Meme Of The Day: Gucci Gang

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Li’l Ben Shapiro may be trying to get us into a middle east war, but he should really just be joining the Gucci Gang.

Spy Training is now off to the publisher, which means you need to catch up on my Steam Knight series if you haven’t already! It’s cooler than the Gucci Gang. Read the books here, FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited and also available on audio. 

 

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IndieGoGo Tampers With 2nd ComicsGate Campaign

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@ElectricDino12 reports this morning that IndieGoGo has not delivered him his funds on his comic book, Rebel Yell #2, even though the campaign closed back on Feb 21st.

“Indiegogo has had since Feb 21st to disperse the funds for our successfully crowdfunded Rebel Yell Issue #2, but they say that the comic has yet to be reviewed by their “Trust and Safety” Team? We’re still waiting, folks,” he reports.

The “Trust & Safety” team is the same group that began messing with Alt-Hero Q’s funds by Chuck Dixon, eventually holding backer’s funds for over a month, and then refunding all pledges in what appears to be fraudulent action by IGG.

Rebel Yell is made by a small creative team, a group that made only $541 on the campaign, so it’s not likely to get much attention by any of the major outlets, but it’s still something harrowing. This company is not safe, and is messing with multiple projects not before they go up, but after backers have given funds to it. Oddly, IndieGoGo had no problem with their Issue #1 and allowed the campaign through without any problems.

The crowdfunding platform is not safe to use at all, and it appears they’re far more willing to take action on their own to harm creator owned comic projects. Use the site at your own risk.

My Flying Sparks volume 2 is available on BackerKit, a 3rd party company which hasn’t bothered anyone, and has been very cordial on the phone with me over several conversations. iIf you missed out on the project, you can get it here and be assured the funds will get to me.

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Why Do People Clap During Movies?

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It’s something that is pretty much only a part of geek fandom movies like The Avengers. But like monkeys, people in the theaters go and clap during the title sequence, or after the movie, as if they’re applauding someone for an excellent performance…

…but there’s no one there performing.

It doesn’t make sense. It’s pure mob instinct, pure dumbing down of the masses to the most extreme of levels. Signaling to the tribe “this good me part of you, you good too” in some futile gesture to not feel alone in your geeky obsession over entertainment.

It’s utterly pointless, and moreover, it’s uncomfortable for other moviegoers who just wanted to see the film without having this weird tribal experience.

It’s another sign of the breaking down of our culture and the dumbing down of western civilization. You can draw a correlation to the devolved humanity in HG Wells’ Time Machine from the actions of the clapping in theaters.

As Avengers: End Game approaches, I implore you: don’t clap. You are not a seal. You are a free man.

If you hate clapping in theaters, you probably will enjoy The Steam Knight, of which the saga starts with Knight Training. I am wrapping up writing the third book in the series and it will be available soon, so read it now and catch up! Only 99 cents for the special forces of steampunk — and no clapping.

 

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Another Right Wing Scalp Is Claimed…

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…by the right.

Why do we eat our own?

You may not have heard of DC McAllister before. but she’s a writer who’s done a ton of work for The Federalist and The Daily Wire as a staff writer. She’s been doing it for a long, long time, the type of person who’s consistent, putting out really good writing work. The kind of person you’d want at your writing outfit. She’s not a celebrity, not all over the news all the time for her shock-jock style antics or with long legs at the end of the desk in a short skirt. She’s just a good writer.

And it doesn’t matter, cuz the right is not about merit as much as they like to squawk like they are.

Our establishment only cares about optics, and what the left thinks of them. It’s the most idiotic thing I’ve ever seen, and it’s why we consistently lose. Our leaders constantly apologize to the left for being, even when the base and even they probably don’t agree.

McAllister made a vulgar tweet, one which was actually pretty true, even if it was a little cringy in the way it was stated. And there’s context to it.

She’d been under fire by a social media mob for talking badly about The View, which is the most horrendous awful program on television. Meghan McCain is used as a token whipping girl against hardcore leftist crazies. She’s used as an optic to be “fair” but in reality it’s just about mocking conservatives and Christians with a smirk saying “See, this is what they are.” It’s their platform, and enemy territory.

McAllister’s tweet was taken as a personal slight to McCain, when it wasn’t meant as such, and the internet went wild going after McAllister. People kept piling in and suddenly a New York Magazine writer by the name of Yashar Ali chimed in concern trolling her.

He’s a leftist, he works for New York Magazine. He’s a vocal homosexual as well. He made a comment implying that McAllister’s husband was beating her.

It was too much for McAllister.

Her tweet (since deleted) was: “Oh so sad. @yashar is lost. He doesn’t know his purpose as a man. He doesn’t know his purpose as a human being. He doesn’t know his purpose as an Individual. So he wallows and tries to find himself in another man’s asshole. Sad.”

While vulgar, she’s not wrong. And second, since he pushed about her husband, it’s firmly in a personal realm.

Naturally everyone flipped out. Ben Shapiro made his standard virtue signaling, everyone in the establishment turned on McAllister for “homophobia.”

Who’s cheering at her firing?

Jezebel, Salon, USA Today.

The enemy.

People who aren’t going to give the Daily Wire or the Federalist the time of day. People who are here to bring these companies down. They’re not going to get cookies from these groups for throwing their writer under the bus when she was under heavy internet mob attack and lost her cool. That’s all that happened.

And most of their audiences agree with her, even if we aren’t into the vulgar elements of what she said. Obviously someone who’s criticizing a masculine man and turning away from God to a sinful lifestyle is lost. There’s nothing wrong with saying that.

When will our side learn? This happens every time. We can’t even TALK about issues anymore because of the way the left frames them and we accept it.

It’s disappointing. And I stand with DC McAllister even though she did the wrong thing… by apologizing. But that’s another blog topic.

If you appreciate the right, support our cultural efforts. The establishment doesn’t give culture the time of day, leaving us to flail much like their commentators. You are the ones who can make the change. Culture pushes the Overton window. Culture is what influences the next generation. Back Flying Sparks today and help make a change. 

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Video Games Cause…

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…something good?

Yes, you’re reading that right.

I figured we have enough bad news all the time that when I see a good story, I want to repeat it and shout it from the rooftops.

A 15 year old girl went missing, and police did everything they could to find her, including Officer Strebel of the NYPD 19th Precinct going into online video games she played and trying to find her via her username in chats.

The girl logged on, he chatted with her, she was found, came home safe and sound.

Great work by police in figuring this out, and wonderful that video games could be used for some good.

A real picture of the officer and some of the chat which was displayed by the NYPD 19th Precinct on their twitter:

And in other good news, Flying Sparks is fully funded and is easily going to hit its first stretch goal for extra content through the chapter covers. You can get us there easily by backing this fantastic indie comic today.

Back here. 

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Worldcon 76 Committee Member Attacks Hispanic Author With Fake Review

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One would think that while Worldcon was in a lawsuit with me over their defamatory statement calling me a “racist bully” that they would at the very least instruct their committee members not to further tamper with my business or try to harm my reputation over their angry extremist political stances.

Well, it looks like they’re at it again.

Worldcon Committee Member, speaker, and attendee, Christopher Garcia, has taken to the internet to leave one-star reviews on my books in an attempt to hurt my rating and my career.

I’ll also note real readers don’t agree with his statement on my book, as they’ve given me an incredibly high 4.8/5 star rating.

Given his odd phrasing, it’s impossible to tell whether he even actually read the book, though it appears as if he has not. He also implied with “I’m glad I didn’t pay for it” that he pirated the book, which is almost more troubling than the fact he’s trying to harm my business over his personal malice of me (I do not have any personal contact with Mr. Garcia, so it seems his anger directed at me is due to the lawsuit).

It’s a very strange look, and a reminder that the SJWs will stop at NOTHING to try to force us out of business. They are malicious and mean-spirited, and very upset that people on average enjoy our books over theirs.

I’m committed to fighting back, and I will not let people like this bully me or anyone else because we don’t ascribe to their extremist philosophies.

We’re going to keep crowdfunding, starting tomorrow with my new book Flying Sparks Volume 2: Mob Ties. And we’re going to keep releasing great books to Amazon.

If you want to check out my writing, please do so on Amazon, or come back tomorrow when we go live with the Kickstarter for the new comic!

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The Feast Of War Recap: The Value Of Good Men

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Apologies for the lack of blog on Monday, but I was recovering from a weekend of too much fun, joy, energy, and needed the headspace to work on prepping my Kickstarter launch on Thursday for Flying Sparks 2: Mob Ties.

You might be wondering what the title Feast Of War is, or why it was so much fun. I’ll explain.

The Feast of War is a gathering of men set up by philosopher Ivan Throne. The concept is to come together, discuss business, share fellowship, enjoy the fruits of labor with good food and wine, and have a place where men can get away from the world for a moment and reflect together.

It’s invaluable.

It’s also something our society’s lost that we used to have. If you look at old fraternal organizations whether it be the Freemasons or something else, these groups of men’s fellowship in community were VITAL to our societal cohesiveness, and the general happiness of men.

We allowed those institutions to dwindle, and in doing so, never replaced them with anything where we can connect on the masculine level we are supposed to. In fact, it’s been deemed bad by society that we show masculine affection toward one another.

It was a great time on multiple levels because one, on the superficial hedonistic level, it was high quality in terms of the food and accommodations, especially the atmosphere in beautiful Napa.  But two, the quality of the people present meant for engaging conversations we don’t often get in our regular busy lives.

The most valuable lesson from The Feast of War is that as a man, you need to surround yourself with good men. You need to have men to bounce ideas off of, to hold you accountable, and that you’re willing to loyally do the same for them. Even if you don’t have the same hobbies – some folk were into guns, others into books and comics, others into entrepreneurship—you can still do well from listening to and talking to smart men who broaden your perspectives.

We need much more of this in our society. The Feast of War is a starting line, not a finishing point. These networks need to develop more, and I’m looking forward to putting in the work to make sure it happens in the coming years.

For now, make sure to go find a Feast of War near you.

And don’t forget on Thursday I’ll be putting up a Kickstarter for my new comic, Flying Sparks Volume 2: Mob Ties. I need everyone to back and share and push this viral. You guys are the best and I depend on you!

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#ComicsGate Doesn’t Want Or Need Gatekeepers

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Political gatekeeping has to stop.

Last summer saw a group of guys who were forging ahead in indie comics in a way that was unique. We pushed each others books, cared about the craft, were working toward building a world where GOOD books were what mattered.

The whole point of ComicsGate was to point a middle finger toward gatekeepers, especially those on the left who try to stop right-leaning content from being seen.

Yes, a reminder is needed again that this whole movement came about because the extreme left establishment that runs comics blacklisted people on the right wing. Entire point was to counter this behavior, and to welcome independent creators with open arms who want to put BOOKS FIRST.

As I maintained this message through the fall and winter, after the crowdfunding period ended, same with the honeymoon period, some folk went into political and fiefdom finger pointing just like the establishment did. I opposed this, and I still oppose this.

Some folk saw the light, we made up. Why? Because we’re stronger together. Independents rely upon each other to boost each other because we don’t have the giant network, platform, and distribution that Disney and Warner Bros have. They are our opposition.

Now I blog today because of a group that took the IndieCron concept from me, an idea that originated on this blog. Originally, Edwin Boyette and I pushed indie books, and made an easy resource for people to find them and how well they were doing. Anyone who wanted in could be in. We weren’t gatekeepers. We were just facilitating readers connecting with creators. That’s the whole point.

Unfortunately, IndieCron got co-opted by a couple of guys who decided they would be the arbiters of what books they want seen. They became just like Disney and Warner Bros. Content they don’t like for thatever reason—politics, personal, even content they judge “aren’t going to sell” now is getting removed from their site. It’s become pointless. I’m very sad too see my idea used like this.

But there’s an answer. This is why I started ComicsCodex.com

This site is designed to promote and support ALL indies. Anyone who wants on can be on. It’s a spot for readers to connect with projects and creators. It’s not a pissing match to make some sort of nebulous statement like the other site has become.

We all need to stand together and stop the nonsense. When we divide like is being done, it divides the readers, it divides the creators, we will have LESS books getting into LESS people’s hands as a result.

My dream has always been to create something new and different. Where it’s about the love of the books. I hope you all will join me.

And join in on The Ember War before it’s too late – this book was the first one that IndieCron refused when the new owners went off the rails. None of the major YouTubers even acknowledged the book despite it being a great sci-fi book by top-tier creators who are KNOWN for performing. Readers chose the book anyway. The Ember War made $25,000+ without them. Their gatekeeping not only is pointless, but they’re not even very good at it as readers will choose what they love anyway. And they love great science fiction by an award winning author like me.

Buy it now before it closes this weekend! 

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Captain Marvel: FINALLY, A Movie Supporting Trump’s Immigration Policies

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I’m not going to give the same hot takes as everyone else. You’ll have your movie reviews that talk about the mess that is Captain Marvel. I think the sad part about the whole movie that there’s just very simple choices which are easy to fix and it could have been a fine movie. But! There was a very interesting subversive element because of the way they chose to tell their story which ends up a very interesting message.

SPOILERS.

For Marvel fans, the whole twist of the movie where the Skrulls are just sad good little refugees who are being held down by this meanie Kree empire as they chase them down to the ends of the galaxy to exterminate them was a WTF moment. The Skrulls are evil shapeshifters. It flies against the face of every archetypal element of shape-shifting in humanity’s collective memory. It’s about the dumbest twist they could have come up with, especially with Marvel’s history. It also didn’t make sense with the beginning (as it was not foreshadowed at all) and the characters did complete 180 flips in order to shoehorn the plot in. A trainwreck to say the least.

However, there was one element that came out of it where it put a smile upon my face.

The end of the movie, the little girl naively starts going on about how they can stay with her and her mom, in their house. The heroic mom shuts it down immediately despite her idealism. Why? She knows the Skrulls don’t belong there. They can’t stay.

Despite the Skrulls fleeing a fascist oppressive group in the Kree (who in this context appear to be an allegory of middle eastern tyrants), the Skrulls cannot stay on Earth. They even explicitly say they can’t stay here. They have to go back.

It’s much like Trump’s agenda on refugees from Syria from the beginnings of the campaign. They can’t stay here. He says we need to work with local partners to set up safe zones elsewhere for them to live — just as Captain Marvel is intending on doing when she takes off away from earth at the end of the movie.

With the Skrull past of shape-shifting and lying, and just too many problems they created, even if the Skrulls are nice people with their families trying to make better lives for themselves for the most part, we just can’t take the risk of having them on Earth, let alone Captain Marvel’s friend’s house.  It won’t work, and the heroes know it, despite the naive idealism of the little kid.

It’s a bit heavy-handed of a message by Disney, but it shows the writers and board understands: They have to go back. There’s no choice.

If you want fun superhero fiction without the messaging, read Flying Sparks. It’s just good old fashioned fun comics. Chuck Dixon calls my writing “worthy of your support.” You’ll want to read volume 1 before the new book hits Kickstarter later this month. Buy it here.

 

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Women Lie About Rape

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The #MeToo movement went completely out of control this last year and a half, destroying men’s lives, dragging them through mud, and more often than not, during incidents that are complete falsehoods like in the case of our supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Award-winning journalist Megan Fox will be joining us on the lunch stream today to talk about this, and all of the other incidents she’s discovered in her new book, Believe Evidence which is now up for pre-order on amazon.

Make sure to like and most importantly subscribe! We are increasing our reach slowly and every one helps, doesn’t cost you anything.

It should be a very fun chat, as it always is when Megan drops by. She’s extremely knowledgable on this topic and what she’s written in her new book is shocking.

Speaking of shocking, you might not know of the most recent SFWA controversy with a group 20BooksTo50K. Establishment publishing has gone off the rails again. I wrote it up in The Federalist here.

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