The Feast Of War Recap: The Value Of Good Men

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Apologies for the lack of blog on Monday, but I was recovering from a weekend of too much fun, joy, energy, and needed the headspace to work on prepping my Kickstarter launch on Thursday for Flying Sparks 2: Mob Ties.

You might be wondering what the title Feast Of War is, or why it was so much fun. I’ll explain.

The Feast of War is a gathering of men set up by philosopher Ivan Throne. The concept is to come together, discuss business, share fellowship, enjoy the fruits of labor with good food and wine, and have a place where men can get away from the world for a moment and reflect together.

It’s invaluable.

It’s also something our society’s lost that we used to have. If you look at old fraternal organizations whether it be the Freemasons or something else, these groups of men’s fellowship in community were VITAL to our societal cohesiveness, and the general happiness of men.

We allowed those institutions to dwindle, and in doing so, never replaced them with anything where we can connect on the masculine level we are supposed to. In fact, it’s been deemed bad by society that we show masculine affection toward one another.

It was a great time on multiple levels because one, on the superficial hedonistic level, it was high quality in terms of the food and accommodations, especially the atmosphere in beautiful Napa.  But two, the quality of the people present meant for engaging conversations we don’t often get in our regular busy lives.

The most valuable lesson from The Feast of War is that as a man, you need to surround yourself with good men. You need to have men to bounce ideas off of, to hold you accountable, and that you’re willing to loyally do the same for them. Even if you don’t have the same hobbies – some folk were into guns, others into books and comics, others into entrepreneurship—you can still do well from listening to and talking to smart men who broaden your perspectives.

We need much more of this in our society. The Feast of War is a starting line, not a finishing point. These networks need to develop more, and I’m looking forward to putting in the work to make sure it happens in the coming years.

For now, make sure to go find a Feast of War near you.

And don’t forget on Thursday I’ll be putting up a Kickstarter for my new comic, Flying Sparks Volume 2: Mob Ties. I need everyone to back and share and push this viral. You guys are the best and I depend on you!

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I Fought With The Mob And I Got Ties #FlyingSparks

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Only 6 days until we launch Flying Sparks Vol. 2: Mob Ties.

I’m so excited. Flying Sparks has been so well-received it’s rejuvenated my love for comics all the way around. My vision when I created this was to get a superhero world that transcended comics. I want to expand to audio dramas, film, and more to create a whole experience around this story that is unparalleled. A full multi-media experience, stuff that stretches my limits artistically and brings you the coolest content possible.

And we’re getting close to this being a reality. The first volume raised over $30K, which allowed me to branch out into more art, side stories, character bios, and other books which are coming down the pipeline and being created as we speak. I’ve got 7 graphic novels in development, 3 of which will be part of a shared superhero universe built around Flying Sparks.

But there’s a lot more to go. This flagship book is going to pave the way for so much, and volume 2 really is so much fun it blows the first one away. Anyone who reads my novels knows that after any set up in book 1, I go full bore with break-neck paced action, and Flying Sparks is no exception.

Johnny has to fight a full on gang war. So does Chloe. It’s going to get really difficult for our protagonists to keep their lives secret from each other. Lots of conflict on both the personal and the plot-action level.

There’s a ton going on and I love how this story is building. Thank you everyone for supporting so far and I hope you’ll back the campaign.

Over the next week I’ll be putting up some preview art, talk about the exciting stretch goals and more.

If you missed the first book, no problem. It’s available on Amazon now. Or you can get it through the campaign as well.

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#ComicsGate Doesn’t Want Or Need Gatekeepers

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Political gatekeeping has to stop.

Last summer saw a group of guys who were forging ahead in indie comics in a way that was unique. We pushed each others books, cared about the craft, were working toward building a world where GOOD books were what mattered.

The whole point of ComicsGate was to point a middle finger toward gatekeepers, especially those on the left who try to stop right-leaning content from being seen.

Yes, a reminder is needed again that this whole movement came about because the extreme left establishment that runs comics blacklisted people on the right wing. Entire point was to counter this behavior, and to welcome independent creators with open arms who want to put BOOKS FIRST.

As I maintained this message through the fall and winter, after the crowdfunding period ended, same with the honeymoon period, some folk went into political and fiefdom finger pointing just like the establishment did. I opposed this, and I still oppose this.

Some folk saw the light, we made up. Why? Because we’re stronger together. Independents rely upon each other to boost each other because we don’t have the giant network, platform, and distribution that Disney and Warner Bros have. They are our opposition.

Now I blog today because of a group that took the IndieCron concept from me, an idea that originated on this blog. Originally, Edwin Boyette and I pushed indie books, and made an easy resource for people to find them and how well they were doing. Anyone who wanted in could be in. We weren’t gatekeepers. We were just facilitating readers connecting with creators. That’s the whole point.

Unfortunately, IndieCron got co-opted by a couple of guys who decided they would be the arbiters of what books they want seen. They became just like Disney and Warner Bros. Content they don’t like for thatever reason—politics, personal, even content they judge “aren’t going to sell” now is getting removed from their site. It’s become pointless. I’m very sad too see my idea used like this.

But there’s an answer. This is why I started ComicsCodex.com

This site is designed to promote and support ALL indies. Anyone who wants on can be on. It’s a spot for readers to connect with projects and creators. It’s not a pissing match to make some sort of nebulous statement like the other site has become.

We all need to stand together and stop the nonsense. When we divide like is being done, it divides the readers, it divides the creators, we will have LESS books getting into LESS people’s hands as a result.

My dream has always been to create something new and different. Where it’s about the love of the books. I hope you all will join me.

And join in on The Ember War before it’s too late – this book was the first one that IndieCron refused when the new owners went off the rails. None of the major YouTubers even acknowledged the book despite it being a great sci-fi book by top-tier creators who are KNOWN for performing. Readers chose the book anyway. The Ember War made $25,000+ without them. Their gatekeeping not only is pointless, but they’re not even very good at it as readers will choose what they love anyway. And they love great science fiction by an award winning author like me.

Buy it now before it closes this weekend! 

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Another Complete Graphic Novel!

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Just yesterday Jethro Morales turned in his final pages for The Ember War graphic novel. The 120-page epic adaptation of Richard Fox’s bestselling sci-fi series is now complete!

I’m super excited, as we’ve been working on this book for about a year. It’s taken a lot of time and effort, but it’s paid off really well. Jethro’s really progressed as an artist, I think I did a killer job breaking down the plot and shifting it over to a comic book format, and we have one of the best graphic novels of 2019 — PLUS — we did something historic by making one of the first indie books to be adapted into comics.

A big deal!

Backers will be getting issue #4 very soon. And issue #5 will be wrapping up coloring shortly and going to the letterer — on time for an April delivery like we expected.

We will be CLOSING PRINT ORDERS of the book THIS WEEK. Do not miss it if you want to get in on The Ember War.   

All this is in prep of launching Flying Sparks Volume 2: Mob Ties on the 21st. 10 days away. I want to get everything wrapped up so I can focus full attention on my superhero campaign.

This is going to be a big test. Last year, our market was bolstered by a political wave which was running through the culture. Now I’ve delivered on my promises, put out great books, and we’re approaching round two.

Flying Sparks Volume 2 will be showing the world that this isn’t just a one of, it’s the real deal.

And I need your help. Get on my mailing list. When it’s out, back it immediately so we can get the momentum. Tell your friends. Tell the major youtubers they need to support the book. And keep telling them over the course of the campaign. To push this to the next level it’s gonna require a group effort.

I hope you’ll join me, and thank you everyone for being here so far! It’s been a wild ride and the best is yet to come.

Flying Sparks Vol 1 is also available on Amazon here.

 

 

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Tucker’s Got The Right Of It

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I beat the drum a lot of “never apologize to SJWs.” We’ve seen it over and over again in the book industry, as people come out with their art, get roasted because they “offended” some outrage mob on Twitter, and then they apologize for something they’re not sorry about, that they never did wrong, and that ultimately doesn’t matter.

Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host is under fire all the time. He knows how to handle it. He’s been able to parlay his quick wit into moving up the chain to one of the top people in the media because of the way he stands his ground, is logical, and refuses to acknowledge the SJW narrative.

Over the weekend, Media Matters amped up the campaign because he’s so successful, he’s too much of a threat for them. They uncovered him on a shock jock show saying edgy things more than a decade ago:

Carlson, who was hired by Fox News in 2009, also used sexist language to talk about women, including then-co-workers at NBC and public figures. He referred to Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis Stewart as “cunty,” called journalist Arianna Huffington a “pig,” and labeled Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “the biggest white whores in America.” He also said that women enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told” and that they are “extremely primitive.”

Funny part is, he’s probably right about all of the above.

But either way, who cares? Tuck knows that the left is gonna be outraged over him, comb through his hours of speech every week, cherry pick some stuff, and try to make him look like a monster. It’s cuz of who he is, nothing more, nothing less.

He knows this, and refuses to apologize.

Once you’re identified as “other” by the mob — whether you’re apolitical like 20BooksTo50K or someone highly political like Tucker, you’re their target. It doesn’t matter what you say. It doesn’t matter what you meant. It doesn’t matter how much you try to appease them.

They want your blood. They want you fired. They come from that perspective first and then they come up with reasons to justify it.

They are not interested in any actual policy, or accomplishing anything other than destroying you.

If you apologize, you’re not only going to not get them to stop, but you’re going to lose the other side who would have supported you because you’re admitting wrong. Just don’t do it. Stick with your plan. Ignore the SJWs or ridicule them. It’s the only way to survive.

I’ve survived multiple SJW attacks and come out way ahead. Part of that is in launching my own indie comics which have been wildly successful because people want to back someone who’ll fight against the establishment nonsense. I got the opportunity to work on an adaptation of the bestselling Ember War Military Sci-Fi. The comic is closing out this week because we’re almost ready to ship and Flying Sparks 2 will be launching soon. Get in on it now.

 

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Captain Marvel: FINALLY, A Movie Supporting Trump’s Immigration Policies

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I’m not going to give the same hot takes as everyone else. You’ll have your movie reviews that talk about the mess that is Captain Marvel. I think the sad part about the whole movie that there’s just very simple choices which are easy to fix and it could have been a fine movie. But! There was a very interesting subversive element because of the way they chose to tell their story which ends up a very interesting message.

SPOILERS.

For Marvel fans, the whole twist of the movie where the Skrulls are just sad good little refugees who are being held down by this meanie Kree empire as they chase them down to the ends of the galaxy to exterminate them was a WTF moment. The Skrulls are evil shapeshifters. It flies against the face of every archetypal element of shape-shifting in humanity’s collective memory. It’s about the dumbest twist they could have come up with, especially with Marvel’s history. It also didn’t make sense with the beginning (as it was not foreshadowed at all) and the characters did complete 180 flips in order to shoehorn the plot in. A trainwreck to say the least.

However, there was one element that came out of it where it put a smile upon my face.

The end of the movie, the little girl naively starts going on about how they can stay with her and her mom, in their house. The heroic mom shuts it down immediately despite her idealism. Why? She knows the Skrulls don’t belong there. They can’t stay.

Despite the Skrulls fleeing a fascist oppressive group in the Kree (who in this context appear to be an allegory of middle eastern tyrants), the Skrulls cannot stay on Earth. They even explicitly say they can’t stay here. They have to go back.

It’s much like Trump’s agenda on refugees from Syria from the beginnings of the campaign. They can’t stay here. He says we need to work with local partners to set up safe zones elsewhere for them to live — just as Captain Marvel is intending on doing when she takes off away from earth at the end of the movie.

With the Skrull past of shape-shifting and lying, and just too many problems they created, even if the Skrulls are nice people with their families trying to make better lives for themselves for the most part, we just can’t take the risk of having them on Earth, let alone Captain Marvel’s friend’s house.  It won’t work, and the heroes know it, despite the naive idealism of the little kid.

It’s a bit heavy-handed of a message by Disney, but it shows the writers and board understands: They have to go back. There’s no choice.

If you want fun superhero fiction without the messaging, read Flying Sparks. It’s just good old fashioned fun comics. Chuck Dixon calls my writing “worthy of your support.” You’ll want to read volume 1 before the new book hits Kickstarter later this month. Buy it here.

 

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Preparing For Launch

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Getting close to the time where I’m going to be launching Flying Sparks Volume 2: Mob Ties on Kickstarter.

I’m planning on launching March 21st.

There’s a lot of work to do to follow up on my $30,000+ successful first campiagn. I’m trying out some different things this time around in hopes to expand the audience to try to get different people to check it out, and to give more options to readers and backers.

Part of why I’m going to Kickstarter is to attempt to get the book in front of eyeballs who haven’t seen my work before. Kickstarter allows that most because a lot of people peruse comics over there.  But there’s more to the set up than you’d think.

I’m also working with BackerKit, which is a management software tool through KS that helps with pledges. BackerKit also opens up an online store that allows me to sell my other books through the site, which I’m hoping will be useful and add to the sales.

Adding all the products in, coming up with stretch goals folk will be interested in (I have some extremely creative ones this time around which I’d really love to see hit), making sure the book is all prepped… it’s a lot to do in the next few days, but I’m working on it!

One of the goals I’m most excited about is a “digital comics starter pack” which is a sampler of Indies which have come out recently. When it hits, all backers will get:

  • Ember War Issue #1
  • Alt-Hero Issue #1
  • Chuck Dixon’S Avalon #1
  • Punchline #1
  • Something Real #1
  • Juanpool #1
  • Pistol Whipped #1 (an unreleased book of mine)
  • Dynamite Thor #1 (an unreleased book of mine)
  • And more as we line these up

What’s gonna be cool is across different books we’ll be starting to give out these samplers so folk can check out great indie comics and get hundreds of pages of content for their backing.

Tentatively we’re going to be launching March 21st and I hope you’ll be along for the ride. Volume 2 is so much more exciting than volume 1 as we introduce a lot more to the world and the plot,

If you wanna get in on the book early and haven’t checked it out yet, I recommend doing so now. Volume 2 picks right up where 1 left off so you’ll want to read it (of course you’ll be able to back both via the KS too if you want to support there).

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I Guess He Should Just Start His Own Amazon

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That way Tommy Robinson can compete in the marketplace of ideas, right?

This is the new battlefield. These giant mega-corporations at every step are dictating what people can see and hear, and it’s in a complete attempt to influence people’s thoughts, elections, maintain power.

Multi-national corps like Amazon and Google get governments to do their will, and bend to what they want in order to socially engineer us. They want us to all be conforming little programming worker drones who say yes to our tech lords and masters.

This is the second time in recent history a topic has been too hot for Amazon, which took down one of Roosh’s books a few months ago.

When we let them dictate which ideas can be seen, we are on a path to complete destruction of our side. The right wing parties simply won’t rally around its members like the left does, and every time there’s a deplatforming like this, we’re left stranded alone to just take it from the big tech giants–monopolies which are FUNDED by the government.

Corporations aren’t the answer. Conservatives cannot focus on protecting them anymore. They are not on our side, they want to destroy us. We need to change our attitudes and support our people, otherwise, who in their right mind will speak up against evil in five or ten years?

If you like my content, please make sure to check out my books. Knight Training is my #1 Bestseller and now available on audio. It’s short and needs your reviews! If you’ve got it, leave one! 

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Social Justice Destroys Churches

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It’s amazing to me how ridiculous the major churches have gotten, and I see the Devil’s work at play here very clearly. “Church” often when it comes to megachurches has become about feeling good, hanging out, engaging in culture just like everyone else does.

I had to leave a church over this shift to try to please the world rather than please God, and most Christians feel similarly. Why? Because you cannot serve two masters.

The most recent craziness comes from the Hillsong Pastor in New York, who refused to answer the question as to whether abortion is a sin. He danced around the question as you can watch here:

It’s not a difficult question. He didn’t want to answer because he didn’t want the largely secular audience to boo him. He wanted claps. He was afraid.

There is no fear when you are working in God, and that’s how one can tell when something is not of God.

But it goes further. “People have to live in their own convictions” is the antithesis of God’s message. That is hedonism. It’s of Satan. We certainly should not live of our own convictions as Christians, and we should not in positions of leadership implore others to do so.

We are flawed, sinful creatures. Our convictions are failures by definition.

This comes from an overall culture where Christians have become afraid to be firm with what God says. Sins exist. They are real, they are easy to identify.

Killing babies because you want to be able to get sexual pleasure without consequence IS A SIN.  

There’s a temptation to act like this pastor from Hillsong because when you please the world, make some shiny fun music, people come in and raise their hands and get emotional in the moment and you can see some short term, localized growth because of that. But on the whole, it kills Christianity, because there’s no difference between living a secular life and living a Christian one. It’s Diet-Hedonism with less calories than the full kind. The people who join and refuse to actually change are not actually joining God’s Kingdom, they are joining an earthly mockery. It might look good for your seats, but looking good for the world has never been the object. Faith without works is dead.

This is an extremely disturbing trend, and I implore parishioners of churches to stand up and demand pastors preach the Word, not “your own convictions.” This “why don’t we do it in the road” mentality that comes from 1960s sexual degeneracy needs to end, or there won’t be a church left in America.

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Women Lie About Rape

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The #MeToo movement went completely out of control this last year and a half, destroying men’s lives, dragging them through mud, and more often than not, during incidents that are complete falsehoods like in the case of our supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Award-winning journalist Megan Fox will be joining us on the lunch stream today to talk about this, and all of the other incidents she’s discovered in her new book, Believe Evidence which is now up for pre-order on amazon.

Make sure to like and most importantly subscribe! We are increasing our reach slowly and every one helps, doesn’t cost you anything.

It should be a very fun chat, as it always is when Megan drops by. She’s extremely knowledgable on this topic and what she’s written in her new book is shocking.

Speaking of shocking, you might not know of the most recent SFWA controversy with a group 20BooksTo50K. Establishment publishing has gone off the rails again. I wrote it up in The Federalist here.

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