I heard a couple of days ago that this calendar was being sold on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. At first I didn’t believe that it was an actual calendar because I didn’t want to believe that someone would sell such a thing, but it’s true. Barnes & Noble had discontinued sales while Amazon still sold it, but has since taken it down.
I was reading the “about the author” part, and this is what it said:
“In the early ’80s Joe parlayed his position as one of the original Blue Sky Rangers, [Mattel Electronics videogame designers] into a Department of Defense [D.O.D.] software engineer, enjoying a TOP SECRET security clearance at Lockheed’s fabled Rye Canyon facility [Skunk Works], original nest for the SR-71 Blackbird fleet. Today he suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous mis-fortune – frequently at the hands of other cartoonists!”
Does that last sentence mean that the other cartoonists hate him? Hmmm, could it be because he’s a bigot?
“The 2004 Pulitzer Prize Nominee most recently served as Artist-In-Residence at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and is currently in production of several self-syndicated comic strips distributed world-wide under the banner of his publishing forge: http://www.FUNNYPAPERZ.com; a whimsical fusion of fine art, popular culture and humorous illustrations. Joe King, a native Son of the Golden West – born in the shadow of The Lone Ranger Rock – is making the world a funnier place one cartoon at a time. Explore more of his creative universe at http://www.TOON-GUY.com”;
Pulitzer Prize Nominee, but not winner? Shocking.
I was so offended by this that I took all of the ads for Amazon down from my site. I was not going to sell my book through the Amazon website until this calendar was taken down either. I am actually also kind of pissed off at CreateSpace because that is who I was going to use to sell paper copies of my book through Amazon.
I am glad that both Barnes & Noble and Amazon have taken that horrible monstrosity from their site down because my book is almost ready to be published. I can feel good about buying my webcam through them again, because I started to feel like a hypocrite for buying it with the $25 gift card that I won the other day. So thanks Amazon for making things right.