Courageously Covering the Catastrophic Comicbook Collapse.

I’ve stated before that I’m not really any sort of comic book fan but that I find it necessary to keep at least one eye on comic related news simply so that I can hold basic geek conversations with friends (and readers.)

Just like with Gamergate it’s the Culture War aspect between the SJW converged industry figures (usually mid to bottom level) and the common fan than I find deeply, deeply fascinating.

So it was with much joy that I stumbled upon a relatively new youtube channel Diversity and Comics that is covering comics from an anti-SJW stance while still being approachable and normie friendly.

How Captain Marvel is the perfect icon of SJW Marvel

 

Questioning the Narrative that 40% of comic readers are female.

What is the first rule of the SJW?

We should have asked this question earlier.

Keep in mind that some genres of gaming are 99%+ Male

Why do Marvel Creators hate the fans?

Reminds me a lot of what Brian Niemeier said a while back about Hollywood hating it’s own audience.

http://www.brianniemeier.com/2016/01/hollywoods-hate-mail-to-its-own-audience.html

And the comments are worth digging around in (just wear gloves as it is still Youtube.)

The current crew at Marvel ARE awful; they’re rude, egotistical and they lack the creative juice that inspired a lot of artist back in the day. They’re all trend riders, their ‘inspiration’ only coming from what can make them seem like heroes. This isn’t what the writers and artist of years past did. They were not in it to be seen as political commentators which the current crew are and usually label themselves as. Even if the older artist and writers felt strongly in their political feelings they were always artists first.

The new crew ARE NOT. They are political and social obsessives FIRST, social media addicts second, glory riders third and at the very, very last, if at all, they’re ‘creatives’.”

Anyway I thought that was a discovery worth sharing. Marvel (and to some extent DC) has reached a state where they are completely dependant on recycling characters that were created forty or fifty years ago. This is beyond creative bankruptcy. The fear now is that the comic book medium itself will die out completely in the West… this would be a bad thing for all of Geekdom.

While I’m not a huge fan of the Alt-Hero project it’s definitely a step in the right direction and should be good for a laugh if nothing else.

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They had to go back and one man decided to help them along on that journey.

Besides the idea here is to inspire others. Isn’t that what superheroes are all about?

Courageously Covering the Catastrophic Comicbook Collapse.

NerdLife: Space is Big

Nerd Life Two: Space is big edition. April 28th 2017

Sorry about the delay on this but I keep getting distracted by shiny things. Also watching a fair amount of anime lately which is somewhat out of character I suppose. However with most western entertainment consisting of nothing but SJW infested crap a man does get desperate from time to time.

If anyone cares the shows in question are:

Tiger Mask W (definitely worth watching if you’re any kind of an old school wrestling fan.)

Heavy Object (7/10 but had a satisfying ending. Recommended for the giant robot fans. The rest of you can leave it be.)

Arslan Senki (has a very Sun Tzu-ish feel to it. Prince Arslan’s not much of character but you’re really watching this because his companions and advisers are awesome.)

 

Let’s start things off with some mood music.

Damn this guy’s good.

 

Not entirely sure what this thing is… but hey shiny radishes.

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/04/a-bionic-leaf-could-help-feed-world-by.html

Also more food is better than less food.

 

Now this is interesting. You remember those moisture farmer tower thingies from Star Wars? This might be the first step to making that happen.

https://phys.org/news/2017-04-device-air-powered-sun.html

 

Early American Whiskey (pre-bourbon)

A lot of good history here. Although something tells me most of the people reading this would already know about making Kentucky white whiskey.

 

Space Section: Been playing a lot of Aurora 4x lately.

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1972 NASA short film on Mainframe computers and manned spaceflight.

Amazing what they were able to accomplish with computers that were basically as powerful as a modern wrist watch.

Related: The space shuttle runs on one megabyte of RAM. I think you could play Doom on that but I’m not sure. Definitely Wolfenstein 3D.

http://astroblog.cosmobc.com/2010/03/27/did-you-know-the-space-shuttle-runs-on-only-one-megabyte-of-ram/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

 

A few concepts for future space exploration. The comments section does not seem impressed.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2017/04/03/boeing-unveils-deep-space-concepts-moon-mars-exploration/

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Oh shit! Yes something like that would be a problem.

 

A BBC article lamenting the increasing problem of space junk.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39521406

Reminds of a story idea I had where an alien race blockaded Earth by releasing trillions of ball bearings into Earth orbit. Sadly I wasn’t able to think of an ending for that story as if somebody did that to us we’d probably be completely fucked.

 

Enceladus? I suppose that’s a reminder that we really don’t know that much about Jupiter or Saturn’s larger moons.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-announcement-today-alien-life-exist-saturn-enceladus-cassini-hydrogen-plume-hydrothermal-a7681821.html

 

The search for new Earth-like planets continues… and this one looks promising.

http://thefifthcolumnnews.com/2017/04/newly-discovered-exoplanet-may-be-best-candidate-in-search-for-signs-of-life/

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WANT

 

Midnight’s Edge on why some movies open early or later than the US market.

Yeah I was curious about that. I’d always assumed it was some sort of anti-piracy measure.

 

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ!!! (for the tabletop crew)

http://therpgpundit.blogspot.com/2017/04/dcc-campaign-update-like-that-scene.html

 

Giant what?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39626131

 

Declan Finn‘s most recent rant about Marvel comics; which is probably a good thing to end with.

http://www.declanfinn.com/2017/04/marvels-nick-spencer-works-for-hydra.html

I’m not a comics guy but most of my friends are so by default I’m forced to keep up on comic news in order to still in the conversation.

 

Well that’s all I got for now. Good night my Magic Space Aryan brothers and remember the bosun’s refrain. “Space is a cold, cruel, dark bitch of a mistress and she is always trying to kill you.”

NerdLife: Space is Big

NerdLife

NerdLife for March 31st 2017

Not too sure what direction I’ll be taking this blog in the future. I’ll probably be doing a bit of A/B testing over the next month or so. This is supposed to be a writer’s blog but I never seem to get any writing done…

Iwontgetpolitcial

I know right.

Rolling a 98 (Found randomly on Youtube)

Hey sometimes RN Jesus thanks you for all the prayers. Moments like these are why gamers game.

The STAR WARS is serious business section:

Of course Han shoots first. To think otherwise is heresy!

http://kestifer.blogspot.ca/2017/03/why-han-shooting-first-matters.html

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Good life advice in general.

A brilliant retelling of Star Wars that highlights just how toxic and counterproductive strong female characters can be when trying to tell any sort of heroic story.

https://monalisafoster.com/2017/03/29/double-standards-a-strong-female-character-retelling-of-star-wars/

Bradford Walker breaks down the important of Grand Admiral Thrawn as a Star Wars antagonist. While I still have mixed feelings about Rebels there is absolutely no doubt that they nailed Thrawn character and that his mere presence greatly improved the show.

https://bradfordcwalker.blogspot.ca/2017/03/my-life-in-fandom-in-praise-of-thrawn.html

Rawle Nyanzi breaks down the new power rangers movie and highlights the paint by numbers progressive nature of the heroes.

http://rawlenyanzi.com/manufactured-rangers/

Declan Finn goes down the list of upcoming Hollywood remakes. It’s not a pretty picture.

http://www.declanfinn.com/2017/03/hollywood-screw-ups.html

Uadate: Related an article on the CHIPS remake which IMO doesn’t look like a bad movie in and by itself but is probably going to be a horrible remake.

http://fragsandbeer.com/hollywood-even-watch-chips/

Wasn’t sure where to put this… but you know how much I love conspiracy theories. Besides Machiavelli is pretty required reading in these troublesome days.

https://qcurtius.com/2017/03/29/machiavellis-principles-of-conspiracies/

“I’ve never clicked on anything so fast in my life.”

Sad news everybody.

https://www.evolutionnews.org/2017/03/remember-those-exciting-earth-like-planets-of-the-trappist-1-system-the-honeymoon-is-over/

Now if anyone needs me I’ll be in the bathroom cutting myself and listening to My Chemical Romance.

—Wolfman out.

Still rocking in the fading memory of the Free World.

NerdLife

Respect My Culture

Because I haven’t been posting a lot of content lately here’s a meme/image dump post to make up for it. One of the side effects of being a space opera fan is that I spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to wrap my head around various cultures real and fictional. So since I do tend to save the occasional meme I figured it was worth the time to go and dig through a few of them.

We start of course with this classic Paul Joseph Watson video.

 

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Yes, Columbus was an massive asshole (even by the standards of his day) but that’s no reason to ignore just how brutal and savage many of the native tribes were.

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Mostly true; but to be absolutely sure you’d better eat three strips of bacon.

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I’m actually running into the occasional problem reworking my Space Opera timeline because of this sort of thing.

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Remember you’re not a real cowboy unless you’re hanging out with drunken Indians.

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Kebab are happy cheerful people.

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Why drone operators have such high rates of PTSD? The answer will surprise you.

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A surprisingly functional household all things considered.

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I’ve seen better versions of this meme but this is the only one I bothered to save.

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A more and more reasonable response these days.

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Canada mostly has non-edible animals on our money… and a boat.

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For the future Alt-West woman in your life.

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Rare Scottish Medieval tapestry depicting the invention of the kilt. 

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Here’s a good response when some twatbar tells you Islam is good for diversity.

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The exact moment Bob and Debra begin to suspect that cultural relativism was indeed a flawed concept after all.

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Sven and Olaf really have no idea why this keeps happening, it just does. Good thing they were nearby to help out.

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Just make sure you got a wingman. This bunch looks like trouble.

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I seriously can’t remember where this is from… wait wasn’t there a movie like this?

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Chief Booga presents his best arguments for anarcho-capitalism. A representative of the Bank of England politely disagrees.

Respect My Culture

Viking Metal: Music To Punch Monsters By

Hi there young man. I understand you have deep seated emotional issues but before you decide to permanently destroy your brain chemistry with anti-depressants I just thought that we should sit down and discuss an alternative treatment program.

-Do you feel completely emasculated by modern society?

-Are you suffering from lingering white guilt?

-Do you find yourself trapped in a victim mentality?

-Are you just not having enough FUN?

Well it just so happens that there is an entire musical sub-genre that addresses all four problems and fits almost perfectly into the developing Right Leaning Counterculture. Come to think of it the only music more Alt-Right than Viking metal would be… I don’t know? Crusader metal but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t exist*, (it will therefore have to be invented.)

Besides if you’re any kind of a gamer it’s just hard not to crack out laughing when you find a new Viking metal band. There’s more of them than you would think and it’s ‘toxic masculinity’ at it’s best. You find yourself first laughing at the sub-genre then intrigued by it. Finally you become inspired by it. Songs of adventure, great battles and brothers in arms standing together against mighty foes. Heroes, villains, giants, monsters and Gods of ancient past. Yes this is what you’ve been looking for. Here is what you need to strengthen your heart for the struggles ahead. Without tales of heroism to guide you can you be sure of your path? So raise your horn and drink in the glory. May we all meet in Valhalla.

If nothing else sometimes you just want to get away from the nihilism that infests so much of contemporary culture.

Manegarm- Odin owns ye all

Not too sure about the music but these guys sure got the aesthetic down perfectly. Hard to to watch this video and not crack an enormous smile. Also you will get the sudden urge to play Mount and Blade Warband. This is normal, do not be alarmed. Sudden beard growth has also been reported.

Falconer – Grimborg (English Lyrics)

This is a song about a Swedish folk hero. While I’m sure the Swedish lyrics make perfect sense I doubt they have the majesty and the sheer lulzy epicness of the English lyrics. So we’ll be going with that.

-The warriors meet on a mountain one night (taverns are for sissies.)

-Grimborg decides that tonight is the night to get a wife.

-One of Grimborg’s friends mentions offhand that her does know where to find a suitable maiden. However he dismisses the task as too difficult and dangerous to even attempt.

-Grimborg is not impressed. He convinces his friend to guide him to where the maiden can be found.

-His friend agrees as one does not argue with Grimborg.

-When they get to where the maiden is located they discover a solid iron fence topped with the severed heads of previous suitors.

-Grimborg is not impressed although we never hear about his friend again.

-Here a where a barbarian would break the locks. A thief would pick the locks but this is Grimborg he silently breaks the locks.

-The maiden is so impressed by this feat that she agrees to go with Grimborg.

-Grimborg like all Alt-Right heroes turns out to live with his mother.

-‘Maiden’ just so happens to a ‘princess’ and the King is not too pleased by this recent turn of events.

-After a night of “intense Viking romance” Grimborg is surprised and surrounded by the King’s men.

-The resulting battle is so intense that it cannot be expressed in English, Swedish or German. Only a Power metal guitar solo is suitable the mindnumbingly epic struggle that is this confrontation.

-Grimborg then rides out (alone) to challenge the King, or at least get some answers.

-When asked where the King’s men are. Grimborg just shrugs and says I killed them.

-Grimborg then wheels about to attack the King and his court. The Court scatters and cowers in terror.

-The King seeing his supporters cowering like dogs basically surrenders. He agrees to the marriage and makes Grimborg a noble.

-Grimborg rides off with his wife.

-They live happily ever after.

-THERE WILL BE NO SEQUELS.

-Happily ever after.

Heidevolk- Winter Woade

Okay I cheating a little here as I’m sure this counts as Old Germanic Pagan Metal rather than proper Viking Metal but I mean it’s almost the same thing. Besides Heidevolk is just too awesome to leave out of any list however short.

Which brings us to this music video where our protagonist finds himself in a what appears to be some sort of fairie realm or afterlife; perhaps combination of Valhalla and Purgatory? He seems to have arrived via explosion. An IED? Did he die in battle but not bravely enough to please the Gods? Yes I am reading way to much into this but we have officially reached the point where a four minute long heavy metal video often has a more complicated and comprehensive plot than your average two hour long Hollywood blockbuster. You could definitely work this into a TV series as not only as the setting mysterious but there seems to be some sort of Robin Hood scenario going on.

Vanir- Thyrfing

I have no idea what happening here either. There’s just something about the combination of bagpipes, drums and the crazy guy screaming in Danish that makes you want to headbutt a polar bear. Definitely one of the better drinking songs I’ve encountered.

Tyr- Blood of Heroes

I mentioned that Viking Metal can be very inspiring and this is a song about a man who finds himself inspired by the tales and legends of ancient heroes and is then driven to perform his own acts of heroism. How he fares is left to the listener’s imagination.

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*Update: Crusader Metal sort of exists. There are songs and at least one concept album that fits the bill. There doesn’t seem to be any bands doing the gimmick full time, though so it can’t really be considered a sub-genre until that happens. I’ll might have to do a follow up post on that once I’ve had time to dig around.

Related: An earlier semi-serious post about Viking themes working their way into popular culture and a few musing about the future implications.

https://wolvesandmen.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/so-why-vikings/

Viking Metal: Music To Punch Monsters By