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.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018.04.25 We're Calling BS Over Here at NAD

2018.04.25 We're Calling BS Over Here at NAD
We received a couple forwardings of a specific Facebook post from the "new owner" of Little Monsters Games & Comics. The "new" company, which was created less than an hour and a half after we posted that it didn't exist, is owned/managed by one Jess Hunter.

We've had some speculation back and forth with some contributors about this sale of the business and we've already put forth that we think this is just some paper shuffling, presumably to remove some of Ken "Whit" Whitman's assets going into his civil suit which was filed last month. The company-that-didn't-exist-until-after-the-sale is one big red flag, and frankly we wouldn't be surprised if eventually word comes out that it wasn't Kenny's business to begin with.

That is pretty predictable, especially with the sale of Ken "Whit" Whitman's business so soon after being served with the civil suit. Oh, and here we go....no mention of Ken "Whit" Whitman, but of Jim Sears. If you remember some of the fine print, Arthur James Sears company Little Monsters Comics, LLC was administratively dissolved a couple months after the creation of Ken "Whit' Whitman's company Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC.

"Hi, I am Jess Hunter, the new owner of Little Monsters Entertainment. This week I purchased the store location and merchandise from Jim Sears. He was the owner Of Little Monsters Comics for over 8 years, I look forward to his mentoring as I venture down this road with my three fav boys, Alex, Ron & Robert."

This info is listed twice because we fully expect the embedded Facebook post to go *poof* as these things tend to do....

We're going to go ahead and not only call it (that a paper trail is being made to insulate Kenny), but be pro-active and list what we can to call bullshit on this:

2017.10.19 Ken "Whit" Whitman Admits to Trying to Sell Fake Memorabilia (But Doesn't Accept Any Personal Responsibility)
"Recently I bought a Comic Book shop in Somerset Ky called Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC."

2018.01.04 Some Confusing Background Information Concerning Ken "Whit" Whitman's Comic/Game Store
Ken Whitman is the only organizer & registered agent for Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC

2018.02.14 Ken Whitman Responds to KODT LAS Release (comments section)
"with the sucess of my store i have been able to afford two heat foil machines so i can prodyce them myself. I have placed an order from the machines coming from china,"

2018.04.17 Ken "Whit" Whitman is on the Run!
"I am no longer manager/owner of Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC. I will be staying on till the end of the month to help with the transition of new owners."

Now it could be taken that Ken "Whit" Whitman is just a straight-up liar about owning/managing Little Monsters Games & Comics, despite having stated as much many times over the last year or so. You might chalk it up to boasting, a little pride, whatever. Hell, he used to claim ownership of a freakin hotel that wasn't his, but belonged to the family he married in to.

You know....it would be real useful to have some words on it by the guy who allegedly sold Ken "Whit" Whitman his business....and that would be Marcus King. Oh yeah...we have that!

2017.09.15 Little Monsters Games & Comics Facebook Post(s)
"So, someone sold $10K of stuff in your store. You do realize YOU are on the hook for $600 sales tax, right?

True story."

Hmm.....Marcus didn't say, "Hey you knucklehead, that business was conducted in MY store and you just publicly put me on the hook for a $600 tax bill!" No...no he didn't. He clearly stated that the transaction, which Ken "Whit" Whitman tried to immediately weasel out of, was conducted in KEN'S STORE and that KEN was "on the hook" for $600.

The contents of said Facebook post have been scrubbed, but we did manage to preserve a copy for posterity....

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018.04.24 Ken "Whit" Whitman Kicking the Can Down the Road

2018.04.24 Ken "Whit" Whitman Kicking the Can Down the Road
Casual readers here might not notice that Ken "Whit" Whitman tends to state, rather frequently, that he's working on his Kickstarter Projects, but we never see any actual proof of such activity.

The reason for this, or at least the only reason we can comprehend for such activity, is that, for the most part, by stating that he's still "working" on these projects Ken "Whit" Whitman isn't in default/has abandoned his obligations.....he's just several years late/behind.

Ken "Whit" Whitman didn't blow through his Kickstarter money on a cara cruise, or on other Kickstarters (than the one the money was pledged to), he just ran out of money. He ran out of money on the Pencil Dice....not sure how because nothing was ever manufactured even though he claimed it would "only" cost "about" $10K to produce & ship....even though he took in a combined total of $46,784 for the two Pencil Dice Kickstarters ($38, 161 for the 1st Campaign and $8,623 on the 2nd Campaign).

Where'd the money go Kenny? Where did it go?

Of course these are just two of the 6+ Kickstarters Ken "Whit" Whitman has been involved with that have......issues.

BUT, if he's still "working" on them he can kick that can of obligation down the road and just say he's late, not fraudulent. Of course he also says he's not fraudulent because he didn't intend to take peoples money.

We don't get it.....if you get $46,784...well probably need to round that down to $40,000 to account for Kickstarter's cut and some pledged that didn't actually get charged to Patrons (who now are lucky SOB's...right?) and all you needed to do, by your own accounting, was peel 1/4 of those funds off to manufacturing the product......

......anyway, today Ken "Whit" Whitman said he's quitting Facebook and taking some time to work on his Kickstarter Projects. We already know he has more than one Facebook account, so which one Kenny? Just the one, or maybe this one as well? Then there is this page as well. Heck, we don't even see the profile this post came from!

Ken "Whit" Whitman Deactivating at Least ONE of his Facebook Accounts

"TONIGHT at Midnight Deactivating my account for a bit. Taking time to finish up my Kickstarters and a few other creative venues. If you have any last words, now is the time to PM me!"

Nope, we think Kenny is just trying to make it look like he's doing something on his Kickstarters. If he was actually able to finish one of his many outstanding projects, surely he would have posted an actual update on Kickstarter....and yes, we checked. Nope.....we think Ken "Whit" Whitman is just trying to disappear for a bit....maybe to avoid his responding to his one summons or to avoid any more coming down the legal pipeline.

AND to kick that proverbial Kickstarter can down the road a spell.....

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018.04.23 Connecting Some of the Dots.....

2018.04.23 Connecting Some of the Dots.....
Today we got a lengthy email that was mostly some praise for our work here at Not Another Dime (For Ken Whitman), but also stated some of the writer's personal history not only with Ken "Whit" Whitman, but some odd similarities with lawsuits and game stores that  is actually unrelated to the situation and hand and only mentioned because it seems everything worked out well for the writer and we shouldn't give up hope.

There was something though that really piqued our interest, "I "worked" with KEN at Eriksen Services before he was fired". The mention of Ken "Whit" Whitman being fired isn't what caught our eye, although maybe it should because the author later added: "Even working with him at Eriksen he lied and manipulated Doc on many occasions and lied about the status of projects and their completion on many issues."

OK...we're going to stop right here for a little Public Service Announcement. This is an unsubstantiated set of quotes from an email delivered to NAD using our web contact form. Although the report of lies, manipulation, and additional lies regarding status of projects completely fits the pattern we've seen from Ken "Whit" Whitman over the last several years regarding not only KoDT:LAS, but his other (we actually have to count them) five (5!)Kickstarters.....but we think we should probably also count his involvement with several other Kickstarters, bringing the count to....what?....a total of ten (10!) Kickstarters with this type of activity.

Anyway, we cannot substantiate the information in this email, nor are we going to try because we do not wish to put a burden on anybody unfortunate enough to have hired Ken "Whit" Whitman as an employee. Please assume that the mention of Kenny lying, manipulating, and being fired are false allegations. This isn't the information that even interested us in the 1st place. We just wanted to acknowledge the elephant in the room and push it aside.

No, what interested us was the mention that Ken "Whit" Whitman worked for Eriksen Services, because we knew we'd heard of that name before but not 100% where. A quick Google search brought us to Eriksen Services, and a little poking around there led us to Dr. William C. Eriksen, who evidently is a Chiropractor with some good RED Cameras. Wow....those cameras are expensive, but what does this have to do with Ken "Whit" Whitman and/or KoDT:LAS?

Well a couple of years ago Ken "Whit" Whitman tried to threaten us with a possible "Libel" suit because we said he was using equipment purchased with KoDT:LAS Kickstarter funds. Of course Jolly Blackburn backed us up by stating (it's all there on the other post) "When Ken pitched the project his budget indicated he'd be leasing the equipment from a local chiropractor in Kentucky - high end Red cameras." Back in 2014 Kenny posted a KoDT:LAS Update that he didn't have to lease the cameras because "d20 Entertainment has received a donation from a local production studio to help with the cost of filming the Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series. Without the cost of renting high-end movie equipment, we bring you a full- length movie at a more reasonable Kickstart Goal."

So we have this whole issue of budgeting one thing, stating that part of the budget isn't needed, but the having to add in a few items that weren't part of the original budget (i.e. all the camera equipment he purchased and then used for subsequent projects having nothing to do with the Kickstarters), and then stating the equipment has been pawned off (but evidently still available for those other non-Kickstarter projects...).

A bit twisted, no?

At least this unexpected email narrows down who was the likely source for the camera equipment Ken "Whit" Whitman was counting on for use with his three video-based Kickstarters. There cannot be that many RED Camera owning Chiropractors in the whole of the US, much less Kentucky.

Moving forward we can expect to see a lot more twisted information concerning Ken "Whit" Whitman's finances when it comes to his Kickstarters, but at least we can piece a little more of the backstory regarding some of the expenses regarding KoDT:LAS.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

2018.04.22 Ken "Whit" Whitman Sells His Business?

2018.04.22 Ken "Whit" Whitman Sells His Business?
There has been some debate regarding whether or not Ken "Whit" Whitman owns Little Monster Games & Comics. We've covered the subject on IF Kenny owns this store or not and while the best we came up with is "maybe", for the purposes of this post it doesn't really matter because Ken "Whit" Whitman has clearly stated he owns & manages Little Monster Games & Comics on several occasions, but we'll just reference this specific time because not only did Kenny state that the business was his, but that it was transferring to new owners and he was assisting in said transition: "I am no longer manager/owner of Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC. I will be staying on till the end of the month to help with the transition of new owners."

Ken "Whit" Whitman Getting out of Dodge
The "new" store is now under the domain of "Little Monsters Entertainment, LLC". New logo, but same store. Here is a post from an hour ago: "Tuesday night will be Whit Whitman last comic show at Little Monsters. He will be bringing out some great titles for his last sale, including Slabs, detective comics, Deadpool, ghost Rider, and really good stuff. Stop buy at 8pm est to wish him a happy Good-By."

Looks like Ken "Whit" Whitman is enjoying himself, presumably because he thinks he can skip town and avoid responding to the summons he received last month. There has been some speculation that he is offloading the store so it cannot be lost as an asset of his in this, and a pending future (still just a rumor) suit. Assuming Ken "Whit" Whitman actually did own the store, remember that he's the only registered agent and has been claiming it's his store all along, it's on the table for the purposes of the suit.

Our speculation is that the store hasn't actually been sold, but it is changing hands on paper only.....and maybe not even that. Maybe it really wasn't in Ken "Whit" Whitman's hands to begin with......but that would be a huge other legal/tax problem probably beyond the scope of this blog.

The thing we find interesting is that as of today's date, we cannot find any paper to support the alleged "sale" of Little Monster Games & Comics to Little Monsters Entertainment, LLC. All we can see is a new Facebook page with a pretty new monster courtesy of Shutter Stock Images.

No reference to Little Monsters Entertainment, LLC
We went ahead and did a quick search with the Secretary of State for Kentucky, and as of today's date there is no listing for Little Monsters Entertainment, LLC. We did a search for "Little" and came up with at least 999 listings (old & new) and it just isn't there.

Special Note: This picture is Photoshopped to show the top of the page while still showing the immediate entries before and after "Little Monster" as the page is listed alphabetically with  the search for "Monster". You can easily just do your own search with the link above.

Now it could take a while for the LLC filing to be posted, but it's been at least three business days and realistically the business should exist as a legal entity BEFORE acquiring/purchasing the store, so that filing should be in the system.

Little Monsters Entertainment LLC Facebook Page

Until we see some paper dated before the 17th, we're going to assume this is just a dodge and an attempt by Ken "Whit" Whitman to avoid any repercussions from his Kickstarter Projects.

2018.04.23 Update
Interesting in that we published this original post on Sunday, April 22nd at 12:35 PM Central/1:35 PM Eastern. Why is this important? Well look what was filed almost an hour and a half later:

So let's see if we got this right......the legal entity that is purchasing Little Monsters Games & Comics from Ken "Whit" Whitman didn't exist until an hour and eighteen minutes AFTER we posted that said entity didn't exist? No, that doesn't look fishy at all.

Evidently you can file online anytime......

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018.04.17 Ken "Whit" Whitman is on the Run!

2018.04.17 Ken "Whit" Whitman Gives up on Little Monsters
After being served with a summons last week it appears our main man Ken "Whit" Whitman has decided he better skip town. We have to assume he's also being a bit proactive in trying to avoid being served with that second suit we've heard rumor about (we'll post the details once it's been served and we get our hands on a copy like last time.)

Not so much a rumor, but speculation on our part, is that Ken "Whit" Whitman is not only fleeing from one or more suits, but trying to get out of Dodge because his expressed interest in Little Monsters Games & Comics, assuming he actually owns any portion of the company, could be in jeopardy.

2018.04.17 Ken "Whit" Whitman is on the Run!
"As of 7:20 pm tonight, I am no longer manager/owner of Little Monsters Games & Comics, LLC. I will be staying on till the end of the month to help with the transition of new owners. I will begin persuing a full time career in the motion picture industry as well as finishing up some unfinished kickstarter business. I appreceate all of your who have helped my time at Little Monsters as incredable experience."

With the spelling and grammatical errors that is Ken "Whit" Whitman's unique style, it looks like his work. Also, the fact that he posted this twice on two separate Facebook accounts (another classic from Kenny) must mean this is serious...

For the record, the graphic on the right is of several Facebook posts merged into one picture.

We also noticed he mentioned his Kickstarters, presumably so he can avoid even more suits by claiming that he's "working" on the Kickstarters, and just slow/late. Of course claiming on FB that he's working on the Kickstarters is kind of useless since he has clearly abandoned the projects since he hasn't checked in with his backers using a Kickstarter Update, on ANY of his six "open" projects, since 2016.