Chelsea Cain bites the Cebulski that feeds; Comicsgate right all along

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Comic book fans know Chelsea Cain as the writer behind the “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” issue of Mockingbird in 2016, but this week she added to her resume. The self-professed “pain in the ass” melted down after Marvel dropped her six-part tale titled The Vision (never mind the fact that it took her two years to finish four issues).

The Hollywood Reporter weighed in on Thursday with the following:

“Just weeks after announcing the project’s existence — and two months before it was set to debut — Marvel Entertainment has cancelled The Vision, a six-issue comic book series by novelist Chelsea Cain, critic Marc Mohan and artist Aud Koch, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The cancellation of the series was initially announced to retailers Thursday morning, with Bleeding Cool sharing the information online shortly afterwards. Marvel confirmed the cancellation to THR but declined to comment further.”

Marvel asked Ms. Cain to keep the embarrassing development “clean and quiet,” but she had other plans.

The reason: Left-wing ideologues always bite the hand that feeds.
Chelsea Cain Pain in the A tweetChelsea Cain’s outburst is another black eye for Marvel Comics, which already saw two bizarre developments within the past month:

  • Editor in chief C.B. Cebulski exploded on Spike Valentine, a YouTuber who has done work for Marvel in Mexico. Mr. Valentine is not shy about calling out the company’s poor business practices.
  • Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada spent hours — in the middle of the night — sparring over the nature of Comicsgate with Richard C. Meyer, aka Diversity & Comics, along with artist Ethan Van Sciver.

Marvel somehow managed a P.R. nightmare hat-trick over the course of 30 days, which isn’t easy. What it means is up for debate, but most of the theories that come to mind do not bode well for the company’s long-term health.

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Is Marvel’s EIC so impotent that SJW writers are willing to publicly lash out at editors?

Are left-wing ideologues telling us that the emperor has no clothes (i.e., things are so bad behind the scenes that they are now willing to bite the hand that feeds)?

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Ms. Cain eventually went on to say that she is willing to be “truthful” to readers because other freelancers “can’t be.”

Translation: The commentary was spot-on by bloggers and YouTubers within the Comicsgate network when they told you that industry creators were obfuscating the facts — or blatantly lying.

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In short, Marvel got into bed with slew of black widow spiders, which eventually decided to eat their mate. Smooth move, Joe Quesada, Axel Alonso, and C.B. Cebulski. We tried to warn you for years what would happen and you ignored us. You are reaping what you’ve sown.

There’s more to the story, but for that I suggest checking out my latest YouTube video. Be sure to like and subscribe if the video format is up your alley.

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Sina Grace’s ‘Iceman’ returns, saves NYC from MAGA-hat wearing villains (Yawn)

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Once upon a time there was a Marvel superhero named Iceman. He did everything one would expect of a superhero for decades, and as a result he built up an impressive following. Then a weird thing happened in 2015: writer Brian Michael Bendis magically turned him gay. Colleague Sina Grace picked up the creative torch and ran with it — straight into a sales ditch.

If you thought that was the end of Iceman, dear reader, then you are mistaken! Marvel decided at the behest of “advocacy groups” and “librarians” to bring back the character so he could put MAGA-hat wearing villains into phallic ice prisons!

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Yes, that’s right, instead of customers who support local comic shops across the nation dictating behavior inside the former House of Ideas (now a House of Ideologues), “librarians … the media and advocacy groups” swayed the company.

If you disagree with Marvel EIC C.B. Cebulski and comment publicly on the development, then The Washington Post says you’re “suppressing” free speech.

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The author wrote Sept. 13:

Comicsgate participants in fact work to silence opinions they dislike and voices they deem malignant. The left is often accused of intolerance and antipathy to the First Amendment. The most serious new threat to free speech, however, is the use of free speech as a cover for an ongoing online assault on the enemies of the right.

Despite the fact that Marvel writers with the correct political worldview are actually rewarded for failure in 2018 (Mr. Grace’s first crack at the character was a sales embarrassment), and despite the fact that The Washington Post is now running hit pieces on Comicsgate, bloggers like yours truly are somehow a threat to free speech.

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Marvel’s “Iceman” sales for November 2017 sat at 12,677 copies shipped according to Chomichron.

It was only a few short years ago that writers like Dan Slott were framing this little blog as an insignificant but annoying reality. Now Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, and large metropolitan newspapers have their sights fixed on “Comicsgate” because a network of like-minded readers are changing the paradigm.

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Never mind the fact that guys like me implored Mr. Quesada to do some “reflection” on the unprofessional behavior of his employees for years.

The fact of the matter is that Mr. Quesada, Tom Brevoort, and all their friends essentially created their own Frankenstein monster — Comicsgate — because they failed to heed the warnings published on this blog, Dave Huber’s Colossus of Rhodey (no longer active), and others.

Mr. Grace’s second go-round on Iceman is further proof that Marvel is doubling down on stupid and then telling customers they are the bad guys for pointing out what is painfully obvious.

If you want the full rundown on the first issue Iceman versus the MAGA-hat wearing villains, then be sure to watch my latest YouTube video. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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Related: Quesada plays Marvel ‘Memento’ games with Comicsgate’s creation

Joe Quesada plays Marvel ‘Memento’ games with Comicsgate’s creation

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Something happened in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018: Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer debated the existence of Comicsgate with the networks’s supposedly insignificant members. There was, however, some big problems with his performance: Mr. Quesada wanted to pretend as if he had anterograde amnesia straight out of Christopher Nolan’s Memento.

In short, the Marvel executive wanted to act as if your friendly neighborhood blogger wasn’t trying to warn him for years that the industry’s bad business practices would produce something akin to Comicsgate.

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Marvel’s personal boogeyman (i.e., Diversity & Comics), is supposedly the root of all that ails the industry. Spontaneous Comicsgate Combustion happened in late 2017 and a fire of bad behavior soured the relationship between creators and readers, if Marvel’s top brass is to be believed.

Wrong.

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The fact of the matter is that Mr. Quesada and his peers had countless opportunities to right the ship. Myself and others (e.g., Dave Huber when he was writing at Colossus of Rhodey) gave Marvel a series of simple steps to avoid a large-scale consumer revolt.

We were ignored.

Regular readers know that I made the leap to YouTube with the assumption that I needed a bigger megaphone if I was ever going to help spearhead said consumer revolt.

What started on blogs eventually transformed into Comicsgate when myself, Capn Cummings, Diversity & Comics and a core group of others united behind the idea that we could create a parallel industry to “SJW Marvel Inc.”

The response by left-wing ideologues was to double down on unprofessional and immature antics — like Max “feast upon my a**” Bemis putting the “Uncle Ernst” villain into Moon Knight.

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Question: Did Mr. Quesada, who stayed up until about 5 a.m. EDT. talking about Comicsgate, dare to answer questions about Mr. Bemis’ lack of professionalism?

Answer: Not a chance. He stayed far, far away from me because he knows the facts are on my side and I would make him look like a buffoon.

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The good news about the industry’s decision to dig in its heels into a quicksand  pit of stupidity is that readers finally have other options. Indiegogo campaigns like Jawbreakers: Lost Souls have been wildly successful. The products will soon ship, and when that happens the paradigm will have officially shifted.

There is no turning back, and for that we can oddly enough thank guys like Mr. Quesada, Dan Slott, Mark Waid, Erik Larsen, Tom Brevoort, Alanna Smith, Max Bemis and a whole host of ideologues.

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If you want to learn more about Mr. Quesada’s faux short-term memory problems, then be sure to check out my latest YouTube video. As always, make sure to hit the like and subscribe button if the format is to your liking.

Marvel’s Max Bemis puts ‘Ernst’ into Moon Knight over Comicsgate rage

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Once upon a time your friendly neighborhood blogger half-jokingly wondered if Marvel’s Dan Slott would randomly insert him into a comic as a villain. Who could have predicted that Max “feast upon my a**” BemisMax “I f***ing hate you personally” Bemis would essentially say, “Stand back, Mr. Slott. I’ve got this. Hold. My. Beer.”

Consider the following recap of the movement known as Comicsgate since December 2017.

    • Mr. Bemis lashes out at customers with his “feast upon my a**” and “hate you personally” tweets.
    • Yours truly (along with friends within the Comicsgate network) highlight the unprofessional behavior in videos seen by thousands.
    • Incoming Marvel EIC C.B. Cebulski is asked during a Q&A session about Mr. Bemis and he assures the audience that corrective measures were taken.
    • Mr. Bemis tells websites like Newsarama that he didn’t have a long-term blueprint for the book but often relies on “improvisation.”
    • The writer explicitly says in interviews and on social media that he uses the book to work through his own struggles with mental illness.
    • Mr. Bemis shares tweets by the self-proclaimed leader of the anti-Comicsgate crowd, artist Bill Sienkiewicz. Comics pros like Mr. Sienkiewicz routinely frame Comcisgate as a movement for Nazis, white supremacists, etc.
    • Mr. Bemis reveals a new “Nazi” villain named “Ernst”. The bearded bad-guy shows up in a production timeline that almost perfectly matches the December 2017 videos calling out the writer’s unprofessional rhetoric.

Ask yourself how many coincidences upon coincidences would have needed to happen for the evil “Uncle Ernst” character to appear into the book. If you’re like me, you will conclude that this is just one more stunning example of how far the professional standards at Marvel Comics have fallen.

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Modern Marvel Comics are no longer meant to inspire kids to bigger and better things.

Modern Marvel Comics are no longer written to instill a sense of awe and wonder into young minds via the hero’s journey.

Modern Marvel Comics no longer have a functioning moral compass built in the majority of the titles.

Instead, to quote Mr. Bemis, they are written by individuals who seek to wallow in something “f***ed up.”

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Modern Marvel Comics is a damaged product written by morally relativistic individuals who seek to hobble others at a psychological and spiritual level.

If you don’t believe me, then check out my latest video on the company’s newest villain — “Ernst” — and the circumstances leading up to his debut.

As always, make sure to hit the like and subscribe button if enjoy the video format. Also, share your thoughts below on Comicsgate, Marvel Comics, Mr. Bemis, or anything related to the subject at hand.

Comicstorian goes full He-Man ‘Faker’ in Comicsgate attack

It was roughly one year ago that people within comics fandom took a step back and realized that a group of guys who said they wanted to create a parallel industry were serious. Not only were “Comicsgaters” serious, but all indicators (to honest observers) were that they were resourceful and intelligent enough to make it happen.

Enter stage right in August 2017: Comics Explained with his 1.4 million subscribers and Comicstorian with his 1.8 million subscribers decided to weigh in. “Rob” wanted to frame Comicsgaters as racists and Benny wanted to make a moral equivalence between unprofessional pros and upset customers.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger/YouTuber sent word via an intermediary that I would be willing to hash it all out in private, and when Comicstorian decided to keep ranting about Twitter, the culture war he supposedly doesn’t care about, etc., I made videos exposing his ignorance.

Some people didn’t like that. They said he was “neutral” on Comicsgate and should be left alone. They also wanted to leave Rob to his own devices despite his pot shots on Twitter towards Comicsgate.

At some point in time someone must have talked a bit of sense into the two guys because they shut up for months. I allowed them to stay in their lane and did not make any videos that might upset YouTubers that I respect.

Now, for some inexplicable reason, Comics Explained and Comicstorian want to once again expose themselves as He-Man “Fakers” by insulting artist Jon Malin and the network as a whole.

I was told by multiple people over the past year that to mess with Comicstorian is to mess with the “Walmart greeter of the comics industry.” My question on Twitter and YouTube is as follows: “When was the last time a Walmart greeter called you an idiot when you walked in the door?”

If the answer is “never,” then perhaps it might be a bad idea to apply such a designation on the man. But I digress.

Check out my latest YouTube video for a full rundown on “Faker” as he dutifully does the bidding of Skelet-errrrrm, Disney.

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Peter Parker ‘Soy Face’ shows the world: SJW Marvel built USS Spider-Man to wreck

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Your friendly neighborhood blogger has covered all things “Spider-Man” for many years. Readers are familiar with the charge that Peter Parker has been emasculated in his own book, but inevitably there are always skeptics.

“Doug, it’s just one issue!” they essentially say. Whether it’s Captain America turning into a de facto Nazi, Iceman randomly turning gay, Iron Man being replaced by a teenage girl for years, etc., the refrain always comes up that Comicsgaters are “exaggerating” or “seeing things that aren’t really there.”

The past few weeks, however, presented the world with ThunderCats Roar — a bastardization of the original and the 2011 reboot — and now Peter Parker in all his “soy face” infamy.

The image is so striking and so telling on a deeper level that a single tweet from my account has reached nearly 30,000 pairs of eyes and over 400 likes in less than 24 hours.

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This isn’t a one-time thing. Over … and over … and over again the creative teams assigned to watch over the character have found ways to turn him into an absolute buffoon.

Ask yourself this question: Why are all fictional heroes who represent many aspects of traditional masculinity being stripped of their credibility and turned into gags for ironic hipsters?

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Check out my latest YouTube videos on both Spider-Man and ThunderCats for a clearer picture as to what’s going on.

As always, I invite you to leave your feedback section in the comments section below. I’d really like to hear what you have to say.

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Tom Brevoort mocks Marvel customers; evil worm casting backfires

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Question: What happens when Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort sees the success of the Jawbreakers: Lost Souls INDIEGOGO campaign and then decides to take out his anger on customers?

Answer: Mr. Brevoort likens readers to an evil worm while he’s in a blind rage, but it only comes across as projection. People know that he is such an angry man that he even uses Twitter to call his son an “entitled white a**hole.”

Ak yourself, dear reader, who is more of a worm: Comic book readers who think it’s gross to call Peter Parker’s “devil deal” a form of medicine, or the guy who airs his own family’s dirty laundry on Twitter for cheap “likes” by total strangers.

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If you want to know what Jawbreakers: Lost Souls has readers energized while Tom Brevoort only has people shaking their head disgust, then look no further than his Twitter feed.

Check out my latest YouTube video for the full story regarding Marvel’s meltdown, along with the growth of the Comicsgate/Save Comics community that lives rent free inside Mr. Brevoort’s head.

Captain America 700: Mark Waid’s political wish upon a mushroom-cloud star comes true

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Here is a social experiment for you: Ask your average person on the street what they would expect from the 700th issue of Captain America. Ask them what the cover might look like. Ask them about the themes a writer would be expected to highlight by his editors. Ask them how they should feel after closing it.

More than likely the individual will telegraph that a 700th issue of Captain America should be a celebration of Steve Rogers.

What they won’t tell you  is that it should be a lament over the election of President Donald Trump.

What they won’t tell you is that Marvel Comics should design a cover that puts the hero into the background as a new character basks in the limelight.

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Sadly, writer Mark Waid has delivered a book for long-time Captain America fans that is little more than a Trump allegory for angry people who don’t buy comics. He wished upon a mushroom-cloud star for the ability to shoehorn his personal politics into an important issue and the wish came true — at the expense of loyal customers.

You can get the full rundown in my latest YouTube video. Be sure to subscribe for regular updates if the format is up your alley, and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comicsgate will not be ignored: ‘Jawbreakers: Lost Souls’ finds its audience

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.

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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.

Captain America #699: Marvel writer Mark Waid is ‘King Baby,’ aka Trump

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Regular readers of Marvel Comics know all too well that its writers have been obsessed with Donald Trump since his primary campaign. Twitter rants coincided with weird editorial decisions (e.g., turning the man into an alternative-universe M.O.D.O.K.), and writer Nick Spencer used multiple books — including the Secret Empire event — to throw political tantrums.

Marvel scribe Mark Waid, however, has taken the industry’s Trump Derangement Syndrome to a whole new level for the company’s “Legacy” run. Captain America #699 is a fascinating read for all the wrong reasons.

Yes, it is boring. Yes, it is predictable. Yes, it comes across as if it were written by a freshman college student who just completed his first semester of political sciences classes.

What makes Captain America: Out of Time it interesting, however, is the psychology behind it all. Mr. Waid does not seem to even realize that all of his irrational fears regarding the president are rooted in his own ideological extremism. He fears Mr. Trump because he sees much of himself in the man.

Mr. Waid is, whether he wants to admit it or not, eerily similar to the villain referred to as “King Baby,” aka Donald Trump. Check out my latest YouTube video for the full rundown, and as always feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.