Although I'm the guy that slipped on the banana peel, since the SPLASH broke the "story" in the US and got everyone in an uproar, I have to admit its a pretty good joke too. News sites in the USA are always on alert around April 1st for hoax stories, but I have to admit my guard was down in late December. I've got a headline story up on the SPLASH right now, saying how we fell for it and apologizing to all.
Couple of points: From my own perspective, I broke one of my personal rules in running with this story, since up to now I've avoided reporting on events that I was involved in (I collaborated with Alan on the retro sequences in SUPREME). Without question, I let my freelancer emotions cloud my better judgement on this one. Won't let it happen again.
Second: this has revealed some of the pitfalls of working with correspondents within the context of the SPLASH's shoestring operation. Basicly, everyone contributing to the SPLASH; myself, Charles Brownstein and Pedro Mota, do so without any payment, motivated more by a shared vision of global comics culture that goes beyond who's editing the latest issue of X-MEN (since a lot of sites and magazines are covering that part of comics beautifully). We don't have the resources to really provide the quality and depth of journalism we'd like to and often rely on existing news reports and published announcements to piece together what's going on behind the scenes, tempered by our own sense of who's really running the show and currents that we see running through the river of comics culture and business. So we are vulnerable to this kind of fuck up, and its really kind of miraculous that its taken almost two years to happen!
I plan to huddle with Pedro and Charles and come up with strategies that will allow us to continue benefiting from far flung correspondents, while ensuring that the t's are crossed and the i's dotted.
Apologies to all who got caught in this hoax with us. Rob, Joe, Alan, sorry to cause you you grief in the last couple days. And to the SPLASH readers, who depend on good information, we will strive to make sure this doesn't happen again.
To Xavier: congrats on a succesful hoax!
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