it with my worst enemy's ten foot pole ---
I don't understand who died and put Emiliano up on a pedestal. He's made some great contributions to the fandom and his art is fantastic, but that doesn't mean he's the second coming.
i think the emiliano thing is a double edged sword... i have no doubt he's the most proactive motu fan ever. by an enormous margin.
he's the equivalent of someone who was so obsessed w/ the chicago bears that they developed their own farm club for hopeful recruits, had visited w/ every athlete still living who'd ever put on a bears jersey, and then worked w/ every coach who'd ever worked for them to compile a scrapbook of bears memorbilia that even the current owner of the club, w/ many times that fan's resources, couldn't match for the sheer dedication and determination of that fan in their fandom. he's just flatly unparalled in his fandom... but that said, how would the owner of the bears feel about that scrapbook? the guy's just skirting the edges of copyright law, and he's on the right side, but for them, it's not only a little embarassing, it's missing an opportunity they had to monetize such an endeavor themselves. the problem being, from the outsider's standpoint, that fan is easily 100 times as dedicated to the bears as the club owner is, and willing to do work for free that the club owner couldn't even imagine doing if you paid them literally billions of dollars.
now, from my standpoint, emiliano seems like a nice guy. but his fandom well exceeds fandom, it's borderline OCD w/ serious stalker tendencies. the org has become a board of cheerleaders egging him on, cuz they want to sniff those panties too, but lack the dedication to break into the house, or the foresight to plan an exit strategy. so he's kind of a one man army w/ a really annoying army of wannabees hanging on his every effort. i'm a firmly anti-corporate guy, so i cheer him on as well... silently. kudos to him for being so dedicated, and i intend, if i can make the budget work out, to make the donation for that power and honor catalog, cuz holy bizouak is that a cool idea. i support him essentially taking the property and distributing it in a way that is by fans and for fans and bypasses the corporate asshats who've done pretty much everything short of cornholing my childhood memories of that beloved property. i don't see what he's doing as essentially any different than what fansproject does for transformers fans or what backyard legends is doing for crystar fans... we bought into those ideas, and we've improved on them, why can't we take that love and work and make something out of it that the corporate big wigs refuse to? copyright priviledges extend to duplication or profit from the piece we were sold: we're entirely allowed to improve that product and sell it ourselves. otherwise, we'd all eat one handburger and one hotdog, etc... we the people are allowed to take a good idea and expand on it.
the last thing i will say on emiliano's behalf... he's an odd spot personally. on the one hand, he generally comes across pretty humble personally. others blow him up to godlike proportions, but he's not exactly courting that image. on the other hand, if you were that presumptuous with a woman, she's rightly have you in court for rape. i don't think he wants credit as the uber-fan, but he takes liberties that i simply wouldn't. again, i kind of think he's entitled, we all are, to do that, as we the fans who bought the product are the ones who lovingly create new ideas and characters and stories... action figures are by definition interactive.