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2015-06-21 02:33:24 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

There is an upside to the Dumped by Selz story: my Amazon sales are up, again.

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2015-07-04 11:36:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-20 19:01:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The origin of the Superman/Lex Luthor feud!

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2015-07-05 02:22:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-04 20:56:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"You clearly have not polished the silverware."

"You clearly have not polished the silverware."___

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2015-07-04 11:36:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-04 00:08:20 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-01 21:42:18 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Payline customer service guy I talked to yesterday evening about an ecommerce solution for our gay graphic novels says that me getting dumped for porn is like R. Crumb getting dumped for porn. I told him he gets comics and he's my new best friend.  He said  that he thought I qualified for "entertainment" terms from his credit card processing and storefront service and asked for a 10AM this morning to discuss things .

Well, I didn't get the 10AM appointment phone call from Payline and spent the rest of the morning sulking. I suppose they're deciding if our comics are "entertainment" or not because it's conceivable that someone higher up than the fellow who I talked to yesterday (who, as you may remember, compared us to Robert Crumb) has a different understanding. (In this case, the distinction matters because the credit card processing services/chargesw... meer »

The Payline customer service guy I talked to yesterday evening about an ecommerce solution for our gay graphic novels says that me getting dumped for porn is like R. Crumb getting dumped for porn. I told him he gets comics and he's my new best friend.  He said  that he thought I qualified for "entertainment" terms from his credit card processing and storefront service and asked for a 10AM this morning to discuss things .

Well, I didn't get the 10AM appointment phone call from Payline and spent the rest of the morning sulking. I suppose they're deciding if our comics are "entertainment" or not because it's conceivable that someone higher up than the fellow who I talked to yesterday (who, as you may remember, compared us to Robert Crumb) has a different understanding. (In this case, the distinction matters because the credit card processing services/charges will depend on it being "entertainment" or that other thing I am not naming.) One of the insights of the past year is that one of the qualities of the allies to our enterprise is if the person/people involved think our comics are art/culture/literature/entertainment or not; I radically accept that that's an issue that needs to be negotiated almost every single time someone has to engage with it no matter how I try to mitigate it, displace it or address it.

Eventually, I had a nice lunch, read some new comics, and now I am doing laundry, matching socks, and other mundane gay comics celebrity sorts of things.___

2015-06-27 20:01:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I will now limit religious liberties by writing a gay graphic novel for my own amusement.

I will now limit religious liberties by writing a gay graphic novel for my own amusement.___

2015-06-27 12:22:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Don't you understand? Rainbows are for everyone! You are ruining rainbows by making them gay. If rainbows belong to anyone, they belong to Jeebus since that's how he tweeted to Moses that the flood was over.

Don't you understand? Rainbows are for everyone! You are ruining rainbows by making them gay. If rainbows belong to anyone, they belong to Jeebus since that's how he tweeted to Moses that the flood was over.___

2015-06-27 11:10:41 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If you are under 35, you may only address me as Professor Doctor Faggot.

If you are under 35, you may only address me as Professor Doctor Faggot.___

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2015-06-24 19:11:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For the record: PayPal prohibits all “sexually-oriented” digital goods so there’s no negotiability, there (http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/guns-drugs-and-timeshares-14-things-paypal-wont-let-you-buy/) and their lifetime-blacklisting-and-witholding-money practices are very well-documented. 

Negotiating an exception is not a solution, either.  I did show my graphic novels to Ribbon and Selz to get guarantees when they approached me to sell my books through them.  You can imagine my skepticism after the Gumroad incident, as I’d been speaking with their leadership days before they shut me down.  They still both abruptly shut me down and they both passed the buck to conservative credit card processor partners.

As far as mainstream credit card processors are concerned, it’s not about the quality or the context of the work but about the direct representation ofsexuality.... meer »

For the record: PayPal prohibits all “sexually-oriented” digital goods so there’s no negotiability, there (http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/guns-drugs-and-timeshares-14-things-paypal-wont-let-you-buy/) and their lifetime-blacklisting-and-witholding-money practices are very well-documented. 

Negotiating an exception is not a solution, either.  I did show my graphic novels to Ribbon and Selz to get guarantees when they approached me to sell my books through them.  You can imagine my skepticism after the Gumroad incident, as I’d been speaking with their leadership days before they shut me down.  They still both abruptly shut me down and they both passed the buck to conservative credit card processor partners.

As far as mainstream credit card processors are concerned, it’s not about the quality or the context of the work but about the direct representation of sexuality.

You could start an ecommerce storefront with a porn-friendly credit card processor like Payline...but, based on my research this past week, none of the ecommerce storefront companies work with them. :(___

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2015-06-24 03:33:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Kieł Basastrony  See?  Can't sell gay erotic comics through them if they only work with PayPal and Stripe...

+Kieł Basastrony  See?  Can't sell gay erotic comics through them if they only work with PayPal and Stripe...___

2015-06-22 22:26:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I guess "geek" is no longer a marginal culture. What's our next battle?

I guess "geek" is no longer a marginal culture. What's our next battle?___

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2015-06-22 19:43:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Selz has updated the "Sorry" pages for my books.  I wonder if they have rights to using Jean-Luc Picard's image to represent their embarrassment. 

Selz has updated the "Sorry" pages for my books.  I wonder if they have rights to using Jean-Luc Picard's image to represent their embarrassment. ___

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2015-06-22 03:20:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-22 03:02:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-21 22:14:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Why are so many gay geeks neo-conservative assimilationists?

Why are so many gay geeks neo-conservative assimilationists?___

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2015-06-21 20:58:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-21 20:44:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Cheese Post! Cheeses are endangered -- who shall defend them? http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/23682059

Cheese Post! Cheeses are endangered -- who shall defend them? http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/23682059___

2015-06-21 20:40:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

OK, I got good news!  (Can't post about the news at the moment but you will know soon.)  Postiness shall resume immediately. :)

OK, I got good news!  (Can't post about the news at the moment but you will know soon.)  Postiness shall resume immediately. :)___

2015-06-21 17:54:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I think I am going to take a social media vacation until I have some good news to share.

I think I am going to take a social media vacation until I have some good news to share.___

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2015-06-21 13:19:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-21 12:48:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-21 05:53:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-21 02:33:24 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

There is an upside to the Dumped by Selz story: my Amazon sales are up, again.

There is an upside to the Dumped by Selz story: my Amazon sales are up, again.___

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2015-06-21 02:29:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-20 19:01:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The origin of the Superman/Lex Luthor feud!

The origin of the Superman/Lex Luthor feud!___

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2015-06-20 18:04:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-20 06:22:14 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-20 05:40:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-20 05:04:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Updated my website to reflect our current digital distribution status. http://www.dalelazarov.com/

Wow. I didn't really get sad until I updated the website to reflect our Selzlessness. Now the sadness has hit me.

Updated my website to reflect our current digital distribution status. http://www.dalelazarov.com/

Wow. I didn't really get sad until I updated the website to reflect our Selzlessness. Now the sadness has hit me.___

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2015-06-19 18:30:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-19 14:48:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-19 03:43:06 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Got the refund from Selz. Charge was "in error". I was not allowed access to my account but I am told the service subscriptions and my credit card on file were deleted.

And they thanked me for reporting it.

I treated myself to insanely-overpriced frozen yogurt because I AM A BOSS.

Got the refund from Selz. Charge was "in error". I was not allowed access to my account but I am told the service subscriptions and my credit card on file were deleted.

And they thanked me for reporting it.

I treated myself to insanely-overpriced frozen yogurt because I AM A BOSS.___

2015-06-18 14:58:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

MOTHERFUCK! Selz just charged me for using their shopping cart days after they killed my account!!!!!!!!!

I can’t terminate the services I purchased for my store because they’ve blocked my store.  I can't delete my charging information, either, because they’ve blocked my store!

Selz basically can charge me indefinitely for services they are not currently giving me.

MOTHERFUCK! Selz just charged me for using their shopping cart days after they killed my account!!!!!!!!!

I can’t terminate the services I purchased for my store because they’ve blocked my store.  I can't delete my charging information, either, because they’ve blocked my store!

Selz basically can charge me indefinitely for services they are not currently giving me.___

2015-06-16 11:30:58 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

HOLY COW!  Selz closed my account while I was asleep!  I woke up to this message:

On Jun 15, 2015, at 11:18 PM, Melissa Whidjaya <melissa@selz.com> wrote:

Hi Dale, 

I just wanted to reach out personally because we have some bad news about going ahead with you as a seller with us. We’ve just (today) found out that we are in big trouble with our banking partner if we continue to offer our services to sellers of adult materials, and unfortunately this will mean that we will need to close your account. Basically this sucks - there’s no good way to say it, and I personally feel terrible about it because I know that there are hardly any options out there for sellers like you which seems unfair, seriously old fashioned and shortsighted. 

As much as we wish we could keep you on, we simply can’t as doing so would mean that we are operating outside the(severely... meer »

HOLY COW!  Selz closed my account while I was asleep!  I woke up to this message:

On Jun 15, 2015, at 11:18 PM, Melissa Whidjaya <melissa@selz.com> wrote:

Hi Dale, 

I just wanted to reach out personally because we have some bad news about going ahead with you as a seller with us. We’ve just (today) found out that we are in big trouble with our banking partner if we continue to offer our services to sellers of adult materials, and unfortunately this will mean that we will need to close your account. Basically this sucks - there’s no good way to say it, and I personally feel terrible about it because I know that there are hardly any options out there for sellers like you which seems unfair, seriously old fashioned and shortsighted. 

As much as we wish we could keep you on, we simply can’t as doing so would mean that we are operating outside the (severely conservative) terms of our payment partner and we just cannot do that. We’ve tried to think of every possible way to keep on sellers from your genre but at the moment we don’t have any options that don’t put us in breach of contract to partners to whose rules we need to comply. Our whole team is really disappointed that this is the way it has to be but the ‘big guys’ give us no choice. 

Going forward you’ll be paid out as normal this week and next, but starting in about half an hour our system will start to lock down adult accounts which means that your products won’t be available for sale through us. 

Again, I’m really sorry about this - you’ve been a really valued user of ours, given us so much awesome feedback and while we’ve had our ups and down we’ve had a lot of fun communicating with you over the past year and a half.

All the best,
Melissa

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I answered, to Melissa and Selz' CEO, Martin Rushe:

Dear Melissa Whidaya and Martin Rushe:

Let me remind you of the promise you made me on November 2013:

"Hi Dale,

I've been following your conversation with Melissa, our Community Manager.

I have personally reviewed your work and can say that Selz as a company and I as an individual, have no problem whatsoever with it. You are clearly a very talented and respected artist and precisely the kind of well regarded creator we welcome.

To date, we have had no interference from our credit card processor being proscriptive as to whom we provide service. I understand you have experienced significant problems in the past with providers disrupting your business and reneging on commitments.

I can't give you a guarantees that our credit card processor won't, at some time in the future and for some reason presently unbeknown to us, start attempting to dictate what we can and can't sell. If they do that, and our enterprise entire is threatened by it, we will of course be in a difficult situation.

But I can guarantee that if our credit card processor seeks to dictate to us, and their direction is contrary to our support of you and your products as they presently stand, we will be seeking a new credit card processor. Other than by way of the law, we're not in the business of being told what is and is not acceptable for us to deal in and for adults to enjoy. 

Besides this, the only guarantees I can give you are for honesty, transparency and open communication.

I understand this is an important decision for you and your business. If you have any more questions for myself or Melissa we welcome them.

Regards,

Martin”

Let me repeat this quote: "But I can guarantee that if our credit card processor seeks to dictate to us, and their direction is contrary to our support of you and your products as they presently stand, we will be seeking a new credit card processor. Other than by way of the law, we're not in the business of being told what is and is not acceptable for us to deal in and for adults to enjoy. “

Please honor your agreement.

Sincerely,
Dale Lazarov___

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2015-06-15 21:13:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Wordless, gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels in digital or hardcover! http://www.dalelazarov.com/

Wordless, gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels in digital or hardcover! http://www.dalelazarov.com/___

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2015-06-15 06:04:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-14 21:18:25 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-14 01:29:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-13 19:29:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

If you illegally download gay comics, you make Baby Tom of Finland cry. Not even his pet chickens can console him! (Image ganked from Dustin Craig.)

If you illegally download gay comics, you make Baby Tom of Finland cry. Not even his pet chickens can console him! (Image ganked from Dustin Craig.)___

2015-06-13 18:01:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The Sex-Positive Gay Graphic Novels Network Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spggnn/

The Sex-Positive Gay Graphic Novels Network Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spggnn/___

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2015-06-13 05:15:08 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-12 21:58:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

These folks are ruining it for us respectable graphic novelists. :-D

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/article/20150611/NEWS/150619859

These folks are ruining it for us respectable graphic novelists. :-D

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/article/20150611/NEWS/150619859___

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2015-06-12 19:43:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-12 04:26:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Sticky Graphic Novels: smart, wholesome, homosexy.  http://www.stickygraphicnovels.com/

Sticky Graphic Novels: smart, wholesome, homosexy.  http://www.stickygraphicnovels.com/___

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2015-06-12 03:50:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-11 14:57:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Well, since all the folks for whom I had planned to write scripts for this summer have disappeared or bailed out, I guess I shall return to writing WEEPY, my memoir about losing ten years of my life to writing and art directing gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels, and the process of recovery that followed.  :-D

Well, since all the folks for whom I had planned to write scripts for this summer have disappeared or bailed out, I guess I shall return to writing WEEPY, my memoir about losing ten years of my life to writing and art directing gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels, and the process of recovery that followed.  :-D___

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2015-06-11 02:09:27 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-11 01:17:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-10 05:30:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Whee!  Got completed pages from Si Arden​ and Player​, and Adriano Lepri​ has been drawing up a storm in layouts lately!  I worry that the abundance of Sticky Graphic Novels excellence coming your way may not be safe for those into anodyne and banal gay comix.

Whee!  Got completed pages from Si Arden​ and Player​, and Adriano Lepri​ has been drawing up a storm in layouts lately!  I worry that the abundance of Sticky Graphic Novels excellence coming your way may not be safe for those into anodyne and banal gay comix.___

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2015-06-07 23:43:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Sign that I have arrived: Marvel's buying ad space on the Amazon page for FAST FRIENDS! http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Friends-Dale-Lazarov/dp/3867878412/

Sign that I have arrived: Marvel's buying ad space on the Amazon page for FAST FRIENDS! http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Friends-Dale-Lazarov/dp/3867878412/___

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