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Nozmo (zeeenya and junjouprince on tumblr, punkblues on twitter) is an artist that eventually rose to internet fame with her (ongoing) webcomic "Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet", after publishing a bunch of unfinished comics on SmackJeeves across the years.
A huge weeb and fanartist as well, Nozmo has dabbled in many fandoms (most notoriously Free!, Yowapeda, Miraculous Ladybug and YuGiOh Arc-V) prdoucing fanart and doujinshi that she put up for sale.
Around September 2015, Nozmo dropped off the face of earth… along with the money of all those who several months prior had preordered her Free! and Arc-V merchandise and never received it.
A new, one-shot comic by Nozmo was posted on her SJ account around November-December 2015. She did not try to contact any of the people waiting on their purchases, nor did she resurface on any of her social media. She simply uploaded the comic without any kind of notice and disappeared again.
Eventually, things started to move, people started to investigate. Some came forward claiming that it's not the first time Nozmo has done this, that there are fans who haven't even received their rewards for backing the TAPV kickstarter (2014). Baseless (?) rumors have it that Nozmo has spent part of that money and the earnings from the Free! book preorders for a trip to Japan.
In December, someone was able to find Nozmo's sister on Twitter, who explained that Nozmo was overwhelmed and scared by the situation she herself created by procrastinating. In February, only after being prodded again, Nozmo's sister stated that the fanbooks and everything are there, they just need to be sent out, that Nozmo has refused help with that from her and the rest of their family. (Caps of the exchange here: http://tapvfans.tumblr.com/tagged/the-nozmo-situation
) However, nothing happened since then and Nozmo's sister abandoned her twitter after a few weeks.
Earlier this month, a different tumblr user was able to come in contact with an RL friend of Nozmo's, however, this person stated that Nozmo won't reply to their emails, nor did she pick up when they called her. The friend has however confirmed that refusing help is a weakness of Nozmo and that they're sure she'll come back, eventually. Source: http://matsuoka-lin.tumblr.com/post/140469599203/2nd-update-on-nozmo-orders
So, farmers, what's your take on this?
Oh wow, I love Nozmo's comics. Brings me back to browsing Smackjeeves way too much years ago. She was easily one of my favorite creators there. My favorite comic of hers was the one with the school kids and the grumpy male protag.
She honestly doesn't come off as a bad person from this description. I used to have a few friends from the SJ site and a lot of them come off as almost, I don't know, maybe a bit autistic? It sounds like she can't handle the stress very much and is creating her own problems. I don't see her as much a flake or anything. Just sounds like she has some obvious mental issues and is really stubbornly independent.
However, if she did blow the money on a Japanese trip, then kek, that's terrible.
I enjoy her work too! I do not think she's a bad person either, but the situation has gotten out of hand. I mean, at first it was just the people waiting for their Arc-V fanbooks, then it turns it's not the first time it happens.
I agree that as of now she does not qualify to be a 'flake, but I really didn't know where else to bring this.>>106882
IIRC someone contacted them some time ago and they said that while they do not know the details regarding her situation, Nozmo is most certainly alive and well.
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So. Hiveworks has officially archived TAPV as discontinued after several, fruitless attempts to get in touch with Nozmo over the past 9 months.
Nozmo, on the other hand, has been found out to be quite active on the Japanese side of the internet, trying to make a name for herself there after running away from her western fans.
Here's her drawr (a site similar to the old Oekaki) account, where she's been posting fanart almost daily: drawr.net/eclectic
Here's a one-shot comic she submitted to a Japanese magazine contest, winning almost 1000 dollars, earlier this year: http://www.moae.jp/comic/morningzero_johnnyandlove/1/1
As a fan of her work, I can only say that I've lost all respect I had for her as an artist.
I'm also appalled that so many people out there are still defending her. No, I don't think Nozmo is a malicious person like many of the people posted here, but she fucked up big time and that can't be ignored anymore.
After all, she's been trying to build a new online presence and go pro in spaces where - she assumed - the fans she stole money from would never find her again.
Honestly, she'd deserve an international call out post, warning her Japanese fans and possible future employers.
I dont think Tessa ever did a kickstarter though as well as HiNaBN was way more popular(and better let's be real) than nozmo's comics ever were.
I wish I could figure out a way to make a call out post like >>147310
suggested but I dont even know where I'd put it.
I'm going to assume she might be part of the reason for the recent call for new Hiveworks comics though so I'm not going to complain since at least she's not making money off of that anymore and it gives me a chance to promo my comic there kek
Not too long ago, a popular Korean artist was called out on Twitter by fellow Koreans who had witnessed her bullying her underclassmen. The same people tried to reach out to her English speaking fans as well, and succeeded, albeit none of them was really fluent in the language.
If we could get enough people to spam her Drawr with messages in English and Japanese (IIRC you can 'comment' with drawings to people's entries) and do the same on Twitter, things could start to move.
People have reported that (of course) she does not reply to private messages on Drawr. Only stops posting for a day or two before resuming as if nothing ever happened. It appears that her sister's Twitter is as of now locked too: at this point it seems 100% certain that she's gonna try and avoid people forever and has no intention of returning the money.
It would also be good if we could get a list of all the people who were scammed to get an idea of how much she stole exactly (I've seen people mention thousands of dollars).
Her coming has been shared on Twitter by Japanese readers and it appears that some are popular aritsts themselves like https://twitter.com/kusomiso/status/738400939590062080
Maybe someone could write up a Japanese message to tweet in reply to these people?
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I just wanted to update I did receive a package from Nozmo today with the books I ordered and a sketch as well, so they may be in the way to you!
fuckin rinharu tho
shame on you anon
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her comic books better be fucking mind-blowing because I don't see how or why anyone would pay money for art skills this utterly shit.
-Post Frequently (preferrably daily)
-Draw fandom shit
-Have an interesting style
The people who go to cons and sell merch seems to do the best from what I've seen.
tbh nozo gets by because she is willing to jump on any big fandom (i.e. Dingle Hoppers and Swim gays) and then even in those she will stil to a few main characters to draw.(USER HAS BEEN PUT OUT TO PASTURE)
I would like to say something, after reading all the comments so far. I would like to state something, don't you think it's a bit too soon to judge? Yes, she's been very mysterious and stubborn to ask others for help. But I don't think she's a bad person, more of, I think handling tons of package and prefer to do everything herself is too much for one.
How about we give her some time, I heard she's been shipping the items late than usual, but still it is going to process, better than nothing.
I don't she's running off with the money, more like, her being lazy and stubborn led her readers to conclusion that isn't even proven at all. And let's be honest, nozmo is a timid person. And noticing all the swears and exaggerated conclusions about her deceiving isn't helping her depression at all, it's making it worse.
I have a feeling that she's not being active to western sites so far due to her delays in the package and rumors, and I think she'll only return once the situation is over.
Besides, there is no such thing as a shitty art style. There only an art style that captivates more than the other, let us not discriminate something further other than this field please. Styles are a whole new different topic that shouldn't be brought up, if you don't find it attractive than beat it and leave. Because I clearly can see some who appreciate it, we all have are taste. There's no good or bad to that.
if you check her twitter profile, she even changed the profile pic to chat noire from the magnificent ladybug.
in fact, shes been active on twitter. her last activity was 25 sept 2015 which really isn't that long ago. >>165013
this isn't about 'too soon' to judge, and people have a right to deride her for failing to follow through with her promises. she took peoples money, promised them a service, and never delivered on that service. she deserves to be sued. people need to start taking steps to filing a lawsuit against her because she just committed fraud and defrauded people who believed in her. if she can't follow through, then she needs to summilarily return all the money she took from people.
she shouldn't be doing these kinds of things all by herself. am i supposed to pity her for being so brave and doing everything on her own? nah, she costed people who believed in her thousands of dollars and that is criminal. this is theft.
if she was jsut doing her own thing that would be one thing but she's literally been selling other products in the meantime and that's BS. She doesnt deserve any 'mercy' or 'pity' she should have fessed up from the beginning
she could have easily said 'wow I wasnt expecting putting this all together to be so hard so I'm going to take my time and process everything please be patient with me'
She literally dropped all her responsibilities in the 'western' world (even a funded webcomic wtf???) to run around and be a fucking weeb and try to pretend to be someone else. She is literally scum imho.
>I don't she's running off with the money, more like, her being lazy and stubborn led her readers to conclusion that isn't even proven at all. And let's be honest, nozmo is a timid person. And noticing all the swears and exaggerated conclusions about her deceiving isn't helping her depression at all, it's making it worse.
>I have a feeling that she's not being active to western sites so far due to her delays in the package and rumors, and I think she'll only return once the situation is over.
Lmao. So let me get this straight. She has depression, which in its own is bad and I empathize with her for it, but that just means that there's all the more reason to HIRE someone ELSE so she can have help putting in the orders. And because of this, she stopped responding to her fans in the west who funded her and ran away to Japan where she not only resumed making comics under the same name, but entered a contest unabashedly and won $1,000. She apparently is active in the Japan manga scene and is trying to build up a fanbase. Meanwhile, her fans that paid her got jack-didly squat.
I used to love nozmo. I loved TAPV. I recommended it to all my friends and everyone I knew, because I thought that it was so great. Years down the line and inconsistent chapter posting asside, I was loyal to her because every chapter she put out was amazing to me. When I found out she had that kickstarter for her comic, I was more than ecstatic for her. After all, if you see your fave moving up in the world you'd be happy for them too, right? Then news of this nonsense came around and at first I was shocked. Then I became angry because my fave artist at the time defrauded these people.
When I saw her sister or whomever that was defending her, I thought "how unprofessional". You literally cannot contact her because there is no way to reach her. Even hiveworks, the website that picked up her comics after mangamagazine closed down unexpectedly couldn't reach her, so they archived her comic.
If any exaggerations being posted here make her feel something, then that is good. She should feel a pang of guilt for ghosting on people's orders for years. Nozmo, if you're reading this, you need to do right by whatever fans you have left and post up a response or something. Communicate to us what the hell is going on.
A similar albeit not so similar situation happened with yuumei, where after she ran a massively successful kickstarter her co-founder betrayed her and sicked her lawyers on her over some nonsense, so for the longest time people that ordered her product didn't get it for a good year+ after the fundraiser happened. The difference between both is that yuumei gave people back their donations and consistently update people with news. Nozmo went ghost and reappeared later somewhere else.
My call-to-action by way of lawsuit still stands. She should have never run off to begin with. Shit happens with your brand? Then you sit through that shit and work it out. You can't just up and leave, especially when people are rooting for you and invested in you.
Also if you look at twitter it's simple to see that yes a FEW people received their doujin orders but there are PLENTY MORE who still havent and now it's past the time of making a paypal claim ?? it's absolute nonsense. I used to be casual artist friends with nozmo and I've been through a super similar situation and yeah it super sucks to run a business all by yourself especially when most of your orders and in another country but nah son you dont get to run away and pretend like nothing ever happened. I literally spent a year making sure people got either refunds or their orders in the long run (at least the people who got back to me about it)? but nah seriously.
idk I see so many small artists struggle to get by and deal with shit so tbh seeing her literally run away like this??? it really grosses me out.
So this person claims nozmo actually refunded some people? https://twitter.com/shirahoshime/status/773048293328773120
Is this true? She seems to be defensive of nozmo.
Holy shit, how do people not know anything at all? Don't people know her IRL?
I know I never received a refund for the 3 doujinshi i ordered from her more than a year ago now. Yeah, they do seem defensive of her, understandable of an artist you admire, but they seem to know nothing of the circumstances involved in this case (maybe they're a new fan). They say "only 15 dollars was lost get over it." Like no its not right my order was over 15 bucks, but thats beside the point. Nozmo offered a product and it was her duty to work with the customers to either fulfill the orders or make it right. While the complete opposite happened, she up and disappeared from all online interaction in the western world went on a trip to japan and is making comics one of which won 500 + dollars. All the while she basically took advantage of her fans by not saying or contacting any of the people who gave their money to her because they loved her work and wanted to support her. A big fu if you ask me. I know some people, a month or more now, have gotten the stuff they ordered, but I haven't received mine. I think all the people who got their orders are from Canada(maybe). Im in the us, so I'm hoping that nozmo is just working on the other orders finally at her pace (which she should have been doing all along) and that she just hasn't decided to forego all the others who ordered from her. I wish she'd let anyone know what is up with orders or just contact the people who ordered from her and offer a refund if it's to much for her. If not, oh well maybe next year haha.
I dont feel bad for her. I hope she attempts a comeback and gets shot the fuck down and that people continue to shoot her down for a solid year after she comes back. She fucked up in TOO many ways to deserve any pity. It's one thing to take a year to get people their stuff but she also ran off to japan, was still making money off of hiveworks. It should have been as simple as limiting the amount of preorders and doing them in sets.
I dont give a fuck if she's young or whatever idk how many orders she sold but even if it was 100 (which I'm assuming it was a lot more) I see it less as 'people complaining about $15' and more as 'an artist ran away with hundreds to thousands of dollars with seemingly no intention to send them out.
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Like her art style or not, I think she's a good story teller and it saddens me that at this rate TAPV will most likely never be finished, but she fucked up big time.
She had talent, a decent fanbase and things could have only gotten better from there but no. It's over for her and she's got no one to blame but her own fucking self.
I wonder what is she up to, now that she's stopped posting on Japanese sites as well? Will she try and reappear with a new identity and style, eventually? She literally has nowhere to run at this point and boy, do I wish someone could get a hold of her irl and force her to admit that she stole thousands of dollars from her fans.
At the very least, her artist friends who tabled with her should be able to get in touch with her? Why has no one done anything yet? Are they still protecting her?
Me as well. Might be off topic, but I guess I'll just ask here: while following the Nozmo situation on Twitter, I found a single tweet (https://twitter.com/RforRoo/status/750835360834293761
) mentioning that the TAPV site's domain expires at the end of this year. I don't know anything about maintaining websites or how Hiveworks functions, but should fans be concerned about the comic site being a 404 in the future?
*credit card company
Also I should add it doesn't matter if a long period of time has passed if there is proof they kept putting things off and not shipping, but telling you they would. So you can do this any time. Good luck anons.
No problem! Happy to help!>>179081>Are there other legal things we can do?
You could perhaps report her to the better business bureau, or whatever equivalence would be in the country she is from/lives in? (Sorry, again I didn't much about her.) But that depends on if she is established as a business or not. If not, you could perhaps report her to that other one which handles people getting scammed on the internet (I think it is FBI related?).
If everyone she scammed reports her and also contacts their CC company or bank, I think that would be very effective.
I think you can report her to paypal and storenvy even though her store is closed. IDK I think the best thing to do is keep awareness up. Like dont be mean because then you'll be dismissed as a 'omigawd h8r'
Play the pity card like 'It's been x-months and I still havent gotten my nozmo books. Starting to feel like she just ran off to japan with my money and I'll never get them' or whatever fits. Cause it's just like to completely disappear and to ACTIVELY try to continue being an artist online in another country is just SO SHITTY.
idk i just keep thinking she literally had it ALL and had time to post stuff otherwise too? She has a webcomic she was getting paid for, sold seemingly hundreds of doujinshi (which is super rare for western artists) and sold other merch??? Like she probably made enough money to go to japan 100% on the money she made and the average artist who is BETTER than her isnt able to do that.
I've only recently learned that she upped the number of copies up for preorder myself and I have to say that I agree with you, at this point.
My theory is that she saw shit sold out fast, saw the potential to make enough to fund her trip and overestimated herself/underestimated the situation and went on to sell more than planned. I believe the anxiety and stuff came into play once she came back and realized that she wouldn't be able to send out all orders nor to send out what she had and refund the others. IMHO the reason for this would be that she didn't have all the doujinshi and charms printed out beforehand (would make sense considering the raised the cap) and when she came back she didn't have enough money left to get everything done.
What she did was shitty and I'd slap anyone trying to defend Nozmo at this point, however I do believe that the root of the problem here is her immaturity and selfishness. I don't think she meant for this to be a scam from the beginning.
I will also say again that I'm surprised none of the fellow artists that know her irl have come forward. People at Hiveworks can only do so much as they've always communicated through email from what I gather, but surely, the people who know what she looks like and have her number, her address could have done something to help.
No, there's nothing wrong with still liking her work. I'm also still fond of TAPV as a comic and I wish the author wouldn't have done something this stupid and disappeared before it could finish.
All the potential future opportunities her comics work and fanbase (which seemed to only be growing until the incident) could have offered her was probably way more than a quick (and dishonest) buck made off of a doujinshi.
Surprised to see Nozmo here! I was recently wondering where she went the past year since I follow her twitter like >>166775
I've been a fan of her since her Death Note/Alternate days so it's surprising to see this from her. She was always really nice, active, and energetic online but seemed to have anxiety problems in real life. I hope she gets this situation sorted out and works on redeeming herself. Sage for no milk to contribute.
…they were already online.
and the person said they weren't even hard to find lol
What a terrifying turn of events!
In related news:>>178478
It looks as though the domain to petuniaviolet /does/ expire on Dec. 31st 2k16 though! I hope she renews it before then.
I still see Nozmo on sj should I send a pm her way? What should I say? I'd hate to scare her off but :^I
The comic hosting site!
Same anon who originally asked about the site here, and I hope she renews it too. :C I'll be sure to back up everything just in case.
Huh, and you mean she is still logging onto Smackjeeves? Idk if you've already decided on whether or not to pm her, but I'm not not sure if it would help resolve things. I'm aware that at least one person who was posting about the Nozmo situation on Twitter/Tumblr had messaged her on Drawr a couple times, though they didn't mention what they wrote… I could be wrong, but I'm assuming other people have sent her messages as well, and judging from the range of people's reactions (concerned, disappointed, sympathetic, unforgiving, upset), it's quite possible that she's received different messages reflecting these. But that could be just be speculation on my part. xD So… I guess my unhelpful answer is anything could happen since we don't know exactly what's going on. She might get scared off again, or she might not.
man do i just wish she'd say something to her fans
Me again, I'm pretty unknowledgeable on an 'easy' way of backing things up, but I was just going through each page of the comic and saving them in both the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and archive.is. Wayback Machine in case archive.is goes down/has ads someday (they seem to be asking for donations now), archive.is in case the site gets slapped with a robots.txt or something and Wayback can't display the site anymore. There are… probably better ways of going about making sure things are archived, but I'm okay with this since I'm basically rereading the comic again :D Currently archived up to page 298. I'm busy with school so it's a little sporadic, but I'll have it done unless I die or don't have Internet for some reason.
And also I already have the majority of the comic pages saved on a thumb drive somewhere, so there's that
I remember this ask sent on tumblr>starrwinter asked:>I can confirm just received my Nozmo order and sketch, so they're definitely on the way which is awesome news! In Canada, so might take a little longer for others.>>195782
It would be nice if she sent ALL her Canadian orders but she obviously only sent out a handful.
Yeah, I searched around for a bit and found that ask. I also made a list of tweets I found in which people said they received their orders (if anyone wants and if it's not bad, I could paste it for reference, I guess). It didn't seem to me to be just Canadians, but then again people weren't really disclosing their locations. I think two others were from California though, from poking around.
At any rate, the list of tweets is a rather short one. I don't know how many people placed orders, and how many people just didn't make ecstatic announcements on social media, but it's 9 tweets. And not much else but ppl's reactions afterward, unfortunately :/ Sorry all.
Are you even following the conversation here? This isn't about tapv books, she wasn't in charge of sending those out at all.
The only thing tapv kickstarter thing she didn't do was complete the $200 commissions.
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Hi, there! I had honestly been terrified for over a year that Nozmo had died. I'm thankful to this thread for proving otherwise, but I'm so sad and sorry to everyone who was mistreated in this incident. :(
anyway, I wanted to share the back cover of the TAPV volume for you.. It's a very lovely book. I'm sorry that the picture is a little dark.
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Certainly! I don't have her yugi oh one nor the first in her TAPV series (there was 3, AA,BB,CC) and I don't have her free! One she released in color with her stuff from online but these are the ones I do have. And sorry anon I don't have intentions to sell these I do apologize.
But I can scan them and set aside files to send out for anyone that wants to see them.
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Finally finished scanning everything, it's late here at the moment so I will be uploading this tomorrow sometime later if not the day after, will post link when I do. (All the files will be in one zip)
As seen in the earlier comments I offered to scan what I had of nozmos collection of doujin/zones etc and put it all together in one file.
Well I have finished doing so and it can be found here at this Dropbox for anyone who wants to see the things stated.
feel free to pass along the link to anyone else that you may know that wanted to see these pieces of work by NOZMO.
If there is any issues with files or the link do let me know.
Cheers and take care everyone.
I would never support this artist so this is satisfying
You're amazing! I'd ordered Yowapeda zines and they never arrived, been a fan of TAPV and Free! as well, so I'm really glad you took your time to scan all of these.
It sucks I'll never get hard copies, but this is still better than nothing. Once again, thanks!
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Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet is a 404. Apparently it was down yesterday too. Reminder that everything has been saved on Wayback Machine and archive.is.
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My Japanese is really dusty, but it seems Nozmo won another original manga competition…
… :c Well, this is disheartening, though according to http://morning.moae.jp/news/2781
the deadline was way back on August 31. She got quite a bit of money there… I gotta wonder why she isn't going by a different name.
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Would anyone be interested in me scanning these? I bought them from her at a local con a few years back and reading through the thread a lot of her ygo djs never got shipped?
She's fucking awful. How can some people still say she can be forgiven? Love yourselves.
That's 6 thousand USD that she won.
I don't think changing her pen name would matter, her artstyle can't be disguised and people would still find out eventually somehow.
Did the person who had her personal details call and speak to her parents? I wonder if they even know their child has stolen thousands from people who trusted her. Dishonor on her family, their cow, etc.
Some of you guys must be tripping.
The doujinshi orders were from May 2015.
Since she stopped shitposting on twitter, she has posted Sweetie and won prize money from two different japanese manga competitions in 2016.
What signs of returning? She posted a few orders after people found her active on drawr and then disappeared again. If anything, this is a sign she doesn't give a fuck that people know she's alive but is ignoring what she can do to make things right.
Also keeping to the same pen name only helps her build her brand if she can point to her past work as her portfolio. What's the point of pretending to be a new artist if others can easily pick out her art style anyway.
Her new manga is up.http://www.moae.jp/comic/chibasho_undergrounduchujin/1/1
She's fucking shameless, her author comments there indicate clearly to me that she will only continue to do stuff in the japanese market and hopes to start a serialization there.
Nozmo-apologists need to realize she doesn't deserve to be defended further.>>231398
You're assuming japanese publishers would care about what she has done. If they think she can sell and might have an established fanbase, why wouldn't they publish her work? Clearly she still has international fans who don't care what she did and just want her to start drawing again. So why would japanese readers care? It didn't happen to them.
Also obviously what Nozmo has done is not comparable to the heinous acts of Woody Allen or Roman Polanski, but those two still have fans saying their body of work is more important than what they've done to actual human beings. Most people are just not gonna care as long as they are entertained (by her comics), that's how Nozmo will get away with this. Or rather, is already getting away with it.
It seems like something you'd avoid doing because I'd wager you wouldn't have just flounced off with other people's money either but Nozmo has done both. Your logic won't apply to her behavior.
A serialization, huh. Well I guess I'm out on being neutral now. I'm disappointed. If Google Translate on that link is correct, her statement on winning in the contest includes 'trying to continue to do her best'. People have lost their money and TAPV has died with no forewarning, with only its fans to ensure it doesn't disappear from the Internet entirely. Nozmo, I don't think this is your best.
In the meantime, this new comic has blown up a little more than "Johnny and Love" did amongst Japanese Twitter people: https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=nozmo&src=typd
I feel a little ill…
please stop using emoji and integrate>>242735
this 'situation' is over as far as she seems to care
Part of me thinks she won't try to scam them. Everyone's shitty weeaboo dream is to be a ~*~*manga-ka in japan*~*~ and she seems to be getting her foot in the door, so why mess it up?
I don't think scamming western fans was her intention, as much as it was "lets get these books out!" turned into "oh i dont need my western fans to get big in japan time to leave them behind" and then just got up and left with no regard to her old fans, rather than "i'm malicious and plan to outright scam them from the start"
Basically this >>243449
I followed her pre-tumblr (aka dA years) and she had a recognizable style and a fun sense of humor. She also would actually update her smackjeeves comics which was impressive considering most comics would give up around 10 pages in. Her art isn't the best but it's recognizable enough to tell if an alt account is hers and her storytelling beats out a lot of webcomic artists