A couple weeks back, the twenty fourth issue of the Friends Forever series was released. Written by Georgia Ball (who had previously written the eighth issue of IDW's Micro-Series, which was rather well received), it featured Rarity supporting Gilda's boffyball team while she designed their team uniform.
While Ball's writing was relatively solid, the comic failed spectacularly in other departments. More after the break.
When the issue was released to the public, it was revealed that a number of the griffons featured in the comic were intended to pulled from the show, namely Greta and Grandpa Gruff.
Apparently, the artist didn't get that memo.
As seen in the two images above, the characters seen in the comic look nothing like the characters from the show they were meant to portray. Especially Greta, who looks like she ate the canon iteration of herself. It's like the artist who illustrated this issue didn't even bother doing any research into the characters he was supposed to draw.
Hell, it's like the artist hasn't even watched the show before.
Of course, if you're familiar with artist who worked on this issue, you would know that's exactly the case.
For those of you unfamiliar with Jay Fosgitt, he previously illustrated the twenty second issue of the Friends Forever series, where he was caught using clip art he pulled off of Google Images for a character's cutie mark, apparently being too lazy to be bothered to actually do his job.
Jay has previously stated that he has never even watched the show, though shortly after admitting this, he promised that he would "try to improve".
Evidently, he hasn't been trying hard enough. He didn't even use Google this time around.
Jay's flop didn't catch flak from just readers. Georgia Ball, the writer of the issue, was pretty peeved by the lack of effort put in by the illustrator, and made sure her anger was heard through her Twitter.
She went back and forth with numerous followers about the situation, not bothering keeping her annoyance over the whole fiasco hidden as she did so.
Further discussion with her followers revealed that Ball has no plans to pitch anything to IDW for future My Little Pony comics due to the blatant mishandling of her work, though she does plan to continue doing work for their other series.
After scaring off one of their senior writers because of their blatant incompetence, IDW should seriously consider getting their shit together.
However, considering their past, I doubt that's going to happen.
They couldn't even be bothered to upload the right comic to Amazon, instead giving paying digital customers a copy of Spiderman.