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Melanie Herring

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Melanie Herring
Melanie Herring.jpg
Age 29
Born March 26th, 1989
Residence
2829 Artic Street
Winchester, Nevada 89121
United States
Web Presences
glitchedpuppet
Personal Site
DeviantArt

Melanie Nicole Herring (current name Ash Hazel Woods), known online as PurpleKecleon, PapayaKitty, and currently GlitchedPuppet, is a 29-year-old[1] Nevada-based artist known for her webcomic, Floraverse. Herring rose to prominence as the creator of the DeviantArt RP group PMD-Explorers; since then, Melanie has been continually implicated in drama and scandals as stories of abuse, grooming, and bestiality at the hands of her and her tight-knit cabal have come to light.

Melanie started to post on Oekaki boards in her teenager years. After being booted from the Pokémon roleplaying group pkmn-battle-frontier, Melanie created her own RP group, PMD-Explorers;[2] it collapsed in 2013 under the weight of the drama and perversions of children's media surrounding its moderators. Melanie soon began work on creating the webcomic Floraverse, the focus of which has become less and less about the world and more about Melanie's self-inserts and her own sexual power fantasies of rape, incest, and coercion.

Melanie lives with her boyfriend, Alex Munroe (or LexyEevee), and her husband, Jayson Garcia (or Marl). Both have demonstrated an interest in sexual activities involving children; Alex has advocated children having easy access to pornography,[3] and an anonymous account shows Jayson attempting to groom and lure a 13-year-old to a convention.[4]

Early life

The best evidence for Melanie's early life is a Tumblr post she wrote on her kecrambles blog, which has since been made private. According to her, her parents' marriage was horribly broken; her mother was verbally abusive and would threaten suicide, and her father had a similar temper with a propensity towards molesting both her and her sister (though anonymous accounts of people close to Melanie claim that Melanie herself may not have actually been molested, only believing to have been due to feeling strange once.[5] In one instance Melanie had once claimed to have been a victim of rape when the actual victim was her sister.[6]) She also mentions her father having owned child pornography on his computer.[7] Neither Melanie nor her sister were able to get proper help, seeing as though they were homeschooled for a time. Melanie later mentions being kicked out of her house by her mother at 17, staying with her aunt and uncle for her senior year. These events were corroborated by her sister in a follow-up ask on the same blog.[8]

When Melanie was 15, she got into a relationship with Meowth346 (real name Chris Fritz) of the now defunct site Pokemon Forever[9], who was 24 years old at the time.[10] An anonymous account states that Melanie and Chris' relationship (in Chris' view) was more of close friends[11][12] and Chris himself wasn't interested in anything sexual with Melanie (nor of Pokemon characters that weren't human.) She had done art for his site and often commented on his DeviantArt account[13], though they broke up around 2006-7 after Chris found out she was still drawing porn of Pokemon characters that she promised not to draw anymore. Shortly after, Melanie got into a relationship with Marl.

Anonymous accounts describe Melanie during her high school years as distant and dismissive.[14] As early as 2005, Melanie began to submit art to Oekaki boards, including porn and cheesecake of Sonic the Hedgehog characters.[15] Later on, at 19, she contributed art to Softpaw Magazine, a furry magazine specializing in cub porn.[16]

While Melanie was once enrolled in an art school, she dropped out; she insists it was out of financial needs and it being of little use to her,[17] though others have speculated she was forced out for skipping assignments and drawing pornography in class.[18]

In the early 2010s, Melanie discovered the now-defunct Pokémon roleplaying group pkmn-battle-frontier. After being kicked out for not following their rules,[2] a DeviantArt user named Relevancy suggested that Melanie start her own group based off of the spin-off game Pokémon Mystery Dungeon.[19]

PMD-Explorers

Main article: PMD-Explorers

In 2011, Melanie established PMD-Explorers. The concept involved the administrators of the group putting forth a world, a plot, and tasks for players to complete. Players would create their own teams of Pokémon and use them in the various tasks, competing for rewards and accessories for their team members. The administrator's characters were the guildmasters of the three guilds; notably, Melanie's purple Kecleon character was head of the Merchants Guild and Jayson's Sableye Devonshire was the leader of the Rogues.

Finding details on PMD-Explorers as of now is difficult. The original group is long gone, and Melanie herself has hidden her contributions to the group. What's clear, however, is how Alex, Melanie, and Jayson ran the group into the ground with Mary Sue characters, inconsistent moderating, rigging contests, creating drama, and making sexual content easily accessible to minors.

Floraverse

Main article: Floraverse

Bad Webcomics Review: Floraverse

Shortly after PMD-Explorers’ end, Melanie started up another group called Floraverse, inspired by a flower cat species she created in her original works named Maya (the placeholder name being "Flower Kitty World" according to her DA folder). The group was made on August 18, 2013, and opened applications on December 25. The group would function similar to PMD-Explorers except its biggest difference is its focus on original species, either created by group members or Melanie herself. A big requirement to being a part of the group and having members’ characters/works regarded as part of Floraverse’s canon is that they must be put under a Creative Commons License (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License); this allows anything anyone submits to the group to be completely free for others to use (such as making derivative works or even selling merchandise) as long as they give credit to the original and also include the cc license in their work as well. Not doing so means the work is non-canon and will not be referenced in canon works.

The group appears to be active, but has little to no community of people actively creating or making stories like PMD-Explorers did, and Melanie herself seems to have forgone the group entirely since its second prompt and third contest in favor of focusing strictly on the web comic. Like PMD- Explorers, Floraverse suffers from the same issues that brought it down and more such as bad and inconsistent storytelling and characterization, art declining in favor of quantity over quality, creating drama, and making Floraverse’s sexual content, “Forbidden Flora”, accessible to minors and crossed over with the SFW storyline.

Art

A chirping rabbat from Floraverse. Cluttered, confusing character designs are common for Melanie.

Melanie's art is set apart from other artcows by its competence. Her strength is in color theory and digital painting, which she makes heavy use of to disguise the mediocrity of the rest of her art skills.

  • Melanie has no sense of anatomy. With her monster designs, characters often come out top-heavy or with seemingly-broken limbs. The image posted with Broken Toy, Part 4 depicts Beleth, a cat puppet.[20] Without markings or segments to distinguish that, however, it simply looks like a wall-eyed cat with broken limbs. It would've taken the minimum amount of work to draw in puppet markings to make the image make sense.
  • Melanie is terrible with character design. Her monster designs often come out cluttered and confusing. A prime example of this is Floraverse's chirping rabbats; the feelers, legs, and markings all create sharp, contrasting angles, and the design has little flow. There's not one focal point; instead, it draws the viewer's eye in all sorts of awkward directions. Unsurprisingly, the designs in Floraverse that aren't terrible have usually been designed by other people.
  • Melanie is known to steal character designs. Naturally, Melanie most commonly takes designs from Pokémon. Min, a prominent character in Floraverse, looks extremely similar to Celebi, and Melanie was known to have had a Celebi character in PMD-Explorers named Jasmine (note the name similarities).[21] Similarly, there's a strong similarity between Andre, another Floraverse character, and Bill Cipher from the TV show Gravity Falls.[22] Both are eccentric, psychopathic cyclops triangles with the ability to manipulate the environment. A few months prior to Andre's introduction to the comic, Melanie posted about watching Gravity Falls. Even more incriminating is how often Melanie has used concept and design ideas wholesale from ex-boyfriend PengoSolvent.[23]
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon fanart by Melanie. Note that the arms end below the knee.
    Melanie is terrible at humans. The most infamous example of this is the Twitch Plays Pokémon fanart; the trainer's proportions are abysmal and the arms end below the knee. Thanks to her "no humans" rule in Floraverse, Melanie gets roughly no practice with human anatomy, and this shows in every attempt to draw them.
  • Melanie cannot lay out a comic page. Her panels end up roughly the same size and cluttered, with nearly every panel having a wall of text taking up the empty space.[24] Because of a lack of flow and speech bubbles, it's impossible to tell which panel goes after the next.
  • Melanie, despite color theory being her strength, overuses magenta. This is a problem with any given Floraverse page. Melanie oversaturates the comic in shades of eye-searing magenta, neglecting her ability to use color effectively in a scene, as seen in her earlier works.
  • Melanie relies on her brush settings. Melanie has insisted that her Paint Tool SAI brushes are special and cannot be replicated,[25] but as several Kiwis have demonstrated, her brush settings can be recreated with little effort.[26]
  • Melanie is capable of humans.
    Since the creation of Floraverse, Melanie's art has grown lazy. Too often, she overuses magentas and purples, creating a lifeless, eye-searing mess. Melanie rarely challenges herself to improve in any of the above categories. The worst part about Melanie's mediocre, declining art is that she has demonstrated she can do better. The piece to the left, from her professional portfolio, shows a human far superior to anything Melanie has produced after it.

In addition, Melanie is known to not take too kindly to critiques of her art; when posters on /v/ redlined a drawing she had done on a stream, she started crying and shut down the chat.[27]

Music

On numerous occasions, Melanie has attempted to compose music. Her music is a frequent topic for mockery by Kiwis, due to its haphazard use of samples and lack of regard for musical conventions or theory.[28] Notably, she's cited her ex-boyfriend PengoSolvent, who published the initial piece on Melanie's narcissistic and hypocritical tendencies, as one of her influences.[29]

Lovers and Cohorts

Melanie associates mostly with two individuals, her boyfriend Alex (or LexyEevee) and her husband Jayson (or Marl). Melanie has also had many friendships throughout the years and throughout her many projects.

Mental health

Melanie is a self-diagnosed autistic;[30] prior to this, chatlogs showed Melanie and Alex insisting that autistic people were "emotionless robots".[31] This suggests that Melanie has only self-diagnosed as such because of its trendiness among the Tumblr audience to which she caters. Melanie describes herself as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.[32] This rule doesn't apply to people Melanie considers close friends, however.[33] Melanie is also outspoken on the topic of transgenderism; on one occasion, she opined that gender dysphoria (or, as she put it, "hating the body you started out with") should not be required to be considered transgendered.[34][35] Melanie considers herself a good enough teacher on the subject to give advice to minors.[36]

Melanie has shown signs of hypersexuality, as evidenced by the fact that almost everything she's created, from characters to projects, have some pornographic component to them. Often, this involves non-consentual[37] or underage sex.[38] Even PMD-Explorers, a fan group based off of a family-friendly franchise and often played by children, had ballgags and maid's outfits available as accessories during Mission 5.[39] Melanie claims this is a way to cope with the sexual abuse she experienced as a child.[40]

Hygiene

Both Melanie and Alex have admitted to taking baths with her cats.[41] Sphinx cats are known for their sensitive digestive systems and constant diarrhea;[42] in essence, they take baths in cat feces. Not to mention that, because the cats are hairless, their skin oils filter freely into the bathwater. Related is her chronic UTIs, which she has posted about in detail on her Tumblr.[43]

Melanie similarly neglects her living space. Various pictures posted of the house Melanie shares with Alex and Jayson show visible dirt and stains of cat feces on the furniture.[44] The aforementioned photos of the cats in the bathtub also show visible mold stains on the walls.

bigfluff Callout

On April 4, 2018, new information surfaced of Marl trying to groom another underage minor.[45]

On April 16, after about 2 weeks of silence, hiding/renaming[46] her Twitter[47] and Tumblr accounts[48], along with deleting/removing her DeviantArt account and Twitter followers[49], Melanie updated her Patreon with an explanation on her silence[50] and addressing the chatlogs to her patrons only (as only people who are actively donating can see this explanation). In it, Melanie still claims to be a victim and that the chatlogs are fake despite Alex's response that they were edited[51], claims to have evidence to back up her words and proof of malicious intentions of the person who posted them but doesn't post it, and never addresses her husband Jayson confirming the chatlogs in the first place.[52]

On May 3rd, Alex posted a tweet that lead to a second response on his Patreon in an attempt to damage control the situation after several weeks of silence and ignoring fans demanding answers.[53] Like Melanie, Alex stands by his statement that the chat logs were edited but says he no longer has the originals. Rather than call attention Marl and the chatlogs, Alex instead demonizes KiwiFarms and only talks about how this wiki page had spread lies about the death of his cat was his fault in order to gain sympathy, although he himself admitted of what had actually transpired with his cat and such information was removed and no longer discussed on the thread.[54]

Alex also claims that Melanie was suffering from panic attacks despite still her keeping her Patreon up to date[55] (while in the same sentence saying that Floraverse was dead) and even getting a new Lykoi kitten[56] on her new Twitter account lacymemories.[57]

In the same day, it was discovered that Melanie and her crew have put their house up for sale and have moved out, possibly an attempt to avoid law enforcement for Marl's crimes.[58]

On June 14th, Melanie's house was pending a sale[59], though no info on her current, new residence is known at this time. It was eventually sold.

On June 17th, Melanie updated her Patreon with another post (behind a paywall) apologizing for not being active with Floraverse (due to her moving) and soon plans to get back to updating Floraverse again[60], ignoring her callout in hopes that people forget about it and contradicting Alex's previous post on Patreon that Floraverse was dead.

Based on a photo of their new Lykoi (named Cheeseball)[61] and a confirmation from a document by Alex once again trying to defend his and Melanie's actions[62], Melanie and Alex moved out of their Nevada home and stayed at Jayson's parent's house after the logs were dropped.[63]

After an amount of time, Melanie divorced Jayson and later got engaged to Alex; despite denouncing Jayson's actions, Melanie claims to be a victim of him and completely ignore the people that have called him out. It was also discovered that the trio legally changed their names shortly after the chatlogs dropped and Melanie divorced Jayson; Melanie now goes by the name Ash Hazel Woods.[64] Alex, whose new name is Evelyn Clover Woods[65] confirmed this on Twitter and even mentions he attempted to have the public records of their name changes hidden to prevent anyone from finding out along with the divorce papers.[66]

References

  1. Melanie's Bulbagarden Forums account
  2. 2.0 2.1 The origins of PMD-Explorers
  3. LexyEevee - To recap
  4. lainiwakuraa's account of Jayson attempting to groom her
  5. Kiwi's account of what PK has told them about their abuse
  6. They used to claim that their sister was raped not them
  7. Kec rambles on - extremely personal; please do not read further if youre sensitive to mentions of: child abuse, rape, etc
  8. Kec rambles on - I did find the cp on his comp. I showed it to mom when i was like, 10.
  9. Archive of Pokemon Forever
  10. Melanie asks for advice for herself (15) about dating a 24 year old
  11. Kiwi reveals Melanie's boyfriend was Meowth346 aka Chris Fritz of Pokemon Forever while she was 15
  12. Same Kiwi reveals that Meowth346 was the person whom Melanie told that she was being molested by her father and called the cops
  13. Archive of Melanie's posts on Meowth 346's DeviantArt profile
  14. Fenris' account of Melanie in high school
  15. PapayaKitty Oekaki
  16. Rabbit Valley Comic Shop - Softpaw Magazine Issue #4 [archive]
  17. Melanie's reasons for dropping out of art school
  18. Other anonymous reasons as to why she dropped out of art school
  19. PurpleKecleon - Type of battle frontier I want (edit)
  20. Broken Toy Part 4 - Beleth is Elsewhere [archive]
  21. Min the Pyzky vs Jasmine the Celebi
  22. Andre vs Bill Cipher
  23. Melanie steals designs and concepts from Pengo
  24. Melanie failing at panel layout
  25. Kec doodles - Stop asking for brushes
  26. Melanie's brush settings are not special
  27. Melanie cries over a redline on /v/
  28. Kiwis don't care for Melanie's music
  29. Melanie considers Pengo an influence on her music
  30. Kec doodles - Comic on Autism spectrum disorders
  31. Alex and Melanie insult autists
  32. GlitchedPuppet on Twitter [archive]
  33. Kec doodles - I’d prefer those people to not use gendered words at all for me unless I give the okay for it
  34. GlitchedPuppet on Twitter - thinking about the notion that if you don't hate the body you started out with, you're not trans, and what a bogus notion that is
  35. GlitchedPuppet on Twitter - obviously sometimes people do hate their body, and that's part of their transness, but it is not required by any means
  36. Love, Sex, Gender - I noticed you are giving advice to minors
  37. Merlot rapes Shroomsworth, Melanie claims it isn't rape
  38. nonnewtonian's archive of all publicly available sexual content involving Rhodes
  39. PMD-Explorers - Comment on "Merlot-sponsored accessories"
  40. glitch in the system - Trauma in art
  41. Kec doodles - today he just sat with me for an hour in the bath
  42. PapayaKitty - Sphinx cats and diarrhea
  43. Melanie is a self-DXer and has UTIs
  44. The horrific state of Melanie's cat furniture
  45. Marl grooming another underage girl
  46. Melanie renames her Twitter to avoid callout
  47. Renames her Twitter yet again to avoid callout and discovery
  48. Hides other accounts during callout
  49. Hiding and removing followers during the callout
  50. Posts an update that only people giving her money can see
  51. Eevee claims chatlogs are edited, rather than fake like Pk claimed
  52. Marl confirming the chatlogs via a discord mod as proxy
  53. Eevee posts a second response on Patreon
  54. Eevee talks about Styx's death and medication
  55. Melanie continues to update her Patreon despite "panic attacks"
  56. Someone who knows Melanie mentions she talked about getting a new kitten recently
  57. Melanie's new Twitter account according to a friend of hers
  58. Melanie "coincidentally" moving out and selling her house with her art still in it
  59. Kiwi reports of Melanie's house currently in pending/contingent mode
  60. Melanie hopes to get back into Floraverse soon despite it being dead according to Alex
  61. A kiwi uncovers where PK and Eevee were when they moved after the logs dropped based on Cheeseball's location in their pictures.
  62. https://twitter.com/fruityroach/status/1039038103841923072
  63. They stayed at Marl's parent's house to escape from "harassment"
  64. Ash Hazel Woods
  65. Twitter confirmation
  66. "i did; statute was vague; clerk flat out said no when we asked"