It has been pretty well documented that Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News fame launched a Kickstarter campaign a year ago to fund a second season of his web series. The Kickstarter was eventually funded to the tune of $128,029 on September 5, 2013 and almost a year later Harry has yet to deliver on his promise of a second season (and according to some backers any of the other incentives). While Harry’s editorial style has never really been embraced by the site’s readers, affectionally known as Talkbackers, his lack of transparency during this Kickstarter campaign has really ignited a fire among them.
Harry’s recent review of Expendables 3 really seemed to rankle the Talkbackers. It could have been the off putting hyperbole or the senseless name dropping … “I have a very interesting friendship with Sly“. One of the top voted comments in that review has called out Harry with an ultimatum .. deliver on your promises or I’ll sue.
After sifting though the comments I found myself wondering how far Ain’t It Cool News and Harry Knowles have fallen. I took to Twitter to express my thoughts and quickly found myself in a dialogue with Mr. Knowles in which I asked him some very pointed questions about making good on his promises and the lack of transparency during the production of his series.
Harry went on to elaborate that he has several episodes in the can for the second season of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles but was advised to not comment publicly due to his production team asking him to “withhold responses until a formal air date” was solidified with an Austin PBS affiliate that has agreed to air his show.
According to Harry all of his obligations have been met, but on the Kickstarter page there are people still claiming that they have yet to receive any of their Ain’t it Cool with Harry Knowles swag. I did not back this venture nor do I know anyone who has so I cannot attest to the veracity of those claims.
When I first connected to the Internet Ain’t it Cool News was one of the first sites I haunted on a regular basis. For many years it was the place to get breaking news and spoilers. I think over the years Harry lost his way and got blinded by the press junkets and celebrity friends. I also think that the departure of some key writers saw a marked decline in the quality of reporting seen on the site.
Unfortunately for Harry this Kickstarter campaign has been an unmitigated disaster and any largesse he previously enjoyed within the geek community is diminishing at an astonishing rate.