On David Bowie: What can I say? I got his albums on vinyl when I was a youth. As an adult I got everything he released and always cited Heathen as his return to form. I sometimes took my time getting to listen to his later works; I’d started listening to the second of two available tracks from Blackstar on Friday, and was so impressed! I opted only to listen, choosing not to watch the elaborate music videos he made for them until today, after I heard of his death this morning.
I knew, or had an idea, that he was going to pass away imminently, in the sense that I’d worried that his choice to wait until his birthday (Jan 8) to release Blackstar was a risky proposition if he wanted to be around to hear the critical reaction. (I hope his family – Iman and Duncan and whomever else was in his close family – told him that the reception to it was very warm indeed, and that he knew they were being truthful).
I knew he’d been ill since his heart attack in 2004, in fact my first blog entry was written about him, back in July 2004 (writing, “he’s so good right now at this stage of his recording career, it would be a shame for earth to lose him.”) I don’t mean to sound as if I am competing with other Bowie fans when I note that my music player has more than 250 recordings of his concerts; I simply found that not only was his writing superior, but his many different performances were almost all worth hearing. And yet it took a reporter to make me notice the obvious bit that Bowie was a bit of a science fiction writer, in that many of his albums are close to concept albums about aliens and future dystopias and such. I knew I liked science fiction, and I had to laugh when I realized that his sci-fi bent may also be part of why I got into Bowie!
I am so grateful for him. There’s a meme going around saying that “the Earth is 4,345,000,000 years old and somehow you managed to live during the same time as David Bowie”. Truly, in our time, we were better off to have had David Bowie among us.
Last word about Bowie today: By leaving with the video of Lazarus, he completed his artistic life on his own terms. Bravo.
Seriously, you came all this way to learn more about a dust-up between me and an anonymous guy who ran an unofficial Funko action figure page? Well alright, that’s some serious free time you have – so I will oblige, ’cause I have to respect that sort of interest:
In an aside, on a public forum, I’d alluded to that guy being a “moody dick”. Someone replied,
He [the person that runs the unofficial Funko Legacy page] can be an outright dick, is what you mean. He gets pretty curt with people. Regardless of that, he has revealed some pretty cool stuff, and does a better job of keeping an open line of communication to Funko than Funko does. We wouldn’t know half the stuff without that page. Still, it is only a fan page, so I don’t get why it should be more professionally run. He wants to be a dick he can be a dick I guess. He only stands to lose followers.
And that comment prompted me to tell of my experience. Here’s my telling of my tale:
So it wasn’t just me then! I was going to post this as a post, but I think it is contrary to [this forum’s] rules about talking ^$@* about people. So, just for you:
My experience was that a Kickstarter campaign was posted on the page, promoted as a comedic documentary about action figure collecting. I viewed the promo and noticed no one had donated yet. I commented that maybe a comedic documentary would sell itself better if there was some trace of comedy in the promo. He immediately sacked me, with a message that the comedian filmmaker was a fwend of his, and that dissent would not be tolerated. But the results of the Kickstarter proved my point: The Kickstarter raised $0. Zero. Nothing.
I’d also remained calm when he was worried that Funko was going to attend ComicCon without a booth. I noted that many companies did the same in other industries (personal experience here by the way). He felt that having an informed opinion and not joining in the worry was “acting contrary”.
Which is a long way of saying that some people need others to align exactly with their point of view, especially when they’re wrong.
The page has good interviews with Reis O’Brien [of Funko], though. So it’s a love-hate thing. After TheFwoosh (of course!), I prefer the official Funko forum for most discussion of Funko, but the official forum doesn’t like posting advance information, so, fan sites are useful.
So, dear detective, that’s the dust-up. Sorry if it was disappointingly mundane.
The denouement came about very recently, on the occasion of that guy ending his run on that page and doing it in the style he was known for – calling me out for, well, for calling him out.
(He saw the above comment – which is great, I’d hoped it would be shared, since if he doesn’t hear feedback how will he ever change?)
In a public message that was obliquely written to him, I concluded,
For the record, I don’t mind at all that someone said my wish for Buffy Legacy figures of only the main cast was a stupid idea, or disagreed that Cusack’s character from Say Anything was a poor choice for Funko’s vinyl line sculpted by An Evil Corporation, because I actually enjoy differing options. That’s the way to be – to be part of a steady dialogue of ideas and opinions, and not become upset when someone disagrees with you. There is a beauty in diversity of opinion, and it is what I value.
Being part of a community that is excited about Funko’s developments is a terribly nice diversion, and I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation to everyone (here and on FF).
I recently said some unkind words about someone, and I apologize for my unkindness.
And I meant it. I was unkind, and it was my unkindness for which I apologized. Not for my opinion of him.
But, I don’t know him. My opinion of “him” is meaningless, considering that I don’t know him. My opinion was not of him, only of his actions and words, so my criticism should have been leveled solely at his actions and words, rather than him as a person.
Yes! The Funko The Fifth Element ReAction figures look OK! ToyFair trade show is happening now; these figures may not arrive in stores for quite some time, but here they are! For a line designed to look like primitive 1970s action figures these are not so bad! And look, there are little Stones, probably one with each figure!
…Notice who is missing? Yeah, Gary Oldman … wait, nope! He’s here too. You can see Zorg in the upper right corner of this photo: