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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Never go full SJW, not even in comics

You may recall that last week, I posted an image of a GI Joe cover that many of you doubted could possibly be real. Well, it was. And here is an interview with the current writer of GI Joe, Aubrey Sitterson, with Bleeding Cool, which may prove to be more than a little informative. Note how this line was practically paraphrased from SJWAL's description of the purpose of narrative propaganda: "It’s speculative fiction, right? So why not use it to conjure up a better world?"

BC: Some Joe fans take issue with a person of your political persuasions writing GI Joe. Tell us why that’s actually a good thing.

AS: I’m a socialist, and that’s been a tough pill for some folks to swallow. That’s in part because in this country, the military is almost universally seen as a right wing institution, but that’s actually far from a universal sentiment. There are too many countries to list where the military has fought off right-wing coups or fundamentalist takeovers, or even where the military has sided with socialist insurgencies. In South American history, it’s not even uncommon for socialist activists to become soldiers themselves! It’s a common Marxist refrain, but that’s because it’s true: The military has revolutionary potential.
There’s nothing inherently right wing about the military, it’s just how the military has generally been used in United States history. One of the big questions I posed to myself, especially writing this book in the midst of Trump taking office and the rise of the alt-right, was figuring out what a socialist GI Joe book would even look like. After a lot of thought, it came down to tweaking not only our general perception of the military’s goals, but also the methods by which it achieves them. A socialist military doesn’t exist to further enrich the monied classes or enforce property rights or promote imperialist agenda. Instead, it has a far simpler, far more noble goal: Protecting and empowering people.

The book is designed to be aspirational, so I tried to write Joe as an idealized military – what the military would be if I could wave a magic wand and make it so. That’s why GI Joe became an international organization, one more concerned with protecting the population of the planet than promoting any single country’s interests, and also a big part of why we switched all of the Joes over to using laser weapons. It’s speculative fiction, right? So why not use it to conjure up a better world?

Using lasers also solved another big problem with doing a leftist take on GI Joe: Guns. I love gunporn action flicks as much as anyone, more than most, honestly, but what flies in John Wick or Commando simply ain’t appropriate in GI Joe, which is, at its core, and in my favorite incarnation, decidedly a kids’ property. I grew up watching all kinds of stuff that glorified gun violence and while I don’t think it broke me as a person or anything, that kind of material definitely contributes to the exaltation of firearms. And in 2017, with what feels like near-constant mass shootings, fetishizing guns in a children’s property isn’t just gross, it’s wrong.

That’s the behind-the-scenes reason on why the Joes use nonlethal lasers, but there’s also an excellent story reason as well: If the Joes are the best in their chosen fields, and they’re all working together…why would they even need to kill people? The Joes are strong and capable enough that they can afford to be nice, to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if doing so puts them at risk. And truthfully, that’s the very definition of a hero.

BC: You’ve been the target of what we’ll call “backlash” for some of the changes you’ve made to GI Joe, but GI Joe as a property has been, in a lot of ways, progressive since the ’80s. In that respect, what parts of that legacy did you build on for your take on GI Joe?

AS: “Backlash” is a nice word for it, right? Though they’ve thankfully calmed down now, I was getting death threats for more than a month. One of the most perplexing things about that whole situation (outside of how someone could get so upset over a comic book that they’d threaten someone’s life) was that GI Joe has been progressive since the very first issue of Real American Hero. War was never something to be celebrated in that book — it was a sad necessity, albeit one where heroes could be elevated through valor. And that progressive trend was continued in the Sunbow series a few years later, with a level of gender, ethnic and racial representation that was simply unheard of at the time. And while the Joes were a diverse group of friends, the Cobra villains were, by-and-large, homogenous white males. That’s shockingly progressive for smack dab in the middle of Reagan’s America.

GI Joe is, at its core, a progressive concept, so I didn’t have to go in and do any heavy lifting. Instead, it was all about figuring out ways to continue that trend, but in a way that’s appropriate for 2017. Our new Salvo is a great example of that, albeit one for which I continue to catch a lot of heat from a certain vocal minority of Joe fans. Making Salvo a Samoan woman served a couple purposes. First, it gave us another international Joe for our newly international team. Changing the character’s race and gender not only gave us some Polynesian representation, but also helped us dodge some problematic visual associations, as Salvo’s original look (bald, heavily muscled white guy with giant guns and a shirt that says “THE RIGHT OF MIGHT”) reads as… a little too alt-right. It also presented an opportunity to introduce a different body type into the group, which I thought was important.

So, the SJW definition of a hero is "someone who is strong enough to be nice and give people the benefit of the doubt, even if doing so puts himself at risk." That explains the SJW position on immigration, does it not? Okay, so that's the shot. Now here is the chaser, a news item posted later that same day by the same comics news site, Bleeding Cool.
There’s still more than a week before the December 5th final order cutoff for retailers to order Scarlett’s Strike Force, the new GI Joe series launching out of IDW’s First Strike super-mega-crossover event. But before all the orders are in for the first issue, set to hit stores on December 20th, the book has already been canceled by IDW.

“Unfortunately, IDW told me early this month that Scarlett’s Strike Force was being canceled after issue #3,” writer Aubrey Sitterson told Bleeding Cool in an exclusive interview. “And with up through issue #4 already written, that means ending on a pretty outrageous cliffhanger.”

Since the first issue is more than a month away from hitting stores, with time yet left for retailers and fans to order it, it might seem premature for the book to already be canceled, but Sitterson relayed the reason he was given by his publisher, as unlikely as it sounds: “IDW told me they made the decision due to low sales.”
Good riddance! IDW appears to be figuring out that SJWs are a cancer a little faster than either Marvel or DC is. Of course, IDW has considerably less margin for error, since they aren't being propped up by their movie-licensing revenue. 

UPDATE: No, my assumption was incorrect. Apparently IDW has learned nothing from this incident and the decision was imposed upon them from above. "IDW stood by Sitterson (he did keep his job as the writer after all). Their initial support statement was only retracted after Hasbro allegedly got involved."

Snicker-snack....

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102 Comments:

Blogger Kona Commuter November 25, 2017 7:11 AM  

"I'm a socialist"

I stopped there. I've had a gut full with socialists / Commies.

Fire up the rotors - it's helicopter time

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 7:16 AM  

"... the Joes use nonlethal lasers ..."

Ah, so they use blinding weapons, against International Law. Got it. And they carry cartridge belts and ammo belts for magazines. Because, I guess, socialist.

What an ultra maroon!

Sitterson won't know what hit him when the main title goes into the trash heap for ... *UNLIKELY* ... low sales.

It's a fine thing when your competitor is this grimly stupid.

Blogger SteelPalm November 25, 2017 7:25 AM  

Diversity and Comics (himself a 12-year veteran of the US military) had a funny video about this, too;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrzkB0MgjK0

The part where Aubrey Sitterson denies his insults towards Americans on 9/11 (including a number of GI Joe fans) had anything to do with his firing, only that it was low sales, as if the two were unrelated, is a classic SJW lying and doubling down combination.

Also, Sitterson revealed in one of these interviews that he modeled the look of his obese black Samoan woman (formerly a muscle-bound white guy with a shaved head, who he deemed "too Alt-Right") after a female pro wrestler.

Is there anything more gamma than adult males obsessed with female pro wrestlers?

Anonymous Anonymous November 25, 2017 7:27 AM  

The military is pretty damn progressive, a lot more progressive then folks would ever believe. Not just the women and non Whites. Got all those college indoctrinated officers too and they promote officers based on their political reliability vs war fight capabilities

Push comes to shove every general has sold out his subordinates on things like queers in the military and women in the infantry to keep their personal careers going. Lots of good young men walk away from their commison after their company commander time because they can't stand the bullshit but any officer past 03 is way suspect.

It's wise to question enlisted guys who make e8 and e9 too. Especially the e9's but that processes is a little more under the radar then officer promotion boards

Blogger Robert What? November 25, 2017 7:27 AM  

So, the SJW definition of a hero is "someone who is strong enough to be nice and give people the benefit of the doubt, even if doing so puts himself at risk.

And there's the rub. Soldiers put themselves at risk, not other people. SJWs put other people at risk, rarely themselves.

Blogger The Observer November 25, 2017 7:28 AM  

So, the SJW definition of a hero is "someone who is strong enough to be nice and give people the benefit of the doubt, even if doing so puts himself at risk."

One of the many reasons why I loathed Undertale.

Blogger 4499 November 25, 2017 7:29 AM  

"Dunkin' Donuts at twelve o'clock!"

Blogger L' Aristokrato November 25, 2017 7:29 AM  

Eventually, all superheroes will be turned into Howard Sterns' Beetlejuice.
You know, for "Diversity".

Blogger Howard Stone November 25, 2017 7:30 AM  

I’ve been thinking about this lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) is hands down the best comic book movie of all time. No politics, clear good guys Vs bad guys, (good guys win) strong male roles, traditional romantic male female relationship dynamics, and a story about a strong, wise caring, single father successfuly raising four teenage boys in New York City with displine and tough love. The costumes were great even by today’s standards and I prefer them over the CGI monsters we got in the latest films. Raymond Chow produced it, so maybe that has something to do with everything; he was involved with Bruce Lee’s films. The movie wasn’t something to get obsessed over, it wasn’t some religious experience or even propaganda, it was just fun to watch. Which is what a comic book movie should be.

Blogger Groggy November 25, 2017 7:32 AM  

A picture is worth a thousands words, when it comes to SJW convergence of comics.

Blogger Ingot9455 November 25, 2017 7:33 AM  

The real horror is that the property is so powerful and fun that it could be so amazingly good.

For example, you could totally do a 'Fox Force Five' thing with 'Scarlett's Strike Force' using Scarlett, Lady Jaye, Cover Girl, Jinx, and Daina. The story would write itself - any fan reading this already has an outline in his head. But no.

Blogger Robert Coble November 25, 2017 7:34 AM  

". . .the Cobra villains were, by-and-large, homogenous white males."

So BRAVE: combating stereotypes in the name of inclusion and diversity!

Blogger YIH November 25, 2017 7:36 AM  

A socialist military doesn’t exist to further enrich the monied classes or enforce property rights or promote imperialist agenda. Instead, it has a far simpler, far more noble goal: Protecting and empowering people.
FFS, Soviet Union? Cuba? North Korea? Any of those ring a bell?

Anonymous Anonymous November 25, 2017 7:37 AM  

Hilarious.

Anonymous p-dawg November 25, 2017 7:38 AM  

Non-lethal lasers? So they're just permanently blinding people?

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 7:39 AM  

SWJ Flag #4921-A: GI JOE in wheelchair fighting dinosaurs in hilly jungle environment. This is the cancelled title Sitterson is whinging on about.

And no head gear for slips, trips, and falls.

Hope his battery holds out during the chase scenes.

Blogger Rick November 25, 2017 7:41 AM  

What percentage of the comic book buying public do you estimate will buy issue # 1 strictly for the investment, to complete their collection or for vanity/bragging rights?
Similar to how those Picasso’s go for $100 million but can’t possibly be because the buyers find them irresistibley beautiful or even interesting after a few seconds.

Blogger The Observer November 25, 2017 7:48 AM  

"Dunkin' Donuts at twelve o'clock!"

Pork chop sandwiches!

SWJ Flag #4921-A: GI JOE in wheelchair fighting dinosaurs in hilly jungle environment. This is the cancelled title Sitterson is whinging on about.

Black transgender disabled Batman was supposed to be a joke, not something to aim for.

You can't effectively parody these people any more.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira November 25, 2017 7:49 AM  

At first I was disappointed watching MARVEL go to crap. Now this is just fun. But only because ALT*HERO came along. MAKE YOUR OWN PLATFORMS.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 7:49 AM  

Rick wrote:What percentage of the comic book buying public do you estimate will buy issue # 1 strictly for the investment, to complete their collection or for vanity/bragging rights?

Similar to how those Picasso’s go for $100 million but can’t possibly be because the buyers find them irresistibley beautiful or even interesting after a few seconds.


The investment fad popped about the same time as Spectacular Spider-Man #1 cleared the shelves under Todd McFarlane (2000-2003). Whether investment value or sales figures, most Current Year Titles behave as a Poisson Curve: big spike at Issue 1 and rapid fall-off to about Issue 6/8/12 for a new title. Titles that feature main characters have more staying power and trend toward 12; new things last closer to 6.

Data is here to explore.

Blogger Rick November 25, 2017 7:53 AM  

Thank you Fan of the Atom. That’s encouraging.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 7:56 AM  

"Their initial support statement was only retracted after Hasbro allegedly got involved."

Ah, so the Big Dog, the one that also owns Dungeons & Dragons, Magic, and other game and toy entities, is sniffing out its cut of the bottom line, and doesn't like the cut of Sitterson's (or IDW's) jib?

Sitterson: "A socialist military doesn’t exist to further enrich the monied classes or enforce property rights or promote imperialist agenda."

Too bad Hasbro doesn't identify as 'socialist'. I think their alignment is "LAWFUL PROFIT".

So sad.

Blogger YIH November 25, 2017 8:07 AM  

Their initial support statement was only retracted after Hasbro allegedly got involved.
I have no doubt about that, I've been saying that Disney probably runs a loss on the Comic Book division of Marvel (ditto Time-Warner with DC) to the point that they actually eat a loss on every issue (and a bigger loss if it's a dead tree). But what makes this one different is if DC/Marvel makes their characters look dumb in comic books it's their IP and it doesn't seem to effect movie and merch sales.
OTOH GI Joe is still probably a major toy line for Hasbro, and they probably could threaten revocation of the license - as Disney routinely does to companies that license Mickey, et al.

Blogger Wanderer November 25, 2017 8:10 AM  

AS: I’m a socialist, and that’s been a tough pill for some folks to swallow. That’s in part because in this country, the military is almost universally seen as a right wing institution,

No, retard, it's because socialism has led to the greatest bloodbaths in all of human history. 100 million dead. All people with hopes and dreams, too. Socialism is a plague.

Blogger The Kurgan November 25, 2017 8:15 AM  

Vox,
Is your magical power of making your enemies become increasingly stupid, ineffective, ridiculous and self-immolation transferable?
Can we get some directed enstupidation ray orbital bombardment for a modest fee?

Blogger VD November 25, 2017 8:20 AM  

Is your magical power of making your enemies become increasingly stupid, ineffective, ridiculous and self-immolation transferable?

It's not magic, it merely involves choosing your enemies carefully. Remember, SJWs ALWAYS DOUBLE DOWN.

Seriously, if anyone hasn't read the book, they really should do so. I don't make this stuff up, I just observe and analyze material reality. Everyone knows DC will get worse, because Bendis. But I suspect it will startle people how the guys they brought in to fix Marvel will also make things worse.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 8:28 AM  

VD wrote:But I suspect it will startle people how the guys they brought in to fix Marvel will also make things worse.

'Rocket sled to the bottom' would not surprise me with Current Year Marvel, so light that candle, Make Mine Milkshakers!

Blogger wreckage November 25, 2017 8:31 AM  

@25 The question is, how to use short-selling to monetize Vox's lasering-in on someone as a total idiot.

Anonymous Mayonnaise November 25, 2017 8:31 AM  

If I were Samoan, I'd be going ballistic over the racial stereotyping: that all Samoan women are big, ugly, fat --

Oh, wait ...

Blogger Dirtnapninja November 25, 2017 8:34 AM  

Incredible. Social justice never backs down, never admits its mistakes or infelicities, never self corrects. It doubles down and holds on to the point of self destruction.

That's why reform of our system is fundamentally impossible.

Anonymous TD November 25, 2017 8:35 AM  

Makes glad that I chipped in for Alt-hero and bought SJWAL and SJWADD. Alt-hero gives me the option of laughing rather than crying when faced with this absurdity. The the nonfiction helps me make sense of the madness.

Blogger Erynne November 25, 2017 8:47 AM  

It's amazing to see how successful business models can crumble so stupidly. I had always wondered how big companies fail and disappear over time and it seems there is no end to MPAI.

Anonymous Looking Glass November 25, 2017 8:50 AM  

@23 YIH

From exploration during the Alt-Hero campaign, it appears that the print model for Comics failed somewhere before 1975. Without advertisements, they haven't been profitable for a long while.

What saved the Big 2 was branding. What allowed Dark Horse & Image to work was Graphic Novels and/or licensing/marketing work. IDW is somewhere between the two of them. Books are either a loss leader or break-even. The Big 2 also likely have royalties for characters that they have to pay out, which is why they're constantly trying to make new characters.

When Disney bought Marvel, they almost instantly forced them into deep cost cutting measures. There's a reason for that. The SJW move was billed as saving on writers & artists.

Blogger xavier November 25, 2017 8:53 AM  

Wow just wow. I can't even express my disgust at this interview. So Gi joe commits war crimes and is so inclusive that it's inept as well as uncompetent.
No wonder I prefer to read the Euro comics that aren't in English
xavier

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 25, 2017 8:56 AM  

UPDATE: No, my assumption was incorrect. Apparently IDW has learned nothing from this incident and the decision was imposed upon them from above. "IDW stood by Sitterson (he did keep his job as the writer after all). Their initial support statement was only retracted after Hasbro allegedly got involved."

I was curious as to how long it would take until Hasbro stepped in and said, "thanks for the brand damage but you can stop this now. Fat lesbian Joe isn't going to leap off the shelves."

I was also starting to wonder where on the Convergence scale they sat.

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums November 25, 2017 9:03 AM  

They're making it so easy for Alt*Hero I'm getting suspicious...

Blogger Mr.MantraMan November 25, 2017 9:03 AM  

SJW live and breathe on normie con disgust and outrage, the more you vent and sputter your objections the better they feel.

Anonymous Mayonnaise November 25, 2017 9:09 AM  

"Social justice never backs down, never admits its mistakes or infelicities, never self corrects. It doubles down and holds on to the point of self destruction."

Because they don't see it as self-destruction. SJW's rationalize, and attribute every loss to contrary forces that have achieved temporary victory.

Blogger Dire Badger November 25, 2017 9:12 AM  

I have seen the horrible burns Lasers inflict.

I'd rather take a bullet.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 25, 2017 9:15 AM  

In South American history, it’s not even uncommon for socialist activists to become soldiers themselves! It’s a common Marxist refrain, but that’s because it’s true: The military has revolutionary potential.

Sitterson is such a military expert that when he took over GI Joe he made the character, Rock n Roll, the...wait for it...Shotgun Specialist.

FYI, Rock n Roll is the blond hippy with the deformed arms standing next to the fat lesbian of indeterminate ethnicity, on the cover.

That's how much this retard knows about the military. Rock n Roll was originally a machinegunner because that is pretty much what using a M-240G is like. The overpressure of the rounds going off are like standing in front of the speakers at a (*1980s*) Metallica concert. It literally shakes your guts.

Shotguns while very useful in first person shooters, have almost no military application other than rear area security. There is no such thing as a shotgun specialist in any military organization on Earth.

Sitterson's fantasies of military infilitration are troubling but if that is the military he thinks SJWism will produce then there is no reason at all to be frightened of it. Even Saddam's second line units could wipe it out.

Blogger Howard Stone November 25, 2017 9:16 AM  

It’s almost, well not almost, it is, it actually is that they believe that what they create becomes reality. Like they have magic pens or something. So when they write a comic about a benevolent Marxist world wide police force, they actually believe that r amity is going to mirror exactly what they are writing, and just like that “poof” all of the sudden there is a benevolent Marxist Police force who can shoot pink lasers.

Blogger Dirtnapninja November 25, 2017 9:21 AM  

Mayonnaise wrote:Because they don't see it as self-destruction. SJW's rationalize, and attribute every loss to contrary forces that have achieved temporary victory.

True. They also never pay a price for thier failures. This guy will not be seen as a screwup who should be avoided, but as an experienced industry insider.

Blogger Howard Stone November 25, 2017 9:26 AM  

Because if this lunatics SJGI Joe actually existed, it would be hell on earth. I mean right there, that’s a comic book that would rival Walking Dead, take this SJW version of GI Joe, and honestly and truthfully work it out in a comic book, it would be 1984 on steroids.

Blogger Johnny November 25, 2017 9:31 AM  

Mayonnaise wrote:If I were Samoan, I'd be going ballistic over the racial stereotyping: that all Samoan women are big, ugly, fat --

Oh, wait ...


We all want the hero to be a flattering version of however we see ourselves. For a lot of people that is not going to be a muscle-bound white guy with a shaved head, but that market is going to be a lot bigger than the market for oversize, fat, ugly...

Blogger Lovekraft November 25, 2017 9:32 AM  

D & C explained, using military theory, how the various Western institutions are key strategic goals and, once captured, they celebrate and gloat. Like in Iraq, key sites like power plants, capital cities etc would be key targets.

So we shouldn't delude ourselves that the SJWs, with major resources (they don't actually produce anything of value, but rather receive major dark money and taxtheft funds), haven't advanced Cultural Marxism randomly.

And as for this Tillerson, I would love to know his experiences in high school. Almost certain he was either completely coddled, or was bullied and is now taking revenge.

Anonymous Tyson November 25, 2017 9:32 AM  

G.I Joe has been a slowly dying franchise for a number of years. The toys are no longer sold in stores but to collectors online. The RAH comic was still being produce with Hama at IDW, but I'm not sure if its still around. It had poor sales but was kept alive by top brass at both IDW and Hasbro.

Transformer made a big comeback with its IDW comic despite being progressive. The big rub is that it was not SJWish and had excellent writing. Not sure how it's doing now.

Anonymous Mayonnaise November 25, 2017 9:32 AM  

"... they believe that what they create becomes reality. Like they have magic pens or something."

Recently a game show featured a brown male contestant and his "husband" -- a white guy twenty years his senior who looked like Walt Disney. And everyone gushed.

Their tactic: Make it look to be normal, make it appear mainstream, make it seem wonderful. Get people used to it, and then they will ultimately accept it.

Blogger Brad Matthews November 25, 2017 9:34 AM  

Heh.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 25, 2017 9:37 AM  

It’s speculative fiction, right? So why not use it to conjure up a fatter world?

The funny thing is that when they conjure the benevolent Marxist world, it is no longer Marxist...or terribly interesting.

The reason fat brown trans-Salvo is losing sales isn't because he succeeded in conjuring a better world - but because he didn't conjure anything.

A hack who orchestrates every character's move is the kid who invites you over after school to let you watch him play Space Invaders.

This tranny "writer" clearly has no real world experience with owning a soul.

Death threats are redundant to the walking damned.

Anonymous Bobby Farr November 25, 2017 9:44 AM  

If one wanted to satirically portray a far left douche, it would be impossible at this point to create a character who was so outlandish as to be unbelievable.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 9:59 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote: In South American history, it’s not even uncommon for socialist activists to become soldiers themselves! It’s a common Marxist refrain, but that’s because it’s true: The military has revolutionary potential.

Sitterson is such a military expert that when he took over GI Joe he made the character, Rock n Roll, the...wait for it...Shotgun Specialist.


Did you mean to say NON-LETHAL LASER Shotgun Specialist? Hmm? HMMM?

Blogger Derrick Bonsell November 25, 2017 10:01 AM  

I'm not given to right-wing hyperbole, but that description of a socialist military is absurd. Given the military's role in enforcing various things like land reform or capital expropriation, there is plenty of room for corrupt officers to enrich themselves.

In fact it then takes an authoritarian bureaucracy to prevent that, which allows some in the bureaucracy to then enrich themselves.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 10:18 AM  

Sitterson has been working hard in support of Alt★Hero for some time now! Don't neglect to check out Sitterson's "About" page (archived version linked) to see all the other things he's helped to converge prior to GI JOE.

He's no amateur when it comes to strangling IP content.

Thanks, Aubrey!

Anonymous Avalanche November 25, 2017 10:19 AM  

@53 "there is plenty of room for corrupt officers to enrich themselves."

OH! You evil bigot! You anti-socialist nasty scum! You MUST be an alt right nazi! Tell me where you are so I can come punch you in the face! Officers in a socialist paradise would NEVER enrich themselves!!
/sarc

Blogger Nakota Publishing November 25, 2017 10:25 AM  

Just the cover of this rag says "full retard."

Anonymous Anonymous November 25, 2017 10:34 AM  

Aubrey Sitterson: "After a lot of thought..."

[followed later by]

"It also presented an opportunity to introduce a different body type into the group, which I thought was important.

There is no observable evidence of thought in this entire episode.

Laughing. A lot.

Blogger Quadko November 25, 2017 10:44 AM  

But Cobra's Storm Shadow was Japanese? That counts as white, now, too?

And, amazing how generous progs are to everyone in the world... except their political opponents.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 25, 2017 10:48 AM  

"As God is my witness, I thought gravity was merely a social construct." -- Postmodern Pinochet

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 25, 2017 10:49 AM  

Nakota Publishing wrote:
Just the cover of this rag says "full retard."


We keep trying to tell them, but they keep doubling down.

Once again, Vox was right.

Blogger Ken Prescott November 25, 2017 10:52 AM  

It's worth noting that the only product of the Former Soviet Union that worked exactly as advertised was the Kalashnikov...

Blogger Loyd Jenkins November 25, 2017 10:57 AM  

This should be the wave of the future.

Blogger Loyd Jenkins November 25, 2017 10:58 AM  

Ha ha ha!

Blogger Cecil Henry November 25, 2017 11:11 AM  

Just to be clear Aubrey:

You're the black one right???

You're a socialist despite 100 million plus murder, poverty everywhere, loss of freedom and theft of people's lives.

Envy can justify a lot. Can't it Aubrey???

Blogger Jeff Weimer November 25, 2017 11:14 AM  

@tonsplace - I would more specifically qualify the E-8 and 9 thing; it's the ones that have been selected for CSM or CMC and at least in the Navy (my experience), *especially* those selected for higher (Fleet, Force, CNOCM, MCPON) that we collectively call the "E-10s" that happily spoon up the bowl of shit and regurgitate the PC party line to the Enlisted community.

Blogger The Kurgan November 25, 2017 11:22 AM  

The walking dead would be BLISS compared to this.
In fact, the walking dead would be at least quite a lot of fun for a few years for some of us right now.

Blogger Were-Puppy November 25, 2017 11:24 AM  

@1 Kona Commuter
"I'm a socialist"

I stopped there. I've had a gut full with socialists / Commies.
---

Me too. The next time someone says "I'm a socialist" I want to see a mailed fist punching them in the face.

Blogger Chris Mallory November 25, 2017 11:36 AM  

GiJoe was converged the first time back in 1970. He went from being a generic "American Fighting Man" to being on the "Adventure Team". This was due to backlash against the war in SE Asia.
The 1980's reboot and all the comics and cartoons have been nothing but abortions.

Of course you have to have White males as the villains. All blacks are good for is muscle. Blacks want to control the cell block or the neighborhood. Whites want control continents or the world.

Anonymous Rfvujm November 25, 2017 11:55 AM  

And in 2017, with what feels like near-constant black on black violence, fetishizing people of color in a children’s property isn’t just gross, it’s wrong.

FTFY

Blogger pdwalker November 25, 2017 11:57 AM  

@58 Ken,

WKRP called. They liked the paraphrasing of their punchline.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 25, 2017 12:00 PM  

Too bad CC can't make a bid for G.I.Joe. you could have Kratman and Dixon run it. G.I.Joe now with more crucifixion.

Blogger pdwalker November 25, 2017 12:08 PM  

Are these people really that insane?

Blogger DonReynolds November 25, 2017 12:21 PM  

None of this GI Joe stuff is original. I recall a comic book series from the 1960s that took a very unconventional approach to elite combat unit organization.

"M.A.R.S. Patrol Total War was a short-lived science fiction/war comic book series published by Gold Key Comics for 10 issues from July 1965 to August 1969. The first two issues were titled Total War. The artist on the first 3 issues was Wally Wood, who probably had a hand in creating the series. In 1966 the comic won an Alley Award for Best Normal Group Adventure Title." (Wikipedia)

I also remember my personal favorite, Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos, which was another stab at the same polyglot collection of elite specialists, each with their own background and story.

All of which makes the elite military seem more like colorful pirates than an actual military unit...where individual differences are actually discouraged.

Rank and position are pretty important in a military organization, but in the comics I have already mentioned, rank exists but it does not seem to be very important. Seldom are any officers involved....which feels a bit strange, since officers are reluctant to allow enlisted personnel to do much without their direct supervision. It is an unusual occasion when combat removes all officers from a military unit and the unit continues to operate under NCO command. (Officers would never approve.)

Anonymous Ain November 25, 2017 12:24 PM  

"So, the SJW definition of a hero is 'someone who is strong enough to be nice and give people the benefit of the doubt, even if doing so puts himself at risk.'"

This is brainwashing at its naked core. Redefine hero to mean somebody that would let a stranger into their house even though they may rape their family.

Blogger Lovekraft November 25, 2017 12:25 PM  

@70: I assume you're talking about youtuber Capn Cummings. Yeah, he'd make a great editor. Straight talker.

He's currently overseas somewhere. Deployed.

Anonymous Just another commenter November 25, 2017 1:21 PM  

@24 - yes, on an annualized rate socialism has the record blood-letting. But they were also dealing with modern technology and a much higher population to slaughter than times past. The estimates for Islam are a quarter of a billion... at the low end. 600+ million at the high end, with newer numbers on the Hindu Kush.

Both are really, RALLY bad for people.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 25, 2017 1:25 PM  

Back in the 1960s, you had war comics, like Sgt (Nick) Fury being written and drawn by guys who had actually served, who had participated at Anzio, or Luzon, or Omaha Beach, or the Battle of the Bulge.
Starting in the 1970s, it was guys who avoided military service who were writing the comics.
And now you have this clown, who can't even get it up for the battle of the sexes.

Blogger Lazarus November 25, 2017 1:39 PM  

pdwalker wrote:Are these people really that insane?

Yes. That is why Trump Derangement Syndrome is real, like love.

Blogger tuberman November 25, 2017 1:40 PM  

More great news for Alt*Hero. I suspect the Diversity and Comics Guy to virtue-signal by taking things out of context when he is forced by popularity to get around to reviewing Alt*Hero, although a small chance he will prove me wrong.

Blogger jdgalt November 25, 2017 1:43 PM  

@43: The world fighting to liberate ourselves from "SJGI Joe International" would be a great SF story, but I'm not at all sure we would win, if the Joes are ruthless enough. Especially since a large part of the world (red China) seem to actually prefer to be ruled that way. It would be like Spain's 1936 civil war expanded to the world, and the bad guys won that one.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 25, 2017 1:48 PM  

jdgalt wrote:It would be like Spain's 1936 civil war expanded to the world, and the bad guys won that one.
If you think Franco was the bad guy, you know literally NOTHING of history or the Spanish Civil War.
While not a shining paragon of political virtue, Franco was the least bad of any of the sides in Spain, and spared the Spanish the agonies experienced by Eastern Europe.
Franco saved his nation.

Blogger Howard Stone November 25, 2017 1:54 PM  

jdgalt; no we wouldn’t win, and that be the gist of the comic, what life would be like, maybe for a small group of freedom fighters, white men for instance on the run and trying to reproduce before they are captured, mandatorily sterilized, and placed in a work camp. Or something like that. Maybe that’s what people need to be red pulled, to be frightened by the all to real a possible consequences of a global SJ Government making laws based on a skewed world view and identity politics run amok.

Anonymous JAG November 25, 2017 1:57 PM  

SteelPalm wrote:Diversity and Comics (himself a 12-year veteran of the US military) had a funny video about this, too;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrzkB0MgjK0

The part where Aubrey Sitterson denies his insults towards Americans on 9/11 (including a number of GI Joe fans) had anything to do with his firing, only that it was low sales, as if the two were unrelated, is a classic SJW lying and doubling down combination.

Also, Sitterson revealed in one of these interviews that he modeled the look of his obese black Samoan woman (formerly a muscle-bound white guy with a shaved head, who he deemed "too Alt-Right") after a female pro wrestler.

Is there anything more gamma than adult males obsessed with female pro wrestlers?


If I had to guess, that monstrosity on the cover is based upon Mount Fiji, a professional wrestler from the old GLOW company in the 1980s.

http://www.oocities.org/televisioncity/network/7076/fijilive.jpg

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 25, 2017 2:05 PM  

No Tom Kratman a ch author. He is a little to the right of Genghis Khan.

Anonymous A. Nonymous November 25, 2017 2:17 PM  

GiJoe was converged the first time back in 1970. He went from being a generic "American Fighting Man" to being on the "Adventure Team". This was due to backlash against the war in SE Asia.

Ha! Shows what you know. The so-called "Adventure Team" was actually a black ops USG hit-squad with a family-friendly cover.

https://patchesofpride.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/magnumpowerset.jpg

Anonymous Grayman November 25, 2017 2:23 PM  

jdgalt wrote:@43: It would be like Spain's 1936 civil war expanded to the world, and the bad guys won that one.


As Snidely said, Franco was fighting for his nation. Please do educate yourself. Watch all 6 parts. History is very different from what you appear to understand!

https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/repost-highly-recommended-on-the-spanish-civil-war/

Anonymous BBGKB November 25, 2017 2:57 PM  

I thought you guys were joking about roadblock becoming a NigTranny. Hoe Joooe

The book is designed to be aspirational, so I tried to write Joe as an idealized military – what the military would be if I could wave a magic wand and make it so

with smart blacks

That’s the behind-the-scenes reason on why the Joes use nonlethal lasers

Bitch please, everyone in the OR wears protective glasses even when lasers are inside people.

Making Salvo a Samoan woman served a couple purposes.

In military weight control if you have a fat enough neck you can be as fat as you want around the waist.

Blogger VFM #7634 November 25, 2017 3:20 PM  

And for a bit of SJW DE-convergence: Rex Tillerson draining the State Department swamp, while the NYT and Congress b!tch:

The Taming of The Shrewd – Change Agent Rex Tillerson Takes Rusted State Dept. Down To Frame – “Career Diplomats” Apoplectic…

Blogger tublecane November 25, 2017 4:20 PM  

@52-I'm not getting your point. Are you trying to say it can't be socialist because of inherent corruption and the fact that people would selfishly work to their own benefit? Hasn't that happened under every form of socialism everywhere?

Blogger SciVo November 25, 2017 4:42 PM  

Man of the Atom wrote:Too bad Hasbro doesn't identify as 'socialist'. I think their alignment is "LAWFUL PROFIT".

As much as I love the Capitalism Is Best Ism t-shirt (currently on sale for $18.04!), I think you have the seed of an awesome D&D crossover meme.

Capitalists at lawful profit, Thugs at unlawful profit, Socialists at lawful loss, Revolutionaries at unlawful loss. Or something like that. Maybe Antifa at unlawful loss? Since they're commie revolutionary street thugs.

Anyway, there's definitely some material there to work with.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 25, 2017 5:03 PM  

Here's what pissed me off about the Samoan chick. Yeah there are some big Samoan girls but there are some smoking hot ones too.

Our Samoan friends used to come use our hot tub and it was good. Not all were hot some were bigger than moana's grandma but Polynesia isn't hurting for pretty girls. Why did he have to depict her as Moana's grandma?

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 25, 2017 5:06 PM  

If ch does an rpg line it might not make a ton of money but I'll bet it will be one you can play with your kids without explaining what a cisgender elf is.

Anonymous Mr. Rational November 25, 2017 5:10 PM  

@36 When Hasbro calls Castalia House about licensing Dominique, Rebel, Captain Europa and Charles Martel, you'll know it really made the big time... and SJWism is on the run.

Anonymous Cliff November 25, 2017 6:11 PM  

And they said I was crazy when I drew Hammer as a giant robot.

Anonymous Avalanche November 25, 2017 6:42 PM  

@87 "And for a bit of SJW DE-convergence: Rex Tillerson draining the State Department swamp, while the NYT and Congress b!tch:

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/11/24/the-taming-of-the-shrewd-change-agent-rex-tillerson-takes-rusted-state-dept-down-to-frame-career-diplomats-apoplectic/

BRILLIANT pic of the God Emperor's face: "and He saw it was good!"

What a SMART photog! (He must be one of ours!)

Anonymous Deplorable J November 26, 2017 3:17 AM  

Fucking hell he just ruined one beloved part of my childhood!

"The Joes are strong and capable enough that they can afford to be nice, to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if doing so puts them at risk. And truthfully, that’s the very definition of a hero."

You don't make nice with terrorists. Cobra or anyone else.

Blogger Duke Norfolk November 26, 2017 7:23 AM  

Brick Hardslab wrote:Yeah there are some big Samoan girls but there are some smoking hot ones too.

The Polynesian people were absolutely ruined by the modern junk foods of wheat flour, processed sugar, etc. Just as with so many other brown "indigenous" peoples of the world who lived in relative isolation.

For whatever reason they are very intolerant of this crap and it affects them many time worse than it does white people; although we seem to be catching up to them now. Estimates say that about half of the US population is pre-diabetic (type 2) or diabetic. No racial breakdown on that so I don't know how whites are faring vs the browns. But it's a catastrophe in the making.

Blogger DonReynolds November 26, 2017 11:10 AM  

@95 Deplorable J
""The Joes are strong and capable enough that they can afford to be nice, to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if doing so puts them at risk. And truthfully, that’s the very definition of a hero."

A hero is not a nice man.
A hero is a man who should already be dead, but through luck and ability and determination is still alive and eager to carry on the fight again.
The DEAD heroes are the ones who refused to quit or surrender, but went down in final defeat through treachery or bad luck or in the face of overwhelming force.
Heroes only die once....the coward dies a thousand deaths....but the life of a hero may not make him pleasant to be around.

Blogger DonReynolds November 26, 2017 11:15 AM  

What makes an ordinary man a hero is the power of LOVE.
Love of country.
Love of family.
Love of comrades.

Blogger Bobiojimbo November 26, 2017 11:40 AM  

The E7-9 processes are only under the radar to those outside the service.

Blogger DonReynolds November 26, 2017 11:58 AM  

"It would be like Spain's 1936 civil war expanded to the world, and the bad guys won that one."

"As Snidely said, Franco was fighting for his nation. Please do educate yourself."

Franco opposed the communist takeover of Spain. The American volunteers who fought on the communist side (against Franco) were called the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Most of my life, the organization was on the US Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations.

Very recently, it has been made public that many of the more experienced Soviet advisers to Fidel Castro's Cuba were actually Spanish communists who fled to the Soviet Union after being driven out of Spain by Franco during the civil war. They had gained their experience too by serving in the Red Army during WWII.

Blogger William November 28, 2017 10:23 AM  

thats it!! fuck it, fuck comics! I have had enough! This is too damn much!! i am will now only buy anime and manga!

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