Well, I see that Lew Stringer is still at it - presenting a little
bit of 'truth' over on his blog in order to perpetuate a big lie. I had
tried to downplay the situation because it all becomes rather tedious
after a while, but his latest remark is a step too far. So, hopefully,
once and for all, let me present the facts for those not in the know
or anybody who has bought into his distortions.
What kind of man is Lew Stringer? Someone who is economical
insulted members of a comic forum of which he's a member, and then
denied he had done so. He's also adept in the art of hypocrisy, and
what follows is a perfect example of his double-standards.
On the aforesaid forum, someone revealed that ROGER THE
catch: an artist whose style is, to say the least, controversial was now
drawing the strip. I joked that it was akin to being told one's terminal
illness was in remission, only to be run over and killed by a bus
on the way out of the doctor's.
Black humour, sure enough, but it illustrated an irony - that
forum and then said that they could "all go and F**k themselves", Mr.
Stringer condemned my remark as a 'sick joke'. "So what's wrong with
that?" you ask. Well, this is the man responsible for a comic strip called
SUICIDAL SYD, about a character who continually tries to kill himself.
(An idea he 'borrowed' from the late, great, KEN REID apparently.)
What? Suicide's a joking matter which is okay with him, but my
remark is 'sick'? If that ain't hypocrisy, then nothing is.
How did this animosity between myself and Mr. Stringer
years back, he descended to insulting and mocking me in his responses.
I won't lie to you - I immediately returned the 'compliment'. That should
have been the end of it, but no, Mr. Stringer couldn't leave well enough
alone. It was soon brought to my notice that whenever someone posted
a comment on his blog which seemed to be in accord with my point
of view on the matter discussed, he implied it was by me and
poured scorn and derision upon my head.
Well, it had to be, didn't it? I'm the only person in the world
who thinks as I do on any given subject. (That's sarcasm by the way.)
I wasn't having it, so I addressed the matter on my blog. As
And so to the present situation.
Being a fair-minded individual, I have, in the past, published
pect. (Again, clearly someone who doesn't know me.)
They quickly became tedious, so I adopted a policy of
anonymous option from my blog to deprive them of their fun and to
of them emanate from the same people - no more than about two
Such a thing happened recently in a post of mine, which brings
"In the interests of balance, I've often published comments on
tide of opinion is not in my favour. That's not balance,
Consequently, I have now deleted these comments and, since
(Later, despite me having clearly explained why the comments
had been removed, Mr. Stringer tried to exploit my actions for his own
ends. I therefore added the next paragraph to specifically address his
insulting and unfounded insinuations.)
I should emphasise that, contrary to what Mr. Stringer is currently
'victim', and when I remove them, I'm accused of trying to distort the
facts. The commenter was not 'challenging' me, as Mr. Stringer
To the few people who've emailed me asking about Lew
the man's entitled to voice his own opinion on his own blog.
However, I'd dispute his claim that I was taking a 'little pop' at
My other comments were made in response to someone
comparison. Especially when the person referred to has implied or
before on various blogs & Twitter sites in the past. Therefore,
putting his nose out of joint is hardly a concern of mine.
The strangest thing about his post is that in addressing the
However, that doesn't necessarily mean that anyone who
tempt at portraying himself as the meek and mild 'offended innocent'
quite stomach-churning. He is well known for his arrogance else-
where, so I'm not the only one who has a problem with him.
As for Mark Millar's appraisal of Mr. Stringer as 'the heir to
be in complete agreement. Wow! There's a first.
And no, the reasons for comparing the opinion of a successful
So, the insults and my responses to them were removed for the
reasons stated, and not to hide 'what happened', as Mr. Stringer
the reasons for my actions, would I?
As for the sycophantic Peter Dunn, 'Gareth', and
'Datamouse' - total dobbers who know diddly-squat.
UPDATE (November 18th 2013): In light of Lew Stringer's
latest provocative posturing on his blog, the following extracts from
his Twitter exchanges should serve as a perfect example of his 'hon-
esty and integrity' when it comes to his denial that he criticised the
comics forum of which he is a member.
Beanomark, on August 6th, said:
"I never EVER thought that comparing comics to Cancer
would ever be a thing. Like, what the F**K!?"
(It should be pointed out that I did no such
thing, so that's a distortion for a start.)
Lew Stringer, on August 6th, replied:
"And somehow you're painted as the villain. It's
all gone Bizzarro World over there. Sickening.
I'm done with it."
(There it is, in black and white, spelling mistake included.
Beanomark, on August 7th, responded:
Lew Stringer continued, same day:
"That certain troll they've embraced into the fold has a
history of poisonous comments. They'll learn, hopefully."
Adding, in response to another, on August 8th:
And there's more of the same, with Lew Stringer referring to
clearly regards LS's remark as a criticism of the forum), nor does he at
any time try to disassociate himself in any way from the general tone of
the conversation, exploiting the opportunity to get some kicks in at me. I
really hope he's monitoring and gathering this 'evidence', because, seen in
context, it verifies the truth of my claim. And remember, this is a person
who has often used his own and other sites to describe me in the most un-
flattering (and inaccurate) of terms, so his cries of "foul" and attempts
to portray himself as an innocent victim on this occasion show