Tor Tries To Shut Down Hispanic Author’s Promotion Efforts

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Tor Books is very scared of me. So scared they’re trying to shut my promotional platforms down by having their followers mass report me after they harass and gaslight me. It’s absolutely crazy that a company would do this, but this is where we are in 2018. Why? I’m a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a successful crowdfunder, an award winning author. All without their approval.

I mentioned the other day how Tor employee and the EIC’s wife Teresa Neilsen Hayden started harassing me on Twitter by making a passive aggressive snide remark on my character and telling her following I’m not really a #1 Amazon Bestseller (I am). I naturally sent her a screen shot back to prove the fact, but it didn’t matter. This was the first time she had interacted with me ever, and it was an attack from her position at Tor with the obvious attempt of trolling an independent author:

Teresa spent a whole day harassing me and fellow conservative author Robert Kroese. She’d tap in threads, make absurd claims specifically with the intention of getting us angry by broadcasting complete lies, and then block anyone other than the authors themselves who said anything about it to make it appear as if there was an echo chamber responding only on her side and that there as no dissent from what she was saying.  She spent a FULL DAY targeting me over and over and then blocked me once I posted too many facts about her falsehoods. She sent dozens of tweets in this harassment effort.

After it was determined she couldn’t get away with lying about my Bestseller status, she immediately proceeded to bash the bestseller tag as if it were no accomplishment. She spent another FULL DAY doing this over multiple tweets, engaging a hugo nominee in the process to help make the attack escalate and create a “pile on” effect.

Then she had the gall to act as if I were the aggressor for questioning why this is okay with Tor that someone very public from their company goes out and harasses independent authors and tries to knock them down as they’re getting to a successful point. That is not an ethical thing to do with your competition as a large corporation, after all:

But that didn’t stop there. Even though I’m blocked, not responding, have moved on for my life. All of yesterday was still a “I hate JDA even though I’ve never interacted with him” day on her feed with multiple character assassination attempts:

Ironically, she most recently has accused me of “predatory behavior” which is exactly what she’s doing from her position at Tor:

She even got other authors like Steven Brust, Wesley Chu, and James SA Corey to jump on a pile on of me and start making nasty tweets about me, mocking my bestseller status. But what did Twitter do? Well, her fans mass reported me in an effort to hold me down.

Twitter blamed the victim. Why? Because I’m conservative and they’re the liberal publishing establishment. Now I’m out of being able to use my promotional platform for a week because Tor Books harassed me. This is more than messed up, and I believe it was completely intentional on Teresa’s part.  I’m now shut down and unable to promote my books to my 5,000 fans for a whole week:

It makes sense. I was getting HUGE momentum. I still have my #1 Bestseller, they can’t take that away from me. But the very week after that, I’ve launched a crowdfund campaign in a completely different genre – superhero comics, and that’s proving to do well also. In just 3 days I’ve gotten 95% of my funding goal of $6,000.  This scares the hell out of the establishment because not only am I doing great on Amazon, but now I’m showing I can be a fundraising machine for creative projects.

Moreover, my books are all better than theirs. Even though Tor author Steven Brust wants to throw shade at me without reading my books in an effort to keep the gatekeeping going:

I can’t promote my project anymore. They took that away from me, and that is very wrong for a big company like Tor to do on every level. Please go out and share this post and share Flying Sparks with the community. They’re not going to hold me back or slow me down for a second. I’ll just find other avenues and you will NOT silence me, Teresa.

 

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Tor Books Attacks Your Humble Hispanic Author!

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Nothing scares these people more than a minority going off the reservation and speaking out against the inherent bigotry the SJWs have. They work so hard to hide it by relentlessly talking about how they’re “protecting” us and “helping marginalized” authors. When the truth is, their bigotry runs so deep that they almost always are patronizing us as if we are unable to handle ourselves.

It’s a big reason I’ve come under immense fire out the gate, and why it continues to escalate, even though I’m minding my own business and just producing at an incredible rate, and wildly succeeding in selling those products. Maybe that’s what’s got them running so scared.

My first run-in with Tor was when one of their bigger authors, John Scalzi, decided to lambast me during the Dragon Awards last year. My first novel was nominated, Scazli wanted to play gatekeeper, and so he blasted a number of tweets and even a blog directed at me to try to let his audience know how “bad” I am. He’s continued to do so for the last year, even lambasting the quality of my books. Why are my space opera books a threat to him? Probably because people like them on average far better than The Collapsing Empire. The Stars Entwined holds a 4.5 star rating while his book holds a 4.1 on Amazon.

Next came editor Moshe Feder, who edits all of Brandon Sanderson’s books. Brandon has always been super kind to me, and I’ve been a super fan as a result. I had a signed and numbered hardcover of every one of his books. I’m one of those guys who literally funds Moshe’s career. Oddly, Moshe lambasted me on Facebook (I had never talked to him or talked about him before in my life) saying about me: “Obviously isn’t smart enough to be a good writer.”  Why on earth would an editor at a big firm like Tor lambast an author like that who’s just coming onto the scene? It makes no sense. If Tor gave two craps about their readers (as I was one) they would have at least issued an apology.

It’s continued. Since I hit #1 Amazon Bestseller last week with my novella Knight Training, the establishment at Tor has lost their collective minds. One of their low selling authors, Nick Mamatas has been lambasting me constantly, assuring his followers I’m not “really a bestseller.”

Of course, I have the screen shot with the handy orange tag Amazon gave my book last week to just paste to the thread. But they don’t stop there. Mamatas then decided to tell his followers Steampunk was a genre with only 15 books in it in order to diminish my accomplishment. My fellow bestsellers in the genre, Cherie Priest, Cassandra Clare, Gale Carriger, and Philip Reeve were not available for comment on this.

But the publisher of Tor took notice after that. This week I launched Flying Sparks, my beautiful superhero comic of a hero and villain in love, and the mantra of Jon Del Arroz “isn’t really a bestseller” continued. The publisher’s wife and employee of the company Teresa Neilsen Hayden launched an attack on me because I spoke positively of fellow author Vox Day, who has recently taken a generous amount of time actually criticizing some of my work in a constructive way and guiding me to help me become a better author, something no one from Tor has ever come close to doing in their childish namecalling and gaslighting attacks. She said this:  “he’s not a bestselling author by any definition of the term that’s used by readers and booksellers.”

I showed her the screen shot but she keeps at it. She’s still slinging mud this morning just spewing hate at a minority author from her position of privilege. The question I have is why is my success such a threat to them? How does my accomplishing something diminish them? If I’m such a nobody like they keep saying, why are they spending so much time on me? What kind of company allows their employees to attack other people in the industry like this?

If you want to scare the heck out of establishment publishers like Tor, or Marvel, make sure to back my Flying Sparks. It both has me from science fiction publishing and artist Jon Malin — a blacklisted former marvel artist who they’re claiming doesn’t matter in the comic industry. Maybe it’s the Jons that scare them? Check it out here. 

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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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What Is #ComicsGate?

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Most people who frequent here are familiar with the movement, but former D.C. Comics artist Mike S. Miller, who’s currently running the Lonestar IndieGoGo campaign, wrote a nice analysis about the movement for people who aren’t quite familiar with it:

As the comic book world braces for its annual mecca to San Diego Comic Con, there is a storm brewing beneath the feet of its biggest publishers: Comicsgate.

There has been a growing dissatisfaction with the direction main stream comic books have been going in the past few years. In a time of unprecedented media attention for comic books from the three biggest publishers in the industry, and a period of economic growth unseen in the last thirty years… the comic book industry lost over seventy million dollars last year.

But that money hasn’t all just disappeared. A burgeoning new movement that has been labeled ‘Comicsgate’, has managed to pick up enough of those lost readers to sell over one million dollars in the past three months, and the movement is growing every day.

What is ‘Comicsgate’?

Comicsgate is an alliance of comic book fans, critics, and creators who have found common cause in standing up against what they see as a hard push by social justice warriors into their hobby. A push that has corrupted or politicized the industry they have spent a lifetime cultivating. Fans have simply been walking away from the hobby in droves (as the industries falling profits attest). Critics entertain those disgruntled fans through social media and YouTube channels, giving shape to a movement that has been years, if not decades, in the making. Creators, some of whom have been the subject of blacklisting at companies run by said SJW’s, have found common cause with critics and fans alike, and thus was born an alliance: Comicsgate.

Who is ‘Comicsgate’?

Comicsgate is the people who share the same belief that those who run the major publishing companies in the comics industry are treating their fans poorly. In part due to their constant pushing of social justice or other political ideologies. In part due to some creators and editors outright insulting the fans who disagree with said ideologies.

Comicsgate is not about political ideology or identity. There are conservatives and liberals, there are black and white, gay and straight, Christian and Atheist, and everything under the sun. Where comicsgate people disagree is not where they put their focus. It’s where they agree that they ally: Comics are about entertainment, not political or ideological proselytizing. That is the line in the sand that has brought a disparate group of people together to change comics as a medium back to what it was when they fell in love with the genre.

The movement means business.

A few months ago one of the better known critics in the Comicsgate movement was told to ‘put up or shut up’ about his critique of comic books. Richard C. Meyer, aka ‘Diversity and Comics’ on Youtube and Twitter, took the challenge to heart. Hiring Marvel artist Jon Malin and colorist Brett Smith to create his own comic book, ‘Jawbreakers’ and sell it through Indiegogo. And did it sell. To date, the book has sold over $364,000 and climbing. No small feat for an independent comic. And just the start of a wave of comics in the Comicsgate alliance.

Next came Ethan Van Sciver’s ‘Cyberfrog: Blood Honey’, a re-birth of the Green Lantern artist’s 25 year old creator owned title, which has broken all records in the crowd-funding of comic books at a whopping $443,000 and growing every day.

Mitch Breitweiser’s ‘Red Rooster: The Golden Age’ launched just a few weeks ago, and has already broken the $90,000 mark.

Chuck Dixon’s ‘Space Force’ launched out of the gate last week and has reached $30,000 already.

And latest to the game, launching just this weekend and already breaking the $25,000 barrier, is Injustice artist Mike S. Miller’s ‘Lonestar: Heart of the Hero’.

These, along with a handful of other titles have cumulatively brought the fledgling movement of Comicsgate projects to a height no one could have imagined three short months ago when Jawbreakers first hit the crowd-funding platform. And with the audience of the critics and the creators alike growing day after day, this seems to be a movement with real feet.

Watch out Marvel, DC, and Image comics. The customers you’ve been taking for granted have found a new venue for spending their hard earned money. With a little luck, and a bit of business sense, the Comicsgate alliance could well shape the future of the comic book industry itself.

The movement is thriving so much, a million dollars is nothing to scoff at, especially where the industry is at overall right now. It’s only going to keep moving as well. I’m coming out with my crowdfund for my comic Flying Sparks, the story of a hero and villain in love. If you want to suport comicsgate, support this because it’s got writing by me, a cover by Jon Malin and Brett R. Smith, and there’s stretch goals to include even more people. Check it out on IndieGoGo now! 

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Are You Ready For The Special Forces Of Steampunk?

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Knights with guns! The #SummerOfSteampunk begins here.

Today marks the release of my new novella, Knight Training. This book is for the fans, since i received so much feedback from everyone wanting to see more development of the character James Gentry, who makes his first appearance in my award winning novel, For Steam And Country.

Already great reviews:

“Enjoyed reading this story of Knights in Training. Love to read about male bonding and sword fighting. Great lead character and interesting read. I recommend it. “

“For those who love For Steam and Country: Book One of the Adventures of Baron Von Monocle, this is a great way to tide you over until Book Two (whenever that comes out!). We get to read about James Gentry’s training and his involvement in the intrigues of Rislandia. It’s a very fast read, and that might be my only complaint: I wanted to see more. The story ends on a good note, so it’s not yet another to-be-continued teaser; it’s a strong and complete tale unto itself, and builds on an interesting-yet-overshadowed character from the first novel.

You’ll like it.”

“This is a great ‘coming of age’ story with a decidedly male bent. Surprising since most of this author’s other books put a female lead front and center. It was good to see a male character with dreams and goals.”

Basic premise: James always dreamed of becoming a knight, and thanks to getting caught up in a whirlwind of events in that first book, he was able to become one–at least an apprentice. He’s finding Knight Training to be a little harder than he thought, not because of the physical demands, but because of the pressure that’s put on him from so many different sources. But James refuses to give up. He puts his head down and works harder. He refuses to fail. Training gets complicated by James discovering there’s a traitor among the master knights. and I won’t spoil it further from there.

This is a very fun adventure, and also a fairly short read. If you’ve been wanting to check out my work and haven’t yet, this is a great place to start because it’s low-cost, low-time commitment. It’s a breeze to read through. The story is completely standalone, though of course people who have read For Steam And Country should thoroughly enjoy it. The book also serves as a bridge between For Steam, and book 2: The Blood Of Giants, which is going to be out in August. It also introduces a new character, Ethan von Lantern, who is crucial to the series going forward. So you won’t want to miss this!

Read Knight Training now for only 99 cents — or free on Kindle Unlimited.

 

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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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