This is interesting to me at least as an indication that the largest webcomics are rippling through the waters of culture enough to attract attention from critics and commentators because of the webcomic or webcomic creator’s impact outside of the webcomic itself. (Earlier stories regarding Tim Buckley and recent video game controversies fit a similar vein).
August Pollack criticizes a recent parody product from Scott Kurtz, the creator of PvP. Pollack who is also a webcomic creator of a political bent, argues that the “Support the Pwned” awareness bands are demeaning to such bands as the “Live Strong” effort for cancer created by cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Kurtz responsed to such comments (although its not clear if Kurtz is responding to Pollack or others) on his website today:
Unlike those other awareness bracelets. When you buy the “support the pwned” bracelet, you know where 100% of your money goes to. Me (and thinkgeek to compensate them for cost of production and fullfillment services). Can other charities promise you such an ACCURATE audit of their division of profit? I think not.