Thursday, January 14, 2010

A summary of the Outlaw Press scandal

This is so sad.

Today I read this very good summary of the amoral behaviour of James Shipman. Please don't buy anything from him, or contribute anything. If he sells something that is yours, initiate legal action, it seems nothing else will stop him.

This is just so sad.


  1. What a schmuck. 'Outlaw' Press indeed, eh? I suppose he could have really put some salt in the wound and called it Totally Legit Press.

  2. I sadly learned of OP's behavior about a week after my first and only order from them back in November/December.

    The name Hobbit Hole for the magazine, and the REALLY dubious cover on the back of the Post Apocalypse supplement gave me pause then.

    A week or two later and I found out what it probably is.

    See the back cover of the PA book REALLY looks like a bit of Terminator fanart.

    Given what we have seen?


    Given Shipman's near refusal to clear the air and his actions it really makes it a safer bet just to avoid him and his products like the plague.

    I was gonna do a review of said PA book but once the news came out my review would have just seemed like stomping on easy prey, kicking a man when he is down, even if he quite possibly deserves it.

    Its just a bad situation.

    Maybe I am just a "White Hat" as a White Wolf LARP group so insultingly dismissed me as, but I just don't GET people being greedy and malicious.

  3. I think most of us don't get that kind of behaviour...

  4. People think James is greedy and malicious. I don't think so. I believe that he honestly sees himself as a renaissance man--publisher, author, game designer, and that he simply has no sense of right and wrong, no sense of good judgment. He needs art for his products--it's just sitting out there not doing nothing, why shouldn't he use it? He is a talented man, and has been extremely generous to his friends, including me, many times. He just has no sense of good judgment, doesn't really understand the difference between right and wrong in this area. I'm very sad about the whole situation.

  5. Hello all,
    I am not a part of the Tunnels and Trolls community so this is all new and mystifying to me. I am a comic book artist and I have recently been jacked by this clown. It seems like he has been doing this for so long, I am trying to figure out why he is able to get away with this? I have done a video talking about the actions I have taken to sort of try to fight him does anyone know of anyone who has taken these actions or have succeeded in getting their art work taken down from his site? I am looking for anyone else he has done this to, since it seems to be a crime of monolithic proportions. My story was recently on Bleeding Cool News my email address is

  6. Hi

    I know he used artwork that belonged to some people who usually are quite aggressive in protecting their proterties, and I think I remember seeing GW in that list. It should be all over the web.

    You could probably get in touch with Rick Loomis at Flying Buffalo if you want to coordinate efforts.

    Good Luck!


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