A Brief Introduction to this Page's Purpose

Not Another Dime! is dedicated to documenting the assorted, and sometimes wild, details of Mr. Ken Whitman's business dealings within the Role Playing Game (RPG) industry. This place is NOT intended to be a medium of discussion about Mr. Whitman, pro or con, but instead be a "jumping off" point to enable the reader to make their own informed decision about Mr. Whitman's history and business character.

Whenever possible, links to the original source material will be provided, but in many cases that information may have been deleted or secured behind restricted-access (like a private Facebook page) accounts.

Anything posted here is the opinion of the retrospective author and any content shown is to be considered "fair use" and posted for educational purposes only.

Note to authors: Please begin each post with the original date of creation in the format of YYYY.MM.DD (i.e. 2015.08.08) so readers can use the Chronology page to find specific information. Please use appropriate tags when possible for the same reason.

Note to contributors: If you have some valid data to send, screenshots, links to other Ken Whitman stories, etc., please feel free to send a gmail to notanotherdimeblog. We'll look into it and post if appropriate.

Friday, October 20, 2017

2017.10.19 Ken "Whit" Whitman Admits to Trying to Sell Fake Memorabilia (But Doesn't Accept Any Personal Responsibility)

2017.10.19 Ken "Whit" Whitman Admits to Trying to Sell Fake Memorabilia (But Doesn't Accept Any Personal Responsibility)
Looks like between Tenkar's Tavern and our work here we were able to get some action from our main man Ken "Whit" Whitman, at least regarding the fake-as-hell merchandise he was trying to sell our of his Little Monster Games & Comic shop.

The piece by Erik Tenkar was enjoyable enough (read it here), but aside from our already stated opinions & commentary, we'll just use the rest of this post for documentation.

"As many of you may know, I, Ken “Whit” Whitman, have been a background Actor on The Walking Dead for three episodes. I want to start out by saying it is an honor to have worked on the Walking Dead as an extra. I love to tell the stories of working on set when I am a guest at stores and events.

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Explanation
Recently I bought a Comic Book shop in Somerset Ky called Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC. We sale all kinds of nerd and geek things. Comic Book, Magic The Gathering Cards, D&D, Walking Dead, you name it.

Several weeks ago I met a man named King Jones, from Russel Springs KY, who stated that he was the third largest collector of The Walking Dead merchandise in the world. This 67 year old man seemed very likable and proceeded to show me his collection that he brought to my store. He brought me multiple Walking Dead items, including, 4 Scripts signed by actors, a proto type Negan bat, origianl Funko pop drawings, A couple CGC Walking Dead CGC Graded Comics, and Michonne Boots, saying that the boots were all purchased buy collectors from charity auctions.

It took us a few days to figure out they were fake, and I immediatly reported it to the Police. Thankfully NONE of the items given to me on consignment were sold. Mr. King was questioned by the police in my store and he was told to never try to sell these items again.
However, due to how the law works, the fake items were given back to Mr. Jones, who I hope hopfuly destroyed said materials, or is looking for the people who sold him the items.

I am very happy in my decision to work with the police about this unfortinate situation. I am not happy that the police did not take the items for any type of evidence and only gave Mr. Jones a warning but in the USA everyone is innocent until proven guilty. But that is the law folks. Deep down in my heart I hope that Mr. Jones is a victom also, but fell compelled to let people know of my story so this does not happen again.

They say, If you dont get what you want to get experience. I now know what a real CGC comic slab looks like. I now know how to check letter of authentisties! And belive me, I am checking any third party materials that comes in my store.

AMC Networks, & CGC Comic grading systems have been notified and are fully away of the situation. I can only hope that they contune to pursue these fakes and find the people who ruin fandom for the little guy.

In conclusion, I am truly sorry for my unkowing envolvement in this situation, and appreceate all our local customers who have stuck beside me during this unfortinate situation.

Take care! Ken “Whit” Whitman"

Friday, October 6, 2017

2017.09.15 Little Monsters Games & Comics Facebook Post(s)

2017.09.15 Little Monsters Games & Comics Facebook Post(s)
Some days you have to be quick on the computer to get information about our main man Ken "Whit" Whitman.

Fortunately we have folks who appreciate the work we've been doing and feed is intel, because let's face it: Not Another Dime (For Ken Whitman) is a small operation run by a small cadre of dedicated volunteers. While we try our best we have to assume some scams, or more importantly what we would personally consider (i.e. our opinions) scams, slip by us.

Somebody sent us a screen shot today from Facebook. Evidently Jolly Blackburn got in a little burn on an older post. We tried to find the OP, but we cannot, so just go ahead and assume this screenshot is fake:
2017.10.06 Facebook Screenshot (?)

We've already figured out the COA is fake, and this post over at Tenkar's Tavern has an email from the real-world authentication company. (Picture stolen borrowed from Tenkar's Tavern and here only for documentation purposes):

PSA Email from Tenkar's Tavern
Now we already new as much from our original "investigation" into the COA that was posted on the Little Monster Games & Comics Facebook page.

Before we go any further we need to point out our assumption that in the please-assume-this-is-fake-Facebook-post-because-we-cannot-provide-a-reference burn from Mr. Blackburn, that he isn't stating Ken "Whit" Whitman provided the fake COA, but that there is a possibility that whatever item is being discussed could be as fake as the COA. Again, this is an assumption, but presumably the item being discussed is a Walking Dead item.

Because of this assumption, we started digging a little bit into the Little Monster Games & Comics Facebook posts, using September 15th as a reference point. We found this little gem:

2017.09.15 Interesting Facebook Story/Post with Comments
"So a guy comes in my store last week, says hes a big Walking Dead Fan, if you ever get something good call.

Today, guy comes in with #1 9.9 CGC graded Walking Dead, along with a prototype Negan bat, and a bunch of scripts signed by the cast and kirkmen himself.

The call is made, 15 minutes later they are talking very intensly as I watch them jocky for position.

They haggel over 3 or 4 of these collectors items, including TWD #1. The owner of the collectables wanted 11k for three items, the buyers only wants to spend 10k.

So... they decide to flip a coin, if the owner wins its 12k, if the buyer wins its 10k. And so I witnessed a 2k coin flip.

If you want to know how it ended... well thats a story I finish telling only in person."

So we want to point out a couple points here:
1) Guy comes in to the store with Walking Dead items to include "a bunch of scripts signed by the cast and kirkman himself"

2) Ken "Whit" Whitman calls another person who comes to the store (we've already established this was in the store) "15 minutes later" and Ken "Whit" Whitman observes the discussion 1st hand "as I watch them jocky for position"

3) The two determine a method for settling their haggling during a sale, which is witnessed again by Ken "Whit" Whitman "And so I witnessed a 2k coin flip."

We want to recap a bit here before we continue....Ken "Whit" Whitman, proprietor of the establishment known as Little Monsters Games & Comics helped broker a large sale between two private sellers in his establishment. He was present for the negotiations and witnessed the conclusion of the methodology used to reach an agreement as to price. By his own admittance he feels that this story is worth telling in person at his store.

Do you feel fully aware of the details of this story? We hope so.

The very 1st comment is from Ken "Whit" Whitman's mentor (?) Marcus King, who as near as we can tell, somehow sold the store to Ken "Whit" Whitman. We think it can be reasonably inferred from our previous posts and a quick perusal of Mr. Kings Facebook page, that Mr. King is an experienced local businessman when it comes to running a game and comic book store. In that very 1st post, Mr. King publicly advises Ken "Whit" Whitman about an aspect of the transaction that this Facebook post was all about:

" So, someone sold $10K of stuff in your store. You do realize YOU are on the hook for $600 sales tax, right?

True story."

Now we see how quickly the story changes....

"The guys left after the coin flip. I never saw any money. :-/

Hope they are responsable enough to pay their taxes!"

Of course he didn't see any money....who carries that kind of cash around. Regardless it seems clear that a financial transaction occurred in Little Monsters Games & Comics. Ken "Whit" Whitman bragged about it in the post and Mr. King made his commentary after reading the exact words you, dear reader, just read. If this wasn't a financial transaction then there would be no reason for Ken "Whit" Whitman to be present for "a 2k coin flip".

But wait! There's more!

"However, for brokering the Deal, I will be selling off the Sellers 50k Walking Dead collection and taking a commission. And you bet your ass I will be paying state taz on everything sold to anyone who lives and or does business at my store!"

Wait a minute........if Kenny wasn't there for the deal...the deal that didn't happen in the store as his story started out....then how could he immediately state, "for brokering the deal"? We especially like the public comment about paying the "taz" on deals brokered in his store.....but clearly not this this one deal in his store he was present for but definitely did not happen.

*wink* *wink*

So at this point we're beating a dead horse but something doesn't sit right with us and it isn't the deal/no deal at the heart of this Facebook post. Did you notice it too? If you did, please leave us a comment after the post....

.....ok, if you didn't see what we did, we'll catch you up. Ken "Whit" Whitman is selling this Walking Dead collection that is "50k"....that's a big collection, but not nearly as big as the $100K collection referenced in the screen capture of the COA burn. So on the 15th of September, the collection is worth $100K and by the 17th the collection is worth $50K? What happened? Did Ken "Whit" Whitman sell $50k in two days? Did he devalue the collection by 50%....if so, how?

If Ken "Whit" Whitman is such a good businessman that he can turn around $50K of inventory in two days then we think he should be able to broker a deal (obviously not on the property of Little Monsters Games & Comics) to get at least one of his Kickstarters fulfilled.

If Ken "Whit" Whitman is such a bad businessman that he can lose $50K of inventory in two days then how the hell is his store still open some three(ish) weeks later? In retail inventory loss is generally attributed to three sources: Internal theft, external theft, and shoddy management (poor paperwork, letting product "spoil", etc.)

We have our own theory.....

Warning: This video is painful to watch..turn down your audio 1st (trust us). Worth checking out at about the -1:32:56 Point (or 36' into the video)

"But I'm gonna tell you this. I actually have a lot of Walking Dead in there an in about two weeks I'm gonna be selling Walking Dead. Not just talking about POPs. I actually, in my store, have Michonne's shoes. I have sss, I have signed scripts. I have uh Andrew Lincoln's script from pilot 1 signed by him. I have a ton of wonderful Walking Dead stuff that I am gonna be selling here."

Skipping ahead a bit (transcribing this is a bit painful) to the -1:32:06
"I'm one of Neegan's Saviors, so I do have a lot of connections in that area. So if you need some Walking Dead, just PM me, I'll help you out."

This video was from September 21st and makes it appear, at least to us, that Ken "Whit" Whitman is attempting to sell Walking Dead memorabilia off of the books. 1st we have the deal-that-isn't-a-deal on "last week", which would have been the week of September 10th to the 16th.

On the 15th of September this collection is worth $100K. That is via an unverified post so that does poke a bit of a hole in our theory, but we'll continue on as Jolly Blackburn does seem to read this blog and post comments here. (Editor note....he did) In September 17th the collection is now worth $50K, which we've noted seems to be quite the devaluation in such a short time. Four days later Ken "Whit" Whitman comments on a live Facebook video feed that he basically has the hookup for people wanting some Walking Dead memorabilia, the details of which can only be obtained by direct messaging him on Facebook.

We know he had the boots which we cannot confirm are fake, but we can confirm, through this video, that Ken "Whit" Whitman had on September 21st. Fast forward to the Facebook post (we referenced on Monday, October 2nd) from September 24th, showing the boots and the fake Certificate of Authenticity (CoA or COA). In that Little Monster Games & Comics post, which has since been removed, Ken "Whit" Whitman remarked, "There are no pruce tags on these, so dont be asking prices if money is an issue!"

Our theory, based on what we've seen with these posts, is that Ken "Whit" Whitman is using the Little Monsters Games & Comics to sell, off the books, Walking Dead memorabilia. Between the deal that isn't a deal, but really is a deal, the wild fluctuation in alleged value, along with no actual item prices, and the need to conduct that business in private, but still through the store (or at least the store's Facebook account) leads us to what we think is a natural conclusion. This is, and should be taken as, complete conjecture on our part. Like always, we encourage our readers to not rely on our speculations, but to do their best to pull on the many internet threads we've done our best to document and to make up your own conclusions.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2017.10.05 Admin Note About Contacting NAD

2017.10.05 Admin Note About Contacting NAD
We got an email using the web contact form on this page asking where info can be sent to us. Of course you can use the web contact form, but that can be a bit limiting.

At the top of every page, as part of our header, we have a couple things that are too easy to overlook (Editor note: I had to double-check the details were even there). We do have a gmail account you can forward things to if needed and the address is written in our header such that hopefully we won't get too much SPAM.

We'll be responding to the particular request on it's own, but we have to assume if even we forget about the "regular" email address, that other might have as well.

You can reach us here if needed....
We hope this helps!

Monday, October 2, 2017

2017.10.02 Ken "Whit" Whitman Trying to Sell Fraudulent Memorabilia?

2017.10.02 Ken "Whit" Whitman Trying to Sell Fraudulent Memorabilia?
This morning we received and interesting email from this page's contact form (names have been removed for obvious reasons):

"It's possible that Ken Whitman is at it again, this time selling fraudulent "screen used Walking Dead" props through Little Monsters Games & Comics. He is offering a COA from a prop authentication company that ZERO Internet presence, as well as displaying trademarks from from PSA/DNA (not only does PSA not authenticate stage props, but they ALSO don't lend their trademarks to third party authentication companies). You can find a picture of the suspect COA for "Michonne's Boots" over at the Little Mosters Games & Comics Facebook page. I have also saved a copy of it, in case he removes it."

Well, let's take a little look at Ken "Whit" Whitman's Little Monster Games & Comics Facebook page.

Now this is an embedded frame, but in case Ken "Whit" Whitman decides to delete the page, here is a screenshot as well.

Yep....looks like Ken "Whit" Whitman's work. Notice how he miss-spelled "price" and referenced wanting a lot of money (two classic signs) "There are no pruce tags on these, so dont be asking prices if money is an issue!"

Picture of the "Certificate of Authenticity & Registration"
Of particular interest is the picture of the COA (Certificate of Authenticity). Now we cannot find a reference to "Eccentric DNA Technologies" anywhere on the internet. Of course what does this matter, because this DNA technology would be used by the service providing the authentication and issuing of the COA. In this case it would be "PSA/DNA Authentication Services".

Well, PSA stands for Professional Sports Authenticator and they do have an internet presence. Thier business is pretty much sports cards and signed sporting memorabilia, which these boots are not. Even if we go ahead and hand-waive this small fact and assume that PSA stepped in and authenticated these boots, then they would have applied the DNA registration/application, and they would have generated the COA.

An example of a real COA
While we could just take and break all this down bit-by-bit, we'll just jump right to calling bullshit. 1st off, this isn't what PSA/DNA COA's look like. The picture to the left is an accurate COA example.

The important bit is that hologram sticker is actually part of the COA and not a sticker.

2nd....this technology has been in use since 2012, which predates the actual boots by a good year. Here is an article regarding PSA/DNA COAs:

"PSA/DNA Authentication Services  has now added an embedded hologram to its certificates of authenticity (COA), providing customers with  the same technological advance that the company added to its letters of authenticity last fall."

Well at least we could verify the PSA/DNA COA using PSA & PSA/DNA Certification Verification...oh wait, there isn't a certification number.

From the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) FAQ (emphasis is ours):
Q: How can I determine if a Letter of Authenticity is legitimate?
A: Letters of Authenticity (LOAs) produced by PSA/DNA have a detailed, color-changing hologram logo embedded into the paper, as well as double watermarks depicting the helix design of a DNA strand and the PSA/DNA logo. Additionally, all LOAs have a high-resolution image of the very item that was examined and authenticated by our staff, which matches the photo on our online database, and a handwritten signature from a PSA/DNA representative. Counterfeiters would have to illegally replicate the hologram technology used and spend a huge amount of money to manufacture the paper. These unique security features make it very difficult to counterfeit.

Now we won't pretend to be lawyers, but Ken "Whit" Whitman sure appears to be attempting to violate Kentucky Statute 514.40 "Theft by Deception".

Thanks for the head's up dear readers!

2017.10.02 Edit/Update:
Thanks to some readers pointing even more fun stuff our way, we have sources for the so-called "Certificate of Authenticity"another for the boots, and a lead on the bogus DNA logo.

Fake Authentication Seal

Fake Walking Dead Boots (but actually may just be the source for the real ones)

Source for the fake logo (co-opted a real one)

2017.10.03 Edit
We called it! Our main-man Ken "Whit" Whitman has taken down the Facebook post, which is why there is a big blank space at the beginning of this post now.

We've already sent off emails to PSA and DNA Technologies, so don't sweat those details dear readers. If you see any more "new" buffoonery, please feel free to drop us a line. It is only working together that we can keep the public informed, and hopefully safe, from this man we consider to be a scam artist.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017.09.02 Ken "Whit' Whitman Looks Like He's Found Honest Work

2017.09.02 Ken "Whit' Whitman Looks Like He's Found Honest Work
Looks like our main man Ken "Whit" Whitman has his own games & comic store. This probably isn't really news if you have been following Tenkar's Tavern's #ConManKen posts.

Now we do not recommend people going to the Little Monster Games & Comics' Facebook page or their Square Store to cause trouble. If Ken "Whit" Whitman wants to make an honest buck nobody should interfere in that endeavor.

Seriously.....this isn't one of those *wink* "don't do this" *wink* moments. Not that we expect Kenny to come through on any of his abberant Kickstarters, but if there is even a slimmer of chance for these projects it lied with Ken "Whit" Whitman making some honest money so he can repay what he's stolen from the budgets of these projects.

The comments/reviews for this shop are overwhelming positive, but appear to come from well before Kenny's involvement. Hopefully that trend (good reviews) will continue, but just based on the community's past experience with Ken "Whit" Whitman running an online store, I'd think thrice before placing an online order through the Square Store.

Hell....his Whit Studios Square Store is still in operation!