Michael Hirtes

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Michael Hirtes was a furry publisher, especially known for the digest-sized fanzine Furplay, which was published in the 1990's, and was devoted to pin-ups and hardcore fur erotica.

Up to mid-2005, he was a regular poster on alt.fan.furry, moving on to up to 2009 to the Crush! Yiff! Destroy! and Lulz.net forums. He was eventually banned from Crush! Yiff! Destroy! for attempting to post real-life information about Sage Freehaven during a harassment attempt.[1]

He was later banned from Lulz.net for spamming numerous threads with different nude photographs of overweight males that he had collected, although he still regularly posts via multiple proxies. He similarly uses proxies to harass the image board of Sage Freehaven, where he alternates between claiming he's being persecuted, and using bigoted/homophobic insults and wishing death on various artists.[2][3]

Published media[edit]

He also published a harem-themed zine called Midnight Sands, and wrote a story called Desert Storms, which was drawn and inked by artist Dean L. Norton and published in three parts in Genus #27/28 and #39.

Controversy[edit]

Over the years, Michael Hirtes has acquired a poor reputation in the fandom, mainly for the alleged harassment of various artists in an effort to obtain artwork for his zines [4], including requesting adult material from artists who were not (or were no longer) comfortable with such subjects.[citation needed] He has also tried to cheat artists out of commissions through various methods. [5] [6]

In 2009, his Fur Affinity account "mhirtes" was perma-banned from the site after he caused considerable drama, among them harassing users and multiple reports scamming artists via charge back methods. A second account belonging to Michael Hirtes, "stealthy", was discovered on March 21, 2010 after similar reports of fraudulent behavior and harassment. [7]

References[edit]

  1. "This wiki has been closed" - CYD topic where Hirtes was banned.
  2. "God doesn't like backstabbers" - Thread posted by Hirtes on the Goddamned Furry Board
  3. "M. Hirtes" - Contains Hirtes using slurs repeatedly.
  4. "Drooling Fannie From Hell & Wannabe Publisher"- Posting to to alt.fan.furry by Tygger
  5. "Wow - what a Bday gift! XP" - FA journal by Fluffball
  6. CrushYiffDestroy forum thread "This is why we can't have nice things"
  7. Dragoneer Posting on Hirtes (Scammer Alert and why he was banned again) posted 3/22/2010

External links[edit]

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