It was just one year ago that I made the leap to YouTube and began a channel with the intention of providing honest reviews of comic books and the industry at large. I met up with a small group of individuals who sought to counter the Marvel-approved content that was published by mainstream websites, and before long we started to gain traction.

I knew it was only a matter of time before our collective efforts struck a nerve, and July seemed to be the first of many industry-wide screams by its ideologues.

My latest YouTube review covers the reaction by Dan Slott of The Amazing Spider-Man to guys like Diversity & Comics and Captain Cummings. His obsessive blocking of fans and critics on social media has even earned him a new nickname: Slotto Octavius.

Tune in for all the details on Slotto Octavius, the decision to liken his efforts to Judge Dredd, and the Twitter hashtag #BlockedByDanSlott. As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below. I’m always eager to hear what you have to say.

Editor’s Note: I’d like to say a big thanks to Mr. Dystopian for the artistic compliment below!

Douglas Ernst Fan Art

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

13 comments

  1. Man, Slott has some serious problems. Company should do something, probably won’t.

    I’m tired of all this Doug. I was pretty tired of it weeks ago when I went on my tirade, and I thought I was over that…but man, I just can’t participate in this anymore. It’s all we talk about. Twitter feeds? I’m glad I never opened an account…it’s hard for me to get excited about a person’s feed…yeah they are stupid and destructive, but I can’t bring myself to care about that. It all looks childish.

    It was great, finding your blog, finding others that have the same tastes and beliefs I do and share a hobby and love of comics. I’ll never regret coming here, and you are a great guy and a great friend. To me, however, this is all poisonous. You’ll deny it, but I think people that call themselves ‘super-villain’ of the internet because of their trolling capability are starting to love the SJW in marvel, and actually enjoy trashing it. I don’t, and never have. I don’t like having my favorite characters ruined, and I don’t like what Marvel has become. The healthy thing to with a franchise like that…for one’s self…is to get away from it and find something positive and fulfilling.

    D & C did a thing on faith today. Faith is SJW trash, but I really enjoy the valiant line and a majority of their comics. What bothered me was talking about the number of sales, even commenting that the books were decent, but he wasn’t interested, then back to number of sales. Along with 30 minutes of talking about Faith’s weight. I happen to agree, but honestly, I could never find it in myself to talk about a character’s weight for that length of time. It’s pathetic. Then it kind of hit me…he picked Faith on purpose…to dismiss the line and get on with the only thing that interests him, trashing marvel today (or recommending Marvel’s other garbage?). It’s tiresome, and even the books he recommends are not as good to me as he claims in my opinion. It isn’t healthy, mentally, to go through twitter feeds all day looking for dirt. Hell I couldn’t even get excited #milkshake…we talk about SJW’s all day and we expect anything different at this point. Yeah, they suck…quit promoting their stuff. I really liked him at first, but I just can’t stand it anymore. I know the ‘other’ stuff doesn’t get views (drawing comics, talking about art and the hobby)…and that has to be the worst excuse to spew a waste of time on youtube. Jake Paul has a lot of followers…I don’t think that’s the aspiration here. Dismissing Valiant over sales? I thought this guy was about the books…what a fraud. Anyway, I enjoy them and will continue to do so, till they fail, or go out of business. I think they get it, despite Faith, and I think he doesn’t.

    Anyway. I’m done I’ve unsubbed all the marvel stuff, because I’m not interested in it. One of the best things I ever did was get off my facebook. It’s incredible how no longer reading, even guys you agree with, about how much you hate or can’t stand something anymore can heal. Lost 15 pounds and feeling great since I did that. Faith and D and C have that in common, an unhealthy obsession with whats on the internet…good thing he kept his Marine metabolism. Watching and reading the daily ‘Marvel did this’ grind is starting to be like swimming in a pool of negativity and I’m getting out to get some sun.

    I wish you luck. Maybe you will succeed, I just hope you don’t lose your good attitude and cheerful personality in the process. I hope you remain your own man…honestly, I don’t think you have a problem with that, You’ve given up a lot to do just that. I’ve gotten so much from your blog, and I’m honored to know you. Take care.

    1. “I can’t bring myself to care about that. It all looks childish.”

      Dan Slott beams poisonous rhetoric into the minds of 108,000 followers on a daily basis. Many of them are young people who are searching for a spiritual and political identity. You would have me leave them to the devices of influential and manipulative men — moral relativists — who are screeching and howling because others are finally calling them out and having a real impact.

      I’ll keep doing my thing. You must enter into the muck to pull others out of it. It’s not for everyone. I get that.

      If you don’t get what I’m doing, then I can’t help you. All I know is that there aren’t many guys out there who are promoting Fulton J. Sheen’s Life of Christ to young people via comic book reviews…

      I’m glad you lost 15 pounds, though. Thanks for the kind words as well.

    2. I’m a parent of 2 children. Muck diving is what I do.

      Honestly, it’s trying to raise my children to be healthy, functional adults that has made me react this way. Dwelling on the bully in school, What the kid’s hate about the world today, or their worries and insecurities is pointless without alternatives and a positive way forward.

      Just yesterday, I’m in the face of another boy’s parents because they taught their kids that’s it’s ok to tease and bully my kids because they look white. It’s not enough to tell them that this kid is bad and so are his parents. They need to know the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of decent behavior and love, including even forgiving that kid, and his parents. Trust me…I’m in it, i ‘get’ it more than you know.

      Anyway, your recent video is beautiful. I hope you don’t think I would ever tell you what you should be doing with you’re channel, I simply want to hear more about whats good. I’m not good at favorites, and I will criticize if the content isn’t that great to me…that’s just who I am. I have my tastes and beliefs, too, and I’m not easily led around by popularity.

      Your audience makes excellent recommendations as well…Someone suggested ‘My Hero Academia’ to you and our whole family loves it, even with some lewd jokes. It really captures the very ideal of heroism and even makes a direct attack on the moral equivalency spouted by many modern comic books. It’s probably why the guy recommended it. I’ll have to remember to thank that guy.

      I see good stuff, like Mr. Miracle here for example and some of the anime/manga I’m in to, and I don’t care all that much what Marvel does anymore, not because it isn’t important, but because the quality alone provides the criticism. There’s a lot of entertainment out there that puts Marvel to shame, perhaps you will find more of it.

      Looks like I’ll be buying another book.

    3. “I’m a parent of 2 children. Muck diving is what I do. […] Trust me…I’m in it, i ‘get’ it more than you know.”

      I’m not sure how you can come on my blog, basically say that I’m regularly engaging in a an unproductive pursuit (e.g., discussing bad Marvel comics and the social commentary by writers/artists), and then when I try and explain what I’m doing you flip it into some sort of slight on your life. Unreal. That’s some blog-comment Jiu-Jitsu right there…

      “There’s a lot of entertainment out there that puts Marvel to shame, perhaps you will find more of it.”

      You’ve mentioned, multiple times now over the past few weeks on different platforms, that you wish I would branch out more…and I’ve told you that I’m going to continue to cover Marvel for reasons that go beyond a simple review. I’m not sure if you realize how you’re coming across by not just accepting the fact that I’m going to sail the course I mapped out for myself. I’m trying to be tactful here.

      I’d really like to end this conversation (I consider it an extension of the one started weeks ago) now. I have listened to your concerns. I get where you’re coming from, but your understanding of my motivations is like a guy looking through a tiny key hole into my kitchen on occasion and then surmising that he knows what I’m all about. You don’t see the private messages people send me. You know nothing about the relationships I’ve forged with artists and writers and creators and promising young men because I’m doing exactly what I planned to do from the get-go.

      If you want to watch my videos and read my blog, great. If not, then that’s okay as well. But just realize that if you come back with another “I just can’t participate in this anymore” speech after one of my videos — as if I’m engaging in some sort of intellectual and spiritual self-sabotage — my response will be different than what you’ve personally experienced up to now.

    4. I dont see…at all…how you took it that way. I’m simply telling you that I’m engaged. I’m just sharing what I’ve been through. This is the second time now, I’ve opened up about something, and you respond with something negative and defensive. I’m an adult, I don’t what the hell blog jiu-jitsu is, if you think I have some idiotic ulterior motive, you couldn’t be more wrong.

      You don’t know anything about me either, but you want to come out at me in a condescending manner. I didn’t accuse you of anything, ‘self-sabotage’? what the hell are you talking about. I told you my opinion of some of your content and you’re acting like I’m after you or something. I don’t know your life or pretend to, I can only give you my perspective, which you obviously find offensive and off-putting.

      this : “But just realize that if you come back with another “I just can’t participate in this anymore” speech after one of my videos — as if I’m engaging in some sort of intellectual and spiritual self-sabotage — my response will be different than what you’ve personally experienced up to now.”

      what’s this threat for? I am now sorry I ever interacted with you.

      Fine we are done here.

    5. “What’s this threat for? I am now sorry I ever interacted with you.

      The guy who literally said that he didn’t think it was an accident that he found my blog and brought him back to the Church is now saying, “I am now sorry I ever interacted with you.”

      That’s mighty weird, Chuck. You might want to think that one over. Or were you lying?

      I said that you didn’t realize how your comments were coming across. I told you I was trying to be patient. And now you’re “sorry I ever interacted with you.” My goodness. I notice a pattern here, Chuck. You ran from the Church when someone upset you years ago. I’ve seen how you passively aggressively lash out at people on another platform. And now, at the drop of a hat, you say that you wish you never knew me when you know darn well how kind I’ve been to you off the grid.

      If this is how quickly you cut ties with someone when you get upset, then guess what? YOU are the one who has problems that you need to work on. I’m here when you want to talk like an adult…because that’s what adults do.

  2. It’s no wonder he can’t get anything out on time.

    I am a Protestant Christian minister, and I have strong social and political opinions, especially on pro-life issues. Our church is a staunchly pro-life church. I used to be more loose about ventilating my political opinions from the pulpit, but I have choked back 99% of that. Why? Because I became more sensitized to my work as a representative.

    Given my role, I represent Christianity. I don’t represent myself, and I definitely don’t represent any political party. So I don’t want anyone to think that being a Christian = belonging to a party, or means you should denigrate elected officials, or hold some simplistic opinion about some difficult, debatable policy matter. I think that rule is expected of military personnel, also.

    There is a principle there, of knowing that we may represent, to others, someone or something bigger than ourselves. There is a milder form of that principle that ought to apply to employees who carry high public profiles. . But “abusive self-expression as a moral mandate” seems to rule media industries, which is weird considering you would think Marvel would be fine if Republicans bought their magazines.

    1. “But ‘abusive self-expression as a moral mandate’ seems to rule media industries, which is weird considering you would think Marvel would be fine if Republicans bought their magazines.”

      Agreed. Marvel never took to heart the “Republicans buy shoes too” line attributed to Michael Jordan. Heh.

    1. “You’re doing a great job, Doug! You, Captain Cummings, Diversity & Comics, etc. Keep up the good work.”

      Carl! Always happy to hear from you, man. Thanks for stopping in, and thanks for the kind words.

      Random side note: How weird is it that D&C is a Marine/Army vet, I’m an Army dude, and Capn. Cummings is Navy? I think we just need one more comics reviewer with an Air Force background and we’ll be good to go. 🙂

    2. No problem, I’ve enjoyed watching your videos. I actually considered video blogging myself once (back when I had a regular blog), but between my writing and other obligations, I just don’t have the time. I submitted my book to another publisher in May, and they should get back to me later this year or early 2018.

      Also, I don’t know anyone can say “you sound salty.” You present your case in a calm, reasonable matter. It’s just a standard SjW debate tactic, to claim that “you sound angry.” SJWs are the angry ones; they fly off the handle if someone so much as expresses a differing opinion.

      Sort of related (since comic creators have accused you and the others of being Nazis), but I think the whole “punch a Nazi” meme has gotten out of hand. It gives SJWs license to punch anyone who disagrees with them. I don’t think they understand that if you attack someone, you will be arrested. I also find it ironic that Slott would accuse people of being Nazis, when he spent months ranting at you about “Godwin’s Law.” Somebody needs to look in the mirror.

      “Random side note: How weird is it that D&C is a Marine/Army vet, I’m an Army dude, and Capn. Cummings is Navy? I think we just need one more comics reviewer with an Air Force background and we’ll be good to go. 🙂”

      The Armed Forces are definitely well-represented!

  3. I also don’t understand what Chuck’s deal is. You’re somehow the bad guy for standing up to the SJWs that run Marvel? That doesn’t make any sense.

    On a more positive note, at least DC seems to have learned its lesson. I plan on buying a few of their Rebirth titles soon.

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