I am not a member of this community, but was at one time a participant on the ConceptArt.Org website and workshops. I am also a close friend and knowledgeable ally of the fine folks at Massive Black. The unfortunate reality of life and business is that the truth never gets the opportunity to present itself to the general public, in most cases. NDA's, legal threats and other contractual obligations prevent those with honest facts and moral ethics from speaking the truth, publicly.
It's humbling to see your post and know what has been done to you. It's been done to me and countless, countless other professional artists that honestly care about helping others and sharing information in forums and workshops where the price of education is affordable and many times given away freely.
WE are artists. Professional, ethical, hardworking individuals that sacrifice our personal lives, health and well being for the pursuit of hopefully making enough money to pay our bills, feed our families and have the luxury of making art on a daily basis. It's awesome. And we love it. But there have been and always will be those individuals that know our weaknesses and understand our tolerance for those that appear to be the leaders of the artistic community.
What's amazing about the internet is ANYONE and EVERYONE has a voice.
The problem that we have as artists is our need and desire to 'get in where you fit in'.
Again, we all need to make a living and doing it by making art is what most of us strive for. With this global platform, time and time again, the general public is warned by those of us that have been done wrong by those in 'power'. The real problem is more people need to listen to the facts. The consistency of character. The stories told by characters who prey on young aspiring artists.
It's always happened and will continue to happen. Fortunately, we have this public forum, the Internet. And we have people like Brad Ringley that are willing to say 'enough is enough'. Please listen and walk away from tyrants like Mr. Manley.