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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Conservative YouTube Commentator Alleges Assault At Gencon

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Jeremy Hambly has had a crazy few months in the world of Magic The Gathering. First, Magic went after him for mocking a cosplayer on twitter after she had rallied a number of players to harass and mass complain about him, just like we’ve seen done with various conservative personalities in different hobby-entertainment industries. Magic seemed to justify his ban because he posted memes featuring a cartoon frog created in MS Paint on his feed.

But as ComicsGate exploded, Hambly became a defender of those getting attacked on the right. This raised his profile again and the gaming and comic industry turned its attention to him.

I reported last year two incidents: first, in breaking the story that creative professionals in the comic industry were going to attempt to frame Richard Meyer for a crime at New York Comic Con, and second, that I sent an email to Worldcon, voicing concern for the safety of conservative personalities at conventions. They refused to respond, but later banned me under the guise of removing “racist bully” elements from their convention, libel that makes it more prone for people to attack me at future cons.

Now we have an escalation with the first real violent incident against a conservative personality at Gencon.

Hambly did not capture the incident itself on video, but does have a number of eye witnesses afterward who all confirm someone asked his name and came up and started throwing punches at him. There is a glass window at a restaurant that is shattered where the attacker punched as well.

Hambly says he is leaving Gencon, as the convention has done nothing about this in several hours since the incident, and police did not come to assist him. He rightfully believes that he would not be safe at the convention any longer.

This disturbing trend of attacks on conservatives in geek culture is getting out of hand. The left is in charge of all of these cultural institutions from Gencon to Worldcon to SFWA and all of the major companies in the industry. They need to stop with their “punch a Nazi” rhetoric and speak out against violence unequivocally. This has gone too far. Someone’s really going to get hurt simply because they don’t like the way we voted. Violent intimidation is literal fascism.

UPDATE: Jeremy has identified his attacker thanks to some eyewitness help. The fellow is on Twitter and his identity is out there. Jeremy says he is going to call the police and press charges according to the linked tweet below:

https://twitter.com/TheQuartering/status/1025052205173428224

If you support conservative creators’ rights to exist within the industry peacefully please consider supporting Flying Sparks, the comic of a hero and villain in love, available on IndieGoGo now. 

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Flying Sparks Stretch Goal Update – $12,370 is the number!

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I updated my $12,370 stretch goal for people interested. When it hits, backers are going to be getting a 6- Page short story via a bonus PDF of a team up of my main character, Meta-Girl, with the public domain superhero, Dynamite Thor, who I reimagined for the modern age. It was a proof of concept story I was doing when I was first building the characters for Flying Sparks, and was done with an amateur artist who graciously lent a few pages to me. 
 
The story turned out fun, and I eventually want to do a full on Dynamite Thor book because I think the concept is ridiculous. Here’s an unlettered sample page from the story:  
Make sure to back Flying Sparks and to tell your friends. I have so much content for this book that we can keep going with stretch goal after stretch goal. Let’s do this!
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#NCBD Crowdfunding Livestream — Writer’s Chat With Chuck Dixon (Wednesday 7 PM EST)

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Pleased to announce I’ll be livestreaming with Chuck Dixon on Wednesday, August 1st at 7 PM EST to talk about our crowdfunding projects, the state of the comic industry, the changes to the future, and I’ll probably gush at Chuck over his 90s Robin run, cuz Stephanie Brown is bae.

Watch the stream here and please share!

 

 

Support Trump’s Space Force by Chuck Dixon:

Support Flying Sparks by Jon Del Arroz:

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Introducing Indiechron – The Guide To ComicsGate Crowdfunds

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Over the weekend, I launched a new page in conjunction with Edwin Boyette and popular YouTuber That Umbrella Guy. The page is meant to track the sales of Comicsgate-based projects in order to provide an aggregate amount of sales, plus help people find new projects to back. Our intention is to capture all of ComicsGate within the page and have some nice updates over time so we can see how our sub-industry is going that started with the mega-success, Jawbreakers: Lost Souls.

It’s called Indiechron and the name comes from Comicchron, the traditional comics sales tracker.

Indiechron

The page is in its infancy, as we are just coming up with the concept and trying to get this going. I’ll pin it to the top of my main page earlier so there will be an easy link in the navigation bar for people who want to check on it. We’ll update every few days at the least and are trying to add projects as people tell us about them.

If anyone out there is good at WordPress I can use some technical help because as of right now there’s a small issue with the width of it and I can’t seem to push the width wider. Other than that, we’re open to feedback on how to present the content. This is a work in progress.

If you want to support ComicsGate, make sure to pick up Flying Sparks on IndieGoGo! Flying Sparks features writing by me, a cover by Jon Malin, cover colors by Brett. R Smith, now unlocked an interior chapter cover by Will Caligan, and we’re fast approaching a stretch goal to have a beautiful print of Meta-Girl done by Timothy Lim. A lot of the community is involved. Check it out here.

Now over $10,000 in backing!!!

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Every Day I’m Hustlin’ – A Zillion Livestreams

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Part of the reason my stuff keeps selling is I’m constantly selling. It’s a pain in the butt, it’s not very fun, it makes my social media accounts not very fun too (I’m sorry friends!) but it’s a part of the game in order to get the next leg up. I’m focused on business first, and over the last several days, I’ve hit a zillion livestreams to promote Flying Sparks. Here’s some of them and I’m going to be continuing this blitz over the next week:

 

This one was really fun, focused on writing/art and craft:

Ian Miles Cheong:

 

Weaponized Nerd Rage:

Edwin Boyette:

Mike S. Miller:

 

I think I even did a couple of more but I’ve been run so ragged the last few days I don’t remember. If i missed your channel, sorry! This is probably more video content of me than you ever wanted but here you go. Every one of these helps connect with new readers, and that’s so important. Gotta put in work.

Thanks everyone who had me on, is going to have me on and especially those who watched and backed Flying Sparks! 

 

 

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You Can’t Stop The Signal

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They tried to shut me out when my first book came out, removing me as a speaker from my beloved BayCon and turning all of my friends against me. That book went on to be nominated for the Dragon Award.

They tried to mock me and tell me I was “applying for a job at Marvel Comics the wrong way” blasting a nobody author with fake news when I called Marvel out for blacklisting conservatives. That got me a job at The Federalist and expanded my reach like crazy.

They tried to shut me down when I whistleblew on the publishing industry, and how they discriminate against male authors. My next book went on to sell even better and won an award. 

They banned me from Worldcon because I speak out, because I write articles for Milo/The Federalist. That made my book last week become a #1 Amazon bestseller. 

They then mocked me, sent a whole mob from a big New York Publisher to try to diminish and lie about me and claim I didn’t actually accomplish anything. That made me a successful crowdfunder.

They are running scared. We are actually changing the culture with every project we push, every friend we make, every person who reads. They smell defeat, and they’re lashing out harder than ever before.That’s what this is all about.

Do not fear them. They can’t actually hurt you. Some of their lies will sting, some of the friendships you lose will be a bummer, but the people who abandon you are not your friends anyway, the lies will glide off you because you have the truth on your side.

God is with us. We are fighting against evil. The evil took the form of corporations controlling the entertainment industry. They did so unopposed for decades, but we are able to get our own platforms out and get heard now. Speak loudly. Speak without fear. Speak the truth. Good will come. We are victorious already because He was victorious for us.

Thank you everyone for funding Flying Sparks in 3 days. This is incredible and it’s all your support. This is a big signal to the establishment publishing, that’s why they’re spending the last 3 days trashing me very publicly.

But now it’s in different products, different genres, different audiences. They can’t say “it’s not real” because the dollars are there and VERY public. Everyone wants good, fun artistic projects like science fiction and comics used to have. And we have a lot more coming. Help us get to the stretch goals so we can commision art from disabled veteran Will Calligan and community organizer Timothy Lim. Both have been target of attacks like me and I can’t wait to commission their work!

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Tor Tries To Shut Down Hispanic Author’s Promotion Efforts

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Tor Books is very scared of me. So scared they’re trying to shut my promotional platforms down by having their followers mass report me after they harass and gaslight me. It’s absolutely crazy that a company would do this, but this is where we are in 2018. Why? I’m a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a successful crowdfunder, an award winning author. All without their approval.

I mentioned the other day how Tor employee and the EIC’s wife Teresa Neilsen Hayden started harassing me on Twitter by making a passive aggressive snide remark on my character and telling her following I’m not really a #1 Amazon Bestseller (I am). I naturally sent her a screen shot back to prove the fact, but it didn’t matter. This was the first time she had interacted with me ever, and it was an attack from her position at Tor with the obvious attempt of trolling an independent author:

Teresa spent a whole day harassing me and fellow conservative author Robert Kroese. She’d tap in threads, make absurd claims specifically with the intention of getting us angry by broadcasting complete lies, and then block anyone other than the authors themselves who said anything about it to make it appear as if there was an echo chamber responding only on her side and that there as no dissent from what she was saying.  She spent a FULL DAY targeting me over and over and then blocked me once I posted too many facts about her falsehoods. She sent dozens of tweets in this harassment effort.

After it was determined she couldn’t get away with lying about my Bestseller status, she immediately proceeded to bash the bestseller tag as if it were no accomplishment. She spent another FULL DAY doing this over multiple tweets, engaging a hugo nominee in the process to help make the attack escalate and create a “pile on” effect.

Then she had the gall to act as if I were the aggressor for questioning why this is okay with Tor that someone very public from their company goes out and harasses independent authors and tries to knock them down as they’re getting to a successful point. That is not an ethical thing to do with your competition as a large corporation, after all:

But that didn’t stop there. Even though I’m blocked, not responding, have moved on for my life. All of yesterday was still a “I hate JDA even though I’ve never interacted with him” day on her feed with multiple character assassination attempts:

Ironically, she most recently has accused me of “predatory behavior” which is exactly what she’s doing from her position at Tor:

She even got other authors like Steven Brust, Wesley Chu, and James SA Corey to jump on a pile on of me and start making nasty tweets about me, mocking my bestseller status. But what did Twitter do? Well, her fans mass reported me in an effort to hold me down.

Twitter blamed the victim. Why? Because I’m conservative and they’re the liberal publishing establishment. Now I’m out of being able to use my promotional platform for a week because Tor Books harassed me. This is more than messed up, and I believe it was completely intentional on Teresa’s part.  I’m now shut down and unable to promote my books to my 5,000 fans for a whole week:

It makes sense. I was getting HUGE momentum. I still have my #1 Bestseller, they can’t take that away from me. But the very week after that, I’ve launched a crowdfund campaign in a completely different genre – superhero comics, and that’s proving to do well also. In just 3 days I’ve gotten 95% of my funding goal of $6,000.  This scares the hell out of the establishment because not only am I doing great on Amazon, but now I’m showing I can be a fundraising machine for creative projects.

Moreover, my books are all better than theirs. Even though Tor author Steven Brust wants to throw shade at me without reading my books in an effort to keep the gatekeeping going:

I can’t promote my project anymore. They took that away from me, and that is very wrong for a big company like Tor to do on every level. Please go out and share this post and share Flying Sparks with the community. They’re not going to hold me back or slow me down for a second. I’ll just find other avenues and you will NOT silence me, Teresa.

 

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Make Comics Great Again: Flying Sparks Comic Live On IndieGoGo!!!

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Flying Sparks: A Hero And Villain In Love – On IndieGoGo Now! 

The Origin

Working in comics has always been my dream. Well before I finished my first novel, I’d been writing comic scripts. I worked on a viariety of web comics with different artists of varying amateur skill who would pair with me… most only lasting about 4-5 pages before they burnt out and wanted new and fresh projects (artists are really flakey!). I’d written a few shorts that appeared in a couple of anthologies as well, just to try to test my abilities as a writer and make sure I could make a script flow. But I wanted to have the big show, a real comic book that was serialized like the old books I used to read.

It wasn’t long before I began craving a superhero universe of my own. Flying Sparks actually started as a “hey what if I told the perspective of a villain who’s really just like a fence trying to make his way and survive, and he really doesn’t want anyone to find out about his powers or business…” and eventually i hit upon the character of Meta-Girl.

Meta-Girl To The Rescue! 

Meta-Girl is really a combination of a few archetypes in comics to form the ideal character I want to write. Ever since I came across Chuck Dixon’s Robin in the 90s, I had a fascination with Stephanie Brown — a plucky girl with a lot of will who refuses to take no for an answer and the tenacity to keep at it through all adversity. I also really liked the relationship dynamics between her and Tim Drake, as it reminded me a lot of the old Spider-Man books where they’d focus a lot on personal plots with Mary Jane in his younger days. I took a little bit of Stephanie, but i didn’t like the dark aspects of her background or of the Bat-Family in general… so I threw a little Supergirl into the character.

I then thought it would be fun to make her have gadgets and not actually powers. It meant she’d be starting from scratch, not naturally stronger than everyone, not able to fight, she just has to use her smarts, her willpower, and the advantages her gadgets gave her. Maybe this came from my Steampunk fascination, where gadgets really rule the day (and you can read about in my primary novel series), but I shook all those aspects together and came up with Meta-Girl. You’ll see she has a real Superman-like character in the background, Meta-Man, and a strange relationship that’s guardian-like as he looks over her. I keep this a secret as to how they’re all related and what the backstory is, but I reveal it in a later book. The world I built goes back all the way to the 1950s and the Korean War, and there’s a lot of depth that doesn’t make the page that I hope to be able to revisit in future stories.

I even made 2 scripts for Meta-Man audio dramas to fill out the oldschool period piece aspect of his vibe.

But this stuff is all in a folder, waiting to be developed. And that’ll come later, God and readers willing.

Up, Up, And Away! 

Today, we have the first 3 issues of Flying Sparks on IndieGogo, and the main story is about Meta-Girl and the original villain, Johnny Benvinuti, as their paths cross, intersect. It’s a hero and villain in love, but neither of them know about each others’ secret lives. These first three chapters really set the world, the stage for a groundwork of an ongoing series where it’s about 1/2 relationship drama and 1/2 superhero story. My focus is on characterization as always, and I think you’ll really fall in love with these characters.

My artists are a big portion of what makes this awesome, an they did a great job. I have Jethro Morales, a long time collaborator, doing art. He comes from Dynamite’s Green Hornet and Dejah Thoris, and my colorist Sanju Nivangune comes from Zenescope entertainment. Both long time industry veterans and it shows in the quality of the art. It’s worth buying just for them alone.

This is my first foray into comics crowdfunding, and I’m nervous. This is my dream, this is what I want to be doing even more than my novels, and this is what I hope the future will hold for me. It all begins with Flying Sparks, and if the readers like it, there’s a lot more where this is coming from.

My goal is a modest $6,000. I’ll be honest, the goal even doesn’t cover the art costs of the issue, but just the printing, production, and the brand new cover by my great new friends Jon Malin and Brett R. Smith. My hopes though is to do quite a bit more than this in order to really build this Flying Sparks universe out into something special in these years to come. I’m okay with funding at this point because I want this story to get out to the world and to push comics forward and change the industry.

We can make this happen as a community, and I thank every one of you for being there with me on the journey so far. This community has been so amazing, and so supportive, I’m glad I have the best fans and friends in the world here to take this next step with me.

So let’s see how it goes. If you’re on my mailing list, you received an 8-Page preview on Friday. I hope you liked it, and i hope you’ll check out Flying Sparks on IndieGoGo.  

Please share with your friends!!

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