Yiffy Times Fights Back: Darius Koopa in His own Words

Let me take you back to roughly 2+ years ago, when a good friend hired Darius Koopa aka Edgar D. Martinez to do a commission for him at Midwest Furfest. After handing over a $50 he received a business card and a receipt. Then never heard back from him again, he did send out his own letters to the address on the card, after hearing nothing back, He then contacted a lawyer friend, who did sent a letter on his behalf, but still like his own letters he heard nothing back at all. The same could be said about Darius Koopa’s FA page demanding answer only lead to becoming blocked.

So you might be asking yourself is this Darius Koopa aka Edgar D. Martinez really as bad as he sounds. In fact it is the worse I ever seen in my lifetime. It seems according to Artists Bewarehttp://artists-beware.livejournal.com/608294.html that Darius Koopa aka Edgar D. Martinez has a long track record extending all the way back to 2012 of taking money for commissions and never delivering. In fact I heard this same thing again and again, no matter which site I was on. One post on FA even made an allegation
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2058149/dmk/fleecingbydmk.pdf he was invloved in a cancer scam. After all the complaint is 53 pages long, and there has to be something to it. But the biggest news actually came from this same friend, later confirmed by me that he was banned from the dealers area at Midwest Furfest. Due to an excessive number of complaints.

Speaking of which I been to both his FA and Sofurry pages and have seen these same complaints taken down on a daily basis.

It was only during recent at a furry bowling event, I learned from another good friend of 2 things. #1 Darius Koopa aka Edgar D. Martinez was at MFF last year #2 Fully confessed that he wasn’t a artist. In fact all of his works are stolen. A fact which you will see in the following conversations I had with him he never denies.

So I began the hunt for Darius Koopa aka Edgar D. Martinez which was fairly easy. I used Google, I also found out this man has a patreon page, as well as being on Sofurry, Facebook as well as FA. I also found a HUGE number of complaints against him, and charges of Petty Theft made over and over again. A simple Google search revealed that much. So that is when I decided to go on the attack on his profile page on Sofurry.

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This was the intial message he sent me. He assumed I was my friend. I continued that deception with full consent of my friend in order to get his money back..

I fully admit the reason he contacted me was that I was calling him a crook on his profile page, he quickly gave in.

After nothing arrived at the address I sent him, I sent another threat. This time by Private Message. He quickly caved in again and sent me proof that he actually sent it.

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I admit saying he had Warrants Out for his Arrest was something I was unsure about, as I did hear plenty of rumors, most of them from the staff at MFF. I wondered how could someone have warrants when all they are guilty of is petty theft.

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In this message to me he responds to 2 things I mentioned. 1 was a post made my a member of the Midwest Furfest Board on their Facebook page, and of how this crook ripped them off for 100s.

The other is the name I blacked out, is another one of his victims, Who I know personally and that victim does have the same worthless receipt. But yet he denies knowledge of that victim.

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To see the Pure Arrogance of this man you just have to see the last message he sent me. Then compare it to the very 1st. Darius Koopa aka Edgar D. Martinez is the worse kind of crook out there. One who can’t believe they are in the wrong.

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The outright lies are rampant in that post. As previous stated he is not wanted at MFF for any reason. In fact no one would ask a man who is banned from the dealers area, a fact I invite you to check out for yourself. Besides why would they ask someone to volunteer a con where they has a chance of being arrested.

In fact my friend, even though he has his money back still plans on pressing charges against Edgar D. Matinez if he sees him there at MFF. The same could be said of at least 30 of his victims who all told me the very same thing.
Besides if he was as honest as he says, why did it take until Sept. 21 before the check finally arrived.

On a personal note: No one should have anything to do with this man. As I continue to find victims everywhere. I believe it is only a matter of time Edgar D. Martinez pays for his crimes.

Check Out Here Tomorrow

Tomorrow I expose the biggest crook in the furry fandom, I hide nothing from my readers by showing you the conversation that took place on Sofurry. After which I hope you agree with me. This man should be exposed for the arrogant bastard that he is.

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Legendary Filmmaker Donates $2.5 Million to Build a Nature Park Just for Children

as originally posted on nextshark.com

Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is investing $2.5 million into a philanthropic nature park just for children called “The Forest Where the Wind Returns.” Miyazaki, 74, is the visionary artist behind classic films such as “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Spirited Away,” and “Princess Mononoke.”

According to the Telegraph, the project is a collaboration with local design firm Kume Creation and will be located on Kume Island in Okinawa, Japan, in the Zendo Forest Park.

The project is part of a philanthropic initiative to aid children in the nearby town of Kumejima that was affected by the nuclear disaster of Fukushima in 2011. The movie-inspired nature park will include a library, a natural playground and sleeping quarters for 30 people, which is said to be reserved for children in the local town of Fukushima.

The park will be constructed with the opinions of locals and will utilize construction resources from the area.

The award-winning animator and director will be donating the park to Kumejima once it is completed in 2018. Construction is set to begin April 2016.

Read more at: http://nextshark.com/hayao-miyazaki-nature-park/#rmns

Oklacon is Cancelled

as originally posted on dogpatch press

Now comes sad news that Oklacon is canceled permanently. The reason appears to involve a tangle of prejudice and bad faith, coinciding with a misbehavior incident. It came to my attention via Reddit. More info went out in a final statement that replaces the front page of the con’s official website. I have heard statements from attendees that lead me to share the story, and report their anger and frustration about it. (Editorial comments here don’t speak for the con.)

Here are points and open questions that stood out to me.

Prejudice and bad faith: Oklacon says that they had a history of cold treatment by park staff. They report experiences like same-sex couples being asked to stop holding hands. It sounds like the park was looking for an excuse to cancel the con. If this does involve prejudice at state parks, what about fairness and right to access for taxpayers? It’s hard to repair that with a direct appeal, because prejudiced people may never be pleased. It could call for public complaint, and bringing it to the awareness of other authorities.
Misbehavior: The final cancelation is blamed on an incident of alleged public sex between three intoxicated people. While admittedly bad, does misbehavior never happen among “normal” people at a campout? (Read the initial news blog link to see exactly what that means.) The con appears to have made appropriate response that offers mitigation because it was first-time, out-of-state members who were banned. Is it fair to punish everyone else by banning the con itself, too?
Charges: Oklacon says that the involved people intoxicated themselves (plural). It also says that “women cannot consent” under the influence. That’s only half true. Don’t they mean “nobody” can?
I’m suspicious that this didn’t happen with only one intoxicated person, and as parties usually go, they were all drinking together. There’s no proof, but support comes from talk that a “victim” didn’t want the other participants to be charged – and all were banned, not one held innocent. (Imagine the outcry if that wasn’t deserved!) So, if they were all drunk, were they all “raping” each other?

How does that make sense? If the supposed victim considered it no personal violation and this is only about a legal standard… it raises the topic of overbearing prosecution. There’s unreasonable puritanism in that. It’s bigoted to men, and paternalistically sexist to women. It’s almost as silly as charging a drunk person for raping themselves by masturbating. (People have been prosecuted for exploiting themselves, getting a lot of press about absurd abuse of power.) Everyone’s a criminal with shit like that. It would call for a debate about laws, and in this case, a downgrade to no more than public lewdness.

Undermining: After Oklacon had to leave their original location, they found an alternate (Sequoyah park). The story indicates that a con attendee with a grudge decided to intervene, and called Sequoyah, leading to a statewide ban from parks and no more con. Seems like they just couldn’t get a fair break – it was one thing after another with haters. I’m sure a lot of people are curious to know who ratted and why. That person would probably be Fursona Non Grata in fandom if their name becomes known.
UPDATE: At Flayrah, crossafliction has a story about the con cancelation. Comments reinforce the absurdity of the “consent” issue, and correct a false impression about the “rat”. There was no grudge, just an innocent mistake. Strike the fourth bullet point.

I’ll leave questions open, because I’m not involved with the con or their local community. Let’s pass the mike to someone who is.

Reddit user BalooUriza on the misbehavior incident:

“Mitigating factors being: it was in a privately reserved area, and despite being fairly centrally located within the privately reserved con space, the late night hour and the fact almost everyone was engaged in other activities in other parts of the con space, and nobody except the rangers in attendance at the park outside of the event were aware.. means this was remarkably unseen by the majority…”

On the fallout to the community, and what to do about it:

“…The real victim, ultimately, is Watonga. The chamber of commerce there called it “bigger than Christmas”, amounting to 11% of that town’s annual economy. To put it in a population perspective to the significance of this in such a remote part of the country: If you scaled up Watonga to be the population of metro Pittsburgh, and Oklacon by the same ratio, the impact would be the same as if Anthrocon grew to an attendance an average 276,150 people, and a total reach of people who have attended at least once of around 1,341,300 people over 12 years.

Now, imagine the sudden-cancellation-of-tourism and subsequent black-balling spearheaded by the state’s tourism department. You can call the Oklahoma Department of Recreation and Tourism’s Executive Office 405-230-8303, and the direct line to Dick Dutton – Executive Director is 405-230-8414.”

I’d recommend a BRIEF, POLITE call. Say you’re sad because some people have felt prejudice, and an entire event shouldn’t be punished for a mistake that got appropriate response. Mention that you would appreciate better access to parks, and say that you would like to bring tourist money to Oklahoma, but the cancelation makes you choose other events in other states. Ask if the department can help find a new location, perhaps a private one?

BalooUriza shares more about his experience:

“The sudden cancellation after literally planning around Oklacon week for a year (including purchasing a vehicle… and having to cancel vacation plans with the office) has me pretty much livid right now. I’m holding off from picking up the phone until I have a day or two to calm down, regroup and organize my thoughts into an elevator pitch…

It was a memorable convention for all the right reasons, such as Bucktown spontaneously busting out Gangnam Style in fursuit or the giant 20 sided die hitting the one number Daxter didn’t want it to land on, 2×4 Jenga, the game Predator and Prey, the origins of the furry expansion to Cards Against Humanity… Dinners around the campfire, heck, even falling asleep by the campfire. Accidentally dropping expensive stuff in the dark and having it find it’s way back home the next day. Riding out the afterglow mapping the consite for the world. The geocaching contest. The fursuit parades that always somehow ended up in the hottest part of the day. That time I missed getting in the photo because I had to get out of suit before the group shot. Driving four hours through the night after working 12 hours straight, to my first convention since Conifur ended, and the epic sense of impending awesome that espoused. Meeting my boyfriend for the first time. Falling asleep in the sun on the porch (even though the resulting sunburn was not fun). Breakfasts watching Wheel of Fortune with the locals at the Hi Dee Ho Cafe and the head of the Watonga Chamber of Commerce at the Loves just down the street. Having said chamber member tell me that he hoped we never stopped coming to Watonga, how big of a part of the local economy we were, and that it’s bigger than the Watonga Cheese Festival and bigger than Christmas…

As an Oklahoma taxpayer, I’m pissed that the department whose job it is to promote tourism is pushing away an event that has drawn people from at least three continents to a sleepy prairie town – two hours drive by car from the nearest airport with international service, and a two mile drive from the edge of reliable voice mobile phone service – to go camp with us. How else are you going to get people who otherwise might not even know that Oklahoma is a real place that exists, to come find out and experience our state the way we do – and what they’ve been missing out on all their life? Last year’s drama extravaganza aside, ODRP should consider the challenge of being the go-to venue-of-choice for such a large scale event – as a nice problem to have!”

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