Oh, There Are No Problems In The Industry

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“I just don’t want to get involved.” “You’re just too negative these days.” “Extremist.” “I don’t like the way you’re doing things not necessarily what you’re saying.” I hear it all the time. Every time there’s a contingent of industry professionals or wannabe professionals who want to impress the old guard who’s rapidly losing their power in publishing and comics. They think that if they play the association game, like I warned about in my periscope last evening.

Though let me remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, and let me also remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Since I’ve come on the scene in science fiction and comics, and seen the toxic wasteland that’s being perpetuated by the out of touch establishment elites who run monopolies, I’ve uncovered a lot. There’s far more stories than I’ve presented, but I do what I can without journalism being any significant portion of my income. In just a few short months I’ve exposed:

Problems with conventions

Blackballing whole groups in comics

Complicitness with the entertainment media in covering up blackballing in comics

Complicitness and toxicity in Science Fiction news

Anti-Male discrimination in Science Fiction publishing

#ComicsGate (I broke this story)

SFWA – large sci-fi authors guild violating its own rules over personal vendettas and not holding some people to standards they held others to

Marvel Comics Doubling Down on man hate

And more. These are just some of the ones that most people who have been following have read and seen the craziness that is publishing and entertainment.

Yet I still have a number of detractors who give me all of the above statements at the beginning. I’ve said nothing controversial, I’ve simply pointed out very real blackballing and discrimination at every turn and said “this is bad”. We all agree that bad. It’s followed by shrieks from people who freak out about “tolerance and diversity” when they show anything but in reality. The preponderance of evidence is unbelievable.

But wait, there’s more. Last night on periscope and social media I started the breakings of a story of the blackballing going further in comics.  I didn’t want to give the person a bigger platform than he’s got, but the cat’s out the bag now:

Just for working on a comic book that’s wildly popular, artists are getting blackballed. Enough is enough in this industry. Don’t be a cuck. Don’t abandon your friends when a few people screech an wail. they have no power and your signalling to them gains you nothing.I hear Tim here, contrarily is getting all sorts of job offers.

Tim also has a fully illustrated children’s book coming out soon that you should pre-order and support. I have. It looks hilarious.

The fear they try to grip you with is a lie. No one cares about it at all. But the problems they create within their monopolistic publishing establishments are very real. They are forcing people into indie publishing — where many readers find them, not just industry professionals who won’t support them. They’re in actuality afraid of competition like this:

because it’s so much better than what they have to offer.

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29 thoughts on “Oh, There Are No Problems In The Industry

  1. If you make neo-nazi comic books, be prepared for the consequences. At least Richard Spencer and David Duke will snag some copies!

        • Yeah, I’m scared of success like this:

          ‪Ms Marvel was the 5th bestselling Marvel trade in bookstores in 2016, behind Black Panther, Deadpool, and two Darth Vader trades.‬

          • 2107 Comic sales have also fallen in 2017, for example July 2017 sales were 25% lower than July 2016 sales.

            These are Ms Marvel sales for 2017:
            01/17 Ms Marvel #14- 24,006 (+1.6%)
            02/17 Ms Marvel #15- 19,870 (-17.2%)
            03/17 Ms Marvel #16- 19,172 (- 3.5%)
            04/17 Ms Marvel #17- 20,881 (+ 8.9%)
            05/17 Ms Marvel #18- 18,271 (-12.5%)
            06/17 Ms Marvel #19- 17,907 (- 2.0%)
            07/17 Ms Marvel #20- 20,738 (+15.8%)

            And # 1 debuted at about 79K copies in November of 15.

            If selling 20K copies a month is considered a success, what numbers would Alt-Hero have to sell to be considered a success.

          • *without being in comic stores, bookstores or being heard about by anyone except word of mouth on the internet. without a brand of Marvel Comics with it at all, just some dudes making stuff. Let’s remember how awesome Alt-Hero is doing.

          • Andrew, you’re looking at direct market sales (sales to comic book shops) and not Bookscan #s, which are for bookstores. The Ms Marvel trades sell like crazy in the mainstream mass market.

          • What are the actual numbers sold? Saying it’s top 5 is one thing, if it’s only selling 5K copies a month to get that top 5 rating that’s another issue entirely.

            It’s sales rank on amazon translates to about 175 copies sold a day, if its bookscan numbers are similar that’s a pretty respectable goal to aim for sales wise.

      • Deflect much?

        Try and defend Vox’s twitter post about Ms Marvel, Jon. Try. It. It’s racist, un-American bullshit, and you know it.

        Do you know why Marvel publishes Ms Marvel? It’s not because of some “SJW” movement, or because of a “diversity play.” It’s because it is a huge bestseller, especially in the mainstream, outside of comic book shops. It has a readership of real Americans who don’t believe in some sort of sick ethno state that Vox drools over.

        ‪Again: Ms Marvel was the 5th bestselling Marvel trade in bookstores in 2016, behind Black Panther, Deadpool, and two Darth Vader trades.‬ (20th overall bestselling superhero graphic novel in 2016, among classics like Watchmen, and The Dark Knight Returns, aaaand “SJW” newcomers like The Lumberjanes.)

        Let’s see you sell more trades of your “Adventures in Xenophobia” comics than Ms Marvel in 2018. Good friggin’ luck.

  2. I love how after throwing a tantrum the best evidence Toothprick can produce is a Tweet suggesting a fictional character should get deported!

    Way to go Toothprick!

  3. Keep up the good work Jon!

    Someday, you’ll even work up to a better class of Troll than good old Toothprick: his Passive Agression is mixed from unconvincing Passivity and impotent Aggression. His feckless retorts will someday be replaced by someone paid with genuine wit and a real mean spirited rhetorical flourish.

    Until that day, Toothprick will have to do.

    • I stand corrected: You’re as funny as Chevy Chase’s old talk show. And twice as misguided.

      Anywho, have fun wrapping yourselves in the confederate flag while you read your Nazi comics!

      • If Alt hero is neo nazi claptrap and will fail abysmally why are you so worked up about it?
        Seriously, if you’re so confident that the comics will be an epic fail with a teaching moment just sit back and gloat. Everyone involved: the backers, the writers, artists and readers will be humiliated and marginalized deservedly so according to your perspective.

        However, your frenzied behaviour with uncalled for insults exposes that it’s not the comics that bug you but a snobby attitude of how dare these uncouth plebs enter our club! Such riffraff!
        I’m not a comic book reader at least not in English. So I welcome new entrants. It’s up to the readers to decide if the new comics are a success or not.

        I want to be entertained not subject to the no escapism social realistic haranguing with the 2 minutes of hate du jour and invented moral defects that I’m supposed to be contrite about.

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