The Train Wreck Of Identity Politics: Worldcon Edition

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Worldcon has been a cesspool of identity politics for a long time now. The current team handling the 2018 convention has at every turn expressed that playing the identity politics game is more important to them than science fiction (which is what the World Science Fiction Convention is supposed to be about), more important than acting like adults, and more important to them than their own convention, it turns out.

Their signaling started late last year when I emailed chairman Kevin Roche that conservative authors were coming under attack due to events at other conventions where a conservative youtuber was threatened by industry professionals who conspired against him in a private facebook group. This, combined with my own recent experiences driven by SFWA President Cat Rambo’s hate campaign waged on me, which brought about several people in the science fiction industry stalking me, doxxing my children, and culminating in a creepy anonymous package sent to my house, made it so that a convention like worldcon wouldn’t be a place where conservative authors could be safe. We were (and still are) at real risk of physical harm.

Roche didn’t respond to me. Why? Because I had the wrong identity. He appeared not to care about conservatives. To people like him, my serious email is a laughing matter. In the SJW mind, they’re convinced that allowing horrific things to happen to people like me or others is an act of “punching Nazis” and therefore is justified. It’s all based on identity and nothing else.

Roche doubled down in January when the hate mob came after me again by putting an unprecedented ban on me. No other person has been pre-banned from the convention other than convicted pedophile Walter Breen, and I’ll add that Breen only was banned for ONE DAY. They treated me like I’m a criminal, even though I’m an upstanding citizen, father, and Christian. Why? Identity. I’m an outspoken conservative and therefore according to their website they’re removing “racist bullying” from their convention. I didn’t bully anyone, but they certainly bullied me.

Standards don’t matter in identity politics. Truth doesn’t matter to them either. Only identity. Everything is justifiable if it’s done to the right identity. Everything must be protected if the person has the right identity. It creates the most toxic of environments in these circles where everyone is constantly trying to signal their identities, their stories identities, etc. in an effort to get ahead. Just look at the Hugo Nominees for this year. It’s a joke and it was done intentionally to “promote marginalized peoples.”

But when you go down this path, the identarians are never satisfied. It was ironic that Worldcon itself came under attack by a person who claims to be agendered, Bogi Takacs. Worldcon’s crime? They accidentally referred to eim as a him. And no, that’s not a misspelling on my part.

The worldcon community lost its collective minds. People were quick out the gate to condemn worldcon, disassociate. Why? Identity. As someone who’s even more extreme of a niche, Bogi trumps Worldcon. And the cycle begins anew. It was hilarious on twitter the last couple of days watching authors fight, tear each other apart, all over trying to signal their virtue even more.

People defending Worldcon say it’s Bogi’s fault for “not addressing the problem privately and just going public”. How ironic is that? Kevin Roche never responded to me, never told me what I was even accused of doing wrong even to this day. They just went public saying I “intended on violating the code of conduct”, never specifying what that was in some nebulous identarian argument that I must just be horrible. And because of identity, the outrage community agreed. All that mattered was identity, even in holding that standard. It’s because with identity politics, there are no standards.

Wolrdcon found themselves in such a trainwreck over this and other identarian mistakes this week. Their “marginalized voice” hugo award nominees didn’t get enough panels. They preferred popular name authors in panel selection. This is bad. Why? Identity. How dare they put white male John Scalzi on a panel when a marginalized voice needs to be heard – even if John Scalzi is a draw to the convention. Businsess decision are not even something they can make because of identity politics.

It’s gone so far, but have they learned their lesson? Will they apologize to me because of the absurd childish way they treated me over being the “wrong” identity (I thought identity wasn’t something you could choose?)? I doubt it. SJWs never learn their lessons. They always double down. And at the end of the day, they always destroy the organizations they usurp.

It’s really sad, but Worldcon’s gone down this path for a long time. This is the end result. They’ve killed traditional fandom. All I can do is forge a new one, because I’ll never be accepted with this identity.

I have a crowdfund going that deals with identity – not in the political way – but with SECRET IDENTITIES. Meta-Girl is dating Johnny Benvinuti, but hasn’t told him about her superheroics. He also hasn’t told her he’s a criminal. The drama deepens as their worlds collide because of a strange alien artifact Johnny found while trying to fence a stolen painting. Read it all in Flying Sparks, on IndieGoGo now.

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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.  

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Former Hugo Award Administrator Admits Anti-Conservative Discrimination By Worldcon

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It happened on the hate website, File 770 this weekend. Former Hugo Award Administrator John Lorentz stated “the rules were changed with the specific intention of making it harder for ‘those people’ to be on the ballot. That’s political.”

This marks one of the first times we’ve seen a person who’s been associated with the Hugo Awards/Worldcon admit political discrimination against conservative/libertarian authors. Even he understands this is a dangerous game for the SJWs in fandom depersoning conservatives and libertarians by use of his scare quotes on “those people.”

For those who aren’t familiar with the situation, a group of such authors made awards recommendations for 2013-2016. Those authors were wildly successful in their achieving nominations and had the stated intention of making their slates because recent nominees/winners had been riddled with toxic identity politics, and not actually the stories most people in fandom loved. The in-crowd at worldcon was so riddled with identity politics for their extreme left causes that they nearly rioted in 2015, ensuring no one received awards rather than their chosen.

This group has become so insular in their identity politics game that they’ve ostracized half the country intentionally. They banned known conservative blogger Dave Truesdale for his commentary at a panel he was speaking on when he warned political correctness was killing the industry, and they most famously pre-banned your favorite humble Hispanic author/journalist (me) in an effort to drive a further political wedge into who is welcome at the convention.

Worldcon also released their panel line up for this year’s convention over the weekend. The line up is riddled with extreme left identity politics on a level I’ve never seen at a convention before, sapping all of the fun out of the convention, and making it worthless for professional writers who are intending on learning the craft or furthering business.  Even authors like John Scalzi, known harasser of conservative authors, is scratching his head at how the panels were chosen, posting to twitter in confusion.

The most ironic piece of this thought, is Worldcon has a panel dedicated to Geek Identity, Policing, and Gatekeeping. The panel is billed as a “how do we put a stop to tribal behaviors”, but the panelists chosen is solely comprised of angry extreme alt-left internet trolls who comment on File 770. Oh to be able to be in that room and hear what they have to say on the matter! Of course… I was gatekept out by them and their friends.

The political problems in establishment fandom is absolutely staggering. One thing is clear: it’s probably not safe for a known conservative to even be at Worldcon 2018. If you’re one privatley, bring a friend, never be alone, and be careful who you talk to because they might accuse you of harassment for saying “hi.”

Despite Worldcon’s attempt to Gatekeep me out of the industry because of my political commentary, my novella Knight Training was a #1 Amazon Bestseller last week. Readers don’t care, and they’re flocking to fun people who write fun stories. Which is the real reason these folk are doing everything in their power to deplatform and hold our movement down. You can read Knight Training here. Every sale and every review makes an SJW gatekeeper cry.


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What Do You Do About The Haters And Losers?

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I posted up some of the hate I receive regularly last night on social media, when a random person took to a wall and from that comment on actually spent the entire evening relentlessly attacking me. Another author friend of mine posed a question: “how do you deal with the 24-7 hate you get?”

Jon Del Arroz’s History Of Being Trolled And Harassed by SJWs

It’s been a journey with this as much as it’s been a journey in writing, becoming successful, and the good end of this business.

I dealt with my first round of hate in 2016 in the science fiction industry when my at-the-time editor at the time, Jennifer Brozek, had her assistant Sarah Craft send me e-mail warning shots about my being happy about the Trump election (when they were acting like absolute bully children about how people voted) threatening that I would basically never work in the industry again if I continued this way.

It was pretty standard. I’d heard from a lot of conservatives that none would speak up because it’d kill careers. I was warned every step of the way never to be vocal about anything with what I believed or I’d be 100% ostracized and demonized even by the people sitting around the table, sharing drinks and food with me, claiming to be my friends. This is 100% accurate. It all happened.

Most who read here have seen how far it went from BayCon, my home convention, turning its back on me, the organizers there who I spent good time with, spoke with often, all decided I was the “evil nazi” because I dared have a different political opinion than them, and I was no longer invited. It escalated to being attacked by industry profressionals like Cat Rambo, president of SFWA and Kurt Busiek, former Marvel comics writer on File 770, which spiraled into Bleeding Cool attacking me, and then larger authors jumping on the bandwagon once I got more popular, all as if I’m some sort of threat to their careers.

From that period of about November 2016 – September 2017, I didn’t deal with it well. I was extremely hurt, the betrayal of friends and colleagues in the industry because I dared speak out was just mind-boggling. I couldn’t handle it. It was a really dark spot for a long time there. I’m not some superhuman who can absorb my children being doxxed and getting strange packages because the President of SFWA is going around telling people I’m less than human (when she should be out there defending authors who have independent opinions! Literally her job). They almost caused me to crack.

So What Do I Do To Stay So Upbeat? 

I don’t know what it was. Maybe it was just the amount of it, the relentless nature of it, but after it went that far in September last year, which got to the point where I emailed that I had concerns of being physically attacked at Worldcon and the chairman ignored my threats and later banned the victim, I compartmentalized it. I could see the hate and not spend all of my time for days stewing on it all of a sudden. I think it’s desensitization to some extent, which is not a good thing really if you think about it, but that’s a portion of how I handled it.  The other portion is mindset.

Mindset Is LIfe

I’ve also changed from getting mad to just laughing. I almost never get mad anymore at comments like the ones I received last night. People are just as nasty as they’ve ever been, but it’s really funny. Because if you think about it, they’re angry because they are seeing their power structures fading. Their stories aren’t selling. Their friends stories aren’t selling. They’re not connecting with readers at all.

They’re also having trouble connecting with friends. A lot of these people who built up walled-off power structures in the industry are honestly mentally ill. I’m not saying this as an insult, but you’ll often see them post about depression, how terrible their lives are as writers, how hard it is even to type words because they’re so overwhelmed and depressed. Part of it is their echo chamber where they’ve blocked any other opinions and they’ve got a relentless feed of fake news telling them the world is doomed 24-7. Think about how stressful it must be to have even just that for a minutes, and then consider these folk are introverted homebodies who don’t often go outside and get a breath of fresh air. That’s where they’re coming from. At that point, you can just feel a little empathy and pity for them.

It also sucks that there’s a newcomer in here who’s a #1 Bestseller less than 2 years into the business, and they’ve been toiling for decades barely able to get short stories published, and even with that, they have very few readers. It’s not fair. I get the urge to tear that down, even if it’s nonsensical because my success doesn’t mean they (or you) can’t be a success too. It’s not a either/or game. And actually, I’ve tried to offer to help some of these folk (including Cat Rambo) because their marketing game is very poor and they from their positions can often do a lot better. That’s my olive branch because I just care about the business at the end of the day, these feuds don’t matter to me even if it’s intensely personal to them.

But that’s really it. If you can learn to laugh, if you can learn to pity those who are doing it, their insults don’t really grate on you anymore. You just see it as something you can repost, get some amusement out of, and move on with your day. It takes a lot of being hit over and over to get to that point because I’m not sure I could shift the mindset without the desensitization aspect, and man I tell you they almost got to me, very close, but once you get there it becomes a lot easier.

I’ma Stay Gettin’ Money

It also becomes a lot easier when your books are selling. Keep producing. Their goal is to get you off track so you don’t get things done. Don’t let that happen. Focus on work. Put in the hard effort. I was telling a wildly successful author last night who congratulated me on my new #1 Release that I haven’t seen anyone who honestly treats this like a business and not a hobby lose. think about it. everyone who’s dead focused, pushing really hard on all angles seems to get a leg up. That’s true in life in whatever you’re doing. Work hard, stay focused. That’s the key.

And the haters can suck it, cuz I’m #1 😉 .

I’ve got a crowdfund coming out next week. Comics is an industry that’s very similar with maybe even worse hater contingent than the sci-fi game. I don’t know how my audience is going to translate over to a different medium, but I’m very excited because I have a great product with a great artist working with me. Later today (friday July 20th), I’m going to be sending out a free 8 page sampler to everyone on my mailing list. Do sign up so you can see if you like my comics! 

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My Post Mocking Feminism Goes Viral – Twitter Locks My Account

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Twitter’s been on a warpath against conservatives lately, as I detailed in my piece for The Federalist about a month ago. They’re claiming they’re making all sorts of changes to “better the experience”, but the truth is, they’re attacking conservative thought.

Last time, I was given no choice when I made the statement that transgenderism is a mental illness by definition. They made me take it down in order to get my account back — and I need my account for book marketing. What could I do?

This time was a little more interesting. Here’s what occurred while I was asleep last night, a fan sent over the screen shot to me:

What happened yesterday?  I made a post mocking feminism, which is clearly NOT a violation of their TOS, so they couldn’t ding me on the post proper. The post was retweeted by Mike Cernovich, and when it had that many eyeballs on it, it proceeded to go viral. When I went to bed it was reaching 100 retweets and 500 likes, and still going very strong.

Twitter didn’t like my message, but they didn’t have any way to stop me from the actual content, so they locked my account out. The “bot like behavior” reasoning is a frightening one for free speech, as they don’t actually have to explain themselves to you at all. The only thing I did last night was get too popular.

I’m back in now, but the account was locked overnight, making my viralness stop in its tracks. This was their goal. They don’t want to see our kind of thought out there.

This is going to keep escalating as we get close to the 2018 midterms. Big Tech wants to influence the election, and they want to stop the influencers of thought and policy they deem to be threats. Be careful out there, and make EVERYTHING public that they do to you. We have to keep calling them on it when this kind of behavior happens if we want to continue our winning in the culture war.

I make my own culture as well, which makes me doubly dangerous to these people who are trying to censor conservatives. My most popular work is an award winning fantasy novel about a girl who inherits and airship and goes to war. Check it out here, as book 2 and 3 are coming out soon and you won’t want to miss reading those on their launch!  

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The #ComicsGate Crowdfund Successes Keep Rolling

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Honestly, it’s starting to look like we have our own little pocket industry here. While the books I’m talking about now aren’t making the $300-400k amount, they are making far more than most other first time comic kickstarters that I see launching.

The most recent success story is Mike S. Miller’s Lonestar: Heart Of A Hero. Miller is another former DC Artist who has an extreme amount of artistic talent, and his superhero has a cool patriotic theme which appeals very well to our budding movement. He just launched over the weekend and already has made more than $20,000 for a 48-Page book.

Shortly before that was Trump’s Space Force, by veteran creators Chuck Dixon, Timothy Lim and Brett R. Smith. This over-the-top pro-Trump concept has been on the minds of many ever since Trump announced a space force, and with this level of talent, it has the whole industry excited. In its first week, the single-issue book has made more than $25,000.

Mitch Breitweiser’s Red Rooster has also reached near-Ethan Van Sciver level of success since it’s come out. His new superhero is a very unique concept and with him and his wife doing most of the artistic work, and friend of the movement Mark Pellegrini on writing duties, people took to this project very early on. It should break $90k this week.

And Blake Northcott, writer of Aspen Comics’ Executive Asisstant Iris put out a kickstarter for a new novel, not even a comic. It broke $10,000 in tis first weekend  and is on its way up, and I haven’t seen many prose books do this kind of funding at all.

The train keeps rolling. This movement is not just something stuck on a couple of lucky YouTube stars, but it’s people committed to fun comic books across the board. Even with so many projects in just a span of a couple of months, these books keep funding — which means there’s a lot of readers out there who are very excited for the movement. It’s rolling. This is the summer where the comic industry changes. We are building something new together.

Comics are a lot like science fiction, and I’m working to change that industry as well. I write fun books just like the comics I’m about to put out, and if you haven’t checked out For Steam And Country, now’s the time. A sequel novella, “Knight Training” is coming out this week, followed by 2 more full books this summer. It’s the #SummerOfSteampunk. #MoveTheNeedle in Science Fiction and read For Steam And Country today! 

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Blacklisting Didn’t Work, So They’re Trying To Harass Us Out Of The Industry

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Ever since I came out of the closet with how I voted, it’s been one thing after another in an attempt to gatekeep me out of the industry. It started with a convention removing me from their speaker circuit as most readers are aware, with many of the same people from that convention then enacting a full ban in an unprecedented move at Worldcon, so they literally wouldn’t have to even see a conservative because it might trigger them.

When I started getting big last summer, the lone professional writer’s guild Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America decided had their president go on a blacklisting and defamation campaign—not only to try to make sure markets wouldn’t publish me, but asking authors to not speak with me.

Her antics led to attacks from big NYT Bestsellers like John Scalzi and Chuck Wendig, both of whom would ramble about me on their blogs and twitter out of nowhere in an effort to try to destroy me.

SFWA’s president’s followers also went way overboard in those months, doxing my children, posting about their medical issues, and all culminating in sending an anonymous spring-loaded package to my house. SFWA’s president has never apologized, never told her fans this was over the line, but last week made bizarre false accusations about me (without naming me) on Twitter to further escalate the rhetoric.

It only gets crazier on the comics side.

A year ago, I wrote an expose about how Marvel Comics blacklists conservatives. Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool turned it into a fake news hit piece on me (I was a nobody at the time, so very odd he would dedicate a piece to that on his site). From there, I had several trolls come over from the SJW comics fandom. They still follow me around to this day, though I’m not sure what they want as they’re not looking at my work. Several anonymous people, making account after account to just come say nasty things to me. And they’re all white males attacking a Hispanic, I might add.

But these last couple of weeks have had complete harassment of professionals who have fans in the #ComicsGate crowd by online cowards who are actively attempting to hurt our businesses.

Both Ethan Van Sciver and Diversity & Comics have IndieGoGo campaigns running, and both campaigns were hit by duplicate mock campaigns to try to confuse buyers and frighten away customers. They were identical in every way, making clear impersonation attempts to fraudulently raise money based on the names of these hardworking professionals.

On top of that, the imposters took to twitter making mock accounts of EVS, D&C, Mitch Breitweiser, Brett R. Smith, Jon Malin, and me. They went to trouble trying to make a number of identical tweets to us, and then set to following all of our fans. I was inundated with messages (do you have another account, were you banned?) for a few days as the person harassed me and others. Eventually, the person broke the bit and started making posts rambling about how terrible President Trump is, making it look like I was doing it.

On top of this, the same person (I believe, as it’s all anonymous) made accounts dedicated to mocking my Christianity, made more accounts to mock my science fiction writing, and just continued over and over to just make out of left field nasty remarks. The other comic professionals received the same.

This is the type of harassment the SJWs all claim they face, and then never actually have anything beyond someone criticized their work and it sent them into a mental-disorder aided tailspin. It’s being done to us, and it’s being done on levels that would absolutely break these people if they truly had to face it. They’re trying to mess with our psyches and make the pressure so immense that it forces us out of the business. Why? Because we’re starting to be successful. All of the crowdfund campaigns have done very well so far in comics, and we’re bypassing the gatekeeping establishment that’s been culling comics for decades. For the first time. This is a revolution like indies were to Amazon several years ago in books, and they don’t want that to happen to their fragile comics.

But we’re going to keep going. And we’re going to keep winning. It just needs to be out there how much pressure we face simply for the act of speaking out.

In a society where everyone’s got telepathic bonds, it’s very hard to speak out when you see problems going on in your society. The pressure that mounts is even worse. Commander Tamar has to deal with this among the Aryshan people as they’re getting drawn into an interstellar war that will be bloody for both her people and the humans they face. Read how she handles herself in The Stars Entwined. 

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Space Force: The Comic

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I’m out of time for blogging today, so I wanted to give a shout out to Chuck Dixon, Timothy Lim and Brett R. Smith for their new comic, Trump’s Space Force. It looks really fun and these guys have been working their tails off to get this ready, so it’s worth a blog post as it is.

I only wish I’d thought of it first. My first instinct was to go for a novel rather than a comic… I outlined a Space Force novel… but I haven’t had time to write it yet. Check out the comic for now and we’ll see:

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The #ComicsGate Success Is No Fluke – People Crave Good Comics

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We’ve had a few different successes in comicsgate now that it’s actually becoming a full on subset of the industry, not just a couple of guys with flukes. This is very positive, and I hope we continue toward this trend. I’m personally cutting back my DC Comics purchases (which ranges from about ($12-20 per month in books) in order to make sure I can keep funding these awesome indie projects and move the needle.

The movement started with Alt-Hero. People came from the sci-fi book world and political realm to back this project which made over $225,000 in its run — not even on one of the major crowdfund sites, but on the alt-tech Freestartr website. This shook the industry both from the comicsgate side and as a whole. It received no media attention. The comics industry tried the “if we ignore it, it’ll go away” tactic, and yet it was wildly successful. Vox Day launched an entire publishing company on the heels of this that continues to crank out comics. And moreover, the books have been going to #1 on amazon upon release. Alt-Hero has continued to reshape the industry, and as Vox is continuing to release comics monthly, it should for a long time to come.

The second experiment was Jawbreakers, by Richard Meyer and John Malin. This has gone crazy to date, over $350,000 in its indiegogo sales, helped by the fact that people in the industry actively tried to make sure this book never showed up in comic stores. Readers spoke, and they really disliked the gatekeeping.

But as they say, two can still be a fluke, three becomes a pattern. Ethan Van Sciver went to bat next with his Cyberfrog project, which is still going on indiegogo and is at $430,000 as of this morning. His unbelievable success is because of his charming youtube videos and following, and being a well known DC Comics artist who does extremely good work. With his success, it’s shown that this movement is really something that will continue on repeat.

But there’s a lot of smaller projects that aren’t getting as much attention. They’ve been successes in bypassing the gatekeepers of the comic industry as well and show this is a very healthy and vibrant market.

Chuck Dixon released not just one, but TWO jungle themed books on indiegogo over the last month. Ravage: Kill All Men, and Jungle Comics. Between the two, the books have made close to $40,000, and these are for individual issues not full graphic novels.

Mitch Breitweiser, another former DC artist, also recently put his superhero concept, Red Rooster up a few days ago. As of this writing this is fast approaching $70,000 for a 60 page book featuring the character.

Richard Meyer put out a second comic crowdfund for his book Iron Sights, a black and white book which has to date reached close to $50,000.

What can we learn from this? The comic book companies keep telling us we’re “not the market”. “These books aren’t for you.” “The industry is changing, deal with it”. While trying to force SJW political stories down our throats. The thing is — this very clearly IS the market. People are going out of their way and spending a lot of money supporting these projects that are standing up to that, without big brands to attach to. People want good story, good art, and a certain feel from their comics. It’s insane that the industry won’t listen.

But if this keeps going as it does, they’ll have to listen. This is a substantive amount of the market share that’s getting peeled off. If people are like me and stopping buying Marvel/DC to allocate their funds to buy these, we’ll see a rapid industry change over the next few years. We just have to keep this ball rolling and keep this fun spirit of comics alive. Join me in supporting indie creators and moving the needle for this next generation of comics.

I’ll be putting out my own crowdfund at the end of the month for my superhero book, Flying Sparks. It’s got great art, and a fun storyline with a lot of personal tension. “The kind of stuff that reminds me of early marvel comics,” said Comic Book Resources on the book.  I hope you’ll check it out when it launches July 23rd.

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Space Force: Old And Busted Legacy SF vs. New Hotness Indie SF

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Sci-fi is about sense of wonder. It’s about exploration. It’s about seeking the unknown to better humanity.

If you’re confused, it’s because you’ve been reading Hugo Award winning fiction for the last 20 years and their cohorts who have taken over the industry. This is a group of people ridden by mental disorders who have been on social media so much that they’ve created vast echo chambers of constant political outrage. And their books have turned into vast echo chambers of political outrage as a consequence.

It’s interesting seeing the reactions to the Space Force announced the other day. What can be more sci-fi than that? What can be cooler than the US leading the way with a dedicated team to both be in and defend the great frontier? It’s everything we wanted from Starship Troopers, it’s the beginnings of Star Trek, this is science fiction become reality. It’s a beautiful and exciting thing.

Naturally, the new hotness indie sci-fi authors embraced the idea. The memes flowed like I’ve never seen them before.

I immediately came up with a Space Force novel idea, and have outlined the potential book. Greatest comic writer alive, Chuck Dixon, wrote a Space Force comic which he’s doing with one of the top artists in the industry, Timothy Lim and superstar colorist Brett R. Smith (I got to see a portion of the script and it’s gonna be YUGE! believe me.).

How did the legacy establishmentl sci-fi authors celebrate?

By whining about politics. Nothing can just be a moment of celebration. Nothing evokes a sense of wonder in them because they have none. All they do is the relentless DNC talking points angry outrage 100% of the time. What an exhausting life. No wonder they can’t write as fast or as interesting as folk like me:

And it’s probably a good indicator as to why indie sci-fi is eating up so much of the market. Who wants to turn to science fiction to feel like crap and be outraged by fake news all the time?

That’s the difference in a nutshell. Onward and upward to the stars. The American people seem to want it. Maybe these authors should pay attention to things that matter to sci-fi instead of relentlessly beating a political drum.

If you are interested in my space force novel concept, it’s a ways off. But I have a space military with humanity in the stars, dealing with an alien race that’s getting aggressive and attacking. See how they solve space force-style problems in The Stars Entwined! 

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