The ComicsGate guys thrive on fake controversy, and they use it all the time when their campaigns stall to get attention. It’s like clockwork: book comes out, flounder, controversy!
Art Thibert was one of the most egregious of these controversy sales as of late, alleging a blacklisting from marvel 20 years ago which he “just announced” once his book was not doing well. He pushed the blacklisting angle, and suddenly his book went through the roof in sales. It was odd because the allegations he made were so old, there’d be no way to prove it one way or another.
Unfortunately for these guys, these tactics only work once. People who hate buy products don’t usually come in for the next one, especially if there’s low quality like the vast majority of CG books.
Mike Miller is another person who’s used these tactics every single time one of his books launch. Last time when he had his failed Calvin and Hobbes knock-off, he started making videos about how “awful” I am because he attacked me hard — calling my Christianity into question on Twitter among other names when he was trying to play up to the angry mob of Ethan Van Sciver’s War Campaign.
Now that he’s lost Van Sciver’s backers, he’s getting even more desperate.
When I launched Dynamite Thor, I was actually shadowbanned from the site. No one could search the book, it didn’t come up anywhere. I had to argue with Kickstarter, threaten lawsuits and they confirmed it was happening and fixed it the last week of the campaign — after the momentum was already killed for the project.
For Mike’s MAGAnificent 7, he alleges this is happening to him as well and is pushing it to various news sites. The only problem is, it’s not actually happening with him:
As you can see, you can search the term no problem, the book comes up.
But the problem is, Mike knows he’s down on sales, so he’s going to push a Narrative about abuse, even when one isn’t happening.
Unfortunately, this is the show (and it’s just a show at this point) known as ComicsGate. Even though Mike doesn’t officially use the word anymore, these guys all use these same tactics — which include falsehoods almost all the time — in order to sell their books which wouldn’t sell otherwise.
In every instance, they don’t care about actual blacklisting, actual problems that are being foisted upon true right-wing creators, because the real problems only shines a light on the fact that theirs are self-induced or fake. I’ve asked Thibert for help, Thibert told me directly “I’m not out to save the industry”, implying he’s just there to make a buck. Miller is much the same, as he’d rather spend his time attacking me than standing up for actual Trump-supporting or Christian creators.
It’s sad to watch, and I’m not sure it’s going to work for Mike this time. He’s burned bridges and exhausted too many would be allies through his constant cry wolf, and refuses to do anything substantive to assist any movement. Like always with CG, it’s just about drawing attention to himself.
Meanwhile, I’m just coming out with monthly books like clockwork, while fighting real battles behind the scenes against these tech companies. Ask yourself this: if Miller actually had a problem with them, why isn’t he calling for arbitration or lawsuits for their behavior?
Because it’s not about fixing the problem with these guys. It’s about creating outrage content in hopes you’ll send some pity bucks.
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