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Monday, September 25, 2017

Just create. Just do it.

Davis Aurini commends those who go out and create rather than sit around and complain:
Rather than trying to distribute the ideas – and handing them over to the Obsessives and Extremists who turn them into a farce – we need to own them.  We need to implement them.

We must go out there and create.

Roosh V took this theory, and put together a series of books which explained it’s application to his audience.  He wasn’t lecturing about theory – he was writing about practice.  He created something useful and marketable, a solid base which he owned.  This expanded into his forum, a community which has taken on a life of its own.  It is worth noting that the RVF exists for its own sake, not as a counter-reaction against an ideological opponent.  While feminists are frequently ridiculed on its pages, those who comprise the membership would be just as happy if there were no feminists to oppose.  RVF members don’t derive their identity from being anti-X – their identity comes from their individual accomplishments, and they frequent the forum for the sake of intellectual debate, entertainment, and networking.  Any political actions which derive from this shared identity will be as organic as the community-group that participates in local politics.

Another prominent example of the Red Pill in application is Vox Day’s various endeavours.  Of note are Castalia House and InfoGalactic.  Upon realizing that the publishing industry and Wikipedia had been taken over by far-left interest groups who eschewed objective truth and good fiction in favour of ideological nepotism, he didn’t go on a quest to ‘raise awareness’ of the problem; instead, he saw an opportunity for action.  While both of these projects are still finding their footing, by all accounts InfoGalactic is not only providing unbiased information, it’s providing it at a superior level to the equivalent articles on Wikipedia.   Castalia House, meanwhile, is free to pick up the talented authors who are being ignored by the mainstream publishers due to their race or sex.
The truth is that the SJWs are creating more opportunities for us than we can reasonably pursue. The trick is to identify the institutional weakness and hit it hard. For example, one thing I've learned about the comic industry is that the artists are often not paid royalties, just a flat per-page rate. So, one thing we are going to do to ensure that we eventually secure the best talent over time is, in addition to the flat fee, pay royalties for an extended period of time on our comic book sales, just as we do on our regular book sales.

You can't start at the top, but you can come up with a plan to get there eventually. The Castalia House team goes over every print book carefully; if you compare our earliest print editions to the latest ones, you can see that we're continually trying to improve the product. Creation is a dynamic process, and so the more you focus on improvement, the more you will gradually improve, until one day people suddenly blink and say, "Hey, you know, that's actually rather good."

Ever notice that no one calls Castalia House my vanity publishing house any more? I never had to say one single word to convince people otherwise. We just keep working on improving our offerings, one ebook or print edition or audiobook at a time. (I've always said that we'll know that Castalia, or Infogalactic, is truly successful when the SJWs start denying that I had anything to do with it.) There is no magic plan for success and no easy path. You simply have to choose your path and walk it as tirelessly as you can.

Speaking of Castalia House, it turns out that today is a dual-release day. THE LAST WITCHKING & OTHER STORIES is now available on Amazon and Audible. Narrated by Jeremy Daw, our wonderful new narrator, it is 9 hours and 13 minutes of epic fantasy set in Selenoth. It includes "The Wardog's Coin", "Qalabi Dawn", and "A Magic Broken" as well as the three stories from the ebook edition, "The Last Witchking", "The Hoblets of Wiccam Fensboro", and "Opera Vita Aeterna".

The next Selenoth audiobook will be Summa Elvetica & Other Stories, which will also be narrated by Jeremy Daw.

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Anonymous VFM #7916 September 25, 2017 1:27 PM  

Note Roosh's reversal on women and families; the fundamental basis of creation is procreation. All the attendant values and structure required to make that successful is the basis for Western Civilization.

The degree to which this is mastered varies as any savage can procreate, but you can't be a savage and have all the goodies of Western Civ.

Men are creators, and the most basic level of creation begins with a family.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 1:37 PM  

For some reason I was thinking about Move Financing the other day and I realized it'd be quite easy to attack most of the Film Industry. The main keys is to setup shop where there's much higher business accounting requirements and then structure things differently. Why?

Well, the current industry is built on screwing each other over as much as possible. You can't run the "straight shooter" approach about of Hollywood with that. Out of Texas? Different issue.

There is a lot of opportunities now, but you need to know what you're getting into.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 1:45 PM  

On Vox's point about Castalia, the other thing is that you've accomplished something. You didn't try to do too much, too early. Add in iterative improvement systems and the product rapidly improves.

Building experience with each product, it eventually lets you have the skills & experience to do great things. All grand endeavors start with a first step, but all require great skill in the finite application of Insight to pull off.

I don't remember where I read it, but I caught something years ago by a professional writer giving advice to new writers. It basically went, "don't use your best idea for your first novel; make that great idea your third." Premised on the understanding that, no matter how great the idea was, you don't simply have the skill yet to bring it forth in the quality that it can eventually reach.

Blogger Gloriam Deo September 25, 2017 1:56 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:On Vox's point about Castalia, the other thing is that you've accomplished something. You didn't try to do too much, too early. Add in iterative improvement systems and the product rapidly improves.

Building experience with each product, it eventually lets you have the skills & experience to do great things. All grand endeavors start with a first step, but all require great skill in the finite application of Insight to pull off.

I don't remember where I read it, but I caught something years ago by a professional writer giving advice to new writers. It basically went, "don't use your best idea for your first novel; make that great idea your third." Premised on the understanding that, no matter how great the idea was, you don't simply have the skill yet to bring it forth in the quality that it can eventually reach.


Nah, just write what you want. Ideas are a dime a dozen.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab September 25, 2017 1:57 PM  

Have you snagged any comics pros yet for alt hero? Once you establish that you're selling decently you'll get some. I just wondered if anyone was brave enough to jump in before CC is bigger than marvel.

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 2:00 PM  

Have you snagged any comics pros yet for alt hero?

Not that I am aware of. It's too soon at this point in time. We have to see what kind of support there is first. There is a lot of enthusiasm, but I don't know how that translates into resources yet.

Anonymous Stickwick September 25, 2017 2:04 PM  

Castalia House, meanwhile, is free to pick up the talented authors who are being ignored by the mainstream publishers due to their race or sex.

And even those who aren't. I had opportunities to publish with mainstream publishers, but chose to go with CH, because it's on the leading edge in a lot of ways: author royalty rates, high quality (and continually improving) output, lack of ideological policing, and an impressive catalog.

Blogger Nick S September 25, 2017 2:05 PM  

I've created a drink: Equal parts Frangelico, Kahlua, Baileys' Original and Maker's Mark Shaken with crushed ice like a 4oz shot. I call it "Nick Inside me". Get ya some.

Blogger pyrrhus September 25, 2017 2:13 PM  

Castalia House has gotten better and better. 'The Promethean' is the latest example of a beautifully crafted novel from your house. For pure great writing alone, it deserves an award.

Blogger Resident Moron™ September 25, 2017 2:15 PM  

"I've always said that we'll know that Castalia, or Infogalactic, is truly successful when the SJWs start denying that I had anything to do with it."

Yeah. I predict you're about to become incredibly lucky at some magically undefined point in the next couple of years.

Not as lucky as Bill Gates but lucky for the same reason: no envious twat wants to admit to themselves they couldn't or wouldn't have done what you did.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 25, 2017 2:30 PM  

Resident Moron™ wrote:Not as lucky as Bill Gates but lucky for the same reason: no envious twat wants to admit to themselves they couldn't or wouldn't have done what you did.
more to the point, that Vox was right about what they have done and are doing to the publishing industry.

OpenID doktorjeep September 25, 2017 2:34 PM  

More and more over these last years I have begun to notice that the SJWs are being routed and pummeled by us.
But only because they are weak...

... yet they are still winning. Why?

Because we are wasting time on them. Yes I like all those "talking heads" we have, Razorfist, Sargon, Molyneux, etc. They have good content.

But a part of my brain is saying "now what".

Yes we know all about the enemy. And more: their history, why they exist. Who, what, when, and how.

Now what.

In the end, what have we accomplished? Our victories are just as shallow as the enemy, though the enemy still gets to ruin lives and continue to wreck civilization. It's a war of attrition in the end. And even if you have better fighters, you still lose if the enemy has more.

And our enemy still has the media and academia, still has the medical industrial complex. As I write this there's a crop of new elementary school kids getting railroaded by teachers and virtue signalling parents into a life of LGBT/Oppressed/Whatever with head-drug prescriptions and Tumblr to boot. A new crop of screeching sexually wrecked blue-hairs from their factory. We'll be dealing with them in 10 years.

In 10 years, what will we have built?
(Royal "we", not organizational "we" - like "what will YOU have built?" )

I can see what Aurini and Vox are doing, what Roosh has done. But Aurini is on the ball in his comments and he has a video on his channel, "Dark Currents Flowing" (Is he channeling Vox? Could be) where he starts up making such points.

It's an old problem in the end. If all you exist for and work for is the destruction of an enemy, what do you do then? Self aware Bolo tanks were simply buried....

There are many works though that need not be grounded in fighting the SJWs that will still improve the world. Frankly it would be best to just damn them and go full steam ahead in doing what's simply right for civilization and the west generally. Maybe this is why they are so thusly programmed to "block our path" no matter how wrong and ridiculous they are. They know they are not going to win, but if they can keep the pass blocked until that critical mass of immigration and societal decay is reached (when the people are beyond hope for not even being able to conceive another way out) then they win. A sacrifice play.

We should steamroller them. Go around them. Stop waiting for the world to improve (and going about it like making noise will help). Go improve it. Yes our "speakers" are informative and useful, but the information they give us can only go so far. We have to use it in meatspace.

Blogger pyrrhus September 25, 2017 2:38 PM  

O/T Boy, this SJWs doubling down is getting epic (and who thought a football coach would behave like an SJW)...https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2017/09/25/wow-steelers-coach-disappointed-with-army-veteran-for-leaving-team-to-stand-for-anthem-n2385957

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother September 25, 2017 2:48 PM  

Why the fuck would I want to drink that.

Anonymous Passinthough September 25, 2017 2:51 PM  

"There are those who wish and those who will. The world and its goods belong to those who will." Louis L'Amour

Blogger Wolfman at Large September 25, 2017 2:55 PM  

@2 I remember reading that most independent movies end in a lawsuit.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club September 25, 2017 3:03 PM  

Comics are piecework? No wonder they'll put any old garbage on the page now and not worry about the long-term cost since they have little investment in actual sales numbers.

Blogger Were-Puppy September 25, 2017 3:21 PM  

"You simply have to choose your path and walk it as tirelessly as you can."

VD, if you have a lot of ideas, how do you decide which ones to pursue, and the ones to leave on the shelf?

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 25, 2017 3:37 PM  

@8 Nick S

That drink has a name. "Ralph".

Blogger Brad Matthews September 25, 2017 3:48 PM  

Vox inspired me to start a blog. It will take time to hone my writing skills and build a following, but I enjoy putting thoughts to paper. Helps clarify them. I couldn't really express strong opinions freely due to being in the military (oh, the irony of that statement), but now that my retirement paperwork is submitted and I will be out in 7 months, I have pulled the trigger. Also decided to drop the anonymous DeploraBard moniker and go with my real name. I have damn near reached antifragile status and fully intend to stand by every word I write. My goal is to build a network of like minded individuals, mentor young people, and ultimately put together a property investing idea I have been mulling in my head to create real opportunities for long term wealth that may otherwise be unavailable. It's a bold plan Cotton, we'll see how it works out.

Blogger Clay, Bill Clay September 25, 2017 3:53 PM  

Speaking of your endeavors. Any Brainstorms coming up?

Anonymous crypto.fashion September 25, 2017 3:53 PM  

This is exactly why we exist.

Anonymous Difster September 25, 2017 3:57 PM  

Speaking of creating....

After far too many delays, QuickFund is nearly ready. We're planning a Nov. 1st beta launch. QuickFund is a 100% Dread Ilk owned crowdfunding site. We've got lots of innovations planned that don't yet exist in the marketplace along with lower fees.

Website: https://quickfund.me
Twitter: @QuickFundCrowd
Facebook: https://facebook.com/QuickFund.me

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 3:57 PM  

VD, if you have a lot of ideas, how do you decide which ones to pursue, and the ones to leave on the shelf?

I always had far more ideas that I could pursue. I wasted 10-12 years and a fair amount of money by only pursuing those that had a) massive potential or were a fairly sure thing and b) low involvement on my part. Then I realized that I was my own best bet and started focusing on things I could ultimately control through my own actions rather than being overly dependent upon partners.

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 3:59 PM  

Speaking of your endeavors. Any Brainstorms coming up?

Yes, I had to sort out some things with Citrix. They were acquired and there were some miscommunications concerning the billing, so I couldn't use the software while we were working things out.

Anonymous User September 25, 2017 4:06 PM  

Can we look forward to a Pournelle Award?

Blogger Brad Matthews September 25, 2017 4:08 PM  

23) That looks promising. I hope it grows quickly.

Anonymous Man of the Atom September 25, 2017 4:11 PM  

Vox, another item for the comic artists is to ensure as equitable return of original work-for-hire art if you accept hardcopy finishes and not just scans of finished pages. Jack Kirby's falling out with Marvel in the 1960s/1970s was in no small part due to Marvel upper management refusing to return his original art to him. DC went so far as to tear up originals in front of the artist (Gil Kane had this done to him).

The idea to pay royalties for artists (author, penciler, inker) is an outstanding one. Once word gets out, and candidates overcome their fear-of-association, you should have a steady draw of talent to Castalia Comics.

Anonymous I'm Not a Fascist. But My Sons Are. September 25, 2017 4:12 PM  

Mmmmmmmm... Meritocracy.

TASTY.

Anonymous Man of the Atom September 25, 2017 4:14 PM  

Difster wrote:Speaking of creating....

After far too many delays, QuickFund is nearly ready. We're planning a Nov. 1st beta launch. QuickFund is a 100% Dread Ilk owned crowdfunding site. We've got lots of innovations planned that don't yet exist in the marketplace along with lower fees.

Website: Quickfund.me

Twitter: @QuickFundCrowd

Facebook: QuickFund.me (Facebook)


Outstanding!

Blogger Snidely Whiplash September 25, 2017 4:18 PM  

What kind of business model is that? Getting better work and making more money by NOT screwing the creator? How could that possibly work?
Seriously, you need to look to (((Hollywood))) and the (((publishing))) and (((comics))) industries to see how to exploit your creators to the maximum.

Anonymous Man of the Atom September 25, 2017 4:19 PM  

Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club wrote:Comics are piecework? No wonder they'll put any old garbage on the page now and not worry about the long-term cost since they have little investment in actual sales numbers.

Comics have almost always been work-for-hire at page rate, and few if any creators at Marvel or DC were ever salaried. Even the Marvel Bullpen in the 1960s was mainly work-for-hire.

You can find a number of apocryphal stories about the poverty of Superman's creators (Siegel and Schuster), as well as those who focused on the creative side and neglected the business side (Bob Kane vs Bill Finger).

Blogger lowercaseb September 25, 2017 4:24 PM  

I'm not a creator. I am a fan and a consumer...even if I didn't agree with your ideas, your stories and the stories of people you publish are richly satisfying. Keep drawing talented and creative authors and artists, and you will always have my dollar.

Anonymous Difster September 25, 2017 4:40 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:What kind of business model is that? Getting better work and making more money by NOT screwing the creator? How could that possibly work?

Seriously, you need to look to (((Hollywood))) and the (((publishing))) and (((comics))) industries to see how to exploit your creators to the maximum.


It gets even worse. Over time, we're going to find ways to lower fees even more!

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 4:40 PM  

@31 Snidely Whiplash

The cynical might note that Christians have survived as minorities in many regions for the last 2000 years by being the only "honest brokers" available in finance. There's a lot of value in playing things "straight", but you have to also be willing to enforce the situation. (Something lost on most Christians now.)

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr September 25, 2017 4:41 PM  

"Vanity publishing house" my foot! I'm waiting for an IPO for Castalia House. Realistically, it's the prototype for where I think publishing is going. Offer editing, advertising, and distribution services for semi-independent authors. With a particular eye for snapping up talent and works that have been lying unpublished for a while.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 4:45 PM  

@34 Difster

It's 2% YoY that causes all of the problems. Squeezing that extra 2% (normally out of about 10%) means a lot of money, in the future, for yourself. In theory.

In practice, it stunts the growth of everything around an industry. Untrusthworthy industries collect among itself the ones you don't want to trust. (They turned Pharma into a self-fulfilling prophecy; you better be a high-functioning sociopath if you want to climb the ladder there.) Finance has been that type of cesspit for ages, and now it's infected the rest of the economy across the globe.

There's "necessary" amount of return for something to be viable. There's a point at which you've shifted over into "greed", where you're crushing people for an extra penny. Costs valued only in Currency are flawed; everything is in Net Value, parts of which are hard to count.

Blogger Lovekraft September 25, 2017 4:50 PM  

@20 Brad (formerly known as Deplorabard):

Good stuff. Keep us posted. We'll be able to help you push whatever you do, keep the SJWs in heel, spread the word etc.

Blogger Akulkis September 25, 2017 4:55 PM  

Yeah! Stickwick!

Blogger Orville September 25, 2017 4:56 PM  

VD, to that end I sent you an email a short while ago with the subject line "Castalia House Recommendations".

Blogger BigFire September 25, 2017 5:00 PM  

Thanks for the reminder on the audiobook offering. Downloaded.

So when are we going to get The Missionary on audiobook?

Blogger BigFire September 25, 2017 5:00 PM  

ps. bought the audiobook collection immediately after I read about it.

Blogger Brad Matthews September 25, 2017 5:05 PM  

38) Thank you. Reading and promoting would help greatly. Time permitting, I hope to publish 2-3 articles a week so there is some meat to it and people can get a feel for the direction. Ultimately, it will stand or fall on its own, but it feels great getting started.

Anonymous Difster September 25, 2017 5:19 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:@34 Difster

It's 2% YoY that causes all of the problems. Squeezing that extra 2% (normally out of about 10%) means a lot of money, in the future, for yourself. In theory.

In practice, it stunts the growth of everything around an industry. Untrusthworthy industries collect among itself the ones you don't want to trust. (They turned Pharma into a self-fulfilling prophecy; you better be a high-functioning sociopath if you want to climb the ladder there.) Finance has been that type of cesspit for ages, and now it's infected the rest of the economy across the globe.

There's "necessary" amount of return for something to be viable. There's a point at which you've shifted over into "greed", where you're crushing people for an extra penny. Costs valued only in Currency are flawed; everything is in Net Value, parts of which are hard to count.


Without giving away too much of the strategy, we'll be looking at reducing fees, increasing volume and striving for ubiquity. I'm not really at liberty to see how we're going to accomplish that but there is a plan in place.

Anonymous Avalanche September 25, 2017 5:23 PM  

@20 "DeploraBard moniker and go with my real name. I have damn near reached antifragile status and fully intend to stand by every word I write. "

BRAVO! Congrats on achieving freedom! (Well, in a few months...)

Anonymous Killua September 25, 2017 5:23 PM  

As a begginer artist, I would be honored for the oportunity to work on your comics at some point.

Anonymous Avalanche September 25, 2017 5:31 PM  

@36 " Offer editing, advertising, and distribution services for semi-independent authors."

That's not a 'USP' as they say: a unique selling proposition. The vanities have done that; then there were 'subcontractors' who did those for self-publishers; next, for the past... oh, 10-15 years now ... the (honorable) small presses have done that; now AMAZON does that! I think Castalia's big USP is their level of quality (and multiple genres -- indeed LACK of genres!). The openness to "not-acceptable to SJWs" and the 'mission' of good sci fi ...

(I was an active member on several 'self-publishing / small publisher' forae for several years in the mid-80s.)

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 5:34 PM  

@44 Difster

Don't need to, I was just making a point. One should find the maximization point within their given field and use it well. The problem is when you shift further beyond the maximization, not only do you get diminishing returns, but you hurt the field & your long-term outlook as well.

This is the Scourge of the MBA: they simply do not understand this issue.

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 5:45 PM  

So when are we going to get The Missionary on audiobook?

When the narrator records it. We hired an AWESOME one. All-caps awesome. That's how good. I figured it merited that.

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 5:46 PM  

As a begginer artist, I would be honored for the oportunity to work on your comics at some point.

Do fan art once it comes out. If it's good enough, we'll find a use for you.

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Blogger VD September 25, 2017 6:29 PM  

Hopefully this is the appropriate topic to introduce ourselves.

I should think so.

Anonymous JeremiahEmbs September 25, 2017 6:30 PM  

I'm telling you Vox, I'm sitting here wasting my time working on Green Lantern for DC. I could be flatting and coloring for you guys right now. I could probably find you guys pencilers and inkers and letterers too if you needed them. I work on this stuff everyday and pages get done.

Blogger VD September 25, 2017 6:34 PM  

I'm telling you Vox, I'm sitting here wasting my time working on Green Lantern for DC.

That may be. But as I said, it is too soon to even think about how we want to deal with the current pros, especially given that they will be coming from a highly converged industry on the decline. We have to see what our resources are before we can even think seriously about what our options are.

Blogger Brad Matthews September 25, 2017 6:55 PM  

51) 0% George Soros on that Tweet is great marketing

Anonymous Contra September 25, 2017 7:05 PM  

Haha thank you, we have quite a few like that one. ;-)

Blogger Akulkis September 25, 2017 7:25 PM  

@BradMattews

That reminds me of a time in the late 90's while doing an extra AT with a bunch of MP's who were running a shake-and-bake MOS reclass school to turn a bunch of various critters (infantry, arty, dumbass tankers, etc.) because their units were being turned into MP units.

I made a remark which was disparaging of then-President Clinton. Immediately, I was admonished to not say such things by a female (of course) paper pushing NCO.

I replied, "I'm an enlisted man. I can say whatever I want!" and that was the end of that.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 7:33 PM  

@53 & @54 JeremiahEmbs & Vox

It's a bit like the early day of Webcomics. The "comics" industry is, what, over 100 years old at this point? The current models are well-worn, if converged. It's going to take time to sort out what needs to be done, what can be improved and what compromises can be removed.

What might be useful is a deep study on Comicbook economics. I get the really strong feeling that Super Hero Comics actually died around 1965. What happened is a huge explosion in cross-marketing opportunities. Batman & Superman became Brands, not actually profitable comicbooks. This would explain why Disney treats Marvel the way it does. Their finances guys actually looked deeply at the reality of production & profit and told the suits to cut costs as much as possible. As comics, they just aren't worth anything. Just try whatever and if something good happens, we'll use that for a movie.

If that suspicion is correct, then it explains a lot more of what the smaller publishers actually do: Graphic Novels. Higher price point, longer form and a slower release schedule. This makes sense if one considers DC & Marvel as producing the actual books as "loss leaders".

Anonymous Man of the Atom September 25, 2017 7:43 PM  

@58. Looking Glass
"I get the really strong feeling that Super Hero Comics actually died around 1965."

Marvel: 1968, when they were sold.
DC: 1972, when Denny O'Neil finished off Green Lantern/Green Arrow

Anonymous krymneth September 25, 2017 7:47 PM  

Speaking of webcomics, one of the things I've wondered for a while is if there is any money to be made short-circuiting the wall that seems to still exist between comics and "webcomics". Some webcomics are pretty darned good, but when it comes to publishing they all seem to be self-published, and it is visibly a strain for anyone trying to turn out quality product on a regular basis to take the time out that it takes to put together their own books for publication. It seems like at most the webcomic authors sometimes manage to scrape together a colorist for themselves but even the most successful individuals can't put together a full publishing pipeline on their own account.

Anonymous JeremiahEmbs September 25, 2017 8:18 PM  

Responding to LookingGlass 58.

The main reason graphic novels are pushed is because they carry them in regular book stores. Regular comics they usually don't. Most of the graphic novels are omnibus collections of the regular comics over the period of say a year or maybe four story arcs. I like graphic novel formats more usually because they are more durable, but most artists prefer the mags because they can draw from them easier, and most people that buy comics are amateur artists that just buy them to practice drawing from.

Also to Vox: The professional artists aren't the one who caused the decline. That was caused by the more liberal editors and SJW writers who decided to destroy our work. The artists I work with produce better quality stuff than ever before and people love their art. But we who refuse to work on the SJW stuff are pushed out of the industry being black-balled and that's all controlled from the top and is often the result of petty office politics. Read up on Frank Cho about it if you ever get a chance. He was treated pretty badly and his case is pretty typical.

And so we who have seen the decline being largely out of work, but who have massive experience still work pretty cheap. Most people would be surprised how cheaply.

Sometimes we even offer work just as a professional courtesy in return for ones already extended to us by friends who could use our services in kind.

Besides because the production of comics requires technical skill, if done incorrectly, that can cost much more in the long run than hiring a few professionals from the outset, as they can ask all the right questions as to how things need to be set up for a successful print run.

Just make sure whoever is doing it knows the size reduction has to be done correctly, and they pay careful attention to correct color trapping or a plate shift can result in a nasty error.

Also proper file formats have to be used for each stage of production so you don't get degradation of the file and the ink saturation levels have to be limited so the chosen paper holds up and all that.

Because you'll be producing a digital and print version a lot has to be taken into consideration which is purely technical in regards to that too. The differences between working in CMYK and RGB are profound and you can start in one and convert, but it doesn't work going the other way because you'll have colors out of gamut and in any case if you start in RGB the printer will have to do extra work just to do the color separations.

Anyway I hope it works out. Political commentary is fun of course, but it would be nice to eventually see some just purely fictional comic stories coming out of Castalia House's comics division, as those will have lasting power and appeal to a wider audience than just the right side of the political divide.

There is probably already a market for straight story telling since the main reason people aren't buying comics anymore is their political content, not the quality of the art.

Blogger Positive Dennis September 25, 2017 8:26 PM  

Opera Vita Aeterna should be read or listened to, by everyone. While i am only a middle level fan of Vox's fiction, this novelette is the best thing i have ever read by anyone in any genre. I am not ashamed to say i cried. Seriously.

Anonymous JeremiahEmbs September 25, 2017 8:27 PM  

Responding to 60. krymneth

The main money in webcomics is in advertising and selling logo merchandise like mugs and t-shirts. Things like patreon offer a revenue source, but everybody knows how inconsistent that can be. As you say most web comic producers are not consistent with their release dates and so even the better quality ones have trouble drawing and retaining interest. It's pretty light work though in comparison to what we do professionally at the big corporations so if an artist can't keep up with a webcomic which is far easier in comparison you know they'd never be able to meet the deadlines, especially those at Marvel, which are actually brutal.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab September 25, 2017 8:39 PM  

@63 Jeremiah, it's not just the politics. There are some stunningly ugly characters. Captain Marvel looks like a man as does kitty pride, Thoretta, heck most women look awful. Whoever is drawing America makes all the women look like they have mustaches. But there are a few good ones that slip through by accident.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 8:53 PM  

@59 Man of the Atom

I figured someone would know.

The Silver Age didn't really kill Comics, but the model was broken for a lot of other reasons. Which is weird as the 80s & 90s would bring about some of the biggest popularity for comics, but the retail model really wasn't working anymore. Great stories still need a functional business model.

Anonymous Looking Glass September 25, 2017 9:03 PM  

@61 JeremiahEmbs

I imagine you'll want to get in touch with Vox *after* the crowd funding reaches its baseline goal. Even if it's just to start an small "industry" email list so future issues can be addressed.

@Vox

Lawdog Files: The Series.

Seriously. If there was a Castalia House IP that already exists and would be ready-made for comics, that strikes me as the most readily doable.

Blogger James Dixon September 25, 2017 9:09 PM  

> For example, one thing I've learned about the comic industry is that the artists are often not paid royalties, just a flat per-page rate. So, one thing we are going to do to ensure that we eventually secure the best talent over time is, in addition to the flat fee, pay royalties for an extended period of time on our comic book sales, just as we do on our regular book sales.

Not just that, but the company keeps full ownership rights in the product. If you can find a way to keep the copyrights with the creators, you will win the field without a real contest.

Anonymous GithYankee September 25, 2017 9:13 PM  

I know it's pie in the sky thinking, but the greatest would be if families or regular people could just walk into effing walmart or whatever and buy $1 CH comics like we did in the seventies. I used to get fifty cents every two weeks allowance, and bought 2 comics and that was it. It's a different world, I understand.

2.) Zman did a really dick podcast on Friday. Made a bunch of ad hominem attacks on VD/VP with no real argument. Dude was decent for a boomer, but now? I lost respect for his poor arguments to be clear. The usual "don't punch right", and then proceeds to punch right.

Blogger SirHamster September 25, 2017 9:46 PM  

GithYankee wrote:The usual "don't punch right", and then proceeds to punch right.

"Don't punch right" as applied only means, "I decide who's on the right".

Anonymous CoolHand September 25, 2017 10:37 PM  

Thank you, Vox for pushing people to DO something instead of just talking. I've been trying to walk the talk for close to ten years now.

My mission boils down to this: In order to remain free, the American people must remain armed.

To that end, I've spent the last several years designing and manufacturing 80% firearms and build kits (among other things) that allow people to build themselves weapons that exist outside the current gun control framework and are thus "invisible" to gov't.

Because of the popularity of 80% arms over the last ten years, nobody knows with any certainty how many guns are in civilian hands in the US (estimates range from 120million to 450 million, which is one hell of a range), and we aim to keep it that way, 'cause you can't confiscate what you don't know exists.

So that's what I'm doing for the nation, making gun control laws irrelevant, one 80% kit at a time.

If you want to get on our mailing list or just see the stuff we build, you can do so at our website:

http://www.logic-industries.com/

Thanks for doing what you're doing Vox, it's people like you that help keep us going out here in the trenches.

Blogger Last Redoubt September 25, 2017 10:39 PM  

@Brad Matthews - where can I check out your stuff?

Blogger Student in Blue September 25, 2017 11:46 PM  

RVF members don’t derive their identity from being anti-X

This is a remarkable point that the various "upstarts" need to keep in mind. Being simply "not-X" is not an identity, and identity is important. So what if company or product XYZ is failing, flawed, or obsolete? If your only claim to relevance is not being them, then that leaves those upstarts nowhere to actually take advantage of the opportunity. When the thing that's failing finally fails, simply being "anti-X" is going to translate into "anti-thing that isn't around anymore" at which point the upstart is completely irrelevant.

This happens all the time, not just in general tech, but also in video games. How many times did you hear about "the next WoW killer" after all? 99% of those upstart MMOs never had a coherent identity to begin with, other than a UI that was mostly cribbed from the same thing they were attempting to "kill".

Anonymous Luke September 26, 2017 12:22 AM  

Vox, I remember reading one of your posts where you said that Castalia House no longer accepted unsolicited submissions. So, unless they contact me, there's no chance of my ever getting one of my nascent books published there, then. Oh, well, there's always Amazon...

Blogger J Van Stry September 26, 2017 1:35 AM  

That's why I started to write the stories that I do. Tradpub didn't like stories about guys being guys and doing great things.
So I wrote them myself, and amazingly I found that they sell really well.

Anonymous If you were that important, we would have already noticed September 26, 2017 3:42 AM  

I've always said that we'll know that Castalia, or Infogalactic, is truly successful when the SJWs start denying that I had anything to do with it.

Castalia and Infogalactic are, therefore, vanity projects.

Anonymous vfm September 26, 2017 3:43 AM  

"Seriously, you need to look to (((Hollywood))) and the (((publishing))) and (((comics))) industries to see how to exploit your creators to the maximum."

And last but not least the (((government.

Anonymous vfm September 26, 2017 3:54 AM  

"Vox, I remember reading one of your posts where you said that Castalia House no longer accepted unsolicited submissions. So, unless they contact me, there's no chance of my ever getting one of my nascent books published there, then. Oh, well, there's always Amazon..."

Vox is always asking me if he could publish my book, to the point it gets annoying. He even said he would take out a huge loan for my advance. I told him I'll would think about it.

Now that's vanity.

Anonymous Grr Vox Day invented AI and game theory September 26, 2017 4:15 AM  

've always said that we'll know that Castalia, or Infogalactic, is truly successful when the SJWs start denying that I had anything to do with it.

Castalia and Infogalactic are dependent on the success of Vox Day's nom de plume.

Blogger VD September 26, 2017 5:08 AM  

If you were that important, we would have already noticed

You are here.

Anonymous Mr. Rational September 27, 2017 1:37 AM  

CoolHand wrote:Because of the popularity of 80% arms over the last ten years, nobody knows with any certainty how many guns are in civilian hands in the US (estimates range from 120million to 450 million, which is one hell of a range)
I've seen an estimate in excess of 600 million... based on sales of firearms WITH serial numbers.  Yes, this is a hell of a range.  It's no doubt a big reason why our tyrants have not gone all confiscatey yet.  They have realized they can't win as things are now.

This is a great time to be alive, isn't it?

that's what I'm doing for the nation, making gun control laws irrelevant, one 80% kit at a time.
I don't know how much of a contribution you've made, but sales of barrels, stocks and trigger-group kits have no doubt been tallied as well.  Those in control have those figures.  If they weren't scared, they would have just rigged the election for Hitlery.

Anonymous CoolHand September 27, 2017 2:24 PM  

Mr. Rational wrote:I don't know how much of a contribution you've made, but sales of barrels, stocks and trigger-group kits have no doubt been tallied as well.

It's almost certain that my own contribution has been small to negligible, but we all do what we can.

Also, all those parts you're talking about are NOT serialized or kept track of even by the people who MFG them, and there are no reporting requirements to the gov't.

So, while I guess the gov't could be surreptitiously tracking those parts to get a general idea of how many were produced, the lack of any traceability makes that a truly Sisyphean task.

It'd be possible to get a ballpark number by looking at the volume of wholesalers, etc, but that's gonna tell you they sold tens of thousands or millions, not that they sold 25k barrels or 50k stocks.

Hell, when Colorado enacted a standard capacity magazine ban MagPul (which was based in CO at the time) pulled out all the stops and flooded the CO market with in excess of one million standard capacity magazines (a mix of 20rnd & 30rnd IIRC) before pulling up stakes and moving to WY and TX, which effectively nullified the new law. They called it "The Boulder Airlift", just to twist the shiv a little more.

Without any reporting requirements or serial numbers to track by, the assholes in gov't are flying blind, which is exactly the way we want them.

Anonymous Mr. Rational September 27, 2017 3:49 PM  

What I meant is that the gov't can see how many are out there by tracking sales and reading credit card invoices and details of shipping bills (e.g. weight).  Even if you're paying by BTC some of that info is going to leak out, particularly your address if you buy barrels, bolt groups and stocks.  The gun-grabbers would probably hit the addresses of people who buy that stuff first.  Having a bunch of them buried doesn't help if they just grab you and throw you behind razor wire.  What stops them is the rest of the guns out there.

I like the idea of the Ghost Gunner and the things like it, but I don't see them making a difference when there could be 660+ million serialized weapons in the USA.  You don't need to transfer long guns through an FFL in most states, so there's already no reliable record of who has what past the first sale.

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