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Friday, December 01, 2017

The seeds of tomorrow's culture

How the Left Laid Waste to Comics and Sci-Fi Publishing

In the culture war engulfing America, there are many fronts. Some are apparent to everyone, such as the purging of right-wing figures from Facebook and Twitter. But a less well-known battle is being waged in science fiction publishing, where a steady convergence in the industry has all but eliminated straight white male authors from the catalogs of the major sci-fi publishers.

California is known as a bellwether state. Political, cultural, and demographic trends tend to appear in California first before metastasizing throughout the United States. It is not an accident that both no-fault divorce and Valley Girl uptalk both happened to have their roots in California.

In the same way, the comics industry can be considered something of a bellwether industry, at least when it comes to the culture war. Even before the university campuses descended into social justice lunacy, the two industry giants, Marvel and DC Comics, hired executives who promptly turned their companies into left-wing propaganda factories.

The extent of the convergence cannot be exaggerated; it is literally worse than you can likely imagine. From a transsexual Thor to a gay Hispanic Spider-man, from tedious lecturing and hectoring to homosexual marrying and villains celebrating girl power with heroes in lieu of fighting them, the culture warriors in comics have insulted their fans, rejected their roots, besmirched their heroes, and befouled and befattened the formerly beautiful.

Read the rest of my new monthly column on the culture war at Dangerous.

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Anonymous E Deploribus Unum December 01, 2017 4:13 AM  

Excellent! Didn't see that coming, but I should have.

Blogger Howard Stone December 01, 2017 4:26 AM  

Is Xi in that stage of transition where it’s hard to tell what thier bio gender is:was?

Anonymous Icicle December 01, 2017 4:30 AM  

gay Hispanic Spider-man

I want 2008 back.

Blogger Howard Stone December 01, 2017 4:39 AM  

Alt- Hero is going to be epic, can’t wait.

Anonymous Magna Carta December 01, 2017 4:40 AM  

When I was in grade school in the 1960s (yes 60s), I remember reading a comic something about how evil was taking over the world. There was a scene where a boy was spying on his parents as they were talking on some sort of radio device. The implication was that his parents were the bad guys. I could hardly process such a concept because the evil villains were always childless men (mostly) no one liked.

The thought was incomprehensible to me who had an ideal upbringing going to Church 2X on Sunday plus Wednesday evenings. I can't imagine the impact of comics on children today. I've seen the world change.

Someone once said, "Everyone dies in a foreign country."

Blogger Samuel Nock December 01, 2017 4:41 AM  

Awesome. Vox's productivity is truly something to behold.

I predict the loudest REEEEE-ing over the new monthly column will come from the Alt Retard, which can never forgive anyone on the Right for showing loyalty and compassion to one's friends and allies.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum December 01, 2017 5:17 AM  

Just blew up the poster to have a good look at the art. Truly glorious. The detail is awesome. Even the stars on his chest have dimension. I am so looking forward to my hardcovers!

Blogger The Observer December 01, 2017 5:33 AM  

You may quite reasonably ask yourself why any of this matters; after all, comics are a small and relatively unimportant market. But the comics of today are the movies of tomorrow. They are the seeds of tomorrow’s culture.

And that is important. A culture's legends and heroes reflect its ideals, its drives, its guiding ethos. By knowing who they venerate and aspire to be, one can infer much about a people.

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On a side note, I'd like to say that the Alt-Hero Discord channel has been doing well, especially for a channel mostly advertised here and by word of mouth. Some of the more talented members have been busy with the fanart, which I'm linking with permission:

By AmberChrome:

Greensleeves, an original character:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/372233103445590017/385950365318905868/unknown.png

Spacebunny:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/372233103445590017/385255049041018901/unknown.png


By Man of the Atom:

Soulsight:
https://kek.gg/i/7HFgTb.png


Hammer:
https://kek.gg/i/3ZPS9L.png


By Thot:

Ryu No Senshin:
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/372233103445590017/382434626607775744/Ryo_post_sketch.jpg


The invite link for the channel is as follows: https://discord.gg/mKR7xU2

Blogger Lovekraft December 01, 2017 5:43 AM  

And it seems the alt-right and its various allies (who don't necessarily fit that mold) are the only ones monitoring and bringing these developments to attention.

Using movies as an example, the tired old cliches of evil white conservatives (see Clooney and Damon's Suburbia, which bombed, as an example)have peaked in the sense that people are rejecting them, despite the onslaught of public education indoctrination).

I, for one, will be closely watching the next major Marvel or DC movie in which a significant alteration is presented. The mass mocking and rejection of the all-female Ghostbusters sent a message to the studios but rest assured, as we know, they are going to try it again. I heard they're going to try and make the Captain Marvel with Bree Larson into major grrlpower propaganda.

Blogger Duke Norfolk December 01, 2017 6:01 AM  

The Observer wrote:Some of the more talented members have been busy with the fanart

To my admittedly non-artist's eye that's some really good stuff. I'm impressed. The world is full of undiscovered, unrealized talent.

Anonymous Rocklea December 01, 2017 6:15 AM  

"Read the rest of my new monthly column on the culture war at Dangerous."

Welcome Milo fans. As Hollywood and the MSM continue to implode, it will be our choices in the art we support that fills the void. Alt★Hero and the books published by Castalia House are a good place to start.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 01, 2017 6:16 AM  

This!

"And more importantly, it is an opportunity for the Right to demonstrate that there is no cultural ground, however converged with identity politics it may be, that is beyond our ability to reclaim from the Left."

To Hades with the "think tanks" and editorializing, it's about creating and building things that can be used by people whether they be needs or wants.

Blogger Shimshon December 01, 2017 6:28 AM  

In Alt-Hero, no one can hear you reeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Anonymous Mister M December 01, 2017 6:31 AM  

There's someone creating his own platform. Good for you Milo.

I have my 9 year old reading my collection from the 1980's as the new stuff is such garbage. I have thousands so I'll not run out of reading material for her. She also likes the old Archies - hates the new stuff.

Which Alt-Hero title is the best fit for her? I will buy.

Blogger Groggy December 01, 2017 7:00 AM  

In future if you write articles on this topic for Dangerous, include some cells from the converged comic books to illustrate because the convergence has to be seen to be believed.

Anonymous Avalanche December 01, 2017 7:01 AM  

Investigating Milo's site (sorry, haven't had time before).

From here: https://www.dangerous.com/36684/milo-sexually-harassed-by-journalistic-mentor/

Milo writes:
I don't think I'm alone. I happen to know a half-dozen young men working in prominent positions in London media who have experienced much of what I did with Damian. I don't know if any of the others got as far down the rabbit hole of control and manipulation. But I'm sure they all share my shame and disgust at allowing a powerful and much older man to subject me to his odd proclivities in exchange for professional favors and money.

Interesting (if unsurprising) that his ?? internal monologue about what was done to him, and what he acceded to for security (and yes, money, favor, and success, as a young man trying to make his way in (an SJW) biz) SO reassembles that of the women coming forward here in the States.

Anonymous Man of the Atom December 01, 2017 7:02 AM  

Groggy wrote:In future if you write articles on this topic for Dangerous, include some cells from the converged comic books to illustrate because the convergence has to be seen to be believed.

Terminology: Panels. Cels are in animation.

Blogger Groggy December 01, 2017 7:03 AM  

(And place the converged comic cells in contrast to Alt-Hero to illustrate the difference.)

Blogger Phillip George December 01, 2017 7:16 AM  

G K. Chesterton pointed out thaT when people stop believing in God they don't start to believe in nothing, they will believe in anything - no matter how crazy the idea intrinsically is.

People gave up on a weekly sermon about the real thing. It didn't put an end to "Pontifical sermonizing", it opened the flood gates for it. Sermon's went from one a week to 24/7 in everything.

God, could maintain mankind on one word a week. Trying to get by without Him, has resulted in a 24/7 pastiche:
fig leaves have never been sewn so furiously, more continuously without so much as a single butt pimple covered by them.

The Emperor's tailors won't shut up while anyone at all still feeds them.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera December 01, 2017 7:24 AM  

Good work here.

Blogger Desdichado December 01, 2017 7:34 AM  

Lovekraft wrote:Using movies as an example, the tired old cliches of evil white conservatives (see Clooney and Damon's Suburbia, which bombed, as an example)have peaked in the sense that people are rejecting them, despite the onslaught of public education indoctrination).

I, for one, will be closely watching the next major Marvel or DC movie in which a significant alteration is presented. The mass mocking and rejection of the all-female Ghostbusters sent a message to the studios but rest assured, as we know, they are going to try it again. I heard they're going to try and make the Captain Marvel with Bree Larson into major grrlpower propaganda.

Like the upcoming We Wuz Kangz, the movie?

The virtue-signaling never really stops. I had Larry freakin' Correia cussing me out on Facebook a few weeks ago about it: because I don't know that the movie is going to suck, so I'm just a prejudiced idiot, or something. I mean; really—you're telling me that you have such poor situational awareness that the movie about the bizarrely high tech African country where the villains are all white isn't a movie I should be wary of? Sure; I could end up being wrong, and I'll happily admit that if I am (and I'd love to be wrong on that, but the Marvel movies are still made in Hollywood after all.)

But I don't think that I will be.

Blogger Michael Maier December 01, 2017 7:42 AM  

"Larry freakin' Correia" is more converged that we'd like to think.

Blogger Michael Maier December 01, 2017 7:43 AM  

And that preview alone makes me not want to see WE WUZ KANGS. THOR 3 was massively-converged. I don't want to know how many cringe-worthy moments are in WE WUZ KANGS.

I also want to know how evil Wakanda is that they don't share the high-tech of WELL-DIGGING with their neighbors.

Blogger marco moltisanti December 01, 2017 7:57 AM  

"a gay Hispanic Spider-man"

Is Mile Morales really gay? I haven't read any new Marvel for something like 20 years, but I do keep up on what's happening in comics a bit. Seems like I would have heard about that one.

Anonymous Morgan December 01, 2017 8:02 AM  

I read the anthology THE BOOK OF SWORDS edited by Garnder Dozois last week. Only two good stories. The book is supposedly sword & sorcery fiction but is a bait and switch. The usual number of estrogen fantasy stories of getting in touch with your emotions. Then you have the "grimdark." Stories with cousin incest, brother-sister incest (Geo. R. R. Martin), homosexual beastiality, and C. J. Cherryh's rewrite of how Beowulf was a coward. I am waiting for the pederasty to start infiltrating fiction. Snow Flakes go berserk about racial attitudes of 1930 pulp fiction but celebrate incest and beastiality.

Blogger Howard Stone December 01, 2017 8:05 AM  

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Blogger Azimus December 01, 2017 8:13 AM  

Lord, I hate California. For the past half-year my company which manufactures a household product out of trees from Wisconsin and plastic from Ohio (and screws from China, something like 1% of the cost) and supplies it nationally, has paid untold legal fees and struggled to decide whether our product was "Made in the USA" because California passed some ridiculous bureaucratic law for products sold in their state. Inotherwords, since they are the biggest market, and we weren't willing to create California-only SKU's, they bent the entire nation to their will by default. In certain regards, Sacramento is running the country. Lord, I hate California.

Blogger Phillip George December 01, 2017 8:14 AM  

footnote. Angelina Jolie's "unbroken" and Jonathan Teplitzky's "railway man" and Shackleton's Antarctic are ripping good survival stories. They don't need padding. The stories tell themselves. They don't need sermonizing. And there's another million stories out there waiting to be told.

The deeper people go into unreality the more padding they need. Wonderwoman isn't just/ merely superhuman, she's inclusive and diverse and this week's cause celeb. More filler. More filler. Superhuman isn't quite good enough to be entertaining. In the end it look's like Ceaușescu's Romania. Where perfect grandiosity meets terminal vacuousness.

But the real survival stories are mere mortals tackling what the extraordinary throws at them.

When the mere mortal discover's their fragility and pushes on we truly MARVel. Fanfare for the common man. Mortality might yet make a come back.

Blogger Samuel Nock December 01, 2017 8:16 AM  

@24

If Spider-man is only Hispanic but not gay, then Vox's entire thesis is debunked.

/sarcasm

Blogger tuberman December 01, 2017 8:50 AM  

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Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 01, 2017 8:52 AM  

It's too bad the best selling author mentioned above as a FB scold has comforted himself of playing the role of "Good Ol' Conservative Papa" to the crazy SJW daughter(s).

But I admit that is an attractive offer for the generally personally conservative person, who can't quite come to tell himself that the modern sins of isms, ists and phobias is complete bunk.

Congratulate the Good Ol' Conservative Papas the modern sins now out rank the old as witnessed by the Steinle verdict.

Blogger tuberman December 01, 2017 8:54 AM  

Seems now that I've been waiting for something like Alt*Hero to arrive for decades. Although I appreciate the God Emperor to the max, the culture wars are the next step, and the efforts that will turn this Leftist/Globalist crap to it's grave.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 01, 2017 9:02 AM  

The culture war is always the first step, it disqualifies and discredits even if it is by omission. And "omission" is the best to be hoped for with conservatives because they greatly fear confrontation and heaven forbid the loss of respectability.

Anonymous Überdeplorable Psychedelic Cat Grass December 01, 2017 9:24 AM  

Great article and now that i think about it, it makes sense that if comics are converged the rest of the culture follows. In part due to the lack of fresh ideas from Hollywood, they adapt comics into movies.

Anonymous BBGKB December 01, 2017 10:37 AM  

include some cells from the converged comic books to illustrate because the convergence has to be seen to be believed.

Thorettes hammer- ribbed for her pleasure.

Is Mile Morales really gay? I haven't read any new Marvel for something like 20 years

Yes but he doesn't see much action because all the NYC white guys have 'No Blacks, Wetbacks, or femmes" listed.

Snow Flakes go berserk about racial attitudes of 1930 pulp fiction but celebrate incest and beastiality.

A bathhouse for the love that dare not speak it's neigh mane, also lets you screw a tree.
https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/d7anjq/you-can-literally-have-sex-with-the-environment-in-this-ecosexual-bathhouse

Blogger roughcoat December 01, 2017 10:39 AM  

Michael Maier wrote:"Larry freakin' Correia" is more converged that we'd like to think.

He's a lolbertarian Mormon who proudly declared himself NeverTrump back in May, 2016. http://monsterhunternation.com/2016/05/06/the-endless-facebook-trump-whaa-post/ I don't use facebook so I don't know if he ever admitted he was 100% wrong.

Most of the people I used to follow in the gunniesphere turned out to be totally useless in 2016, and damn few of them have changed their tunes since as far as I've seen. Turns out they're almost all just idealistic fuckwits who can't see the world for what it is any better than the typical mentally ill leftist.

Blogger Were-Puppy December 01, 2017 11:09 AM  

@6 Samuel Nock
I predict the loudest REEEEE-ing over the new monthly column will come from the Alt Retard, which can never forgive anyone on the Right for showing loyalty and compassion to one's friends and allies.
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I just gabbed this article, so will likely find out pretty soon how many alt-reichers are out there.

Anonymous CV December 01, 2017 12:02 PM  

^A stupid amount. Along with a ton of supporters who wouldn't even try to understand what the Vox v Torba thing was about. I got off Gab last month.

Anonymous Pitcrew December 01, 2017 12:16 PM  

After yesterdays abortion of Justice all I can say is,

California delenda est

Blogger Desdichado December 01, 2017 12:32 PM  

Michael Maier wrote:"Larry freakin' Correia" is more converged that we'd like to think.
I know. Multiple interactions with him since the nomination of the God-Emperor have been... disappointing.

Blogger Desdichado December 01, 2017 12:44 PM  

marco moltisanti wrote:Is Mile Morales really gay? I haven't read any new Marvel for something like 20 years, but I do keep up on what's happening in comics a bit. Seems like I would have heard about that one.
He's the 1st A in LGBTQQIAAP.

Anonymous Bukulu December 01, 2017 1:07 PM  

Azimus @27,

Sorry, dude, but you're to blame here. Like insurance companies who fold over ridiculous claims because it's cheaper to do so, you're part of the problem.

Your company, and every similarly situated one, needs to tell California to FOAD when they pull this crap. Barrett did this over CA's ban of .50BMG... not just declining future sales, but refusing to even do maintainance on existing products that CA law enforcement agencies had purchased. What makes you so special? Get with the program and help us excommunicate California!

Anonymous Viiidad December 01, 2017 4:20 PM  

It's fantastic to see you writing a column again.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 01, 2017 4:29 PM  

I left two comments over there this morning that haven't been approved yet, one on this article and one on Milo's expose of whatsisname who was really into glasses.

Blogger slarrow December 01, 2017 5:11 PM  

Slightly OT, but this sounds like a guy from the old school (Jim Shooter) who gets it:

https://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2017/11/19/interview-legendary-marvel-comics-editor-in-chief-jim-shooter-on-the-current-state-of-marvel-creator-incentives-and-more/

Wonder if he's heard of Alt Hero yet....

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 01, 2017 6:56 PM  

Congratulations!

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright December 01, 2017 8:50 PM  

It amused me that at least one of the recent G.I. Joe lines was pulled...because Hasbro got involved.

Even if no one at Marvel cares about money, Hasbro still wants to sell toys.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit December 01, 2017 9:09 PM  

@44 Not OT at all. To win back the culture of comics, Alt-hero has to do two things: Show that the SJW worldview is unsatisfying and anti-heroic. That's practically a no-brainer. But it also has to follow Jim Shooter's prescriptions viz story, and reader relationship with beloved characters (Based on the reaction to Rebel, I suspect they'll do just fine)

And when it comes to the art, scroll down to the Bernie Wrightson artwork. Will Alt-Hero be able to compete with that? Unlikely. But note that even with world-class artwork, from a very popular artist... sales were meh.

This is Alt-Hero's battle to win.

Anonymous Dividualist December 05, 2017 8:42 AM  

I find SJWs take over things when those things are already rotting. They took over comics books when comics books were already a thing of basement dwelling 30 years old virgins. I distinctly remember when comics books were thing for entirely normal pre-puberty boys who dropped them instantly at around puberty, 12-13 years old, alongside with their action figure collection and stuff like that. I find the action figure collecting, comics book reading, excessively videogaming [1] 30 year old numale a revolting sight, a child stuck in the body of a man.

And THAT is the stuff that SJWs are taking over, perhaps, because they are simply just the next stage of rot or because they are looking for easy takeovers with no resistance.

I see this all over the place. Hollywood movies first became shit, endless comics book remixes, then SJWs took them over. Silicon Valley programming used to be excellent, became an idiotic childish kindergarten like "startup" culture, then SJWs took it over.

Anything that still functions like how actually adult, grown-up men should do things is in little danger of SJW takeover. For example, since I grew up, my tastes in videogames got limited rather exclusively to realistic simulators, from Assetto Corsa to ArmA. These subcultures have basically none of the usual SJW crap.

The kind of sci-fi I read is stuff like John Ringo's A Hymn Before Battle. Guess what, no SJWs...

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