Now, I'm not one for soap-boxing, bandwagon-hopping or grandstanding in general... I also don't usually follow the communal goings-on at Deviantart, but I've never seen the shit hit the fan so spectacularly as it has in the past couple of days. I'm not going to take any one-sided stand, post some group link in my signature or change my icon (Something which I haven't done in several years anyway...). But I have been on Deviantart for a long while. It surprises me sometimes when I look over and see that I joined way back in 2001. It's not like I'm some spectacularly well-known oldbie or anything. In fact I've been quite complacent in recent years with regards to my Deviantart attendance and participation. But I have made friends and acquaintances here for whom I'm grateful to have been here for. I do not thank people near as much as I should, so everyone who reads this should know that I'm really appreciative of all the comments I get.
However, going back to what I was saying, I have
been here a long while. I know who created Deviantart, and I was there around its more humble beginnings. I've not always been fond of Jark (As more of a manga artist, some of his stances have rubbed me the wrong way), but he did
build up Devart from the beginning with Matteo. He built this community, and if it has unjustly been taken away from him then that's not right. I don't believe Deviantart will suffer greatly for this because I think it's a strong enough community to deal with this in a responsible way, but I'll be interested to see how all of this pans out. If justice is deserving then it should be served. I can't help but view these events with a sense of the forlorn, however. Devart was always a corporation, but it use to be more about the community than it is now. For Jark to have been sacked seems like a kick to Deviantart's more idealistic roots.
I now return you all to your regular programming
. I'll probably be posting up Animania/Supanova pre-ordering information next, since most of my prints have been completed. So stay tuned for that