Hit By A Hacker Attack

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Over the weekend, you may have noticed my site went down. That’s why there was no blog yesterday or the day before.

What happened was, someone hacked into my hosting account. They purposefully took down the website and tried to lock me out. I had to go through a number of hoops yesterday to restore the account, and I believe we are safe again with precautions I’ve now put into place, but it’s very disconcerting, especially given the timing of the attack.

If you look at last week, I wrote a blog calling out a certain “game designer” and on the other front, the comic book movement I’ve been integral in getting going both took more heat than ever before — with a bunch of randos coming out and blasting me and others personally– and blew up internally with an outrage mob which isn’t healthy at all.

I don’t know who the culprit is, but it’s likely from one of those groups, and I know the attack means I’m very well over the target, and what I’m doing here is VERY effective.

On my front, I’m keeping my head down, trying to get projects done. I have a lot to push forward especially in the next couple of months and I need complete focus in order to get everything done. There’s a lot of fun books coming and I can’t wait to show them all to you.

For now, make sure to read and check out The Blood Of Giants, the sequel to my award winning steampunk novel, For Steam And Country. Book 3 is going to be hitting soon to complete a trilogy and you’ll want to be caught up as the action’s getting VERY intense for plucky young Zaira and company.

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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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The Breitweisers Back Out Of Convention Because Of Unsafe Environment

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Conservative creators have had issues at conventions for about a year now. It started with Worldcon 76’s unwillingness to protect me despite the fact that I had credible threats against me, which I sent to them and, instead of taking actions to help authors creators, they banned me because of my outspoken political views.

This opened a cascade of conventions treating professionals on the right side of the aisle as inhuman:

  • Actor Kevin Sorbo was threatened that he was not allowed to attend East Coast Comic Con because he was friends with Sean Hannity.
  • John Ringo was removed from ConCarolinas after they refused to keep him safe from SJW attack mobs.
  • Larry Correia was removed from Origins Game Fair, despite having a very popular RPG coming out for his books, because of SJW hate mobs descending on him.
  • Jeremy Hambly, known as The Quartering, was sucker punched at GenCon by an extreme left wing activist game designer. GenCon started banning people who even asked them questions about the incident from their chats, and they went on to promote the game by the designer who punched him during the convention, instead of taking action to remove the threat.

The message is clear: conventions are not safe for conservative creators, the attempts to keep us out and away from meeting and interacting with fans is escalating toward violence, and conventions actually take the side of the violent perpetrators rather than the professionals who are just trying to sell books.

It’s making it nearly impossible to have public appearances.

Meanwhile, the creators on the left who say the most horrific things, threaten violence online, rile up hate mobs are all treated as if they’re the most important people in the room.

It’s no wonder Mitch and Elizabeth Breitweiser, creators of the very popular Red Rooster comic, feel like they will be unsafe at this con that’s coming up, especially given strange videos on the internet by people who are saying they’re going to “confront” comicsgate creators. There’s a cosplayer who uses her entire twitter account to threaten harassment of right wing pros, and let’s not forget last year when industry professionals themselves threatened Richard C. Meyer to try to harass him out of New York Comic Con.

Conventions need to step up their commitment to authors and creators, because we are the draw. The fans want to see us, to hang out with us, and we want to give back to the fans as well. But in this environment where conventions won’t even acknowledge the threats and violence done to this side of the political aisle — seeming to take these positions because they agree with violence or worse being done to us — it’s making the environment worse. Convention organizers need to step up and say they will protect all guests from violence and harassment, no matter the political persuasion, and make clear statements so fandom can be safe for us in the future.

In The Blood Of Giants, Zaira Von Monocle travel to a foreign continent and finds  the environment is anything but safe. But she has no choice to remove herself because her kingdom back home is on the line if she doesn’t find a cure to the strange super-soldier serum the Wyranth have been ingesting. Read the book here and see what everyone’s saying is my best book to date.

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Will SFWA Act Like A Professional Organization This Time?

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Last week saw the end of my Flying Sparks IndieGoGo campaign, which has now made over $28,000. As a single work graphic novel, it by itself makes more money than most members of SFWA have made in writing in their entire lifetimes. Under the rules of the guild, a single qualifying work of $3,000 or more is needed to prove professional standards for an active membership.

Last December, I applied to SFWA based on other qualifications which were true and correct. The guild at the time decided to find an obscure rule which says they can not admit someone for “any reason”, and turned the guild from a professional organization, to a in-club of political shilling and a personal private club for a few of its members who hold personal animus against me over my political outspokenness.

They’ve had new board elections since that time, and so I decided with the close of the Flying Sparks campaign I would apply again, and see if they will act like a guild for professional writers this time.

It’s important that they do, because they represent as a group the science fiction publishing industry at large, I say industry, not “writing group” as this is supposed to be a club where it’s sales-based, to show that someone is actually making a career of this and to uplift other writers making careers of this, because it’s hard enough out there. I am doing this. I am succeeding despite several people trying to hold me down, to force me out of writing, to force me out of publishing, and blacklisting me.

SFWA’s membership committee must act right this time if they are to continue to be a writer’s guild in the future. End the personal hate nonsense and let’s move forward as professionals.

We’ll see how this goes. My application should be very quickly read and approved given how well I’m doing in the industry.

In the meantime, read my new book, The Blood Of Giants. It’s the best book I’ve ever written, is already getting great reviews, and is pure fun in the way science fiction is supposed to be. Check it out here.  And make sure to leave reviews!

 

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The Anti-ComicsGate Industry Surge Is About Harassing And Scaring People

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I was shocked yesterday to see the attack on Alterna Comics, a small independent comic creator on the East Coast. They’ve been innovating within the industry by bringing back newsprint — making comic books affordable for everyone. I pick up their entire line and it’s usually between $6-10 a month just because of their titles being $1.50 each. It’s amazing!

They’ve been an apolitical group, really focusing on creating great comics in 3 different genres: sci-fi, horror, and an all ages line. It’s been really great all the way around. Best part is they’ve been working with smaller creators who don’t get political in their work, so it’s been a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the industry.

The industry can’t have that!

Yesterday, editor Jennifer de Guzman from DC Comics came after a SMALL PRESS INDIE PUBLISHER (emphasis intentional because this is mind-boggling), attacking him on twitter for NOT DENOUNCING READERS.

I’m serious. This is how far the comic industry has gone. She sicced him good, and riled up several other comic creators to say how disappointed they were in Alterna Comics for the simple act of producing comics, sticking with their guns of being politcs-free, and catering to readers. Alterna didn’t endorse any movements, they didn’t say anything that would signal one way or another, they weren’t even rude to the attacks on them, they simply said they value all readers who buy their comics.

And shouldn’t they?

Not in SJW world. SJWs would rather not have readers if they’re not the approved people, that’s been the whole point of comicsgate all along. Half the country doesn’t even have a single book by the big companies that is geared toward them. They don’t have a single representative within the writing community at these companies, and when one is outed, they never work there again.

Alterna simply says “we just are here to create comics. We love comics. Comics are for everyone.”

And that’s a major problem to the point where these SJWs have to shake them down.

They showed their true stripes this last weekend with this, and with a Marvel/DC artist sending pictures of his butthole publicly to Ethan Van Sciver and tagging him. This is the most unprofessional, disgusting industry where people would do that. These aren’t fans fed up with bad products, these are the top professionals trying to abuse and hurt people because they don’t like that there’s alternatives coming up to the work they’re putting out. They’re running scared and they’re getting abusive.

And they don’t seem to have anything else. All they have now is to try to harass us so hard that we disappear. What they don’t realize is, we’re not going to. It only makes us stronger. We are not afraid of them. We are comicsgate.

If you like my articles, make sure to check out my work Flying Sparks! It’s done lettering now and I’m waiting on the print and the stretch goal interior cover and it’ll be off to the printers. When that happens, store’s going down. Get it now!

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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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ComicsGate Will Win Because Of Loyalty

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The most telling part of this industry is the way loyalties are divided. The people who fight ComicsGate are loyal first to brand – Disney, Warner Bros in their comic publishing form of Marvel and DC. Those loyalties then break down to characters created more than 50 years ago by Stan Lee and others that have gone through countless iterations, countless personality changes, countless revisions to where they aren’t even remotely the same character from month to month. It’s pretty amazing at how these companies brainwashed folk into supporting them no matter what product they put out.

These companies set things up like this for a couple of reasons: 1. they’re lazy and they don’t actually have to create real/good stories and 2. so they could cycle through talent and keep hiring cheaply to keep writing/art costs down, basically enslaving the industry.

I realized this fairly early and have been supporting indie comics for a long time. If you go back through my feeds you’ll find I’ve been pretty aggressive about supporting indies in stories and kickstarters of books from indies for a few years. I’ve been waiting for a movement like ComicsGate to come around and have everyone coalesce for a long time.

But even in the indies, the loyalty factor isn’t there. They’re all people trying to use their books as a stepping stone to get to these companies. So they’re all panicked and careful about their books that are struggling to get 100 backers and barely make a couple of thousand dollars. I’m not going to name names of some of the folk I’ve backed over the years, but I noticed a distinct lack of mention of Flying Sparks as soon as I hit the scene, and when i slowed down and asked for help directly (in case they didn’t see it), still had nothing.

They’re hyper-focused in their little bubble and are afraid to rock the boat in case these big two companies notice them so they can work for cheap and be enslaved to these characters they will never own. And the odds are, they’ll never get to work for them anyway.  That’s the sad part.

Enter ComicsGate. The closest I’ve come to ComicsGate before now is when I met Mike Baron (Nexus, Punisher) last year. I backed his book Q-Ball — we’ll call this proto-ComicsGate, and he’s been a great guy to me ever since. This is a movement where even veteran writers like him treat folk coming in as equals and friends, it’s really refreshing to see.

The list of support goes on too long to list in a blog, but my experiences were like this down the line from the biggest name creators to the random comic fan. This group really cares about the movement going on, about the products and it keeps going. My book has already made significant history as the first non-Pro book with no big names attached to crack $20,000 in the campaign. 

And it continues on. I was worried at first that this would just be a brief flash and it would run out of steam, but Jon Malin, my cover artist, already released a new IndieGoGo yesterday to tremendous success himself. It’s still rolling. People are saving their dollars from the big companies and supporting these books now. We have a trend. We have a new industry.

And that’s why we’re going to win this. Before I go today and create more content, I want to highlight one other kickstarter, Heroes Unleashed, a superhero novel franchise that’s going to be making waves over the next few years. It’s run by Silver Empire Publishing who are great friends and supporters. Books and novels need as much support as comics do if we’re going to change the culture, so it’s something to check out.

And don’t forget, Flying Sparks only has a couple of days left. Get in now because there’s going to be no more hardcovers after this run. You’ll want one for your collection!

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The Winners And Losers Of Worldcon 76

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Worldcon 76 is over! What a nightmare. These people really had no business running a convention which they proved when they banned a popular Hispanic conservative author for the mere act of existing as the wrong identity. We had a video on Thursday where I went in and peacefully attempted to buy a ticket. Lori Buschbaum, their security, immediately threw me out of the convention, wouldn’t give a reason for it, and violated my civil rights.

The odd part, was she, unlike in January when she threatened to have me thrown out of any hotel in the immediate area as well, admitted on film that throwing me out of a hotel was something beyond her ability to do and she understood that would be a violation of my cviil rights. What she admits by that is that I’m no threat to Worldcon attendees at all, think about it logically:

If I’m in the hotel where everyone’ staying, being peaceful, not causing a problem (which I was for a day and didn’t cause any problems), it means she didn’t think I’m a real threat to anyone’s safety. Why? If I was, she would have called the police because I was right there with everyone. This is a horrible look for the con and about the dumbest thing they could have done. But regardless, there are a lot of winners and losers at the con. Let’s talk about some of them.

Winners: People Who Didn’t Go

Worldcon’s panels were a complete shit show of identity politics. Several writers at the con told me there were hardly any panels worth going to at all. There was very little science fiction, very little business, no talk on marketing, but lots of panels about LGBTQWTF+ types and how we should applaud them for existing. This was a political action committee masquerading as a scifi convention. I kept getting messages throughout the weekend of people there who really wished they hadn’t spent the money. And a LOT of money it was. $250 for a ticket! You’d think they’d provide a musical act like Journey or something for the price of that. But now… that’s the price you pay to get lectured about diversity.

Losers: Diversity

On diversity… how diverse is it if everyone speaking and there thinks exactly the same? This is the monolith of the entertainment industry now where differing ideas are banned and everyone has to go into this lockstep craziness of ID Politics. It’s why sales are down, it’s why I expect worldcon attendance will be down. They wen’t way too far. The sad part was when they completely redid their programming with 2 weeks to go, I talked to Mary Robinette Kowal about how to include people who think differently… she wasn’t able to get anything through. She tried, but she’s working with absolute zealots at this con.  The whole con though had a lot of fat grannies in wheelchairs though — it looked like a scene out of Wall-E.

Winners: The Right Wing Protests

The Anti-Pedophilia protest drew more people than Antifa. And the Antifa/Worldcon crowd had pretty much nothing there. The right wingers looked better, were more organized, had smarter things to say while the left were standing around wearing pink shirts displaying themselves as literal “pinkos” and having a bizarre #MeatShield. They screamed “racist racist racist” over and over but accomplished nothing.

Losers: The Left

From the programming to the failed counter protest. To the fact that the con com refused to respond to threats of violence, to where they didn’t enforce their “rules” equally to me as they did with left wing authors — Patrick Tomlinson threatened to record people at the con as a threat, far beyond what I tried to do when I said I needed to have a camera in case someone tried to assault me, and yet they ignored it and let him attend the convention. They threw me out without so much as a word. Their full hypocrisy is on display. They looked weak. They looked intellectually retarded.

Winner: Shaymaal Shareef

We’re intellectually honest here, and Worldcon didn’t do everything wrong. Shaymaal is an author from Saudi Arabia, a woman, and she’s trying to produce science fiction content in her home country. They brought her out, and she’s a very cool woman with a lot of talent. Plus she’s very brave for doing what she’s doing in a society like Worldcon wishes they could create. She’s someone to watch over these next few years.

Losers: The Hugo Awards

It’s such a joke at this point. I pretty much voted down the line (cuz I still had rights) with all the identity politics choices — and they all won. 2nd year in a row all women. People were cheering because “black indigenous” women were winning, and weren’t talking about the books at all. It’s all ID Politics now. No one cares about these books or stories and it’s an award that’s going to fade into obscurity over the next few years as it only gets worse with a smaller and smaller group of people attending the con to vote. The echo chamber is here.

Winner: Me.

I released my new book The Blood Of Giants last week. It’s getting great reviews. It’s selling great, just like you would have expected. You should read it too. On top of that, my Flying Sparks IndieGoGo campaign hit $20,000! This comic book is going to change my career and I’m so excited to bring it to you. Only a few days to go so don’t delay in backing!

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Worldcon Director Advocates Against Civility With Conservatives, Proposes Violence

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It comes as no surprise just to how far the Worldcon board members will go at this point in their abject hatred and harassment of conservatives. Many on the board have been directly responsible with stirring up internet outrage mobs against me, including Mr. Andrew Trembley, whose social media feeds are filled with toxic anti-Trump hate and not much else.

There was a time in the science fiction world where I was friends with Trembley on facebook, only having positive interactions with him and his partner Kevin Roche (Worldcon Chair). That changed in 2016, when Trembley’s rhetoric kept increasing in calling Trump supporters racist, Nazis, bigots, and a whole host of dangerous and false terms that could lead to harm of conervatives–and certainly led to the very public defamation he and the other Worldcon board members harassed me with.

Trembley took personal attack against me when I bravely voiced that I support Trump, standing up against the bully mob. I was met with derision and several “colorful metaphors” as Mr. Spock once put it. Mr. Trembley was quick with the F-word and pushing hate of me just because I was voting differently than him.

But an anonymous fan sent a more recent post of his to me. What the Worldcon board doesn’t realize is that I still have a lot of mutual friends, they just don’t say anything because they know the way we get targeted if we speak out. It’s like a Soviet-style crackdown with these folk and it’s horrific to watch how they treat people who disagree.

Trembley’s comments are here:

The commentary on civility is, timing wise, in clear praise of the event where Sarah Huckabee Sanders was thrown out of a restaurant for her identity, simply a woman trying to get dinner. Trembley applauds this action because he can’t get a win at the ballot box with his extremist ideology. So he posits that everyone has to go more extreme.

Of course, he and the Worldcon board already treated me similarly over identity, so of course it’d be something he’d advocate. The next part is more shocking, where he takes Michell Obama’s call for civility in political discourse, “when they go low, we go high,” and changes it to advocate violence against conservatives.

How far will Worldcon go?

It’s a great question. We have a protest going on outside Worldcon at the San Jose convention center on Saturday, August 18th at 12:30 PM. The protest is twofold:

  1.  Standing against pedophilia in science fiction publishing and fandom
  2. Speaking out against violence against conservatives

Worldcon has issued a statement telling their attendees to hide from the protest, presumably so they don’t hear these messages, and hear how their board is harming conservative authors and voices in the community so this message can’t get out.

We won’t let them intimidate us or stop us even in the face of their violent threats.

I will note that Mr. Trembley’s statement is a clear violation of worldcon’s code of conduct, specifically in the harassment section where harassment defined as “any action that makes them feel unsafe”. It’s clear that no conservatives are safe around Mr. Trembley if he views physical violence as the only response to losing a debate. This being a threat of physical violence is also itself a violation of their code of conduct.

Worldcon must ban Mr. Andrew Trembley immediately, especially with how aggressively they’ve chosen to target conservative authors.

In the meantime, we must use our voices to peacefully protest this awful commentary by Mr. Trembley. Show up on Saturday August 18th. And make sure to back my IndieGoGo, Flying Sparks and support brave authors who stand up against this hate-mob mentality.

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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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