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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Why Some Comic Fans are Usually BAD Comic book Writers







Many comic writers these days say that they’re fans of superhero characters they work with. And that’s one of the problems within the industry today. Thanks to fans writing the comics readers are getting books that read like glorified fanfiction pieces, not well-written stories from a professional publisher.


In many cases a comic fan who becomes a comic book writer at a place like Marvel or DC often approaches a character from a very emotional perspective, not an objective one like a professional writer does. Yes a comic fan is passionate about the character they’re writing but they’re often so biased towards one or two characters that they don’t see how their love of their favorite character shows how little professionalism they have in their craft. Because they’re so emotionally attached to a character fan writers often make emotional decisions that do more harm to a character and their history long term than good.


When a comic fan writes stories from their emotions they often focus on singular aspects of a character and don’t approach character in a way where they get a balanced picture of them. Yes, they’ve read a series of issues or even a creator’s entire run. And from those issues they have some semblance of a character’s story and a mission, but oftentimes their vision of a character is often flat and one-dimensional.


Because some fans approach their favorite characters with their emotions and they don’t have a balanced picture of them, it often leads to them writing stories that are usually unbalanced and uneven. Readers get action presented from a slanted and biased perspective that always makes the hero out to be either virtually infallible and unbeatable like Batman has been in recent years or some poor put upon victim who life just beats up on for absolutely no reason like Spider-Man or Daredevil have been in some runs over the years. In some cases like Wonder Woman the character literally gets lost because a writer is so busy projecting their idea of who they are onto them instead of letting them be who they are.


In many cases when fans become writers, comic book heroes go from characters with their own personality and “voice” to Mary Sues and Gary Stus, manifestations of the fan in comic form and a soapbox to present their own views and opinions. And instead of having their own adventures, the hero starts living the life of the writer, not having a life of their own. 


Thanks to this biased perspective characters that get developed in that distort them. And as the picture of who they are gets distorted, their message and their mission get lost. For example instead of Batman taking his oath to protect to Gotham City objectively, we get Batman prepping to take on bad guys 24/7.


That’s not what the character was meant to be. Yes, Batman is driven to fight crime and will push himself beyond human limits to escape perilous situations and stop the bad guys or protect people. But he has time for a life outside of the Dark Knight to be Bruce Wayne and run Wayne Enterprises or spend time with Dick Grayson or mentoring Tim Drake.


But in comics today, the Batman character has become as obsessed as his rogues gallery. And this obsession with crime is turning him into a caricature of himself. These days Batman practically eats and sleeps in the Batcave, and has no time to be Bruce Wayne or even do work at Wayne Enterprises or spend time with Dick Grayson, Tim Drake or anyone else outside of the costume. Everything is about him being Batman all the time. While that model may work in a fanfiction piece, but it sure doesn’t make for great comic storytelling in a well-crafted comic where stories need to be balanced.  


Thanks to this kind of singular focus on a favorite character, supporting characters who were essential to a character’s history and their story paradigm oftentimes get lost in the shuffle.


Worse, they often get discarded and replaced with other characters who the writer feels more comfortable working with like Damian Wayne. Because previous supporting characters like Tim Drake have things like “personalities” and “voices” the writer hasn’t figure out what to do with, they often discard them like trash for their new so-called “better” ones they prefer working with.


And in most cases when these new supporting characters are put into a character’s story they aren’t a good fit. Because they aren’t grown organically from the roots of a characters’ history, and because the writer has no idea on how to write an effective backstory for them, they just feel forced. Usually they’re just shoehorned in through some convoluted retroactive continuity or some dysfunctional plot. Yes, the writer likes them, but readers are split on them because they haven’t been introduced to readers in an organic manner.  And because they haven’t been introduced organically readers have a hard time connecting with them and relating to them.


Because many comic fans who become writers see the character from the lens of a fan and not a creator’s objective viewpoint they don’t see how everything in a characters’ world works together comprehensively. In the bigger picture of the characters’ world are the mechanics behind the story and all those elements work together to help a writer tell a well-crafted story. A hero not only needs his rogues, but a strong supporting cast for the main character to make his or her story paradigm work effectively. 


To truly understand a character one has to do more than read some of the comics from a creative team’s run or a few creative team’s runs. They have to read the interviews with the creators, and study the history of the time the character was created. In some cases if possible a creator has to sit down with the creator and find out what motivated them to create that character. From these points and counterpoints can a creator get a balanced picture of the character their mission, their supporting cast, and their “voice” before they start putting down ideas for their run of stories on said character.


When a writer like myself does the research on the creators and their motivations they start to see that the original creators just don’t make characters into unbeatable infallible characters or perpetual victims. They understand story models established initially by the creators and use them to make them and the mission established in the first issue of their comic relatable to readers today just like it was relatable to readers of previous generations yesterday.


A professional writer has to approach any character they write with passion and heart. But they also have to remain professional and objective when they tell stories with them. An objective writer will work with a characther’s strengths and weaknesses to give readers the best possible reading experience. And they’ll give the reader a lesson in that story that not only makes the character grow, but gives the reader something to grow from.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Could Shawn Write a Graphic Novel?




I’ve written a lot of things in my twenty plus year career. Novels, Novelettes, short stories, screenplays, articles and blogs. But the one thing I’ve always wanted to write since I was a kid was a comic book.


I was talking to my friend Mike Williams, artist of the Deak Sledge comic strip on Twitter and he suggested I try to write a graphic novel. Now I believe I could write a graphic novel; I’ve been told the Isis series books like Amari’s Revenge, Isis: The Beauty Myth, and the first Isis book read just like comic books.


Writing a comic or a graphic novel has always been something I’ve always wanted to do since I was 13. In fact, one of my life goals is to publish an Isis graphic novel or series of graphic novels. But there have always been two issues:


While I’m good at designing costumes and characters that most people find visually attractive and translate well from artist to artist, I can’t draw panels for shit,


And,


I don’t know how to write in the format for comics.


Now the drawing I can possibly get around the art issue, by working with an artist like Mike Williams, Terry Beatty, Josh Howard, or a Bill Walko, but the writing well in the format is the challenge. I’ve always been a pretty solid storyteller when it comes to novels and screenplays, but writing comics is different from those mediums. Comics are a different storytelling medium from what I’ve previously worked with and making my style of storytelling fit within the medium would be the challenge.


From what I’ve gleamed from Mark Waid’s script pages in the Kingdom Come trade the comic medium is a uses some elements screenwriting when it comes to dialogue, and the descriptions of scenes are quite similar to the short prose style I use in my stories such as those in the Isis series. I believe my writing style would be a good fit for comics, because I use a high visual style that allows the reader to imagine a scene in their heads, but with a minimal economy of words.  


The big challenge for myself working with an artist is translating the images in my head words that can be described as pictures. Comics tell stories in panels, and I kind of see things like a movie in my head. And each chapter in a story I write is like a scene in a film. There are some chapters in my novels that I know would make for some powerful scenes in a movie such as when E’steem reveals her demon form to John Haynes in The Temptation of John Haynes. The way I imagined that scene was her standing near the balcony with the moonlight cascading down on her as she changed from human to demon with her face filled with anguish and guilt. As she looks over at him to gauge his reaction to her monstrous form, I imagined John’s impassive expression as he sat on the sofa. It’s powerful sequence filled with lots of emotion; the irony of the demon changing to tell the truth about herself showing readers how human she truly was.


While I could easily write that same scene where an actress like a Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Inspiration for E’steem) could easily understand the emotions that would be needed to be conveyed if it were written as a screenplay for film, translating that same scene into a series of comic panels would be the challenge. It’d take a lot of skill for me to write that scene so it would convey the right emotions for the artist to translate into a series of pictures. That climatic scene in The Temptation of John Haynes is very dark in tone and mood, and it’d take the right type of panel setup to tell that part of the story for an artist to translate it into pictures.


In contrast there are action sequences I write like those In Isis: Wrath of the Cybergoddess. Those would be a bit easier to translate into comic panels because the sequences are a little simpler for me to describe as single images that fit into panels. There are chapters in the story I can easily see as comic panels in that story such as Isis’ flight from the South Pacific to New York and her teleporting to get back to the city. And I can easily see the selfie she takes to taunt Raheema in the reflection of the glass of the Freedom Tower and Raheema’s reaction sitting on a bench in New York’s 40th Street Public Library in her disguise as she tells the compubitch to upload hers. And I can easily see the final confrontation between the battle damaged Cybergoddess and Isis in the rain as comic pages; it’s a powerful sequence of panels filled with emotion.


The second challenge of putting together a graphic novel besides the writing is finding the right artist to tell the story. Writing a novel or the first draft of a screenplay is a solitary process that’s done in solitude. However, writing a graphic novel requires a writer to transition from being a solitary individual to being part of a team. On a Graphic novel project, a writer isn’t just working alone, they’re working with an artist too.


 To tell the story effectively to readers have to find the right artist to work with to tell the story with, one that has a style that fits the characters and one that can tell a story with pictures in the same way I do with words. Creatively we both have to be on the same page. Because now this isn’t just my story, but theirs as well, and they have a right to have some input on the final product. I’m sure I could work well on a team with an artist, but again, it’d be a learning curve to make things flow smoothly.


The third challenge after writing the graphic novel would be publishing it. Publishing a novel like The Temptation of John Haynes or an Isis series novelette like Isis: Night of the Vampires is fairly cheap with CreateSpace, Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop Elements, but putting together a graphic novel requires a completely different set of skills. After writing the script and creating the panels, there’s fitting the dialogue into the panels so it flows with the ar. That’d mean I’d definitely need to buy Adobe CS4, 5, or whatever it is or PageMaker to create the .PDFs to create the novel. Lots of long nights as I figure out the learning curve for laying out that kind of book and publishing it.


The final challenge would be financing the whole project. Artists don’t work for free, and their time is money. It’d be a lot of hours for us both turning a 64 page story like a Isis: Wrath of the Cybergoddess into a 96 page graphic novel or an even greater challenge turning a 400 page novel like The Temptation of John Haynes into a 200 page Graphic novel. That kind of project requires a minimum of $15,000 to $20,000 finance if I’m paying $120 or so per page. Yeah, there’s Kickstarter, but there’s no guarantees I could raise that kind of money. Or even if the book would sell if I got the project off the ground. No one spends that kind of money to lose, and I wouldn’t want to come that far to fail when it came to sales.


I definitely would love to write a graphic novel. It’d make me proud to see Shawn James on the credits on the splash page and credited as one of the names on the front cover. I may even try to take a hand at translating one of my old Isis stories into a comic for fun; years ago after I published Isis and while I was writing The Cassandra Cookbook, my sister gave me a copy of Syd Field’s Screenplay. Learning how to write screenplays on my own I wrote All About Marilyn, the critically acclaimed screenplay that’s loved and praised by readers all over the world. I think I could produce a graphic novel of that level of quality if I learned the format for storytelling used in comics.

Readers, would you buy a Shawn James Graphic novel on the SJS DIRECT imprint? Let me know; because it’s a project I’d love to bring to you.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 4th Kindle Freebies and eBay action figure SALE!



For the July 4th Weekend I’m offering up one of my most critically acclaimed novels The Temptation of John Haynes for FREE on Kindle! For July  4th and 5th you’ll be able to download The Temptation of John Haynes for FREE!

This book is essential reading if you are starting the Isis series or the E’steem series as it’s the cornerstone of the SJS DIRECT Universe!







In addition, I’ll also be offering Isis: All About the Goddess for FREE on Kindle!



I’m also having an action figure and toy sale on eBay throughout the summer. As a toy collector for the last 25 years I’ve amassed a lot of stuff (Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and some I bought myself back in the day) and I just don’t have the space to store it anymore. With me being out of work I really could use the money from these sales to buy things I need like soap, a or a haircut. If I can raise enough money from these sales maybe I possibly buy another book cover from another artist or replace the motherboard in my Dell Latitude D830 which died last month.

I’m looking to give these collector edition action figures a good home. Most these action figure have only been displayed and never been played with, and many will have ALL of their original accessories. So head over to my eBay page, there may be something you’re looking for!  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Shawn Jousts A Wall Street White Knight




Okay, I said I wouldn’t do any more roast blogs. (Trying to be kinder and gentler here for my readers’ sake.) But sometimes I get a comment so ridiculous I have no choice other than to take the ol’ barbecue out of the garage and roast up a Sucka like I did with the Australian SIMP I put on the Barbie last year. If anything, there’s a teachable moment here for guys about SIMPS here in this recent response to the 2012 Why Black women will be single for the rest of their lives blog. His comments in bold, my responses in plain text.


I love black women.


I’m sure you do. This is why you put on your sterling silver armor and got on a White horse to defend them Lancelot.


But then I'm just a white guy. A highly educated white guy - two degrees - and a great job,


He’s a White guy. Big Whoop. And he’s ejumukated. Double Big Whoop. Someone feels intimidated by me and what I’ve written.


$100K question here: How does him being White and ejumukated relate to him loving Black women? Sounds like he’s overcompensating to me. What does your two degrees and your job have to do with your love of Black women?


This is one of the MAJOR mistakes Simps make with women regardless of race on their first interaction with them. Bragging about their accomplishments to anyone without assessing what the woman brings to the table in terms of values or character. This kind of information dumping gives predatory women like gold diggers leverage and allows them to play a hand that allows them to WIN EVERY TIME when they get involved with them.


I'm a stockbroker, which requires brains and a practical bent.
More overcompensation. Again, what does dude’s profession have to do with his love of Black women? Sounds like he’s a little insecure about his dick size.


You do known Writing requires brains too. And being practical. Don’t know what a practical bent is but it sure sounds like the only thing getting bent is Dudes’ two-inch erect penis from the emotional responses he’s written here. Yeah, someone is VERY insecure about their dick size.


 And if black women were like you say they are I wouldn't have been happily married to one for the past six years.


Bravo! *APPLAUSE* Bravo!


You hung in there longer than most of us brothers have with some of these dysfunctional Black women. But year seven is coming up. And that’s usually when some of these dysfunctional sistas start showing their hairy asses to men like you. And that’s when you start heading for the EXIT.


But I’ll be nice and say maybe you got lucky. But many Black women are like the way I say they are. Complete mental and emotional wrecks so FUBAR most men of anyrace just keep walking in the opposite direction when they see them.


 

I've dated black and white women - they are all individuals to me.


Yeah, they’re individuals to me. Individuals I avoid. Life is so much easier without a dysfunctional female in it giving me grief. Putting myself first allows me to focus on my goals and what I want to do in life.


 Some were a pain, some were a pleasure.


Er…No. Many Black women are a pain. Right in the ass. And if they were so much of a pleasure why are you writing to me to defend them instead of spending time with the one you got? Doesn’t seem like Olivia Pope’s pussy couldn’t be that good could it Fitz?


And I'm not trying to pull online by saying this. I don't need to.




Of course you’re not trying to pull something online by saying this. (Damn, for an ejumukated with two degrees and a six-figure job, your English is absolutely atrocious. Read a fucking book on sixth grade grammar before you post a comment next time.)


But I know what game you’re running. The old White Knight routine. You think by coming in here on your white horse to defend the honor of these dysfunctional Black damsels in distress, and it’ll get you some brownie points with them.


But then I'm not a racist, Shawn.


Er…Not following your logic here. Black people can’t be racist against other Black people. How can someone be racist against their own race?


 Whereas your post could be summed up as a proud declaration of hate.


Good Gravy. What I wrote is a declaration of hate. Just because I present a difference of opinion than that of the White liberal status quo regarding Black women doesn’t mean it’s hate. What I presented was a constructive critique of Black females in that blog, nothing more, nothing less.


 I'm sure Adolf Hitler made similarly sweeping generalisations about black people and jewish people.


*STRAW MAN ARGUMENT ALERT * *STRAW MAN ARGUMENT ALERT *


Shawn disagrees with my opinion! So I’ll compare his views to someone evil like Adolf Hitler to show everyone how WRONG his position is!


No, I don’t think so. If you read Mein Kampf and you read this blog you’ll clearly see the difference. I’m not blaming Black women for everything that went wrong in the Black community like Herr Hitler did with Jews, nor am I calling for their extermination of all black women like Hitler did with Jews. I’m just presenting constructive critique of this dysfunctional Afro-American female. But thanks for bringing your scarecrow out of storage.


Not sure why you think that narrowing it down to black women makes your viewpoint significantly different.



Er…What makes it significantly different is that I’m presenting a constructive critique of the dysfunctional Black woman’s behaviors and attitudes so she can take a long hard look at herself and make the changes that’ll move her life forward. When 70% of Black women are single, it’s clear they’re doing something WRONG. Most Black women never come to understand that It’s the woman’s job to show a man what makes her attractive in terms of values and character so he’ll see her as valuable enough to forsake all others and offer her an engagement ring. The woman is the helpmeet and she’s supposed to see how she fits into the man’s program.


Unfortunately as long as there are SIMP enablers like you in the picture making excuses for her, this Black female will never have the incentive to do that self-examination and see where she’s going wrong in her life.



All it means is that you're racist and sexist rather than purely racist.




Wow. Just Wow.


Now I’m a racist and a sexist. Just for presenting an opinion you don’t like hearing about your Black queen. Damn, Olivia Pope must be putting the pussy on you like no tomorrow.


Seriously, dude, your Mangina is showing.


I wonder who wears the tampons in your happily married home YOU or your wife. I guess you douche your girlhole once a month too after wifey buttfucks you with a strap-on.


What an achievement.



No, your response is an achievement. An achievement in foolhardiness. You do know this blog is over three years old. And here you are getting pissy about it like a female.


Dude, I moved on from this blog three years ago. Right now I’m taking time out of my summer book promotion campaign just to deal with you and your pissy little tirade so men out there can learn a lesson on how you Simps operate.



No one's buying the - "I'm only saying it for their own good" crap.


Looks like you bought it. You took the time to write an extremely emotional response to a three-year old blog most people have passed by.


They/their does not exist - each black woman who reads your article is not going to appreciate being reduced to an eye rolling, cussing generalisation.


More delicious Irony. Says I’m making a genaralization about Black women, but he himself makes a generalization about Black women!
I love how dude knows exactly what every Black woman who read this blog is thinking. Classic White Knight behavior!


With this use of shaming tactics I really have to wonder if this guy uses tampons and heavy flow maxi-pads once a month. The charge of generalization? That’s something a FEMALE does when she’s trying to shame a man into silence for calling her on her bullshit.



So, you've met black women with attitude.


Yeah, I have. Quite a few. More than I’d like to mention. It’d actually make my day to meet some nice friendly sistas. But with the way many are being raised in these dysfunctional homes…I’m not holding my breath.


 You've met black men and white men with attitude too.


Sure have. And I just met a White boy with attitude just now…You, Mr. Wall Street White Knight. 


 I know I have.

It doesn't make me generalise for the sake of it.



Damn. The spelling! The spelling! I have less education than dude and I can spell words better than he can!


Who’s generalizing? I merely presented an opinion regarding Black women based on my experiences and observations. That’s what people do in things like blogs. Present their opinions based on their observations and experiences.



Get back to us on why 65% of black men are single. I'm sure your viewpoint will be very compelling.


Deflections, deflections. Why are 65% of Black men single:


Let’s see…White liberals like Lyndon Johnson disproportionately drafting Black men to fight the Vietnam War where our best and brightest men were killed off in those jungles. And while those Brothers were fighting that war White feminists took the opportunity to established a gender divide in the Black community back here in America,


Unaware Black women took the side of White Feminists who conned them into believing a pack of lies such as convincing these sistas they were women first and Black second, and telling them they “didn’t need a man”, (Even though God says he made women for Men),


White liberals such as yourself creating a welfare state which told Black women that the Black men who were the fathers of their children couldn’t be in the home in order to receive benefits,


White Liberal HR managers in the 1970s manipulating Affirmative Action and Equal opportunity laws to hire Black women so they could “kill two birds with one stone”, creating the first generation of “Skrong independent Black women”. Effectively this unwritten policy undermined Black men’s positions of head of household within their families and their positions as authority figures in their own communities,


And creating a borderline fascist child support system that punishes men for simply trying to have relationships with their children. Further undermining men’s positions as heads of households and authority figures in their own communities.


All of theses policies created by liberal White men like yourself have kept 70% of Black women single, 65% of Black men single, and lead to 75% of Black children being born out of wedlock.


Of course these are all points I present in my eBook Why 70% of Black Women Are Single. With research to back all of them up with.


I won't be sharing your posts with my wife though because I care about women in a way you could never understand.


No, this pussy beggar won’t be sharing my posts with his wife because he’s too chicken to present her with an opinion that’s different from hers. It’s clear who wears the panties in the family and that’s Mr. Wall Street Stockbroker with two degrees and NO BALLS. This guy lacks the nutsack or the backbone to even present his wife with a simple webpage presenting a difference of opinion to her. Now that’s what I call WHIPPED.


When he says cares about women in a way I could never understand I know dude is completely FUBAR. That statement is CLASSIC Mangina speak. Manginas always profess to be so understanding of women, but in most cases are the guys who will go out and do the worst things to women when they get crossed by one.


Manginas like this always believe they know more about women than women know about themselves, and profess to be so much more understanding of them than “regular” men. But what most women don’t know is that these White Knights often have a Black heart. Underneath that sterling silver armor of these heroes is a man simmering in RAGE. This is why wifey better watch out; this kind of guy is a closet misogynist and all it takes is for her to say something he doesn’t like for him to start calling her out of your name and using profanities regarding her that would make a sailor blush. He may even get violent.


If you want to avoid being made a fool of like this chump pick up a copy of Stop Simpin-Why men don’t need Finance to get Romance Second Edition. In this eBook you’ll learn what NOT to do in the dating scene so you won’t get PLAYED like this idiot.


And if you want to learn more about the tricks of chumps like this pick up a copy of Manginas-They Look Like Men But Act Like Ladies. Every behavior presented by this Wall Street White Knight is featured in the pages of that eBook.  

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go clean the charcoals out of the Char-Broil, wash it out with a hose and put it back in storage.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Isis: Imitation of Life



The next story in the Isis series will be a Fantasy Flashback tale set in 1937. I’ve wanted to write an Isis story set during the golden age of comics with her 1930s supporting cast members Alma Travis and Edna Flowers in their primes. But after reading several golden age stories and seeing how hokey they were I decided make this one a tale about race and identity.


Isis: Imitation of Life will be one of the darkest tales in the Isis series. It’s a story about the goddess at one of the major crossroads in her life.


In Isis: Imitation of Life I’ll be tackling the light-skin/dark-skin issue and the intra-racism between Black people. The title is inspired by the 1934 classic film Imitation of Life about Peola, a light skinned Black woman who makes numerous moral and ethical compromises to pass for White and what she believes will be a better life.


The story itself in contrast will be about Isis pondering if she should remain in America and if she should continue in her second crusade to help Negro people. The goddess wonders if it’s ethically and morally right for her as a New Heliopolitan to interfere in the affairs of the Negro. The question she asks herself is: Is she the one living an imitation of Negro life and if she’s mocking Negro people by living and working among them to help them get a better life.


In the first Isis book, Isis said that when she immigrated to America the people with skin her color and hair her texture were Negoes. In this story readers will learn that her racial identity with the Negro race goes further than skin deep.


I was inspired to write Isis: Imitation of Life after receiving comments from family and some Pro-Blacks about the images of Isis on the covers of Isis: Wrath of the Cybergoddess and Isis: Night of the Vampires not being Black or being too so-called light-skinned. In the wake of all those comments I wanted to make a defining statement about Isis’ views on race and her racial identity.


The reason for setting the story in the Golden Age of Heroes was to make a commentary about superheroes and race. In the late 1930s when Jewish creators were creating White superheroes like Superman, Batman and Captain America to save people in their brightly colored fantasy worlds, Black people were going through one of the darkest periods in American history. Lynchings of Black people were at record highs, and Black people lived in fear due to the terrorism they faced with the Klan and Jim Crow laws in the south and racism and discrimination in the north. While Superman and Batman and Captain America faced brightly colored menaces out to take over the world, Isis faced the darkest of evils: the intra-racism and self-hatred Negroes had regarding themselves due to their perceptions of self. Negative Perceptions of the Negro image perpetuated by Jim Crow policies and racist media like that shown in books, Radio shows like Amos N’ Andy and movies like Imitation of Life.


In most media of the time, the image of the Negro was often caricaturized and presented to perpetuate racist stereotypes like the coon, the brute, the sapphire, and the Tragic Mulatto. In most of these stories from this era like those published in the Pulps and the paperbacks the Negro was always a villain and they always met a tragic end.


And in Golden Age comics Black characters were always relegated to minstrel roles like Whitewash from the Young Allies or the Whizzer’s Negro sidekick. In one Shazam! Comic Billy Batson even put on Blackface to disguise himself. As for Black women in comics, we never saw a single one in that era.


With this Isis story I wanted to tell a story about how the goddess was a heroine during this dark period. The obstacles she overcomes aren’t some villain’s master plan to take over the world, but the perceived prejudices of Negro people and her own internal struggles with race and identity.


For too long so-called dark-skinned people have believed the lie that light-skinned and biracial Black people have some sort of privilege in American society. Some Negroes even believe that they’re better than other Black people. When this isn’t the case at all. Black will always be Black no matter if your skintone is charcoal or chalk White, and light-skinned and biracial people experience racism and prejudice just like dark-skinned Black people do.


Moreover, what defines a person as Black isn’t just skintone. What defines a person as Black is their actions and their deeds. It is the content of a person’s character that defines their Blackness, not the color of their skin. A light-skinned or biracial person who makes efforts to help advance the race behind the scenes is more a support to Black people than a dark-skinned Black person who claims Pro-Blackness but still sleeps with a White woman and panders to White liberals.


I’m really excited for this project because I get to explore a couple of concepts I really enjoy in a story: Pulp Fiction and Golden Age superheroes. I’ve been a fan of Vintage Pulps like Doc Savage and underrated Golden Age heroines like Harvey’s Black Cat and Fox’s Phantom Lady. The chance to tell a story using those kinds of elements has me eager to put fingers to the keyboard to tell this story. 


I’m also excited to tell a story where I get to present a different perspective on Black history to readers. Oftentimes when writers tell stories about the Jim Crow period it’s usually about some racist White southerners tormenting poor downtrodden Negroes. I wanted to break away from that usual narrative to detail the intra-racial issues working class Negro men and women faced and how these perceptions of self are used to divide and conquer the race. Isis: Imitation of Life is set in a Oneonta County, a fictional Negro and Iroquois town in Upstate new York with a main street filled with mostly Black-owned businesses and a working class community of Negro people. The stories of those middle-class Negro people like Pullman Porters and Negro professionals are rarely ever told by writers and I thought I’d tackle them.


I’ve just started writing the first draft of Isis: Imitation of Life, and I’m waiting for my Imitation of Life DVD to come in the mail. So I don’t have a release date for it yet. But with it being one of my summer projects, I’m shooting for a January 2016 release or a June 2016 release. I might do a Kickstarter to raise money to pay for the cover, but everything is up in the air until I finish the initial draft.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tyrelle Shaw, Dylan Roof, Eliot Rodger- When Simpin Gets Violent





Over the last few years men have been committing murders and assaults all because they couldn’t get laid or get a woman paying attention to them.


A year ago Eliot Rodger went on a shooting rampage where he murdered people because he couldn’t get sex out of his dream woman.


In that same year in Long Island a teenage boy murdered a girl just because she wouldn’t go to the prom with him.


It’s also rumored that Charleston Church massacre killer Dylan Storm Roof murdered those nine people because a White woman he was interested in was involved with a Black man.


And recently here in New York Tyrelle Shaw went around asking random Asian women for their phone numbers. And when these freaked out females wouldn’t give him the time of day he assaulted them by hitting them with a weapon. Many required stitches to their faces from the attacks.


All of these cases are clear examples of Simps taking things to extremes because the girl of their dreams wouldn’t pay attention to them. And because these guys couldn’t control their emotions they had violent tempertantrums where they attacked innocent people.


What most people don’t understand are that most Simps are like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Yes, most Simps are friendly and pleasant when they’re getting their attention from a woman they like, but they also dark side. And when they can’t get the girl of their dreams to be part of their fantasies they can make everyone’s life a waking nightmare.


One of the big problems a Simp has is that they tend to fixate on one type of woman and chase that ideal.  Some even obsess over them. In the case of Eliot Rodger and Tyrelle Shaw they fixated on a tall blonde White Women and Asian women. And because they wanted an ideal of a type of woman presented to them from Madison Avenue advertisers and Hollywood movie studios and even porn, they got tunnel vision. That tunnel vision prevented them from seeing anything but that ideal woman they fantasized about.


Regardless of whether or not that was the right woman for them. In both of the cases of Rodger and Shaw, the women they were pursuing were clearly out of their league. And out of their league didn’t mean they were more attractive than Rodger or Shaw, it meant that they had absolutely nothing in common with them.


And because neither had the social skills neither knew how to approach women they wanted to approach they became frustrated. In most cases of these Killer Simps like Rodger and Roof they didn’t even know how to introduce themselves to an average woman let alone the woman of their fantasies.


As their frustration turned into bitterness they began to hate the object of their affection. And if they couldn’t have her, they sought out to hurt her.


 Even though she didn’t exist in anyplace but their heads. In the cases of Rodger and Shaw, most of the women they liked had no idea they were even alive. Rodger didn’t even have the courage to introduce himself to anyone. In Shaw’s case most of the Asian women he pursued didn’t know he was even interested in them until he rushed up to them and made his thirsty pleas for their phone numbers.


All of these cases also show a disturbing trend regarding how men are being socialized. In each of these cases it’s clear that none of these males were taught any social skills regarding how to communicate with the opposite sex at all. Because they weren’t taught how to interact with women, they became frustrated and went on to throw a violent adult tempertantrum when they couldn’t think of a way to get the object of their affection to respond to them.


Men like Eliot Rodger, Tyrelle Shaw, and Dylan Storm Roof never grew up to understand that there’s a lot of rejection when it comes to dating and relationships. Just because a guy likes a girl or a kind of girl doesn’t mean they’ll like them.


And because these men didn’t have any coping skills, none of these men knew how to move on after being rejected. Instead they wallowed in their self-pity making themselves out to be a victim of an imaginary woman or kind of woman who they thought did them wrong by rejecting them.


It’s clear to me many men today aren’t learning a basic tenet of dating and life in general: It takes a lot of NO to get to YES. And a man is going to have to get used to hearing NO from lots of women to hear that YES from one single woman. This is why it’s never smart for a man to fixate on one woman or one kind of woman. The women that may be attracted to him may not have any of the physical attributes of his dream woman.


And in most cases his dream woman simply doesn’t exist. The images Madison Avenue advertisers and Hollywood movie studios produce are ALL FAKE. So pursuing women who fit that ideal is a fallacy.


 Men are also not learning another tenet of dating and life: Sex is not everything. In the cases of Eliot Rodger, Tyrelle Shaw and even Dylan Roof, all these guys probably thought having sex with the girl of their dreams would elevate their social status. And because they chased sex, they objectified the women they pursued. What they actually wanted wasn’t sex. It was what they thought sex would get them: Social currency with more popular men and women and acceptance by them.


Most Simps believe that if they date and have sex with an attractive popular woman they’ll be seen as attractive and popular as well. Not understanding that neither sex nor relationships are social currency. If an attractive woman does take the time to go on a date with a LAME they’re STILL LAME. And if a man is a LAME and by chance he has sex with the girl of his dreams, HE IS STILL A LAME.


And what makes guys like Rodger, Shaw and Roof LAMES are the guys themselves. And that’s something most Simps never come to understand. The reason why guys like Eliot Rodger, Dylan Roof and Tyrelle Shaw couldn’t get the attention of the women wasn’t the women. It was THEM.


Because all these guys lacked self-confidence, self-esteem and had no sense of self worth they were INVISIBLE to most people. And because they radiated no masculine energy none of these guys appeared attractive to any woman.


And as they faded from the sight of both men and women they wound up brooding in their own rage.


What’s most disturbing about this trend with violent Simps is that we’re seeing more and more men having meltdowns because they couldn’t win the affection of the girl of their dreams. It’s clear to me that parents aren’t teaching boys how to pursue relationships with women. In the real world the dating scene is filled with a lot of rejection, and if men like Rodger, Roof and Shaw are the rule these days it’s clear many haven’t been taught how to how approach a woman nor have they learned the discipline or resolve to move on after hearing her say no to them. There are four women for every one man on earth and most of these guys don’t see any of those women because they’re too caught up in a fantasy created by Madison Avenue advertisers and Hollywood movie studios.  

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