Corporate Comics Cuck To China

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If you for a moment thought corporations stand by their art, will ever make a move that is for you, know they’ll be intimidated as soon as there’s a social media campaign.

Bounding into comics reports: 

The cover shows Batman dressed in black, as usual, and flinging a Molotov cocktail in front of the slogan “The Future Is Young” in bright pink lettering. When the image was released on Instagram and Twitter, Weibo users pounced.

They complained there is a connection between the Molotov cocktail – a weapon protesters are accused of using – Batman’s age-old outfit color (worn by demonstrators), and the title Golden Child which symbolizes yellow, another color associated with the protests.

No real, tenable connection exists, of course, between Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child and the Hong Kong demonstrations. But that isn’t stopping observers from drawing tenuous, oblique parallels.

Furthermore, it was enough for DC and they gave in, pulling the artwork off social media. Variety reached out to a Beijing rep for parent company Warner Bros.; they declined to comment.

At what point do these companies need to be brought up for sedition? There is no way our culture can even survive let alone thrive in a world where a foreign power can dictate the cover of a comic book. This is absolutely insane.

And another reason for you to support independent art. I’ll make what I want and do not fear any power except for the one eternal power:

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Epic Black Friday 99 Cent Sale!

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Author Hans Schantz is running a wonderful sale with books by a lot of great authors, of course including my For Steam and Country. (I do recommend checking out the others as well)

This is my main series, the reason I’m popular as a writer, so if you haven’t gotten in yet, now’s the time. It’ll be on sale through Cyber Monday so you’ve got the weekend to get the start to the greatest steampunk novel of all time for only 99 cents! Start reading now! 

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Facebook Suspends Popular Jewish Author’s Page

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Sci-fi author Daniel Arenson was just trying to post about Holocaust remembrance, something Facebook’s censors deem inappropriate these days. Arenson reports:

A few days ago, on my Author Page (separate from this account, which is my personal account) I shared a post that commemorated the Holocaust. It was a project created by a Jewish artist, and included some images of Holocaust victims. Facebook removed the photos, claiming they feature “nudity or sexual activity.”

This seemed to be the work of a bot. I figured it was just a bug in the algorithm. So I applied for a human to review this case, and to potentially restore the photos. A human took a look, told me the memorial photos (created by a Jewish artist) are “hate speech,” and that I’m banned from using Facebook for 24 hours.

Three days went by, and my Author Page was still in “Facebook jail.” Meanwhile, Facebook charged my credit card $1,100 for running ads using that page. The same page I’m locked out of.

I contacted Facebook support, and I finally got a hold of a human. I asked why I was banned, and how long the ban would last. They simply threatened to extend the ban. From their tone, it sounded like they might hit me with even more bans, maybe affecting my personal account (this one) too.

They did not provide reasons why this is happening. I explained that the photos were created by a Jewish artist, who wanted to commemorate the Holocaust. Facebook support staff simply threatened further bans against my account(s).

Today, even on my personal account, I’ve had some trouble accessing the website. Maybe it’s just a Facebook-wide issue, though, and unrelated to my troubles.

If I disappear entirely, this is why. I shared photos by a Jewish artist who wanted to commemorate the Holocaust. Since then, Facebook has been smacking my accounts around, and every time I contact them, it gets worse.

These social media sites have become increasingly anti-social. Once Facebook changed their algorithm to not allow people to post from their business pages without “boosting” or no one sees the posts, it became pay to play. Now apparently you can’t even discuss certain topics it deems it doesn’t want on its site.

How long until people get banned solely because of their identity?

It’s a shame what’s happened to these social media companies as they try to tightly control information, and sell their commodities — which is YOUR information.

You bet Facebook is making money off of Arenson’s Jewish heritige — AND off the ads he’s put up for his books.

It’s a crime what’s going on, and these companies desperately need regulation, or at the very least, anti-trust suits brought against them.

Anyway, I’ll switch it up from my general self promoting post endings today. Arenson is a great Mil SF author. Check out his books: 

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#NaNoWriMo The Home Stretch!

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November is probably the hardest month to do a NaNoWriMo, at least for me. I’ve got the 20BooksTo50K conference, this weekend had Wizard World, and then Thanksgiving. This year it’s even more challenging as I’m in the process of moving.

But we’re reaching the last 5 days.

I’m 10K away, which means I’m going to have to clock 2,000 words every day from here on out to make it. Hopefully I can do so, but I’m very close.

This year is interesting, as I’m finally writing a follow up to my first novel, The Stars Entwined, which I wrote and rewrote so many times to get the book you’ve got in your hands. The original book started when I was 18 years old, scribbling in the back of class in high school. I didn’t have much of an idea of where it would go or how it would end, just a general premise.

It’s changed a lot over the years, and this sequel really pushes the series to a whole new level. What’s interesting on this one is I’ve largely abandoned my outline I wrote for the book. Patreon subscribers will see the original outline eventually when I get to it, but I’ve developed a much more gripping story over the course of this month…

…the only problem is now I don’t know how it ends!

It’s unusual for me. This is uncharted territory for writing, but I know every twist and turn that happens in the book is some of my best work.

I am excited to eventually bring this to you. The book’s not going to be close to ending at 50,000 words of NaNoWriMo, but I should wrap it up in December at least.

Cheers!

Read The Stars Entwined and catch up now!

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