Hey guys! I'm letting the cat out of the bag! The new publisher I'm working with on Trumpocalypse Now is Markosia Publishing.
The entire story will be presented as a series of 3 graphic novels. The first one is done and in Markosia's hands, the second one is about half done.
Now that I have a publisher handling the property, it will be up to them if the rest of the video game version is released.
Looking forward to finally jumping over all the censorship hurdles that I encountered when I was producing this on my own and working with Markosia to make some kick-ass comics!
Hey, if you’ve been waiting for Trumpocalypse Now chapter 5 that was supposed to drop Nov. 1st (a Story where the political scooby-gang goes to Russia), don’t worry. I haven’t been assasinated by one of the world politicians featured in the story...yet.
But anyway, this delay is actually a rare circumstance where delays are good news! I’ve entered into a partnership with a publisher who will be taking over the sales, marketing and distribution of all things Trumpocalypse Now related.
I’m not allowed to announce who yet, but will soon.
So, chapter 5 and the remaining chapters have been delayed as the business end of things changes hands, but I’ll be the first to post the new release schedule of remaining chapters and other new media adaptations of the story, so stay tuned.
Thanks to all of those who have been supportive, and looking forward to focusing on completing the creation of this series and possibly even getting it done faster because I’ll have a reputable partner handling the business end of things, allowing me to focus on the creative process.
The title explains it all. I’m living the creative person stereo type. Life seems pointless and I don’t care about anything. Okay maybe that sounds extreme. I’m not looking for attention or a flood of support, that’s why I’m venting here and not Facebook.
Long story short, my anxiety meds aren’t working any more. For a long time I said weed helped more than my meds anyway, but now that’s not working either. So I’m pretty much going through withdrawal, even though I’m still taking my meds.
I’m so tired of the bullshit I’m faced with daily in the world.
We live in a world that doesn’t give a fuck about us and the institutions in charge don’t give a fuck. Maybe they are waiting for us to die off.
They stigmatize mental health, then encourage people suffering to get help and when you try to get help it takes forever on waiting lists or you can’t get help consistently and reliably, so your stress and frustration is increased even more.
That’s just one thing.
I’ve always had a purpose, but don’t feel like I have one now. It’s the same pattern over and over.
I make Trumpocalypse Now, and Facebook censors it, media refuses to cover it, I get targeted by hackers and deal with nothing but stress and frustration. I don’t promote these things because I want people to actually read it because it’s good, not because of potential scandal.
Comics seem to have gone to shit. Mainstream companies just retread new versions of every crossover they did in the 80s and they sell simply because there’s a superhero on the cover while I actually try to make stories that make people think and try to improve people’s lives and they get unanimously dismissed or ignored.
I’m so sick of it. Thanks to mob mentality on the web, I feel like half the people that know I exist have negative opinions of me as a person, because people make bullshit claims and no one takes the time to verify instead of jumping on the band wagon. Colleagues and ppl I once respected believe unfounded nonsense said about me.
It’s at the point now that teaching, one of the last things that gave me enjoyment doesn’t any more. I don’t feel like I’m helping any ,ore or improving anyone’s life. I feel insecure about my abilities to teach.
I feel pointless.
I don’t trust the world and I don’t believe there is any security or guarantee for anything in the future.
I’ve been working my ass off for 20 years with nothing to show for it and I’m sad and angry.
People say they want to support and help ppl that feel like me, but I know just writing this will spur someone to claim I’m looking for attention, which I’m not. I know I’ll eventually be mocked by someone for writing this.
Or someone will say it’s a stunt. If you are reading this now and thinking this, go outside and fuck yourself.
I tried to reach out to my family by text this morning, and somehow, typically, the texts won’t send.
Nothing is reliable any more.
I know that it is supposed to be my anxiety causing these feelings, but I’m at the point I don’t care any more. I can’t get excited about anything.
Just tired of all the unnecessary bullshit.
I feel like I’m going to end up like the guy at the end of 1984 and become a human robot for the system.
Long story short, over the last couple days I’ve been targeted by a very aggressive cyber attack.
I never thought I’d say that. I know it sounds crazy.
I’m going to do my best to explain without dwelling, because I keep thinking of the words of Dirk Manning, comic creator and respected FB friend. He said something like “promote the positive, not the negative.”
I think he’s right.
I hate to speculate but it’s hard not to consider my current work as a possible reason for targeting. Especially since I’ve already gotten death threats and been censored for same project.
I knew going into it that Trumpocalypse Now would be controversial. I expected push back, but I never wanted to sell the project based on controversy. I want people to buy it because it’s good and it’s funny.
Anyway, I wish the title of this entry was more facetitious than it was. I’d normally say that the idea that any world leader would be so vain as to even have my work catch their notice and retaliate is crazy, but we also live in a crazy world. I’m sort of forced to accept that my spoofing of world politicians may have made me a target of cyber attack.
It could be coincidental, but shortly after I announced that the next issue of the visual novel series would be free, and that I had found a publisher for the graphic novel adaptation, I started to get notifications from my personal online accounts about failed login attempts.
In the last 48 hours the activity has aggressively ramped up, hacking my Facebook, steam, Amazon, email and other accounts.
One of the email based attacks was sending emails from my account to fake addresses, filling my inbox with bounce back messages continuously in order to fill my inbox to the limit and replace them if deleted, in an attempt to keep me from using my email and getting my real emails. Part of the code and server gibberish clearly contains characters and messages in Russian.
With the exception of steam, which seems to have been the deepest compromise and is therefore taking longer to resolve as I wait for an admin to personally investigate my account, my accounts seem to have been recovered and secured.
I imagine whatever the reason, someone expected this to really impact my workflow or discourage me. It was mildly annoying, it made me a little behind on work, but I’m already catching up.
Accounts fixed, desktop de-virused, new passwords etc.
I’ll even finish the first chapter of the Trumpocalypse Now graphic novel adaptation today, as planned.
Could it be related to Trump? Did he have his Russian friends target me? Is it purely coincidence that the next issue of the visual novel, featuring Vladimir Putin joining the series, is scheduled to release for free in November? Maybe. Maybe not.
To be honest I had thought about just focusing on the comic and delaying issue 5 of the visual novel (since the game is being so heavily blocked and censored anyway), but now I want to try to put it out just out of spite. Some of my software is affected until I get steam sorted out, so I don’t know if this will affect the scheduled release and cause a delay just yet, but if it does, I’ll still release it some time in November anyway.
If I have been targeted, it’s just surreal to think that someone out there has an ego that is so fragile, especially to a political satire that spoofs literally all world leaders. All I can say is if someone has targeted me, they’ve made a mistake in their choice of enemy. I’m literally the worst target to choose. I’m crazy and I’ve got nothing to lose, so there’s no way I’m not finishing this project.
I said that like people were reading this. Ha!
Well, for those that are, thanks!
In the ongoing saga of getting boned by the media and world for daring to do a political satire, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I've found a publisher that wants to work with me in producing Trumpocalypse Now. Literally the only one with balls enough to do it.
Can't make any announcements yet, but watch for more details in the near future.
Just to update all as quick as I can, super busy and a ton of work to do.
Not that I’m certain anyone is reading this or gives a shit anyway.
Pissed and disappointed for all the cowardly resistance I’m getting about Trumpocalypse Now.
With Facebook blocking and censoring ads. Journalists, reviewers and publishers all saying they love the story, but can’t risk being associated with it for fear of some kind of retribution.
Even trying to use money from sales to donate to charity and worthwhile causes has brought hurdles, sabotage and self-appointed gatekeepers.
Certain people seem to think that no one should be allowed to create political satire any more.
Getting lots of resistance from a number of sales channels too.
That’s fine. If the only thing keeping people from actually being able to read it is money, I’ll make the series for free. Crazy? Maybe. But there’s no way I’ll allow myself to be backed down and set a precedent that I can be pressured or intimidated into silence. Especially when the most basic type of humour and satire is being suppressed.
So I’ll be releasing the issues for free, it’s going to involve a lot of work and it won’t happen over night, but by the time issue 5 comes out, the series will be available for free.