There’s an awful lot of people in Comicsgate who almost get the Culture War (1). So I do have to admit that there’s a certain ironic humor in seeing a number of people who were quite critical of Vox Day’s Alt-Hero project having to nut up and do the exact same thing six months later. (2)
The main (if usually unstated) goal of ComicsGate has always been to force a reform on the existing comics industry, truly a worthy goal. People want the old Marvel and DC comics back. However it increasingly looks like this noble goal is impossible. The old rotten institutions are simply too corrupt and converged.
The solution then is to build anew.
Mark Waid and his jibbering lackeys may have unwittingly forced Diversity and Comics (3) to do just that. By lashing out, bullying and harassing indie publisher Antarctic Press into not publishing Jawbreakers: Lost Souls the Jawbreakers team has been forced to go with what was very clearly a pre-established plan B. They will take the money that they have raised and start their own publisher. Splatto Comics. (4)
QuQu’s excellent article on all this.
Personally I’m trying not to be giddy about this brand new opportunity to burn shit down even harder and faster. One of the stated goals of Alt-Hero was to inspire imitators as the more non-SJW comics being made the faster the industry can be freed from their cancer.
If D&C can pull this off the Alt-Comics movement becomes a true joint offensive.
But it’s noteworthy that Splatto Comics and Arkhaven Comics are going to be taking different approaches, particularly when it comes to digital comics.
This is fine. An ally is by definition is somebody who is not you... which reminds me of something. During WWII the Allies took two completely different doctrinal approaches to strategic bombing (5); with British preferring night bombing to reduce aircraft losses and the Americans preferring daytime operations to increase bombing accuracy. While there was a lot of angry debate at first with each party trying get the other to change their doctrine it eventually dawned on high command that by splitting their bombing effort like this the Allies would be bombing the Axis “around the clock.”
I’d like to think that’s a metaphor for what going to be happening to mainstream comics industry in 2019. Bombs raining drop upon their heads constantly… and the SJWs know that it is coming… and that they are powerless to stop it. Fun times ahead.
Diversity and Comics gives his account about what happened with Antarctic Press and his plans for moving forward. [24 mins]
Again (8:00) the mention of Diamond as the chokepoint. We still don’t have complete details on how Arkhaven is doing distribution but it’s become clear that Vox was right to focus on setting up an alternative method. Again, once this second distributor is set up and running it would not be too hard for other indy publishers to join in.
Raging Golden Eagle gives us the quick version [12 mins]
“What these SJW comic pros are doing with Jawbreakers and Antarctic Press. This is a last ditch desperate attempt to keep their jobs. They cannot allow Jawbreakers to succeed.”
At least I’m not the only one who’s giddy about all of this.
Capn Cummings gives his take and focuses on Mark Waid’s spearheading of this unethical and possibly illegal harassment campaign. [16 mins]
Mark Waid lying.
Mark Waid projecting.
Mark Waid doubling down. (6)
Strictly formula, SJWs are down right mechanical once you understand what you’re dealing.
Longer videos: For people looking for them.
Live Stream discussion with Douglas Ernst and Timothy Lim. [1 Hr 17 Mins]
A very good discussion. Timothy Lim going over his history and relationship to Antarctic press definitely adds a little spice to the meatball.
A Jon Del Arroz Periscope covering the topic. [50mins]
This is a fairly slow paced livestream but Jon covers a lot of key points here. One thing he brings up how Antarctic caving like this sets a very bad precedent; especially for smaller projects that don’t have a large rabid fanbase to stand up for them in the event that their publisher comes under attack. A large project like Jawbreakers can weather such a storm and even grow as a result but anything less than a superstar project is going to be vulnerable to the ‘normal SJW attack pattern.’
1: To be fair a lot them do get it but I get very frustrated with the ones who keep making excuses for what is happening right in front of them.
2: If Vox was right about this. What else is he right about?
3: We’re on the internet. Respect the handle. Use the handle. Besides that’s what everybody knows him by.
4: Also something about a cat. Sadly the only Spanish I know is what I picked up at Taco Bell.
5: Yes WarNerd is going to talk about WWII. Also sky is blue and water is wet. Don’t tone police me, bro.
6: How do you double down on THIS??? I hope he tries.
A short piece about the collusion to keep Jawbreakers out of stores. I did not think this was a major story at the time.
Not This Shit Again
An older piece where I try to think about the longer term implications of what Vox Day is attempting to do with Arkhaven. Remember he’s approaching this problem mostly as a publisher first.
Comics, Culture War and the Arkhaven Experiments
A comic related worldbuilding article that people really seem to like.
Gotham and Metropolis