The Left’s Social Pressure Tactics And Moderates

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The left knows the game. Moderates don’t respond based on logic or being swayed by “good points in debate.” They respond based on social pressure. You can push a moderate from a right winger and divide a base by hitting the talking points that instills fear into the moderate.

A moderate is scared to be branded a racist, a sexist, a bigot, and will act according to avoiding that social pressure.

A “radical” isn’t scared, because they know the branding isn’t true and doesn’t matter so they’ll do what they want.

That’s the difference. Outside of a few kooks with no power, there’s no problems going on with these things in reality. We live in the most open, free time in the world, where the only thing that can hold you back in most professions is being an open Chrsitian, white, or male, or a combination of the above.

So want to help your side? Don’t ADD to the social pressure the SJWs put on moderates by putting more on right wing people or opinions.

Today, we saw that the people who proclaim moderation get attacked regardless. That Umbrella Guy, a popular youtuber, moderate, and rabble rouser within the comicsgate sphere was doxxed last night. He’s a vocal guy about comics, but not much else. He took great pains to disassociate from me and other vocal right wingers in the movement in order to try to stay safe, for his own personal reasons which I know and are valid, but it didn’t stop the SJWs from coming after him.

Once they declare you as a target, you’re their target. It doesn’t matter if you support gay rights, it doesn’t matter if you voted the “right” way… i even talk to a lot of left folk in the industry who weren’t 100% on board with what the mob wanted at times and they’ve gotten the heat, gotten the attacks, had their careers and lives destroyed. They’ll attack you no matter what.

I’ve been saying this ever since I was disavowed by the big youtube clique: it doesn’t matter. The SJWs will go for you no matter what. Abandoning your friends and allies doesn’t help anyone. It’s a division tactic to slow the movement’s momentum down, make it so my fans won’t buy your work, your fans won’t buy my work. It’s an endless cycle and they USE that social pressure in order to make it happen.

Know that it’s just a tactic. There’s no principles involved. No letting them know you’re “not the real racist”. It doesn’t matter to them. They know you’re a threat by posing an alternative to their establishment mainstream. They know that the “further right” people are doing the same. That’s what this is about not any specific policies. They don’t care about policies, they care that your identity is a threat to theirs. And it will always be unless you bow to them completely. Doing partial bows will not help you.

We can get back on track now. We can stop the division and get back to what we’re supposed to be doing — creating a real alternative, one that doesn’t blacklist over perception of right-leaning politics. Keep our heads down, stay the course, and don’t attack your friends. We already have Warner Bros., Disney, the DNC, the Clinton Foundation, Big Saudi Oil, the UN, the news media against us. You add the element of fighting each other and we’re going to get nowhere fast.

Make sure to support alternative indie books. A great place to start is For Steam And Country, the first book in my major steampunk series that made me a #1 bestseller despite all the social pressure big publishing tried to put for people not to buy my books. Readers loved it anyway! Check it out here.

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IndieGoGo Makes Move Appearing To Discriminate Against Right

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Most people who follow me saw the news yesterday where IndieGoGo removed not only an active campaign — but one that had completed on its site more than two weeks ago. It appears to be a breach of contract at this point because funds were promises (as that’s how IndieGoGo works), but we’ll see what happens.

I’ve got a couple of emails into IGG as a journalist — and a concerned person with a campaign. IndieGoGo simply referred me to the terms of service which state they can take down a project for any time for any reason and it’s their policy not to communicate a reason.

If that’s the terms of service, then they’re a very shady group to utilize such a policy. How can you operate as a business by taking down campaigns that make 6-figures and giving no reason why? Of the more than thousand backers of the campaign… I’d be leery to ever use the site just because of that which hurts other projects too. Backing something and having IGG hold money for a month only to refund for no reason is very angering and makes it hard to trust the site for any project.

Chuck Dixon, the writer of AHQ said one thing: “It won’t stop us”. Which is good. We can’t give up, can’t abandon the fight just because of some big tech clowns. This appears to be discrimination based on politics because of their lack of any sort of given reason about the project, and that is something at its core which is anti-American and anti-free speech.

The SJWs have a plan. It’s to do 3 things: Destroy, deplatform, divide.  That’s their strategy at all times. I call it 3D Warfare.  They’re going to come after all of us and this is just a test run to see what happens with it.

We’ve seen that so far their attacks have been head on, but we’re going to have more behind the scenes attacks like this. YouTube. Twitter. Crowdfunds. They’re not safe. If any of us get too big, we’re at risk on these platforms controlled by them.

I’m especially afraid because I have a project published through the same company as AHQ. The Ember War is up now, and it’s raised $19,000 — money I really need to pay for the art of the book. If IGG decides I’m evil over association, I could be very screwed in terms of this book that’s half done. I need to make this happen and can’t afford to take the short term hit like some of the bigger guys.  And I believe because of my association only that my project is probably the most AT RISK of any on the site.

You can help support the Ember War and Arkhaven’s right to make comics here (for now). Thank you everyone. We need to stand together. The attacks might get worse on all of us but our resolve is what’s going to win this in the long run.

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The Comics Industry Blacklist

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I’ve already done a periscope video on this but I was quite amused to see a circulating blacklist from industry insiders. it’s fairly extensive already. I wonder how big it’s going to have to grow before they realize we ARE the industry:

Interesting at the very least. And also interesting there’s a number of personalities like Megan Fox, Ian Miles Cheong who don’t even MAKE comics. I’m happy that my sci-fi author friends L. Jagi Lamplighter, Larry Correia, and Michael Z Williamson made the list even though they’re not involved in comics in the least either. Their works are definitely worth checking out and I hope it leads to some sales for them. I suspect they’re on the list BECAUSE they’re my friends, but either way… it’s nice to see them getting some respect.

Lists like this only succeed in baking us the “bad boys” worth checking out. We are the new punk rock, I keep saying. We’re taking the risks. We’re whistleblowing on in the industry, we’re creating the exciting new content that the readers really want but they can’t get from establishment publications.

It’s very exciting stuff. On the other hand, Bleeding Cool seems to be the first to admit there’s something to this industry sea change. Rich Johnston interviewed Vox Day this morning and I found this to be a very interesting comment to him: “You’re not an outsider hoping for a seat at the establishment table anymore. You did it, you’re in.”

It’s hard to deny the sales of his work and those associated with him. We’re upending the industry and we’re very effective. And that’s why we’re both so hated and loved simultaneously. But Bleeding Cool is a big bell weather. The times they are a changin’.

Support my book The Ember War and change the balance of the industry once and for all. We’re almost there for funding!

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When You Don’t Fit The Fake News Narrative

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A couple of months ago I was approached by an NPR journalist who said she was coming to talk about “crowdfund comics” and wanted an interview. A few weeks ago, a story ran on NPR torching crowdfund comic alternatives to the mainstreams, libeling them as “alt-right” and spending an hour on doctored interviews to make people look bad.

None of the questions they asked me were aired in that interview. I suspect these were more “pre-interview” questions to see if I could be useful for their narrative. “Journalists” these days mostly have conclusions first and then ask you questions to try to fit into their narrative in hopes that it will. Despite this being an ‘investigative reporting’ piece on NPR, there was no investigating done, only attempts to smear.

I’m not a very good candidate because I fly against their “racist/sexist” narrative with Flying Sparks. It’s a minority creative team with a strong female lead character. Those “alt-right” crowdfunders are supposed to be against that, right?

Here’s the questions and answers in full:

What’s the history of Flying Sparks?

Flying Sparks is the story of a hero and villain in love. I always loved the Spider-Man/Mary Jane or Batman/Catwoman romantic aspects of storylines and wanted to dial that up for some intense personal drama with superheroes. Think Mr. and Mrs. Smith but with a Superman vibe and meant more for an all-ages crowd. I started developing this years ago because I really wanted to get into comics and I saved a little money from every paycheck to buy art a page here and a page there until I could get a full story done. The crowdfund is really meant to recoup art costs and get a print run made. Jethro Morales is the artist who’s known for his work on Green Hornet and Hack Slash and he’s stuck with me for years while making this.

Why did you decide to do an Indiegogo campaign for it?

Crowdfund seems to be the way to make comics happen at the indie level. It’s a really difficult process to get into stores and so finding an audience this way is a necessity for independent creators. A lot of my friends had successful indiegogo projects so it made sense to go there.

Is this the first time you’ve crowdfunded a project?

Yes! First time and I can’t believe how successful it is so far.

If so, how has the experience been like/unlike your expectations?

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have a couple popular science fiction novels (For Steam And Country, The Stars Entwined) but I found the audience doesn’t crossover to comics so much. A completely new audience tuned in to buy this and it’s awesome to be reaching more people. It’s nerve racking refreshing the page, watching all day to see if anyone’s backing, and with the numbers being so public there’s a lot more pressure than having a book on Amazon, but it’s also more exciting too.

 

As you can see, I didn’t trigger anything that showed I would be useful for that hit piece. If you’re going to talk to the fake news, keep it in this realm. If they can’t use something, they won’t. If they can, that’s where you made a mistake.

I’m still crowdfunding to a lot of success. My new one is The Ember War, and it’s just got a couple of weeks left. 120 pages of awesome military science fiction they can’t use for their narrative. Back it here:

 

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As Mainstream Comic Woes Continue, DC Turns Batman Into Porn

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We’ve seen a whole new push by establishment comic artists and writers to try to denounce a consumer revolt against Marvel and DC products, which is largely due to a crowd anger against forced political correctness and extreme left wing ideology forced into the comic industry. As anyone who has read this blog over the last two years has seen, the political elements from the left have reached proportions we never could have even dreamed when I first started writing about the topic.

It’s so tribal now, the establishment is showing their true colors. Instead of quietly blacklsting, big name pencilers like Mike Deodato Jr. are now openly advocating the blacklisting of his conservative counterparts in the industry. They’re growing more desperate among the elites. They’ll make wild claims as to the reasons why, echoing Hillary Clinton’s epic rant in the 2016 campaign (racist, sexist, homophobic!) to where you can almost play bingo with the words. It makes it clear by the sheer volume and the exact wording used that this is directed, and I await the day where we see the company emails that tell these people to do this.

Perhaps they think it’s a PR move to save their dying industry, but what it does is gets more fans angry. Deodato doesn’t understand that when he posts gleeful rants about how he’s thrilled fellow professional, family man, and mild-mannered artist Mike S. Miller is removed from a convention over what appears to be politics, he looks like a bully trying to hurt a smaller artist to most of the outside world. Audiences don’t like bullies.

All this is coming after word that IDW’s 3rd Quarter Reports are disastrous for the company, a crazy thing with all of the big properties they represent (star trek, ghostbusters and more), and rumors that Marvel is in even worse shape for the year. It comes down to the business is losing customers, and they’re very obviously going to these high-profile indiegogos by conservative and moderate artists who are revolting against the system and doing their own thing.

DC is getting particularly desperate, as mentioned above, as it’s come out that Batman has a new “mature audiences” line. In this line DC wanted to show how “edgy” they are — and they are doing it to get attention whether negative or positive for gimmick sales, so in some way I am giving them what they want — but in this book they push the boundaries so far into porn that it’s no wonder readers don’t want to check this out when they see superhero books.

There’s a scene in the book where batman literally shakes off his clothes for two pages, and it climaxes with a graphic picture of the Bat-Schlong. There’s no need for this story wise as it’s just a scene of him in the bat cave…. and by the picture it looks like batman, while he’s crime fighting and entering what would probably be a very cold cave, appears to be very aroused.

It’s a disgusting use of a children’s character and it shows that DC is really just in this to push hyper-sexualized degeneracy as we all have been talking about for a long time. They have no moral compass that aligns with readers. Batman as you know him for all intents and purposes is dead.

These companies can’t compete with just their base stories. They don’t have any to tell because the people they hire are nihilists and anti-American. They can’t manage American Mythos from this perspective because that is not a perspective of the people.

They’re only going to lash out more. No “proof” of anyone’s “social goodness” is going to do anything for these people. It boggles my mind some in the resistance side are trying to do this. This is a scared industry lashing out at the consumers because they’ve failed, and they know it. Act accordingly and support indie comics.

You can support my new project The Ember War, which is an adaptation of another indie novel by Richard Fox. We’ve been paving the way in comics and books to make a change in the culture, to bring it back to fun, heroic adventures. The Ember War is fun and is something you can share with your family (not too young of children cuz aliens are scary!). Check it out here.

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The Ember War: Graham Nolan Line Art Cover Reveal

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For The Ember War I’ve been so excited to work with Graham Nolan, who’s been a long time hero of mine in the comic industry. Graham has done amazing work including his own Monster Island, Airboy, and of course Batman, in which he co-created the character of Bane with legendary writer Chuck Dixon. It was amazing being able to get him for The Ember War’s cover. I hope this book is a tremendous success so we can use him 8 more times for a beautiful gallery of Richard Fox graphic novels.

Without further ado, here is Graham’s stellar art for the cover:

And I’m pleased to announce colors will be done for the cover by Brett R. Smith — a veteran in the industry who’s worked for the big companies, is best known for Trump’s Space Force and Flying Sparks’ cover. It’s exciting to work with Brett again!

Also make sure to watch as Richard Fox and I go live to talk about the book at 12 PM PST today!

The Ember War will go live on IndieGoGo on Tuesday. For now, check out Flying Sparks by the same creative team. It’s gone to printer and I anticipate I’ll have the books here within the month for shipping.

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Did Zoe Quinn Defraud Kickstarter Backers?

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Yesterday the internet started blowing up at Chuck Tingle, the silly erotica author who we all know from his ridiculous book titles. At the beginning of 2017, he partnered with Zoe Quinn to make a video game based on his book series. They did this on Kickstarter and raised about $85,000. All looked okay for the first year of waiting… but curiously, updates stopped coming to backers at January 2018.

Customers started to ask Chuck Tingle what gives.

Bizarrely, Tingle started to lash out at fans, sending weird all caps rants that he has nothing to do with any video game and that they shouldn’t be bothering him.

But if that’s the case, what happened with this kickstarter? There is documentation online where Quinn asks Tingle if she can make the game, he says yes, and the kickstarter’s theme looks very in line with his properties. It’s all very odd.

There must have been substantive pressure put on Quinn by Tingle and fans from this because she eventually addressed the matter by making a rambling tweet thread about it:

This is the interesting tweet, in which Quinn admits she blew through all the money on the kickstarter. She doesn’t elaborate how, and why it would cause such a problem when it vastly exceeded the goal. Didn’t she know how much it would cost to make this? It’s very odd, and the game itself didn’t look to have much depth to it or appear to be something that would take all that much time. This was a silly thing after all. So how two years and $85k later can someone go broke and “still be working on it” with absolutely nothing to show to backers on progress?


Instead of owning up to her having spent the money and not made the game, she immediately went to identity politics. This is a standard way for her to operate and for the SJWs in all entertainment industries when they fail to deliver products because they are typically focused on themselves and not actually producing their content. We see this in comics with B. Clay Moore’s comic Kickstarter where he also ran out of money to produce the book. The stories are the same, there’s always a lot of excuses. Is Quinn even a minority or a marginalized person though? She brags on the same thread about having a book tour and a hugo award nomination. It seems like the establishment cultural elite have completely accepted her… despite her failure to deliver. And with the amount of press that Polygon and others gave to hype this video game, you’d think they’d be slightly concerned for their readers that they pushed into backing this? I’ll hold my breath waiting for an article on this from them.

It’s conjecture as to what Quinn did with the money or if she will ever deliver a game at this point, but if I were a backer, I’d be livid. Especially given the next posts where she says she’s too busy vacationing overseas and having fun and talks about how great her life is despite the “trolls” by which she defines as customers who want their product she didn’t deliver:

 

Remember, if you want a product that you paid for and didn’t get, you’re sapping her joy in bad faith.

What a bizarre world in which we live. And remember, this is who DC Comics now hires to make their books. People who are mired in identity politics who hate their own customers. How much longer will DC last?

I produce what I say I’m going to produce, by contrast. Flying Sparks is already done. I’m waiting on some of the high rezz file and we’ll be getting to the printer immediately. There won’t be a long wait for this book. You can still late back on IndieGoGo here. You’ll see what professionalism and real delivery looks like by contrast to the above.

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We’re Getting Too Big – They’re Coming Hard For Us

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But we need to hold our ground. Think about this: it’s been four months with more than a dozen wildly successful crowdfunded comics. This does not happen in crowdfunds, comics do not get this kind of publicity on average, the industry is shaken.

None of them can believe it. They keep trying to write this off as a one off fluke, or some sort of cash grab by people who won’t be able to deliver — but they’re making these excuses because we are making waves in culture more than ever before, and we’re on a precipice of busting up their already failed monopolistic system in the industry.

Most of you have already seen how there was a coordinated assault the last couple of days, just as Mitch Breitweiser’s Red Rooster and my Flying Sparks were coming to closes. Do you think the timing is coincidental? There’s no way it is. The attacks look scripted and coordinated. I believe it’s a matter of time until we find a Discord channel or Facebook group where these angry pros hang out and talk smack about smaller indie creators doing their thing. I believe we’ll even find directives to try to discredit us and hold us down from the highest levels. Remember, it’s not that long ago we found the facebook group where pros from Marvel/DC/Image/Valiant and others were conspiring to harass and goad Richard Meyer into throwing a punch at NYCC so he would be deemed violent and banned forever.

Everything the SJWs say about us is actually true about them. SJWs always project.

They are the ones trying to harass smaller creators out of the business. They’re targeting minorities and women in our movement especially because they can’t have the identity politics narrative evaporate on them. As our movement grows and expands and includes a lot of REAL diversity (including that of thought and opinion) it’s only going to get worse. They’re only going to lash out harder. It’s going to get nasty. Prepare yourself, and remind yourself it’s not personal — these people are scared that we’re usurping their careers and livelihoods, and for good reason with the support we’ve garnered from readers.

But we have the advantage. We have the tactical strategies to win. We have the products that are going to be fun. We have the moral high ground as well.

In the coming days, make sure to keep that moral high ground. Treat people with respect and love as Edwin Boyette likes to remind us. Do what you can, but don’t be afraid to defend yourself and your friends either. There’s going to be divisions between us as well, but we can’t let them overcome what this movement stands for: changing comics and culture for good.

If you didn’t back Flying Sparks yet, it’s still open on InDemand. I’m away at a wedding so I can’t do the print run until next week. You’ll have a little bit, but I’ll be closing out orders of T-shirts, Posters, and Hardcovers within just a few days. Check it out here.

And head onto my youtube and watch the Lunch Stream with S. Misanthrope. Nerkish is guesting today! Like, share, subscribe!

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This Is It. The Last Hurrah!

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For Flying Sparks that is.

It’s been a wild ride on this indiegogo campaign. I could have never expected receiving this incredible level of support for my comic, Flying Sparks.

It really is a testament to this movement and how we’re changing the industry. Most crowdfunds for first time indie comics creators are barely able to get 100 backers, we’re approaching 600 as this camapign comes to a close. Why? Because people want fresh, fun superhero stories without a heavy-handed political agenda condescending them as readers.

And I’ve provided that.

Flying Sparks has the superhero for marvel and dc. It has a rich, deep world which will only expand in years to come because you’re demanding it. I’m going to bring you the best characterization in the business with intense personal moments that matter, that develop characters, and that are up there with the epic superhero battles in drama. The folk helping me with proofreading at the end of this campaign are telling me this is an awesome set up to a world, and already they can’t wait for more.

Please as you go out today, tell your friends about Flying Sparks, that it’s the last day for the campaign, that we can finish strong and have a real shot at hitting that $25,000 stretch goal for the cool character bios. This Is going to be a really fun story and I am truly humbled that you guys have made it possible for me to start a professional career in comics. I have a lot in the pipeline already as a follow up and this is only going to get bigger and better.

Back Flying Sparks today!

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Don’t Talk To Fake News, Talk To Our Media

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For the first time ever we’ve got a movement of culture creators who are overtly conservative, ranging from sci-fi books to comics, it’s all out there and we’re all moving upward with incredible speed. It’s awesome.

But there’s still a lot of folk out there who don’t realize we have friendly media outlets to our side. I just went on 1380 AM this morning on the Phil Cowan show — and even the AM radio is now starting to get in on culture. This has never happened before in history. Most legacy media has always ignored the cultural fight, but we are finally making enough waves and enough noise that it’s starting to matter. And great hosts like Phil understand that culture is the way to change this country long-term.

We are here for you. Whether that’s Phil, me, Megan Fox at PJ Media, Ian Miles Cheong, Bounding Into Comics or others, we have ways to boost the signal and get the message out. They can’t discriminate against us anymore and get silence in return. And it’s a beautiful thing.

By contrast — don’t talk to their media. They hate you. They will twist your words, they will do everything they can do to destroy you. Take Comedy Central’s treatment of Richard Meyer as an example. The normal crowd see that hack-edited job, but they don’t notice that, all they see is that Richard and anyone who associate with him must be evil. That’s exactly why we don’t give them the ammo. By contrast, the friendly host on AM radio has an audience of normal folk who are on our side, who will edify us and lift us up. That’s how we make a real dent long term in the culture.

Support our media, support our creative works, and keep this thing going. We have huge momentum for the first time in decades and it’s only going to get better from here.

If you like my work and all I do, make sure to check out Flying Sparks and support my IndieGoGo for my comic book. It’s already made more than $15,000 and it’s reaching new heights every day. They can’t stop the signal as long as you tune in. The next stretch goal is at $20,000 and is an 8-page short story prequel to the comic which you’ll want as it adds a lot of depth to the world of Flying Sparks! Back it here.

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