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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The anti-SJW front in comics

Arkhaven and Dark Legion are not alone:
Jawbreakers made history with one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever. The industry professionals who worked so hard to create a left-wing echo chamber, however, would not let this stand.

A Harassment Campaign Against Meyer

Once the project funded, Mark Waid opened fire on Meyer again, posting several rambling Facebook messages. “I have a call in to Antarctic Press,” Waid said. “Curious as to how they feel about publishing creators whose marketing strategy is to allegedly (*koff*) encourage their fans to threaten the employees of stores, and/or harass and one-star-review-bomb stores, that don’t offer their product.” There is nothing written on Meyer’s public social media profiles that come anywhere near the accusations Waid made. Waid did, however, encourage the industry to attack Meyer.

“Gee, I can’t imagine why publishers wouldn’t want to affiliate with this audience,” tweeted Gail Simone, a feminist icon in the industry.

“Is that the thing where those twits started bullying female Marvel editors after Flo’s memorial? Yup, that was creepy,” said Neil Gaiman, speaking of #ComicsGate and citing left wing op-eds as his source for his alleged facts.

“The game plan of targeting, attacking, labeling, threatening, and harassing people followed by ‘if you don’t buy MY book I’m going to attack, label, threaten and harass YOU!’ Seems a problematic one,” commented Erik Larsen, founder of Image Comics, who published a book by Michelle Perez, earlier in 2018, mocked Richard Meyer’s prior military service and publicly wished he had been killed in combat.

These creators inspired retailers to make tweets about refusing to carry Jawbreakers. Left-wing activists then became involved, sending a flurry of hatred against Meyer and his team. “Hate speech is not free speech & fascists like [Meyer] have no place in this diverse, inclusive industry,” posted one woman, who claims in her Facebook profile that she works for Planned Parenthood.

Conservative Creators Speak Out

The industry stood firm against conservative creators because they are outspoken against the extreme politics in comics, and as the left is wont to do, mischaracterized them in an effort to delegitimize their product. It worked to some extent, as Antarctic Press was pressured into backing out of publishing their book for comic store distribution.
I'm very pleased that Jawbreakers II got such strong support; it sends a clear message to the industry that the success of Alt★Hero was not a unique one-off and that there is a real market for non-SJW comics. However, I do wish they had decided to bring it to Dark Legion rather than trying to set up yet another new independent publishing company, because after spending the last three years building up a team and distribution channel, I am well aware of how much work is in store for them. For the record, I'm not simply saying this out of self-interest; I told Team Milo the exact same thing when they elected to try setting up their own publishing company on the basis of Simon & Schuster's success with Dangerous. Even starting with a #1 bestselling hit is no guarantee of short-term survival, let alone lasting success.

But this is one of the ongoing challenges that will be faced by the Right as our options for working with SJW-converged institutions continue to disappear. Everyone who is successful tends to want to do their own thing and maximize their short-term interests, which is why we tend to have so much trouble successfully building strong, stable, alternative institutions. I don't blame creators who prefer to go their own way, indeed, I freely admit that it is often to their short-term interest to do so right now. But I won't shed any tears when they eventually discover why institutions are important either.

It is, however, a little frustrating to see one creator after another soar, Icarus-like, sunward on a solo flight, only to crash into the sea before long. Especially when I think about where Castalia might be right now if I had been able to convince some of them that they would have been better off in the long-term by working with us rather than going it alone.

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39 Comments:

Blogger Brick Hardslab May 16, 2018 8:39 PM  

I wonder how many more need to get mugged before they see a steady and strong alternative institution as a useful ally.

Blogger Samuel Nock May 16, 2018 8:57 PM  

OT: In terms of Pizzagate, Draining the Swamp, Deep State corruption, note that blogger Texas Arcane has had his blog deleted AND deleted from Wayback by TPTB. For those who don't know of him, Texas Arcane is a somewhat out-there but ultra-high intelligent critic of the NWO, a very important survivalist, and generally someone who reported on what the Elites were up to but in a highly cryptic and oblique way. Because of his IQ, style and out-there-ness, his was a niche blog and probably largely off the radar for a long time. But what he was doing was very important and subversive. It is incredible that Google and various unnamed powerful interests literally hand-removed him from the Internet. What he was exposing and writing about were seen as a real threat.

http://vault-co.blogspot.com/

Blogger Eli May 16, 2018 8:58 PM  

Something we on the right need to get better at. Actually working and joining together on projects. Especially since you continually say (rightfully so) that we need to build our own platforms. Would certainly be a lot easier working together than this every man for himself mentality.

Blogger Johnny May 16, 2018 9:00 PM  

Most people don't appreciate how important marketing is, and it often takes time to figure it out, if indeed they do ever figure it out.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook May 16, 2018 9:01 PM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnN1qYit9D0

TLDR: Mark Waid is a faggot and hes using his connections to make life hell for people that want not shit comicbooks.

Blogger HalibetLector May 16, 2018 9:07 PM  

@Samuel Nock: do you have any contact info for Tex? I'd really like to see him continue his writing and work, maybe on a private site or a tor hidden service. I have a complete backup of the old site and I still read it on occasion.

Blogger FUBARwest May 16, 2018 9:16 PM  

I dont think D&C would have gone with Dark Legion. Him and EVS are buds and Vox is a member of the evil ALT Right who's plan is to insert right wing politics into comics just like the SJWs do with left wing politics. Remember Vox, you dont like comics at all or a good story but instead see comics as a political battleground.

Meyer will be successful all on his own because he will bring comics back to the way they were a year or two ago.

Blogger Samuel Nock May 16, 2018 9:17 PM  

@HalibertLector I do not. His real name is pretty easy to find if you search. Koanic may have some contact with him and can help you since they were the two main guys writing about Thals (Neanderthals). TA may also be active on some messaging boards and can be contacted that way. Would be great if the site was saved.

Blogger VD May 16, 2018 9:22 PM  

I'd really like to see him continue his writing and work.

I don't think you understand the nature of the message he received, which was apparently more credible than the average generic death threats from Marine Beret SEALs. I've never even heard of the guy, but obviously there are certain topics that one is not going to be permitted to discuss in public, anymore than one can expect to post the President's cell phone number and be left alone.

Even George Soros has learned that state power cannot be successfully resisted. That guy did the right thing. Leave him alone.

Blogger James Dixon May 16, 2018 9:34 PM  

> Would be great if the site was saved.

I'd recommend simply making the backup of the site available as a torrent via Pirate Bay or some such. If Vox is correct there's no point in trying to keep the site going.

Blogger Unknown May 16, 2018 9:44 PM  

I did suggest on KIA that Zach get in contact with you for publishing, but respondents to that suggestion were not having it.

Blogger Lovekraft May 16, 2018 9:47 PM  

Subreddit r/werthaminaction is covering much of these developments. I put an entry up a few days ago about VD reaching out to D & C. There's about 20 comments on it.

Blogger pdwalker May 16, 2018 9:51 PM  

@HalibetLector,

Any way to get a copy?

Blogger Brick Hardslab May 16, 2018 10:00 PM  

Maybe they can look to AH for a distribution model.

Blogger Nate May 16, 2018 10:27 PM  

The reason Fox took over... is that it was the lone competitor for the Right-Center market. What we see everywhere else is chaos. Several competitors cutting each other's throats and dividing up the right-center market...

That chaos creates an environment where the establishment can not only survive... it can actually thrive. Because it is the only consistent port in the storm.

We see that in the payment processing world... Apple and Google and Samsung fight amongst themselves... and Visa keeps right on fleecing everyone.

Blogger Beau May 16, 2018 10:43 PM  

OT

God tonight moved powerfully at the homeless shelter. The text of the message was Matthew 23:37,

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling!

I said, "That was then, this is now - tonight - are you willing?" They were. Men were broken. Men were weeping. Men stood to strongly encourage one another. One man said over and over, "I don't want to be a preacher!" So I invited him to take the microphone Friday night on the courthouse lawn. He was astonished I'd let him. My response, "Jesus said, 'If you acknowledge me before men, I will acknowledge you before my Father in heaven.'" He then asked the others present if they would come listen to him speak on the lawn on Friday night. They assured him they would come.

After that, pretty jazzed up from watching the Lord move, went to McDonald's and asked the whole crew, "Do you all know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?" Good times.

Blogger Bogey May 16, 2018 10:47 PM  

It's a branding issue for them, obviously, they see Vox as too much of a firebrand. Like Jordan Peterson deplatforming Faith Goldy, he was more concerned about his brand than free speech. Look how much Jordan squirmed when that reporter showed a picture of him next to fans holding a pepe the frog flag.

Meyer knows that if he is published by Vox suddenly he would have to answer for Vox to his fans and friends. They would go through this blog and ask "what about that time Vox____?"

Blogger SacrificialLamb May 16, 2018 10:58 PM  

Mark Waid isn't just malicious, deceptive, unethical, and mentally unstable. He's now crossed the line into being overtly EVIL.

Waid used bullying, lies, innuendo, and intimidation tactics to force Antarctic Press into dropping Meyer/D&C as a client, effectively CENSORING him. These are blatant intimidation tactics to destroy the livelihood of AN INDUSTRY COMPETITOR. Waid has zero defense here; he has no moral high ground whatsoever. He's scum.

I'm deeply tired of this SJW fappery in the comic book industry. I realize that this is just one small aspect of a much larger culture war, with neo-Marxists infecting every aspect of mainstream entertainment, academia, and media, so I shouldn't be surprised.....but somehow I keep feeling disappointed and disgusted by it.

Diversity & Comics, other comic book critics, non-"progressive" comic book creators, and the comic book fans themselves.....are perpetually being harassed, threatened, doxxed, insulted, and libeled by SJWs in the comic book industry. SJWs really do always project. The SJWs dishonestly claim that they're being harassed....while engaging in endless scheming, plotting, and harassment themselves.

I hope that Meyer/D&C successfully publishes his book.....as Alt Hero and Jawbreakers are the only two comic book projects I've willingly spent money on since 2012.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd May 16, 2018 11:03 PM  

What the hell did "Texas Arcana" do? Damn.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother May 16, 2018 11:34 PM  

https://youtu.be/p4w2BZXL6Ss

Blogger pyrrhus May 16, 2018 11:53 PM  

I think that Waid and his slimy friends could be sued for tortious interference with contract, as well as libel. That would be fun, but I understand very well that there are good reasons to avoid such costly adventures.

Blogger Troushers May 17, 2018 12:14 AM  

D&C consistently refused to learn the lesson to hit back twice as hard. When Waid slandered and threatened him over and over again, he tried to be the nice guy. Small wonder Waid continued, and escalated.

I fully expect D&C to turn this fundraising success and court case into failure.

You CAN spare this man; he fails.

Blogger The Kurgan May 17, 2018 3:02 AM  

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Blogger Snidely Whiplash May 17, 2018 3:45 AM  

@Beau,
Good to hear of the Lord's success. Thanks for the reminder, I had forgotten lately to pray for the success of your mission.

Blogger Dirk Manly May 17, 2018 3:47 AM  

Here's what I say to people who think that if they create something, they should do it ALL themselves, not have any team-mates or work with any companies that might work with them on a percentage basis rather than flat rate:


Let's say that your product is a high mark-up type (i.e. your expenses in producing the product are small compared to the price of the finished product). Let's also say that all of the people you have to deal with, after all is said and done, walk away with 90% of your revenue stream, leaving you with only 10%
Let's also say that your net revenue is converted into silver coinage.


Mr. [inventor,author,artist], Which pile of money is bigger:

1) 100% of a purse-full(*)

2) 10% of several truckloads? (**)

(*) because you have no distribution channels in place

(**) because you now have your product being delivered through a large distribution channel which would take you 50 years to build.

Now... what if the businesses assisting you take LESS than 90%, leaving you


Feel free to use this rhetorical question in any talent-recruitment communications.



Anybody who chooses option #1 over option #2 is a short-sighted idiot.

Blogger Dirk Manly May 17, 2018 4:05 AM  

@4

"Most people don't appreciate how important marketing is, and it often takes time to figure it out, if indeed they do ever figure it out."


Indeed. Reference my post @25 for why.

Blogger Dirk Manly May 17, 2018 4:10 AM  

@6

I would be fascinated to see a copy of that.
Can you send it via vox or dirk.gently00@gmail.com.

If you want to protect your identity, use a 1-and-done email account if you want, created at a public or college library, and send the archive, all in one session.

.zip archive OR gzipped or bzipped tarball.

Blogger CoolHand May 17, 2018 5:17 AM  

Dirk Manly wrote:Here's what I say to people who think that if they create something, they should do it ALL themselves, not have any team-mates or work with any companies that might work with them on a percentage basis rather than flat rate:


Sadly, it has been my experience over many years of trying to do collaborations with other businesses and/or creators that anything that is not strictly under my own control never gets done, or if it does get done, it gets done in a half-assed manner such that it must be re-done before delivery to the customer can be made.

Thus, after many such goat rodeos, I have concluded that I must do as much as I can myself, because that is the only way I can be sure it'll get done at all.

I very recently allied myself with someone to expand my reach and ability to process payments from many sources, and now I wait, product ready to release, while he does his work, which could have been done at any time in the last year while I was doing my work. Two weeks now and counting.

EVERY SINGLE TIME I depend on someone else to shoulder part of the work on a project, they let me down. Every. Damned. Time.

So I can see why folks are hesitant to jump on the Castalia/Arkhaven/Dark Legion train. Once bitten, twice shy and all that.

Given what I've seen him do though, I think Vox and his companies would be one of the few people I'd still actually ally with (not that there's anything we could collaborate on, I build guns and metal working kits, not books or comics).

Just realize that a lot of us who are self employed try to stay wholly self reliant, because we've been hosed so many times by outside suppliers or partners that we've given up on it.

Blogger Dirk Manly May 17, 2018 6:29 AM  

What I'm talking about is, say, you come up with some new technology.

Perhaps I some metal piece can be hand-fashioned... or it can be mass-produced by a shop, but that's going to take a 20%-30% chunk.
"Oh, that's too much!!!"

Really? You're going to throw away thousands upon thousands of sales, because you insist on hand-making everything, rather than share 30% with someone who can ramp up production to 100's of pieces per day compared to your 2 per day?


That's the kind of thing I'm talking about.

Not casual acquaintances who might or might not do something, but some business where there's an actual contract with performance measures and payment defined.

Blogger Dirk Manly May 17, 2018 6:31 AM  

"Just realize that a lot of us who are self employed try to stay wholly self reliant, because we've been hosed so many times by outside suppliers or partners that we've given up on it."

I can understand the partners, and even the outside suppliers (if your orders are small, and they are big, you're not even in their top 10 customers). You need to find suppliers where your work, whatever it is, is a significant order to them.

As you grow, then you move up to bigger suppliers who can handle your larger orders.

Blogger HalibetLector May 17, 2018 9:56 AM  

VD wrote:I don't think you understand the nature of the message he received

Good point. I'll let sleeping dogs lie.

Blogger CoolHand May 17, 2018 11:00 AM  

Dirk Manly wrote:"Just realize that a lot of us who are self employed try to stay wholly self reliant, because we've been hosed so many times by outside suppliers or partners that we've given up on it."

I can understand the partners, and even the outside suppliers (if your orders are small, and they are big, you're not even in their top 10 customers). You need to find suppliers where your work, whatever it is, is a significant order to them.

As you grow, then you move up to bigger suppliers who can handle your larger orders.


Have you ever actually, you know, made anything, or done business in the manner you're talking about?

Because as someone who has done so for nearly 20 years now, it sounds very much to me like you don't have any idea what you're talking about.

Like you've read some books on business and manufacturing, but haven't ever set foot into an actual working shop, made anything with your hands, or even dealt with an outside supplier.

Bigger suppliers are much EASIER to work with generally, because you get one of two responses. They either ignore you outright (or tell you to go away), or they bid the job and make the parts with little or no interaction aside from payment and delivery.

It's the shops that are on-par with yourself that always seem to be the most trouble and the least likely to actually do as they've promised.

I know it is very easy to promise too much and get over extended, which is why I "No Bid" a lot of stuff when I'm either too busy to get to it in a timely fashion, or I don't think I'm the best fit for the job, etc.

It's hard to turn away business when you don't know where your next batch of work is going to come from, but you can't (or rather, shouldn't) take in work and then sit on it for three months while you finish the stuff you already had in the pipeline.

That's a chickenshit move, but it gets done all the time by small and medium sized operators who don't know when to say when.

Also, vis a vis making things one at a time by hand VS stamping them out on a machine by the hundreds, that is NOT an equivalent set of circumstances.

Many (most) bespoke items derive a non-trivial portion of their value from being hand made. You can't simply start making them on machines and expect the value in the eyes of the customer to remain constant.

I know a man who hand makes knives that fetch upwards of $3k a piece. He can make ~50 knives a year, and every open slot in his schedule is sold by the second week of Jan every single year. If he could make twice as many knives in a year, he'd have no trouble selling them.

BUT, if he started having his knives made in a factory (even one in the USA) by stamping and machine grinding, he wouldn't suddenly be selling 500 $3k knives a year, he'd be selling 500 $350 knives a year, because nobody is going to pay $3k for a stamped and machine ground knife.

He'd lose the great majority of the value his knives currently have by automating the process. Many times it's as much about what the customer thinks and feels about your product as it is nuts-n-bolts/dollars-n-cents figures about the efficiency of your process.

This shit ain't as easy as it looks from the other side of that keyboard, my friend.

If it were, everyone would be self employed and swimming around in their money bins like Scrooge McDuck.

Blogger Cloudswrest May 17, 2018 1:18 PM  

How is this not an anti-trust violation? Microsoft got slapped for interfering with vendors doing business with competitors. And also tortious interference of contract?

Of course, we all know the reason. Who Whom.

Blogger Cloudswrest May 17, 2018 1:20 PM  

Report here: https://www.ftc.gov/faq/competition/report-antitrust-violation

Blogger James Dixon May 17, 2018 2:48 PM  

> So I can see why folks are hesitant to jump on the Castalia/Arkhaven/Dark Legion train. Once bitten, twice shy and all that.

Chicago Typewriter. I think that says it all.

Blogger Bogey May 17, 2018 6:49 PM  

He's now crossed the line into being overtly EVIL.

...or overtly breaking the law in this matter.

Blogger Cloudswrest May 17, 2018 7:32 PM  

Dirk Manly wrote:@6

I would be fascinated to see a copy of that.

Can you send it via vox or dirk.gently00@gmail.com.

If you want to protect your identity, use a 1-and-done email account if you want, created at a public or college library, and send the archive, all in one session.

.zip archive OR gzipped or bzipped tarball.


Here's a great quote of his I found on the Web.

In the lab, animals that have their amygdalas burned out experimentally with surgery or chemicals act exactly like leftists. They don’t live their lives in fear either. They don’t demonstrate anything like healthy organic natural responses. They seem insane. They rut wildly, neglect their offspring and abandon them to starve, approach their deadly enemies without any kind of caution and in general act like they are rabidly crazy.

In the natural world, this results in a strong case of death and ends with the faulty brain reaching room temperature. In human societies, this can land you some sweet grants, lifelong tenure and guaranteed income for life spouting gibberish while you completely wreck your own nation and welcome exterminating invasion hordes with open arms and a euphoric smile. It’s all good, everything will be fine, snicker. Have you ever seen the leftist doing that sneer? They really do believe it when they say it. Of course they do, they have brain damage. Actually, this will all end in naked blood-covered men swinging machetes and a booming market in babymeat. You can smell the cordite and busted sewerage mains right now. The left will be grinning right up to the end when the long knives are all around them. What, this? Man, I can’t live my life in fear.

Blogger CoolHand May 17, 2018 8:59 PM  

James Dixon wrote:>
Chicago Typewriter. I think that says it all.


Oh no, I totally agree.

VD and Castalia Et Al are one of the few cases where trust is actually rightly placed.

As I said, even having had the terrible luck that I have with outside vendors and collaborators, I'd work with VD and his people without hesitation.

I just don't make anything that they deal with, so it's a moot point.

Vox is absolutely right with what he's saying, I'm just explaining why people might resist what seems like a perfectly shaped opportunity, especially if they don't know him like we do, and are too lazy to look into it properly.

Blogger toughlove May 18, 2018 4:47 PM  

While, in a declining culture, most potential partners may be unreliable, there must be many smart, honest, disciplined people like Vox who could reliably be partnered with to mutual advantage.

This suggests a need for a database of vetted, reliable collaborators, who have delivered quality results in the past, and have no significant, credible complaints registered against them.

People already qualified on the database could vouch for others, who would be presented to the entire membership for qualification themselves.

Over time, reputations would be built - the more positive feedback from other members, the higher the rating. And, of course, there would be provisions for removing members whose ratings slipped below the acceptable level.

Any hint of corruption, kickbacks, etc. would, of course, threaten the value of the system, so care would be needed to have it administered by people of high reputation and integrity.

There are no perfect systems, but anything that helps creative people work together synergistically would seem to be a value-added proposition.

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