I’m being cyber attacked by Russia?

General / 17 October 2019

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!

- Mike

Good News Everyone!

General / 14 October 2019

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. 

Don’t Shave Me Bro!

General / 07 July 2019

Although it seems to be a popular trend, I still feel that there is a societal prejudice directed at those who choose to have beards or facial hair.

At least in North America, I feel like there is still a perception of sketchiness, uncleanliness, or untrustworthiness towards men with beards. Across the board, from social settings to important life-altering situations, like job interviews and dating.

It makes me want to scream sometimes, like “I’m not sketchy, I’m just lazy about shaving man!”.

Like, if I want to walk around looking like Jesus, why should that cost me a date or a job opportunity?

Side note: Didn’t most famous biblical heroes, kings, leaders and politicians have long hair and beards until the last century or so?

#dontjudgemyface #freethebeards #barenakedbeards #dontshavemebro #VivaLasBeardas #beardo #beardymcgee

eBooks and Comics updated!

General / 18 June 2019

Finally added more of my back catalog to the web store! Most books in .mobi, .epub AND .pdf format! Great new deals on some of my bestselling books! Check it out on the Digital Store link!

Not sure? Check out the free samples on the FREE BOOKS link!

New pieces in the Etsy store!

General / 17 June 2019

Check it out. I just added a few pieces of original art to the Etsy store. Just click the "Originals" link to check them out while they are still available!

Just click here!

Even more FREE books and samples added!

General / 16 June 2019

Just added a bunch of free books, samples and even some audio to the FREE BOOKS section of the website. Check it out for yourself, and swing by the store too!

What’s new this week at www.mikegagnon.ca

General / 19 March 2019

www.mikegagon.ca is back!

General / 19 February 2019

Re-Intro Vid – Longer version

General / 19 February 2019

Focusing on new projects for 2019.

General / 02 January 2019
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