In a shockingly recursive twist of events, Webcartoonist vs Webcartoonist: The Tabloid! itself has been accused of copying the idea of a webcomics tabloid from some flash site we have never heard of called "Orange Rocks".
The owner of the Orange site, who has yet to be identified properly, declares: "I think they've copied me. I mailed them and asked if they wanted to do some kind of joint thing, but they ignored me, so it's obvious they're total jerk-heads. I can't imagine their site will last much longer once the McCloud/PA thing fizzles out anyway. Do they have one single day where they don't mention that? Psh. Amateurs."
This came on the heels of a supposed merger proposal from the aforementioned flash site to WvW. However, as we at WvW do not consider ourselves attention-seekers who are "looking for every oportunity to make it big in the internet world.", we are insulted by the assumption by them that we are of their base mindset, and therefore now choose to decline their offer.
We would also like to point out as evidence of our intentions being consistent from the very beginning: With the singular exception of the initial comment on Webcomic Finds, we have never plugged our tabloid. This tabloid exists to lampoon melodrama, and while other people may enjoy it, this for our own enjoyment first and foremost.
WvW freely acknowledges that we stole the original idea, but we are insistent on the fact that we stole it from Webcomic Finds
, and we have always accredited the ideas accordingly. We have never heard of the other site prior to this being brought to our attention, but we do not mind their competition.However, we would like to point out to Messrs. Orange Rocks that if wants to make sure his important emails get through to their destinations, perhaps he should omit the word 'spam' from his email address so that overzealous spam filters do not filter them into the trash. We initally mistook the email as a 419 scam.
We would also like to gently remind Messrs. Orange Rocks that as he certainly had no problem with WvW until he realized he couldn't be part of the show, one might say this looks suspiciously like a case of "sourgrapes". However, we are happy to call it "sour oranges" if it suits them better.
-WvW Follow Up Addendum:
To be open, following is a copy of the email originally sent to us:From: Spaces [email@example.com]
Webcomic tabloid. Hm...
Ok, so the wheels are turning in my head, and being that this came from
a comic that said "A webcomic tabloid would sell" I imagine that you
might be someone like me, which is someone who's looking for every
oportunity to make it big in the internet world.
I've been making fun of webcomics for several months now via a flash
cartoon at orangerocks.com and someone just showed me your site and I
immediately thought, "Guh. Competition." But then I thought, "Hmm...
You're writing a newspaper, I'm running a news station. The two seem
like they might work well together, hm?
Not exactly sure how yet, but if you want to check out orangerocks.com
and see if you might think there's some potential in joining forces as
well, we might think about talking further on the matter.
Let me know your thoughts.
As we were not interested, we chose not to reply. However, Mr. Orange Rocks does not seem to be able to accept that, and appears to have taken it as a personal affront.
Normally we wouldn't care, but as they accused us of stealing their idea when we stole Webcomic Finds' instead, we feel compelled to point out the fact that as can be seen in the email, they already knew the origin of WvW came from Webcomic Finds and not Orange Rocks. The 'they've copied me' comment was insincere and untrue, and what's more, they knew it.