As Mainstream Comic Woes Continue, DC Turns Batman Into Porn

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We’ve seen a whole new push by establishment comic artists and writers to try to denounce a consumer revolt against Marvel and DC products, which is largely due to a crowd anger against forced political correctness and extreme left wing ideology forced into the comic industry. As anyone who has read this blog over the last two years has seen, the political elements from the left have reached proportions we never could have even dreamed when I first started writing about the topic.

It’s so tribal now, the establishment is showing their true colors. Instead of quietly blacklsting, big name pencilers like Mike Deodato Jr. are now openly advocating the blacklisting of his conservative counterparts in the industry. They’re growing more desperate among the elites. They’ll make wild claims as to the reasons why, echoing Hillary Clinton’s epic rant in the 2016 campaign (racist, sexist, homophobic!) to where you can almost play bingo with the words. It makes it clear by the sheer volume and the exact wording used that this is directed, and I await the day where we see the company emails that tell these people to do this.

Perhaps they think it’s a PR move to save their dying industry, but what it does is gets more fans angry. Deodato doesn’t understand that when he posts gleeful rants about how he’s thrilled fellow professional, family man, and mild-mannered artist Mike S. Miller is removed from a convention over what appears to be politics, he looks like a bully trying to hurt a smaller artist to most of the outside world. Audiences don’t like bullies.

All this is coming after word that IDW’s 3rd Quarter Reports are disastrous for the company, a crazy thing with all of the big properties they represent (star trek, ghostbusters and more), and rumors that Marvel is in even worse shape for the year. It comes down to the business is losing customers, and they’re very obviously going to these high-profile indiegogos by conservative and moderate artists who are revolting against the system and doing their own thing.

DC is getting particularly desperate, as mentioned above, as it’s come out that Batman has a new “mature audiences” line. In this line DC wanted to show how “edgy” they are — and they are doing it to get attention whether negative or positive for gimmick sales, so in some way I am giving them what they want — but in this book they push the boundaries so far into porn that it’s no wonder readers don’t want to check this out when they see superhero books.

There’s a scene in the book where batman literally shakes off his clothes for two pages, and it climaxes with a graphic picture of the Bat-Schlong. There’s no need for this story wise as it’s just a scene of him in the bat cave…. and by the picture it looks like batman, while he’s crime fighting and entering what would probably be a very cold cave, appears to be very aroused.

It’s a disgusting use of a children’s character and it shows that DC is really just in this to push hyper-sexualized degeneracy as we all have been talking about for a long time. They have no moral compass that aligns with readers. Batman as you know him for all intents and purposes is dead.

These companies can’t compete with just their base stories. They don’t have any to tell because the people they hire are nihilists and anti-American. They can’t manage American Mythos from this perspective because that is not a perspective of the people.

They’re only going to lash out more. No “proof” of anyone’s “social goodness” is going to do anything for these people. It boggles my mind some in the resistance side are trying to do this. This is a scared industry lashing out at the consumers because they’ve failed, and they know it. Act accordingly and support indie comics.

You can support my new project The Ember War, which is an adaptation of another indie novel by Richard Fox. We’ve been paving the way in comics and books to make a change in the culture, to bring it back to fun, heroic adventures. The Ember War is fun and is something you can share with your family (not too young of children cuz aliens are scary!). Check it out here.

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Want To Leave An Amazon Review? Not If You’ve Read My Books!

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My title doesn’t make much sense because of course you’d have to read my books in order to leave an accurate Amazon review. At least, that would be the conventional wisdom.

Yesterday I received a message from a reader that he attempted to leave a review for my #1 Bestselling novella, Knight Training, and Amazon wouldn’t post it because they believed it was a “biased review.” They claimed his prior review on For Steam And Country — a favorable review for the book and the book where he discovered my existence– violated their terms of service and posting more reviews would be biased. This was the message he received:

So because he liked my first book, now he can’t review the rest of the series including book 2, the blood of giants. It boggles my mind.

Every reader of a book 2 will have read book one first, and hopefully will have reviewed book one first. It doesn’t make sense otherwise. Amazon’s gone over the line this time in their push.

I found out this didn’t only happen to me, but happened to another reader who read the Alt-Hero comic books. She enjoyed the first one, left a review, and tried to leave a review on the second, and same thing.

I’ve not heard if this has happened to authors on the left and can’t confirm whether they’re targeting right wing authors specifically. I’d be interested to hear from other indie authors if they’ve had this experience.

Either way, this is a very troubling precedent as it makes it very hard for an indie author to get honest reviews from people who actually read the books. Not only is this a burden to other customers surfing, but it’s a burden to me as I need to see the feedback from my audience as to what they want and what they don’t so I can further hone my future books to what they’re looking for in a read. It’s going to hurt indie authors if we can’t get reviews from people who actually purchase the projects. Amazon needs to back off of these extreme measures and simply ONLY allow verified purchases to review the products. It would solve everything very quickly.

The only work around for us is services other than Amazon. I’m doing very well on indiegogo. Maybe I should start launching my actual novels there if I can’t get reviews for marketing on Amazon. Judging from my $8,000+ first day when I only made $3,000 on my first day last time, the readers seem to be loving my work. Back it now.

 

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The Ember War Is Live On IndieGoGo!

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This moment has been a long time in the making. I’ve been working on this book on the scripting and project management end for most of this year. We wanted to get to the point where we were more than halfway done with the art to run a campaign for this, and we finally reached that point!

The Ember War, for those who don’t know, is a military science fiction series by Richard Fox, which has sold more than 500,000 units and won a Dragon Award (beating out my Star Realms: Rescue Run for the award, curses!).  It’s an incredible series and I was happy as a fan of the series to be able to script the comic book adaptation.

What’s cool is this marks the first indie science fiction novel to be adapted in this manner. This is an historic event which will open up new markets for many independent authors. It’s a true pioneering of the medium.

The campaign is live now on IndieGoGo, with art by Jethro Morales, my partner from Flying Sparks and a cover by the legendary Graham Nolan. I’ll leave you with a couple of images. Go back it today! 

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Marvel’s Ties With The Clintons And Islam

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Vox Day broke an incredible story this morning which bears repeating: Marvel’s deep dive into Islam and the Deep State. A reader of his uncovered some information regarding the relationship of Marvel’s VP of content and character development in conjunction with both the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation as well as UN Funding.

ComicsGate may not be up against just SJWs, but various third string proxies of the Swamp.

Sana Amanat, Marvel’s Muslim VP of Content and Character Development and Ms. Marvel co-creator, is the cousin of Huma Abedin, Hilary Clinton’s longtime aide. Two of Sana Amanat’s brothers have been prosecuted by the DOJ. The Amanat family donated as much as $1.2 million dollars to various Clinton foundations and initiatives. In turn, perhaps due to their family connection to Huma, the Clinton State Department assisted two of Sana’s brothers in accessing UN funds and partnerships, along with directly granting $1.35 million via the State Department for their non-profit groups. Sana herself was on the board of one of these non-profits, which received at least $100,000 from the State Department.

A non-profit Omar Amanat co-founded, Soliya, received a $1.25 million grant from the State Department. Soliya advocated for the (i) promotion of and (ii) provision of funding for positive portrayals of minorities, particularly Muslims in media, even if this meant funding commercially unsuccessful projects for a time, due to their enhancement of both minority self-perception and overall public inclusiveness. This business philosophy seems reflected in some of the publishing decisions made by Marvel.

Sana’s brother Omar has been documented by various journalists as having made multiple generous bids at Richard Branson’s past charity auctions. Sana Amanat began her career at Branson’s newly created Virgin Comics, which only existed from 2006-2008 before being sold by Branson. Sana was employed at Virgin from 2007 to 2008, before she then joined Marvel in 2009.

Sana’s aunt and Huma’s mother is a noted, prominent Saudi Arabian member of the Muslim Sisterhood. Marvel has recently received favorable treatment from the Saudis, including recent screenings of Black Panther that ended a national 35 year cinema ban and co-operative involvement in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative.

Marvel has newly expanded Sana’s role, though she remains a comic book editor, making her an executive producer on a forthcoming Marvel animated film, despite her complete lack of experience as a film producer.

This information casts a new light on why Marvel works so hard at pushing Ms. Marvel, even though it hasn’t been selling well by all accounts — and conversely why, despite not seeing much success by any other metric, it continues to stay at #1 in Superhero Comics on Amazon. It appears there are some shenanigans involved in keeping that book in place, and that this character is being forced on us for much deeper reasons than simply wanting to “promote diversity.” This is propaganda trying to influence US culture on a global level.

I keep trying to tell people that these movements are not grass roots, there’s not single people who just rise to the top and get there on their own in these circles. It’s always coordinated, it’s always got either deep pockets trying to manipulate a narrative, or reshape the thoughts of our youths. Once you discover it in the major news realm, these kind of stories pop up in a lot of different places, and there’s usually much bigger explanations involved in what’s going on.

Another big development unrelated to comics but illustrating the point came from Twitter yesterday, where dozens of blue check mark twitter verified “journalists” all used the same language in conjunection with the supreme court confirmation of Kavanagh. Each of them called the smear campaign against him a “credible accusation” — using that terminology intentionally to in essence public opinion try him without a trial. The language is designed to manipulate and convict (after all, it’s credible) without real evidence against him. And all of these outlets posted it simultaneously.

It’s very shady how we’re manipulated as a society, both in the corporate content produced and in the way the fake news attempts to create narratives and build their fictions into reality.

Watch out. And the best thing you can do is support indie content creators like myself. I don’t have a PR team or a group from Saudi Arabia to prop up my sales numbers. All I have is you. The third book in my trilogy is coming out later this month. Make sure to get on book one and two now so we can have any chance at displacing some of the content that has the corporate backing above us.

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The Ember War: Graham Nolan Line Art Cover Reveal

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For The Ember War I’ve been so excited to work with Graham Nolan, who’s been a long time hero of mine in the comic industry. Graham has done amazing work including his own Monster Island, Airboy, and of course Batman, in which he co-created the character of Bane with legendary writer Chuck Dixon. It was amazing being able to get him for The Ember War’s cover. I hope this book is a tremendous success so we can use him 8 more times for a beautiful gallery of Richard Fox graphic novels.

Without further ado, here is Graham’s stellar art for the cover:

And I’m pleased to announce colors will be done for the cover by Brett R. Smith — a veteran in the industry who’s worked for the big companies, is best known for Trump’s Space Force and Flying Sparks’ cover. It’s exciting to work with Brett again!

Also make sure to watch as Richard Fox and I go live to talk about the book at 12 PM PST today!

The Ember War will go live on IndieGoGo on Tuesday. For now, check out Flying Sparks by the same creative team. It’s gone to printer and I anticipate I’ll have the books here within the month for shipping.

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God Is Great And Always Provides

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I can’t talk the specifics of a situation because I don’t want this to turn into a “I was pious so the Lord helped me” kind of thing, as I certainly had nothing to do with events, so it’s best to keep it in vague terms.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been under tremendous pressure from a lot of sources, comprised of people and events that wanted to bring me down, tear down everything i created and cause me despair.

At times, trials can get overwhelming. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had issues where we thought we wouldn’t come out the other side, but these trials are there for a purpose. To grow us, to help us change, to groom us into instruments for God’s greater glory.

Like I said before, it looked overwhelming, but things have actually gotten better than ever before. God revealed Himself in instances where I couldn’t have even have imagined, and putting trust in Him for His plan was the right call. It’s always the right call.

I was speaking to a friend on Saturday about the situation, and she told me about her own. It was a big trial for her, something far more important than I’ve been going through. She told me she had trouble trusting God when it came to her child because in school there’s so many influences where things can go wrong and her instinct is to panic as a mother. I told her she had to. God is bigger than the school. God is bigger than the government. God is bigger than kids going astray or bullying. We literally cannot lose. His plan will always come to pass in the greater scheme.

I hope that helped her as those thoughts helped me this last week. Big things are coming, and He is due his rightful praises. It’s a week to rejoice and love. But then, even the weeks where the trials seem overwhelming are times to rejoice and love as well.

Thanks everyone for your tremendous support through thick and thin. I appreciate it. If you haven’t yet, make sure to pick up The Blood of Giants. I’m hard at work this week  prepping Flying Sparks for print, getting The Ember War ready for next week, and going over a final pass of the trilogy conclusion. Buy The Blood Of Giants here.

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Updates Updates Updates

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I don’t really have time to look into a blog topic today, so I’ll give another projects update cuz I’m working my tail off over here:

Flying Sparks is done-done-done. The pages are currently being formatted for print, I think I’ve finally caught all the typos in it. It’ll be nice to get this going. Posters have been printed. T-shirts are in printing process and if all goes right I’ll have all the books and everything at my office and ready for shipping by the end of the month.

The Ember War launches next week, same creative team as Flying Sparks. This one isn’t done, but is something in process as I’ve talked about before. It’s Richard Fox’s epic military science fiction adapted into comic form. I don’t love having to run an Indiegogo before Flying Sparks gets out the door, but we need to get that rolling timing wise for Richard’s schedule.  This is going to be 120 pages. Graham Nolan, the famed Batman artist, will be doing the cover.  Art is 40% complete on the whole project. I’m currently about 70% done writing it. Aiming to get it to people in march 2019.

The Fight For Rislandia – the conclusion to my steampunk trilogy is being read by a couple folk to check for typos. It’s all done should be released around the end of the month.

Alt- Hero novel is in with Vox for editing.

My short story collection is being edited as well. I need to write one more story for that to get that done, anticipate November release.

And I have several other novels and comics on the backburner at the moment. Hope to get to those soon.

For now, pick up For Steam And Country and its sequel The Blood of Giants. I’m excited for the trilogy to conclude! It might be more action than you can handle 😉

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Worldcon Is Failing While The SJWs Sit And Laugh About It

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The SJWs on File 770 gleefully cheered about how the Hugo voting this year was up…. compared to 2013, which is when the award voting was at a drastic low. They’re declaring victory in a year where it’s still fresh in people’s minds exactly what the hugo is, mainly because of the free publicity it was given by Larry Correia, Brad Torgersen, Sarah Hoyt, and Vox Day. The fact that it’s up from this point is almost entirely due to them, as the award voting was on a downward trajectory before they got involved.

And the odd part is, that’s why they got involved. They saw an increasingly small insular group getting together to give the award based on politics rather than merit, and they decided to do something about it. Their efforts paid off in terms of getting fans to tune in.

Graph courtesy of File 770:

2014 marked the first year Mr. Correia started getting involved in his slate, and there was a huge increase because of it. 2015 was the year when everything really took off and we see the memberships shot through the roof. 2017 marked the last push as the award nomination process changed and we’re seeing the trends back downward because every moderate and conservative fan is tuning back out.

We’ll see the numbers drop back to 2012-2013 levels I believe by 2022, as the award loses its appeal and meaning since they’re just giving it to the same people every year.

It’s interesting to watch the victory declared, however, when their actions turned off a large portion of the audience from caring. It’ll be interesting to see the dragon award voting numbers come out. I imagine it’ll be at least five times what we’re seeing here. The Dragons reflect what readers want these days.

And readers want airships! That’s what mine told me at least. Make sure to pick up For Steam And Country and The Blood of Giants in preparation for the final book in the trilogy, coming out in just a couple of weeks!

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Unplugging – At Least To Some Extent

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Over the weekend I listened to a nice message at church just about interacting with people, being available, demonstrating love by helping people. The topic came to social media, and it reminds me of what NYT Bestselling Author Ted Dekker said once: “Social media is for 3 things: to attack, to defend, and to promote. Nothing else.”

Keeping that in mind, there’s some objectives that can be obtained by attacking and defending, but it’s all too easy to get sucked into a pattern of fighting that’s unhealthy, doesn’t actually help anything, and is very meaningless at the end of the day — as what’s it done to impact anyone’s actual lives?

Most fighting seems to come down to politics, and I haven’t seen a social media argument where it’s convinced one person one way or another. In fact, there seems to be an inverse relationship between people convinced and lengthy twitter arguments. It just gets people to tune out and mad at each other.

And I’ve found that’s a waste of time.

So what I’ve done, is I’ve actually removed the Twitter and Facebook apps on my phone. FEAR NOT! It doesn’t mean I’m going to stop posting memes and being funny, or even stop some zingers occasionally — but those are all with the intention of fun and funny — and I’m certainly not going to stop promoting my books. But I want to only have these apps in a contained environment where I specifically WANT to use them, not scroll through and look at the drama over the course of the day. I have a special app for DMs and the like so i can talk to people one on one.

I’ll check back in a week or two to see how this 1. impacts relationships with people and 2. helps me focus on work. Maybe it’s a good idea for you too, only way to know is to try it.  If you do make it off social media, check out my book, The Blood Of Giants in that newfound free time. It’s by far my best book yet and book 3 is going to be coming out in a few weeks!

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Cover Reveal: The Fight For Rislandia

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I’ve been working my TAIL off this year producing a lot of books, getting everything going. One of my main goals for 2018 was to be able to see The Adventures Of Baron Von Monocle into a trilogy. It’s been my best seller so far, with For Steam And Country winning an award for CLFA Book Of The Year, Knight Training (novella) becoming a #1 Amazon Bestseller, and The Blood Of Giants becoming a #1 New Release. It’s a wild ride… kinda like flying on an airship in a fantasy land!

We’ve seen Zaira get thrust into a world and a war and have to step up in the face of danger. We’ve seen her adventure and try to save her land from the out of control Wyranth soldiers, gone into a berserker rage from their super soldier serum. Now… Zaira has to become a leader in the face of war.

And here’s the cover:

As it appears, this book takes a bit of a darker turn. It’s the middle of a war. Zaira isn’t just fighting for her life, but the lives of all Rislandians.

The Fight For Rislandia will be released sometime around the end of September. I’ll have a final date shortly. For now, catch up on the series. Click on the book cover for the amazon link:

Book One:

Book 1.5 (Novella from James’ Perspective):

Book 2:

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