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It’s shocking to me the amount of grifters who got in on my comic book movement which was supposed to provide a BETTER alternative to Devil Mouse and its evil twin giant at Warlock Brothers.
We saw a problem in the industry, that the companies were screwing the consumer by making propaganda pamphlets, cheaping out their production with lousy paper, putting sub-par art on stories, and generally just treating the fanbase like a cash cow where they could say “I don’t even care about you” and the gamma males would come back thirsty to buy more.
Unfortunately, people from these very companies saw exactly this trend. They saw they could do exactly the same thing as the big-2, brand themselves as an “alternative” and produce the same lousy content. Their friends in the YouTuber game all got in on it, which is why we have atrocious books like Jawbreakers, Lonestar, and Graveyard Shift. They are some of the most unreadable content out there.
Backers are starting to receive Stealing Solo, another youtuber-pretend-to-be-comic-creator project by a Star Wars gamma male complainer who latched onto the nonsense drama movement to bilk a few bucks off of the gamma comic readers. He came dangerously close to branding something which Disney might hit for copyright infringement, and that only made the crowd thirstier for the knock-off.
The Comic Book Hut, one of the few honest youtubers out there, hit upon a goldmine when this book came out, because the quality of this book is so shockingly bad it even makes Jon Malin’s work look professional.
He found out that these guys who took over a year to create what was going to be a sub-par book just trying to hit people in the Star War memberberries cheaped out every element of production. They printed backers’ addresses on the back of each book and mailed them out — WITHOUT ENVELOPES! How insane is that?
But that’s not even delving into the book quality itself. Look at this preview page:
The stiff, amateur line art might be acceptable from a random book, with a little poorly done gradient photoshop coloring, if this book had been something that was someone with 50 backers, someone struggling to create a comic. But these guys clocked FIFTY THOUSAND on this book and then produced this level of art. Look at the poor lettering up top that looks like someone just added in a box in MS Paint.
It makes me so sad to watch books like this get cash raked in because of cult personality, with the content being some of the worst out there. I would be embarrassed to produce this quality of book even with my stuff barely breaking even at less than a third of what this raised.
If readers came through and actually went for real alternatives making real quality books, what could we do with this movement? I can only imagine having $50K to play with for art on a 48-page book. I’d be working with THE TOP ARTISTS IN THE BUSINESS with that kind of funding.
But the movement was never made of readers. Just thirsty idiots who wanted to complain harder about Star Wars and circle jerk about how oppressed they are because some mega corporation won’t listen to them, while holding up the people who have the most idiotic takes, complain the loudest, and put zero work into their craft.
This is the end result of ComicsGate. It’s a shame. I really hope next time around people pay attention to the real quality product and not the world class bullshit. Maybe 2020 will change things? It’s going to be up to you.
For now, if you really want to see good writing in a Star Wars-like universe, read Justified. This series is absolutely pro. It’s got incredible reviews. I paid top notch for the cover art, the editing, and produced a modern science fiction classic. Start reading here.
Just got word from a friend of Dorothy Fontana (D.C. Fontana) that she passed away last evening.
She was one of sci-fi’s greats, one of the hardest workers out there. Her episodes of Star Trek are what she’s most remembered for, but she did so much behind the scenes work editing and revising others’ scripts, putting final polishes on the show, and more. She wrote for Kung Fu, Babylon 5, Logan’s Run and more.
Truly she was one of the most accomplished television writers and pushed scii-fi as a genre to whole new levels which established the roots of our culture. An amazing woman with an amazing work ethic. I hope folk will take the time to research a little into her work and accomplishments today.
It’s been a crazy couple of years to say the least, but things are finally settling in the direction which we all intended from the start.
Like clockwork, our books are being fulfilled — Tim Lim has delivered on Black Hops 2. My Flying Sparks 3 is out with fulfillment and shipping. We are walking the walk and pushing out comics just like we promised, creating real series, working hard and not resting on the laurels of one crowdfund.
Our vision of actually competing with the Big-2 is being realized, and people are starting to pay attention to the books and the folk who actually produce on the regular like professionals.
It took awhile to weed out the drama caused by failed former Marvel/DC pros who wanted to edge into a budding indie movement, bilk people for as much money as possible, and harass anyone who called their tactics into question. But they’re out of the picture now. They don’t have any power over comics or comic readers, and it’s been shown in the way the last few months have turned the corner for people who actually care about comics.
We made a big push over the last few days for Punchline Volume 2, a book which is one of the better indie comics out there, and yet didn’t get the attention of the “big channels” because those guys try to hide the better comics from their viewerships and only promote sub-part products (they don’t want competition). With the help of Tim Lim and The Comic Book Hut, we pushed this book over the top so it funded, a big victory this time of year when folk are out Christmas shopping and not so much crowdfund spending.
It’s a huge success now. And what this means for the movement is we have a base of REAL readers moving forward. Ones who care about comics. Ones who want good stories. Readers who want and crave real heroes.
We’re on the march again. We’re growing. Everything is up. Youtube is growing, books are growing, we truly are making comics great again.
I knew it would take time, that to win, we all have to persevere through the difficult times, weed out the bad elements of our group and move everything forward. It’s happening. The energy is incredible. And it’s a lot due to you for sticking with comics and ignoring the noise of the youtube edgelords.
Onward and upward.
Flying Sparks is now available in single issue if you missed the book. An easy, inexpensive way to get into the series just in time for the holidays. Check out Issue #1 here: