Jawbreakers Richard C. Meyer

Roughly two years ago this blog started seeing fewer updates due to my increased attention to YouTube. I loved the regular commenters and the discussions we had here on a wide range of issues, but at the same time I knew that I needed to devote serious time to YouTube if my plan of having a bigger impact on the comics industry was to be realized. I had to in many ways sacrifice something I loved in order to possibly obtain a greater good down the line.

Fast-forward to this week: The “Comicsgate” community turned out in full force in support of Richard C. Meyer’s, artist Jon Malin’s, and colorist Brett Smith’s INDIEGOGO campaign “Jawbreakers: Lost Souls.”

In short: They aimed to raise $5,000 and ended up with nearly $40K in one day.

Jawbreakers Indiegogo

Right now some readers are asking: “What the heck does this have to do with you, Doug?”

The Answer: Your friendly neighborhood blogger  has been working on YouTube and Twitter — along with MANY other men and women — for months to expose the myriad or reasons why the comics industry is in a tailspin.

Regular readers can remember our tussles with Marvel scribe Dan Slott. If you haven’t caught my work on YouTube, however, then you’ve been missing out on coverage of the fits and tantrums that industry creators are experiencing due to work by Mr. Meyer (aka, Diversity & Comics) Capn. Cummings, Just Some Guy, myself, Yellow Flash, That Umbrella Guy, Captain Frugal and others. All of us play different roles within the community, but the endgame is the same: We want comic books with solid artwork and sound storytelling devoid of petty politics.

If you want to see what I’ve been up to, then you can check out a nearly two-hour interview I had with Jon Malin on March 30 (embedding disabled or else I’d add it here).

Similarly, I put up a Jawbreakers: Lost Souls video last night and recently talked all-things Comicsgate with artist Timothy Lim and journalist Ian Miles Cheong. I’d love to hear your thoughts on each in the comments section below.

As always, if you like the content then make sure to subscribe over at YouTube for regular updates. There are some pretty cool announcements planned for later in the year.

Timothy Lim of My Hero Magademia joins myself and journalist Ian Miles Cheong.

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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.

4 comments

  1. Congratulations on taking it to the next level. I’ve been watching this thing progress and I’m quite proud of you. Kudos also to all of those who have seen the need for some indie funded comics, high quality, less propaganda. Comics shape culture, but also our character as people. As an observer of culture, I’ve certainly had few anxiety attacks about what I was seeing. I feel like there has been a shift. Rather than remaining passive consumers of culture, some have stepped forward and decided they’re going to shape it. In my book, that’s almost always a good thing.

    1. “Congratulations on taking it to the next level. I’ve been watching this thing progress and I’m quite proud of you.”

      Thanks! I’m hoping that once I get settled in my new home within the next couple of months that I’ll be able to find more time for blogging. I do miss interacting with all of you on a regular basis.

      “I feel like there has been a shift. Rather than remaining passive consumers of culture, some have stepped forward and decided they’re going to shape it. In my book, that’s almost always a good thing.”

      Agreed. 🙂

  2. I think YouTube is the best platform to reach a bigger number of persons, WordPress is a nice tool too but times change and it seems to me blogs are in these fast times a tool not anymore so popular, at least not with young generations.
    After three years I came back to purchasing comics and I noticed my Marvel series were turning for a public that was not me… I searched and YouTube was the more popular answer, I subscribed to your channel before knowing about the blog (congratulations for the two years) thanks for the kind work for us the readers.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Francis R. I really appreciate it. There is definitely a different crowd that gathers on WordPress. They’re much more level-headed overall. YouTube attracts a lot of hotheads that simply do not show up here. Each platform has it’s positives and negatives.

      It was always frustrating to me that I’d write a blog post that was being seen by roughly 1,000 people or more, but maybe two would comment. YouTube generates much more discussion. That instant feedback on a large scale really helps me out as a content creator.

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