Category Archives: Dean Trippe

My troubles with a certain comic book creator.

#SomethingTerrible is still happening

Have you been following the whole Dean Trippe Drama? I have out of some kind of morbid curiosity. It’s been radio silence from him on Kickstarter since his last update in May. However, digital rewards FINALLY went out, since he can’t take me off the backers list, I got the email saying to go get it and go get the new version of his ever delayed comic full of characters that other people created.

Kickstarter Trippe up
See the date on this email? July  21 and it says “Check back Monday at the KS page for a new update on the shipping date of the hardcopy. I wonder which Monday he was talking about because July 27th SHOULD have been the date but he said nothing. And he hasn’t said a thing on August 3, 10, 17 or 24. His fans have, they’ve said a LOT.

Kickstarter comments. 

Oddly enough, back at the end of last year when I started questioning Mr Trippe, his delays, his lack of communication and his use of funds for whatever he wanted, I was thrown to the wolves. Mr Trippe drug me in the mud and tried to bury me there.  And his “fans” joined in, I was a naysayer, I was mean, I was only in it for the rewards, I didn’t understand anything, etc. But honestly here we are almost 9 months later and there are people asking for refunds and being ignored. People are asking for updates and being ignored.

As for Mr Trippe, he’s still active on Twitter, on Facebook on Tumblr and he’ll talk to you as long as you don’t ask about his Kickstarter project. If you sing his praises, then he will talk to you.  And the latest plea for pity? He’s asking people on his facebook fan page if they know of any good cheap therapist because he’s ready to move on and through his past. Really. Because asking complete strangers on Facebook is the BEST place to find a new therapist.

trippe shrink

 

 

And if you want to know how he spends his time instead of shipping out all those books that people bought.

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And if you have downloaded the “updated comic” I hope you have noticed the updated copyright…it’s now 2015.  And his picture with his bio…it’s the one he included in his LAST kickstarter update in May.  To recap, according to him in the risks, the project was already complete, it just needed minor layout tweaks. And he had already purchased shipping materials on Uline. (Of course, the majority of people backing his Kickstarter had no idea about his failure to complete commission drawings from DeanCon. So we believed him and threw money at him.)

trippe risksAnd then since we were throwing money at the screen he decided to ADD to the comic.

trippestretch
Have you read the “BRAND NEW EPILOGUE”? OMG talk about a seriously over inflated ego and a god complex, the new epilogue says it all. Lets recap, in the “Something Terrible” comic, Batman saves Dean Trippe after he was sexually molested. In the new epilogue, Dean Trippe goes back in time and saves Bruce Wayne’s parents. Stop and think about that. He repays Bruce Wayne by saving his parents, Bruce Wayne became Batman because his parents were killed. So if Dean Trippe saves his parents there would be no Batman to save Dean. Guess he didn’t think that one out completely. Perhaps it was the ego was in the way and he couldn’t see the big picture.

My point, don’t use Kickstarter to publish your book. Don’t make promises you can’t or won’t keep. Keep it real, keep your word. My second book was late, but I didn’t hide from anyone, I didn’t block people when they asked. And I didn’t take money for it. In fact, I donate the money I make from the books to charity.

Refunds are rolling for people in #SomethingTerrible

If you are using my site to keep up with the “Something Terrible” nightmare on Kickstarter. I’m happy to report that more people are reporting that they are receiving refunds! It’s about time. It seems to be the most vocal that are getting the refunds. Those of us that have been hounding him via email. So if you are looking for a refund from him that seems to be the way to do it. Just keep emailing him and he gets the point.

But remember, he also needs to be held accountable for his actions. As it stands now, he held our money for over a year, interest free and all we got out of it was a hard time, publicly shamed for asking for updates and bullied. It will be interesting to see if any of his backers get their rewards at all. He keeps claiming it’s done but keeps pushing the date back further and further and keeps raising money on Ebay. Is he raising money for refunds or raising money for the project because he’s out of funds? Hmmm. Does make you think doesn’t it.

You can see his list of ebay actions if you click here.

OMG Hell froze over! Something Terrible ends! @DeanTrippe

This will be my final post about “Something Terrible” but I wanted to let everyone know that he sent me my refund. It took sending him three emails on Kickstarter and three through Gmail, but he finally broke down. When I checked my email this morning, I had a notice from PayPal that it was there! I was so excited! Was I being a pain in his ass, yes, but after his behavior, he deserved it.

So here’s what we have learned in the past week. If he owes you a refund, public shaming does not work with him. He doesn’t care. However, if you harass him daily via email, you will get your refund. It’s happened twice now. For the first person it took two emails, for me it took three. I think my sister was secretly hoping it would go on forever so that I would keep writing snarky emails.

I think his “apology” is the best that he can give due to his personality. Some people can say the worlds but they are never heartfelt. This happens a lot with people with mental issues, PTSD, depression, autism, personality disorders. And of course, people who believe they have done nothing wrong can say the words but not really mean them. Children who have been forced to say they are sorry when growing up *Tell your sister you’re sorry!* without having it explained to them why they are apologizing have this problem too.  *Bat, you shouldn’t hit your sister, it can hurt her. You really didn’t mean to hurt your sister did you? No, I didn’t think so. Why don’t you apologize to her?* Of course it took me raising a child to adult before learning this lesson. When the second batch came around I understood it. 🙂 But I digress.

Here are the emails I sent him and his reply.

My first email to him.
My first email to him.

 

My 2nd email to him
My 2nd email to him

 

My 3rd email to him.
My 3rd email to him.

 

His "apology".
His “apology”.

 

In closing, do I wish him ill will or harm? No, I hope he does right by everyone he has wronged. And I hope that he gets therapy. This has proved he needs it.

 

 

Open Letter to @DeanTrippe

You might read this, but then again, you might not. But at the very least I thought I would take a few minutes and let you (and the rest of the world) know why the whole “Something Terrible on Kickstarter” bothers me so much.

Here’s the reason.
You act like you were the only person in the world that was mistreated as a child. News flash Dean, you aren’t alone. Your real father walked out and left, think you are the only one that’s ever happened to, big clue, at least you still had your Mom. Some of us didn’t have that. Think you were the only one that had someone molest them, guess again. Yes, what happened to you was HORRIBLE and no child should have to go through that, but that doesn’t mean you get to use that story over and over to get sympathy. Maybe instead of taking that $48k and running around to conventions promoting your story, you should have spent some on therapy. You talk about how children who were abused don’t became abusers, but you have. You may not be abusing children, but you have abused the trust of adults who believed in you. You abused our feelings. We cared for you, we had empathy for you, we wanted to see you heal. Now, I just want my money returned and I want you to get help. If not for your sake, than for the sake of those around you that deal with you daily.

You took $48,269 from 1,768 people and promised them a reward in a given amount of time. Then you didn’t feel that they were worthy of your time to update them on your progress. And you promised in your campaign that and I quote “If there are any unforeseen obstacles, I will alert all donors to them as they arise, but again, as the story is already completed, it really is just a matter of funding the print run. ” Finally when you were six months late and people were pissed because you could run around to conventions, sell your artwork everywhere, tell us that the book was done and you just had to make final decisions and we started asking questions, YOU BLAMED US. You told US we had no value to you. Did we have no value when you played on our sympathies with your story of how you were molested and how your comic was healing? Did we have no value when you asked us for money to make your comic a physical book and we lavished you with money? Or did we stop having value when we stopped giving you money and started holding YOU accountable? When your “pity me, I’m a victim” card no longer worked with those of us paying attention to you using the money to go to this convention or that convention and basking in the glory of telling your story to the world and being praised by Kevin Smith for having the balls to tell your story. Is that when we no longer had value to you? And you blamed us for slowing your progress, just how did answering the questions of “Can we get an update” slow your process? Your process wasn’t slowed when you wrote, lettered and did the art for a five page story in the Chakra the Invincible for the Free Comic Book Day and it wasn’t slowed when you did the cover art for the CBLDF book. So when did we “slow your process”?

You call us bullies because we openly asked for updates and failed to believe every excuse that came from your mouth. “Oh I have pain and can’t draw” Two days later “Oh look what I got to draw for Stan Lee!” “Oh all this conflict is making my depression and PTSD so bad I can barely get out of bed!” Two paragraphs later “I’m working 60 – 80 hours a week on top of being a single dad and drawing all the time!” And then there’s that one time when I personally didn’t believe you and you blocked me from defending myself and slandered me on your facebook page and allowed your fans to slander me as well. Tell me Dean, did you feel like a big man? Did you feel like a hero? Because you sure weren’t acting like a hero. “Oh how dare she ask for an update and then not believe me, I’ll teach her!” Really”.

I don’t hate you, I pity you. I pity you for allowing your past to control you. I pity you because you have become what you did not want to become, an abuser. Yes, you still have a fan club and people that only see the good in you. But word is getting out, people are learning that you can’t be trusted.

And do you know what is really sad? Every single person that I’ve talked with that is angry has said the same exact thing. “I could handle the delays, I didn’t care how he used the money, it was the lack of communication that was upsetting. And then the hostile attitude when asked for updates.”

Maybe one day I’ll get my refund. More than likely all I will get is more hassle.

Part 2 of Something Terrible on Kickstarter

In his last update on the project, Mr Trippe has changed the dates of the books to match Hero Con in June. So he went from June of 2014, to April of 2015 to now June of 2015. His reasons? Oh they are precious! So are his reasons for lack of updates. He’s a pro at deflecting and victim blaming.

I’m also sorry about the lack of updates. As a depression-battling dude with PTSD, I gotta say, I have a hard time processing the level of stress that comes with seeing the disingenuous, bullying messages coming from the small, extremely vocal minority in the comments here, so it’s hard for me to deal with everything going on with me medically, psychologically, and professionally, AND keep track of the latest bizarre accusations below, brought on with renewed vigor whenever I update. That kinda stress is paralyzing and leaves me in my head trying to figure out responses for days. Conversely, I thrive on good stress. I’ve been working 60-80 hours a week at the shop, helping my family through a series of unfortunate events, and getting 4-6 hours of sleep a night, so all my projects are running long, including this most important one. I’ve recently convinced the shop’s owners to hire my two top candidates, so I’ll be able to cut back on my time at the shop by half in the coming weeks. Between the new hires and the help of my intern, productivity is getting back on track. I’ve also been taking a lot of quick-deadline drawing gigs to keep the bills paid, which isn’t easy, but again, it’s good stress. (In romantic news: I’ve almost got my family under one roof, so that should cut down on my travel time and scheduling stress, which is super exciting!)

So there you have it, he’s battling depression and PTSD, and those of us who want updates and the product that we paid him are bullying HIM. He took OUR MONEY, but we aren’t allowed to ask him about it when he’s almost a year late. Because then we are bullies. And let’s recap, the book was DONE according to him.

Risks and Challenges from Kickstarter Campaign. See, it's "basically done"
Risks and Challenges from Kickstarter Campaign. See, it’s “basically done”

 

Now in all fairness, as a “Stretch Goal” he added something “new” to the book. BUT he also HIRED someone to help.

Stretch Goals.
Stretch Goals Jan 13 2014

Notice he’s already been working on the new epilogue.  That was in January of 2014. According to his updates in June 2014, he was struggling with the last page of the epilogue. In July, wrap up was still continuing but delayed because of the traveling he was doing for conventions. And that was when we got our first “physical pain” excuse as well. In August 2014, everything was done and pre-orders were going out so that he would know how many books to order. BUT IT WAS DONE.

Then came October. Still no books shipped. He updated and said “I can’t read any more stories! Listening to them all has taken an emotional toll on me! ” And the reason the book had not shipped? It was waiting on him to make decisions. And he was going to get back to that.

Then of course the shit hit the fan in December.

His next update came THREE MONTHS LATER in March.

Reason for not sending refunds. Kickstarter won't remove the people as backers. It's not his fault, it's Kickstarters!
Reason for not sending refunds. Kickstarter won’t remove the people as backers. It’s not his fault, it’s Kickstarters!

 

So, after seeing that he did indeed refund someone else. After they emailed him, I’ve decided to email him. I’ve messaged him on Kickstarter and I’ve sent an email to his personal email which he has listed ALL over the web.

Here you see he has refunded someone. There might be hope!!!
Here you see he has refunded someone. There might be hope!!!
My email to him.
My email to him.

 

And here’s the message from Kickstarter. I’ve also included my message from October 2014 where you can see I was still supportive. And wanted to give my copy to someone else. I did black out their story. And I’ve blacked out my personal email address. Hope you understand. If you look hard enough you can find me online.

Messages from Kickstarter.
Messages from Kickstarter.

So everyone cross your fingers that I’ll get my $55 back. It’s a matter of principal now. I hate being the victim to someone like him. As someone who truly lived through hell, I don’t use my story to victimize others. Yes, I wrote a book. I wrote two of them. And yes, you can buy them, however, I’ve given away more than I have sold. And the money from them? It goes to help homeless animals and to a shelter for women and children, I don’t keep any of it. So when I throw rocks, I’m not in danger of breaking any glass walls.

 

 

Something Terrible happened on Kickstarter

One of the most important blog posts that I have to recreate concerns a certain comic book artist, his personal attack on me and his treatment of of his backers on Kickstarter.

Sometime in 2013, I ran across a comic titled “Something Terrible”. It is about a little boy who’s father walked out on the family and because of this him and his sister were sexually abused by a male babysitter. Because both of our stories have childhood sexual abuse in them, I reached out to him and told him how proud I was of him for being brave enough to tell his story. There were several emails back and forth, a casual friendship formed and we even discussed getting our kids together sometime for a movie since he lives one county over. I also found out that a friend of mine attends the same church that him and family attend. We discussed his comic and my book. I only had the one at the time. And I invited him to my book signing. He said he couldn’t make it because he would be out of town. Told me that he split his time between Jefferson, GA and Alabama where his girlfriend lives.

Then he announced that he was considering doing his comic as a hardbound book. I thought that was a great idea. I wanted a signed copy. I really didn’t care for the rest of his work, but I thought the comic was something special. He said he wanted to do a Kickstarter campaign. I messaged him and told him that I thought that was a bad idea and that he should look at other options. I sent him the names of several self publishing companies, including the one I use. This way he wasn’t limiting himself to a small run, the comic could actually be sold in book stores everywhere and even overseas. As well as Amazon. He never answered that email. The next thing I know he started the Kickstarter campaign. I joined. I pledged $55, for that I was supposed to get “A signed, physical copy of the revised, 36 page edition of Something Terrible, including bonus materials, a digital copy, a postcard print of the “You’ll Be Safe Here” page, a Something Terrible bookmark, and your name on the thank you page inside the book”. The campaign started January 2014 and was completely funded February, 2014. 1,768 backers pledged $48,269.  The first rewards that were supposed to go out were digital and they were supposed to go to backers in April 2014. Physical rewards were supposed to be shipped June 2014. I had no concerns about this because of his statement in “Risks and Challenges”

Risks and challenges

As the work is already completed, and requires only minor layout work in order to add the new materials, I don’t foresee too many obstacles beyond reaching the goal. I have a very capable partner in bringing this digital comic into the physical world in Print Ninja (Shout out to my bat-ally, Ashley!), and I’ve been ordering shipping materials via Uline.com (which I also recommend wholeheartedly).

I had advice on how to plan this Kickstarter from several of my friends who have done successful campaigns, so I think I’ve got it structured just right. If there are any unforeseen obstacles, I will alert all donors to them as they arise, but again, as the story is already completed, it really is just a matter of funding the print run.

So unless I die, I think we’re on track. (Hey, Jason and Scott, if I die, can you get this stuff done for me?) I’ll try extra hard not to die, everybody.

 

So if you take him at his word, everything should be okay. Well I stayed away from the campaign and him for a while, wrote another book, lost a beloved cat, dealt with some real life issues and stuff. I didn’t think much about it until I was getting ready to publish my second book and I popped over to his Facebook page to message him and share the good news about my book. He didn’t answer. I messaged him on Kickstarter, he didn’t answer. I sent him a message on Twitter, he didn’t answer. Then it dawned on me that it was October and I was supposed to have had all of my rewards from the campaign by June. I checked for updates on Kickstarter. In June, he said that he would be ordering the books sometime that month, that he only had one page left of a 4 page epilogue left to do. In July, his update was come see him at ComicCon. Oh and the epilogue was wrapping up. And hey, he’s been drawing so much that he’s having problems with his arm.

Now to be clear, when I took notice of not having the book and stuff was in October. His August update was “Hey the book is done but I’m doing pre-sales to see how many I need to order”. At the end of October (and Con season) the update was “It’s all down to decisions now, but I’m the one who’s been flaking on making them.” His “reason” he had heard to many survivor stories and it had taken a toll on him so he needed to rest and get his head together.

Prior to me seeing that. I messaged him on Twitter asking for an update. No response.

I let things slide until December. By now I was angry. I had wanted the poster for my daughter classroom, I was going to give it to her for her birthday. I didn’t get it in June for her birthday and now Christmas was coming and I wasn’t going to have it to give it to her by then either. So I contacted him on Twitter. And all hell broke loose.

This is the beginning of our conversation on Twitter. As you can see,  I was upset but still somewhat supportive.
This is the beginning of our conversation on Twitter. As you can see, I was upset but still somewhat supportive. 

 

I’ll admit to being snarky with him. However, what can anyone expect after I had attempted contact with him several times and received no reply. At this point, people had already started asking for refunds in the comment section on Kickstarter.

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At this point, the project is six months late and he’s saying that he’s only letting people down “temporarily”. However, he can’t be reached on Facebook and the only way to get his attention at this time on Twitter was to be snarky.

But he promises a big update before Christmas. There was some discussion on Kickstarter about the conversation so I posted on Kickstarter.

My KS update

 

During the month of December, other people started reaching out to me and sharing their experiences with me. Several people had commissioned him to do artwork from “DeanCon2013” and “DeanCon2014” and they never got them. And he wouldn’t respond to those people when they asked for the drawings. It was really becoming clear what kind of person we were dealing with and I was finding out that he was known for coming up with reasons for needing money, like needing a computer or his car breaking down, having a fundraiser and over extending himself. However instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he made excuses.

I waited until Christmas Day and there was still no update on Kickstarter. I had seen that he was active on Twitter already so I took my concerns about the lack of update to Twitter. Here’s the conversation on twitter.

(click here to read on twitter if you aren’t blocked by him)

Just another writer on Twitter: “@deantrippe @kidrelentless For the simple reason you have cut off communication, you don’t keep your word and you are deleting proof.”

Dean Trippe@deantrippe Dec 25@wxbunny I cannot wrap my head around why you two would think I’m not putting out the book. It’s late.

Now the let’s define ” harassing me constantly”. I sent him supportive emails in October and asked for an update, then on December 19th we had a conversation, then this conversation on the 25th. So three interactions in the period of 11 1/2 months is ” harassing him constantly”. Hate to tell him this but that’s just him playing the victim card. He’s good at it. Very good at it.

And then there is my personal favorite statement from him: “it SLOWS my process. You have no value in my work or sanity.” This is in reference to the above statement of my constant harassment. My handful of attempts at contact slowed his process. Not the pain in his arm from drawing, not traveling across the country to San Diego to appear at Comic Con and not any of the other conventions he was at, like DragonCon, TimeGate or the countless other ones. Me, it was my fault for asking him for an update. I was driving him crazy. Not hearing the stories of survivors like he said on Kickstarter, but me. For someone who he claimed had no value, he sure the hell gave me a LOT of value in those two statements.

You can find his Kickstarter campiagn “Something Terrible” here. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/298122902/something-terrible-by-dean-trippe/description

Make sure you check out the comments. And yes, a lot of mine have been deleted because well, according to Kickstarter, a campaign owner can say anything they want about a backer however a backer cannot defend themselves at all.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, after our precious little comic book author and I had our lovers fight on twitter, he blocked me from his Facebook page and decided to slander me there.

You can find that post here.

https://www.facebook.com/ilikedeantrippe/posts/10152947008191649 

My favorite line in that slanderous post? “Having checked in on this person’s own self-aggrandizing, typo-laden website, I can only assume she values speed above all other considerations.”

Take note all professionals….according to a certain comic book author….you cannot have a website, if you do, you bragging on yourself. So, all you doctors, lawyers, authors, comic book authors, etc, better take down those websites right now. The end all be all of knowing how to be an upstanding human being has spoken.

 

I'm surprised he doesn't think this is the definition of  self-aggrandizing.
I’m surprised he doesn’t think this is the definition of self-aggrandizing.

 

Or maybe this is the definition?

 

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And that Kickstarter? Oh he says he’ll send it out about the time he goes to HeroCon, in June. A year late.

And while he’s refusing to give people refunds because Kickstarter won’t remove them from the backers list, there’s always this jewel that he tweeted.

Seems like public shaming is fine as long as he's not the one being shamed. And refunds are great as long as he's getting them not giving them.

 

Seems like public shaming is fine as long as he’s not the one being shamed. And refunds are great as long as he’s getting them not giving them.