State Of The Blog

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You may have noticed I’ve been blogging a lot shorter lately, not really doing as in-depth of posts and doing a little more promotion. There’s a reason for that. I’ve got severe tendonitis in my wrists and it’s starting to cause other problems — mostly because of how much I write plus play piano plus do other work on my computer. I’m trying to cut down the amount of typing I do as a result. It’s been a really painful couple of weeks and it’s setting me back on a lot of levels.

I’m not sure how best to continue. I’ll maybe adjust the format a little where I’m copying articles and leaving a little snarky commentary, or finding some videos i like…or may be even just making videos and posting the channel link here for a bit. I won’t stop writing entirely, but this is my least-money-making writing activity, so this is what needs to slow down before anything else does.

Hopefully this flare up dies down and I find a way to work a little more easily again. Open to suggestions (of course I stretch and ice and all that already, but it doesn’t seem to help much).

For now, make sure to back my Patreon. My content relies on support of people like you coming and checking things out– and I’ve always been fiction first. My short stories, comics, and books are all going live on there before they hit the public, some of it exclusive. So check it out. 

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Alt-Hero Q Returns

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After IndieGoGo pulled their disgusting move by deleting the account and refunding all the backing well after the campaign was completed, Alt-Hero Q returns today on a new platform. I backed this and hope everyone else will as well — we have to send a message to these big tech companies that they can’t do this, that it’s not acceptable, and that we will not be silenced.

Link is here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/alt-hero-q/x/7822803#/

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Today’s Lunch Stream Featuring Mike Baron!

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I’ve been friends with Mike for awhile now, and am very excited to have him on the stream. The coolest part is every time I look him up, I see he’s done MORE stuff that i loved as a kid. Punisher, Star Wars adaptations of the Timothy Zahn novels, Archer & Armstrong from Valiant Comics, of course his legendary creation Nexus with Steve Rude. Just a lot of awesome stuff.

Of course… then he had the problem that he came out of the closet as a conservative in the industry. So you suddenly don’t see him on these books. He’ll talk about the experience and what he’s doing now here:

Make sure to like, subscribe, share so we can get this yotuube channel cranking!

 

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A Free Short Story For Everyone!

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I’m relaunching my Patreon in earnest, with a slightly new format as everything comes out. Already got some big tier backers on there so I really appreciate that last night!

But mainly, I put up the free story so you can check it out and see the type of content I deliver regularly. The story is “Love IRL” and I’m about to release a sequel to it for short story backers. Lotta great content coming out these next few months so do check it out here. The free story is the most recent post.

Other than that, really focusing a lot more on the fiction end of things lately to try to get all my obligations caught up. I have a lot of comic work to do on top of the novels and shorts so this should be very fun going forward!

 

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Busy Month!

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I don’t really have a blog topic today because I’m a million miles and hour on all my projects, which are super numerous. I have to figure out how to get the blog off of the malware warning lists too cuz it’s really hampering traffic (and haven’t had time to look into that too much).

I’m trying to put in finishing touches on my short story collection here which i’m hoping to get out in time for Christmas for everyone, which is taking priority. The stories are showing up on my Patreon, link up top for those who want to check out my work early.

Make sure to check out the Lunch Stream in the meantime. Subscribe and get our count up, costs nothing there, we’re growing very nicely on the content. But In lieu of blog typing I can do some nice talking over lunch 🙂 .

And only 48 hours left on The Ember War. Get it while it’s hot!!!

 

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Still Not Tired Of Winning: Ember War Edition

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People have told me don’t do this, don’t do that for my entire artistic career. I get warned constantly about my memes being too spicy, or my journalism being too on target, or being at the center of conflicts where I’m defending free speech, or associations with different friends who are helping fight the culture war. I’ve been warned from day one never to be who I am or say what I believe, and I have to keep reminding everyone who reads: those warnings are all pointless.

There’s naysayers everywhere. People root for you to fail in life. It’s a really bizarre thing. I don’t know if it’s human nature to be negative, jealousy, different combinations of events, but “You can’t do it. You didn’t build this.” seems to be a common theme among non-creators and non-influencers. It feels like literally with every project I have to go out and prove them wrong.

And we did so again. After losing support of a lot of YouTuber ecelebs, people warned me this campaign was never going to make it. I was confident that we had the best product out there with a great art team and a wonderful story by Dragon Award winner Richard Fox. I believed in The Ember War because of how awesome it is, and it’s turning out even cooler in comic form than I expected. Here’s a preview from issue 3 of the book that hasn’t been released anywhere yet:

Just super fun robots vs. drones. You can’t lose with that kind of a story. And we crossed over the $20,000 threshold this weekend without any media coverage outside of Boudning Into Comics, and very little YouTube support. It’s interesting watching the metrics on my end because I see exactly what this means for both the independent comics movement out there, and for future projects. It means we’re going onward and upward and we are creating a REAL revolution here.

There’s still time to back The Ember War. Get a great graphic novel, 120 pages of epic content, and let your voice be heard in the industry.

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Flying Sparks Out To Digital Backers — WINNING!

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I wrapped up a lot of the print process yesterday and got word everything is under way, so I figured it was a good time to drop the digital edition of Flying Sparks to backers. Check your email and spam folders for an email from Jon Del Arroz if you backed and missed it.

I’m so excited to be able to be one of the first in our movement to get everything out to backers so you all can read. I never expected the book would get this much traction, thank you everyone again for your tremendous support!

I think the story turned out a lot of fun and I’m excited to be able to bring you more adventures of Johnny and Chloe in the future. We’ll be getting those all ready for you soon.

For now, Jethro and my next project is The Ember War. Jethro is working very hard on the pencils right now (60% complete) and I’ve got 24 pages of the 120-pager left to script so this will occupy us for the rest of this year on the comic front. I’ve got a couple other projects in the pipeline which are smaller — including a full 24-page story of Dynamite Thor, who is a character from one of the quick backer stories that I sent out as a bonus. People have been telling me they love that character and I try to give the readers what you want!

For now, check out The Ember War. It’s ALMOST to its 20K funding, it just needs your support to get there!

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A ComicsGate Divided And How To Get It Back On Track

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It looks (perception wise) like there’s been wave after wave of defeat in the movement to save comics from the clutches of the radical leftists at Marvel and DC. The movement both grew a little too fast and lost its purpose over the last month or so, and there’s a few natural reasons for it.  Fracturing is happening on a few levels:

  1. The overwhelming wins and successes brought a lot of heat and scrutiny on everyone because it went more mainstream than ever imaginable. Indie comic creators are making REAL MONEY and this is a huge threat to the establishment.
  2. We’re at a stage where there’s like 20+ outstanding crowdfunds. A couple like Iron Sights and Stardust have started to fulfill, but most people are out hundreds of dollars without much to show for it yet, so there’s a frustration.
  3. Because of the first two, large YouTubers with big fanbases are coalescing together and getting more insular – which means less attention on budding indie projects that aren’t from artists with already substantial fanbase, creating frustration among the smaller indies who feel as if they supported these guys who blew up and aren’t getting return support.
  4. There’s a GLUT of books on the market now. Just too many to keep up with.
  5. A subset of the group thinks if they signal they’re “not conservative” to the fake news media, they’ll somehow win their approval and get back in with establishment comics.

These factors together make for overwhelming negativity in a group that somewhat was formed because of intense emotions against establishment comics. But what’s resulting is a PSYOP from the mainstream media, from comics professionals, which has trickled down through the internet and reached everyone else in an attempt to divide, destroy, and tear everything we’ve built down.

They’re scared because they don’t want this to actually turn into CONTINUAL success. Our enemies believe if they stop everyone right here, they’ll be able to make this just a blip in crowdfund history rather than have a new industry emerge.

Here’s the thing. We can’t control the media attacks. We can’t control the creator attacks. We have to stop getting frustrated about those or caring about those. It doesn’t matter what SJWs think.

I repeat, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SJWS THINK.

You can’t appease them. You can’t stop or slow their attacks. You can’t donate money to LGBT causes and get in their good graces and have them stop calling you homophobe. They don’t care. They aren’t rational. They are just NPCs repeating what the fake news says. All they know is you’re going for their “diverse and inclusive comic industry” and you’re a threat to it.

Whether you want to be “right” or not, you’re associated with right wing people in their minds because most of this group is right wing at least to some extent. Most of the creator names who are big are Trump supporters. That’s WHY they hate us and this group at its core. It can’t be changed with a “we’re not ALL trump supporters” response. Just ignore them. NPCs are only programmed to say the few lines they regurgitate.

It’s hard to realize that there’s no way to be rational with a group, because we are mostly rational people but we have our own irrationality which is that we have the tendency to think like us. SJWs do not think like us. They have a modus operandi that is always consistent, never changes, and is easily predictable. You can read about this in the book SJWs Always Lie by Vox Day. 

If we address this, stop caring what they think, and just care about our projects and the projects of our allies – and furthermore use the tactic that they do — which is stop talking shit about our allies’ works and only say nice things about our allies’ works, we will weather this and we’ll come out ahead.

That’s such an imperative thing. I may get the urge to be a critic as well. There’s been people who have shown me their work, I’ve seen some of the books in process and believe me, there’s elements that I’d want to fix, or there’s people I very much want to give a good shaking because of their public persona / online profile.

You’ll note I haven’t. I never talk bad about anyone of the creators even remotely adjacent ally to me, even people who are attacking me or sending their minions to attack me. Why? Because it only helps to tear us all down. It’s not a threat to me that someone else has an IGG that’s successful. It’s not taking from me. I don’t need to show anyone that I’m purity testing someone else because it doesn’t help my bottom line, and it doesn’t help the other creators’ bottom lines.

Unfortunately some have taken that stance of mine and used it as license to attack and distance themselves from me with some smug commentary. Folk know I won’t really hit back proportionately so I’m a “safe target” to those who have fallen prey to the divisive PSYOP of the SJWs that’s running right now. It needs to stop.

The landscape will change again when the big projects mostly get out there and are shown to be complete. Once hundreds of thousands of dollars are FULFILLED, there’ll be more talking about work, less of this. But for now – don’t punch right and keep supporting indie comics as they’re out there. That’s the only thing we can control while we’re waiting. Stay calm. Stay the course. Trust in the results that are coming. Don’t swing right.

I’ve got a book to get back on working on. It’s called The Ember War and it’s currently 60% complete on the art side, more than 90% funded! It’s epic action sci-fi like you’ve never seen in comics before .Check it out here. 

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