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.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018.01.04 Some Confusing Background Information Concerning Ken "Whit" Whitman's Comic/Game Store

2018.01.04 Some Confusing Background Information Concerning Ken "Whit" Whitman's Comic/Game Store
Word on the streets has it that there has been a LOT of drama with a particular Facebook Group: Game Store Retailer.

This is a closed group and since none of our writers/editors own a game store, we're not about to make something up to get an inside man.....just not our style.

Now this is OBVIOUSLY just rumor that we've heard and while we will repeat it, it is only so we can shed some light on our end of things. We might luck out and get a member of that Facebook group to give us the inside scoop. You can also read the pertinent Tenkar's Tavern post to catch up, but our takeaway rumor comes down to a single question: Does Ken Whitman own or manage a comic/game store previously owned by Marcus King?

This should be a simple yes/no question. It appears, at least by the intel that Tenkar's Tavern has posted, that the real problem is our question itself because there seems to be some inconsistency.

Is Ken "Whit" Whitman an owner or manager of Little Monsters Games & Comics, or does he just manage it?

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Articles of Organization
Let's look at the facts that we can uncover from a third party:

  • Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC filed Articles of Organization with the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Secretary of State on July 20, 2017, and is listed as organization number 0991519. Ken Whitman is clearly listed as the only officer of the company, which is managed by "Managers". This makes sense since the grand opening, according to the Little Monsters Games & Comics Facebook page has the "Grand Opening" listed as July 23, 2017.
  • The Kentucky Secretary of State only lists two legal entities with a name containing "Little Monster". The second one, Little Monster Comics, LLC was administratively dissolved on October 9, 2017 when the company failed to file the required annual report.
  • Marcus King is listed as a "Member" of Many Gifts, Games & Comics, LLC and is listed as an "Inactive" company with a "bad" status as organization 0854151. On May 23, 2017 his status was changed to "Registered Agent", but the name of the authorized agent (Webbed Sphere, Inc.) who signed that paperwork was Marcus King, and he dated the paperwork as June 11, 2016. Webbed Sphere, Inc was the Organizer and the other Member was one Johnathan Huston.
    • Confusing Statement of Change
    • Many Gifts, Games & Comics, LLC was also administratively dissolved on October 9th, 2017.
  • Johnathan Huston is listed as the Director & President of Webbed Sphere, Inc (organization number 0583884). Webbed Sphere, Inc has had several assumed business names in the past: Troll and Toad, Toy Vault Toy Club, The Arcade Lair, and most recently Corbin Toys and Games.
  • Webbed Sphere, Inc was also the Registered Agent for two other "Inactive" and "bad" status LLCs: Games & Comics, LLC (organization 0854151), which was administratively dissolved on October 9, 2017; Game Festival, LLC (organization 0867995), which was administratively dissolved on October 1st, 2016.
  • Webbed Sphere, Inc. is also the Registered Agent for one active company, Six Hogs, LLC (organization 0849063)
  • Johnathan Huston is the President of another company, Troll & Toad II, Inc, which is a Kentucky Corporation (organization 0971360)

Just meandering through these listings can be a bit confusing, and it doesn't even tell us that Marcus King actually owned a game store, much less sold one to Ken "Whit" Whitman. There is the odd paperwork for Many Gifts, Games & Comics, LLC, which should probably have been signed by Johnathan Huston since he has always been listed as the Registered Agent for Webbed Sphere, Inc.

These filings don't specifically tell us that Ken "Whit" Whitman owns Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC, but as he is the only listed Registered Agent, there is a 99% likelihood he owns the thing. Nobody in their right mind makes a "Manager" the Organizer and only Registered Agent.

These filings also don't specifically tell us that Marcus King owned a store to sell to Ken "Whit" Whitman. He might have been a partner of Webbed Sphere, Inc., and that he was allowed to make himself the Registered Agent for Many Gifts, Games & Comics, LLC lends some credence to that theory. The fact that Little Monster Comics, LLC was administratively dissolved on the same date as Many Gifts, Games & Comics, LLC is interesting. Of course these are just legal entities, not necessarily the stores as customers would know them.

It looks, and this is just pure conjecture here (i.e. don't take our word for it) that if Marcus King actually owns some businesses as he purports to that he is running them from behind the scenes and using others as the public face(s) of said companies. That doesn't really help us get to a clear answer to the original question of Does Ken Whitman own or manage a comic/game store previously owned by Marcus King? The short answer is....maybe?

It looks like Ken "Whit" Whitman maybe owns Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC and if that LLC is running a store with resources obtained from Little Monster Comics, LLC and/or Many Gifts, Games & Comics, LLC, then Marcus King's ownership of those two now defunct entities is tenuous at best.

It is apparent that there are not only inconsistencies in the story, already reported on at Tenkar's Tavern, and the legal paperwork does nothing to straighten things out. We will not conjecture further as to why there are all these inconsistencies.

We will, however, gladly report that we have a legal address for Ken "Whit" Whitman, for those who need said address:

Ken Whitman
C/O Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC
4440 S Highway 27
Somerset KY 42501

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018.01.01 Not really an Update

2018.01.01 Not really an Update
2017 ended pretty much as everybody expected: Ken "Whit" Whitman didn't fulfill any of his....I actually have to count them...SIX Kickstarter projects.

We did receive some interesting intel from an inside source, but the source not only requested anonymity, but for us to keep our trap shut. When the time is right we will be sharing the details though....

Hopefully 2018 will see some legal action against this serial Kickstarter Scammer. Yes, we think Ken "Whit" Whitman is a serial scammer not only because he ran five additional Kickstarters before even fulfilling the first, but because all of them have gone unfulfilled.

Monday, October 23, 2017

2017.10.23 Looking at Ken "Whit" Whitman Kickstarter Updates (and some ugly math)

2017.10.23 Looking at Ken "Whit" Whitman Kickstarter Updates (and some ugly math)
Yesterday we accidentally read into something that wasn't quite right, but the bigger issue is worth pointing out anyway.

During the wonderful early/late AM exchanges between Ken "Whit" Whitman and Jolly Blackburn we thought we read that Kenny was going to provide an update to all of his Kickstarter Backers.

We can admit when we are wrong because in re-reading this wonderful exchange, we did like Ken "Whit" Whitman did himself and only focused on part of a statement and assumed that the reply applied to what we were focused on and not the other part of the statement.

This Ken "Whit" Whitman Exchange Gave us False Hope
Jolly Blackburn: "oh??? so you are still working on our kickstarters? How about an update on your KS pages to let folks now. I has been 15 months since you've so much as dropped a note there."

Ken "Whit" Whitman: "@ Jolly... Yes"

We thought Kenny was replying that he would post an update on the Kickstarter page(s) informing his backers that he is allegedly still working on their projects....that he took money for.....and didn't produce what was promised.

Now we could have easily just skipped by this because there was no record of our assumptions regarding this post and nobody would have been the wiser....BUT we wanted to look at when was Ken "Whit" Whitman's last Kickstarter updates.

In no particular order:

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Failure with Deck Dice
1) Deck Dice was last updated on July 17, 2016. This means it has been 464 days since the backers for this Kickstarter have been updated.
Ken "Whit" Whitman's Failure with Castles & Crusades

2) Castles & Crusades: Beyond the River was last updated on July 17, 2016. This means it has been 464 days since the backers for this Kickstarter have been updated.

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Failure with Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series
3) Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series was last updated on August 31, 2016. We don't even think that was a real update since the bloopers were not actually from Ken "Whit" Whitman, which would make the July 25th, 2016 "The Harassment Continues" as the last real update? No, we'd count the last real update as July 16, 2016. Doesn't matter because for the sake of this exercise we are going to count the last update as August 31, 2016. This means it has been 418 days since the backers of this Kickstarter have been updated.

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Failure with Pencil Dice
4) Pencil Dice was last updated July 17, 2016. So now it looks like there is a pattern of Ken "Whit" Whitman shotgunning Kickstarter updates, which...without actually reading the content of the updates makes us think they are just simple "I'm allegedly still working on the projects you paid me for". The fact that three of the four so far have been nothing but "new release dates" we think adds credence to our theory.

Nevertheless, it has been 464 days since the backers for this Kickstarter have been updated.

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Failure with RPG Pencil Dice
5) Just more of the same here.....nothing new.

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Failure with Spinward Traveller
6) Thank goodness, some variation here. Spinward Traveller was last updated on September 11, 2016. This means that it has been 407 days since the backers for this Kickstarter have been updated.

What does all this mean? Well, for one it means that Kickstarter backers for Ken "Whit" Whitman have not been updated on ANY progress for well over a year. Regardless of what Ken "Whit" Whitman says elsewhere on the internet, here....were it counts...he has been doing nothing. Zero documentation in over a year combined with zero results in over a year equals zero work having been done on these projects.

Let us not forget how many times Ken "Whit" Whitman has stated that KoDT:LAS has been "90% done" and/or "two weeks away" from completion. According to our quick math Ken "Whit" Whitman should have been able to complete KoDT:LAS 32 times over by now.

Looking at these numbers a different way, Ken "Whit" Whitman is 2,681 days late just updating his backers. That's over 7 years late (combined)! This is just on updates!

Ken "Whit" Whitman has had backers money for a combined 6,494 days (or 17 years, 9 months!):

  1. 1356 days for KoDT:LAS
  2. 1196 days for Spinward Traveller
  3. 1086 days for Castles & Crusades
  4. 968 days for Pencil Dice
  5. 958 days for RPG Pencil Dice
  6. 930 days for Deck Dice
When looking at these figures and dates it is pretty messed up to see that Ken "Whit" Whitman was allowed, by Kikcstarter, to have six (6!) Kickstarters "active" before fulfilling even one. Heck, his last two even overlapped funding periods!

These numbers just boggle the mind.....
Snapshot of Ken "Whit" Whitman Related Kickstarters 2012-2015

Sunday, October 22, 2017

2017.10.22 Ken "Whit" Whitman Strikes Back Online at the Tavern

2017.10.22 Ken "Whit" Whitman Strikes Back Online at the Tavern
This afternoon we discovered that Ken "Whit" Whitman had either a late night or early morning blow-out online. Basically he's gone back to some tired tropes of claiming innocence, alleging he's still working on his Kickstarters, and threatening legal and/or law enforcement on people he thinks are doing him wrong.

The great part about this morning's actions is that none of these things are new.

There are two pertinent posts over at Tenkar's Tavern. The first is this wonderful post about Ken "Whit" Whitman using his blog's contact form to send a threat/notice. Clearly the man does not understand the Doctrine of Fair Use when it comes to copyright law, and then there is the fact that the overwhelming amount of content he is claiming infringement on isn't his to claim a violation on. We don't have a lawyer on our staff here at Not Another Dime (for Ken Whitman), but our editor has actually taken classes on copyright law and there are enough (legit) resources out on the internet that your average 5th grader should be able to tell that we clearly fall under the Doctrine of Fair Use.

Anyway, the second post you'll want to scroll through is this one, which we've linked to in the past. Don't read the post straight from the Tenkar's Tavern url because you'll miss the comments, which is what we want to chime in on. Since people can delete their posts, and Ken "Whit" Whitman has made it a bit of a habit to delete content after-the-fact, we wanted to get this down for posterity.

Ken "Whit" Whitman Infers Libel

Jolly Blackburn (Initially quoting Ken Whitman)""I can only hope that they contine to pursue these fakes and find the people who ruin fandom for the little guy. "

Dude, you're standing RIGHT THERE."

Ken "Whit" Whitman "And your point being? Oh... you're suggesting I am the one who created the fraudulent product. Why not suggest I rape people? Or have murdered someone?! I mean all is possible when you just make stories up and pull it out of thin air. 

Hell you guys are less accurate and less entertaining then FOX news. 

I use to worry myself about you Jolly, now I just pity you. What a dark vile man spending hours hating me. Creating misinformation about me so you can get people to troll me and make my life hell.

You all define yourselves by what you hate, not what you love. When I look at some of you on facebook, its I hate this, and I hate that, and blah, blah, blah

Many of your trolls hide behind fake names, your paper puppy army has no power over me. Not any more at least.

I am rebuilding myself slowly, from the bottom of the barrel. A place you tried to keep me. And you know what, I forgive you. 

Now excuse me, As I pull my self back up buy my own shoe laces."

Now, to us, the most interesting part of this exchange is that Ken "Whit" Whitman seems to have missed the point and went off on a tangent and building a case for what could be (quite badly) argued as libel. The fact that Ken "Whit" Whitman went off on this tangent regarding "Oh... you're suggesting I am the one who created the fraudulent product." is interesting and feels, at least to us, as being some type of Freudian Slip.

Our interest, well....at least mine as the author on this post, was really on the last half of Jolly's chosen quote of Kenny's "find the people who ruin fandom for the little guy." This is the major reason that Not Another Dime (for Ken Whitman) exists. Fortunately for everyone involved Jolly Blackburn reiterates what he meant by sharing that quote: "Ken I'm suggesting you've made it a career of ruining "fandom for he little guy". Check your six kickstarter comment pages sometime to see what I mean. You DO remember you ran six kickstarters and never delivered. Right?"

This comment is factual. Jolly is expressing an opinion and Ken "Whit" Whitman has, in fact, not delivered on his last six Kickstarters. We'd argue the number is actually larger based on his involvement behind the scenes of some other Kickstarters that we've reported on in the past.

Of course Kenny's response is interesting.......
"I know EXACTLY what your suggestion, and using this thread to deflect the Libel for another question. 

You don't get to pose a question, your not in charge. 

You STRAIT up suggested I was the one committing Fraud. 

But to answer your question: I do remember my Kickstarters, I deal with them every day. Do you remember what its like to write inventive funny stories? Kind of hard to do so when you full of vile and hate. 

I don't know much, But I know you spend at least an hour a day thinking about the hate you have for me. I have forgiven you. Now as I said, back to rebuilding my life. 

Haters gonna hate. Lovers gonna love. "

So the odd tangent that Kenny created that went far off topic, the topic that Jolly specifically came back to, does appear to be a fabrication for the intent of claiming libel. We'd like to think that if there is one thing we've been able to get Ken "Whit" Whitman to understand over the course of the last couple of years it is the difference between Libel and Slander. From a legal perspective we'd say he's still so far off the mark, but at least he's using the correct term for once.

Now if we can set a new goal for training Ken "Whit" Whitman in the use of the English language it will be the difference between implying and inferring. In this case Ken "Whit" Whitman inferred that Jolly Blackburn was making commentary about faking memorabilia, but Jolly clearly didn't imply that Ken "Whit" Whitman was a fraud, much less "STRAIT up suggested I was the one committing Fraud". How do we know this? Because Jolly went ahead and clarified exactly what he meant with his statement.

That Kenny is still clinging to the fraudulent activity of creating fake memorabilia, goes well past Freudian Slips......

.....and yes Kenny, THAT is an implication.

Later on Kenny hits us with this gem:
Ken "Whit" Whitman's MO is the Truth?
"My M.O. is to tell the truth based on the information I have today.

To all my Haters, Use the court system."

First off, there are enough examples here on this site to tell that truth is not a tool in Ken "Whit" Whitman's toolbox. That might not be true as we're willing to bet that Kenny tells the truth when it suits him. Our examples are just those times he hasn't been truthful, and there are many.

As far as using the court system, this is comical in that over the years Ken "Whit" Whitman has used this as a defense of sorts. The logic, however flawed, is that he's done nothing wrong because he hasn't been arrested, sued, and convicted. From a legal perspective (again, we aren't lawyers) he has a point because he hasn't been charged (that we know of), much less convicted. We do suspect some of this is because people don't want to throw good money after bad (i.e. go through the expense of suing Ken "Whit" Whitman because why spend hundreds or even thousands if he only scammed you out of $500?), but the various moves and even his name change probably is a factor as well.

On the flip side, however, is that Ken "Whit" Whitman hasn't used the "court system" to go after all these people (NAD included) that he feels have done him wrong. Jolly Blackburn couldn't have committed Libel because Kenny hasn't used the court system! All the threats of using the FBI to go after his "haters" are just threats because, by Ken "Whit" Whitman logic, his "haters" have done absolutely nothing wrong.

Ken "Whit" Whitman's legal logic is.....interesting. While we won't claim to be a lawyer....

Ken "Whit" Whitman's Legal Lesson for the Day
"Civil & Criminal law are two very different things. And it's about what one can prove, not what one believes. 

Many people believe the story's made up about me, yet there is no proof an 95% of these stories. If you search my history... never been to jail, never been taken to civil court, just an average joe. 

So why no Fraud

Because fraud requires Mens rea, which is hard to prove when someone spent a majority of the money producing a product and then running out of money. Had I a crook, I would have taken said money and done nothing with it, but have a good time. I spent the majority of it producing product. My only crime is being a bad business man and running out of money. ZOE Entertainment, who we all agree is a great company, ask $450K for a 90 min movie. I, being a novice only asked for $120k to produce 120min of film. And to make matters worst, I have had trolls follow me around making it hard for me to live, hell I was nearly homeless and people were telling me I got what I deserved. 

Still I get death threats, and so on. But you know, I try not to live in fear to much. However, I do report people to the FBI, which no one will do a thing about, just like they wont come after me for fraud. 

I hope that answers your question, and keep the faith! "

Wow......we do like how he spouts off his rationale for why he isn't committing fraud and then wraps the comment up with a plea for sympathy ("Still I get death threats, and so on.") and a threat ("I do report people to the FBI").

We're pretty tired of Kenny's BS, so we'll just leave this here and step back.

Ken "Whit" Whitman to Fulfill his Kickstarters?
"Whats funny is that all of you are so blinded by being the WHITE KNIGHT THAT PROTECTS EVERYONE for Ken Whitman that you don't see the laws you break to attack me, on line, where I work. The shit you guys do is just ILLEGAL as hell. But everyone believes they are the good guys. Even the KKK thought they were white nights hiding behind masks. Your mask are just fake internet profiles.

I am not moving, You know where I am. I have nothing to hide or run from. Im no longer afraid of this paper army or white knights. 

Now, please excuse me, I have a business to grow so I can afford to finish my kickstarters. "

"@ Jolly... Yes

@Will.... You act like I have been hiding because that the ONLY reason you can fathom that no one has ARRESTED me or got me for FRAUD. How about its because I'm Innocent of Fraud. How come thats not a possibility? Your black & with view of the world shows your IQ. 

As, for Jolly, his Black & White pictures he paints for you guys about me, you drink it down like Kool-aid from Jim Jones, only Jollys cool aid is anger and vile. 

Everyone needs to be the hero. Jolly is no hero"

"Oh wait. What if the story I told was ALL true. Would that blow your little minds?!

The bad part of this, well at least for me is, when it comes out to be true... someone will say. 

Well thats what you get KEN for being a fraud yourself. And to that guy I say... Fuck you. And if you wish bad things upon people... then fuck you too. Have a great day!"

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"