John Campbell, the cartoonist behind the webcomic Pictures for Sad Children, has ceased deliveries of the strip’s second hardcover collection to Kickstarter backers and threatened to burn the remaining books to anyone who complains.
On the latest Kickstarter update, Campbell posted a long and mostly incoherent post about how the world views “value.” One paragraph that reads crystal clear from Campbell, however, is the statement regarding undelivered books to backers who supported the Sad Pictures for Children Kickstarter. As stated in the post, 75% of those orders were shipped to backers, but Campbell has no plans to fulfill the rest. No refunds will be offered and anyone who complains about it via email or social media will have their book burned.
I shipped about 75% of kickstarter rewards to backers. I will not be shipping any more. I will not be issuing any refunds. For every message I receive about this book through e-mail, social media or any other means, I will burn another book.
Accompanying the troubled post, Campbell posted a video of those crowdfunded books being burned in a bin. On top of this, Campbell has deleted the webcomic from their respective sites. Picturesforsadchildren.com, Sadpicturesforchildren.com, and Boohooboo.tumblr.com (Campbell’s tumblr) are nothing but blanks now. Needless to say, backers and close friends of Campbell are displeased with the move. K.C. Green, who was close to Campbell, characterized today’s event as the feeling “you feel when someone dies and there’s no dead body.”
Campbell originally faced scrutiny in 2012 for claiming to have faked depression and capitalizing on it. Judging by Campbell’s latest action, that claim may not have been real.