Friday, March 30, 2018

Some Assembly Required - This Comic Book Manga Puzzle Defies Me

I know I've done a lot. And I know that I have many talents. But my art-stories need to make more sense than they do. I've written a lot of stories, drawn a lot of comics pages and illustrations. But it lacks cohesion. It was meant to be one cohesive unit of storytelling. And it's not. My artwork is fragmented. I was planning on placing it all together, but it didn't turn out to be that easy to figure out. I couldn't figure out how to combine the architecture into scenes with the characters. I grew up assembling things in my room, like race car sets, and domino rallys and capsellas. Since I work so well with systems, I thought the system I built for myself in my production design and character concept art would make it easier to build a series of comics compositions out of it. I thought building rooftops separately from characters heads and bodies would just make it easier to composite them together later. Like approach it scientifically, like building a machine and assembling it from the pieces I already built, but alas, it turned out to defy that. I couldn't figure out how to make the pieces fit together.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Infamous Self-"Bragging"

Some people have accused me of “arrogance”, but honestly, it wasn't so much as I thought I was all those things as I would write down boasts and brags because at the time my own internal voice was the only re-affirming positive one. I just wanted to stay positive with myself. My ego seemed out of control, but it wasn't. I just said those things to myself in writing as a way of talking to myself to give myself a pep talk. A kind of ego-reaffirming affirmation. I often didn't tell myself what I needed to hear, I told myself what I wanted to here, mostly because living with my family is morally degrading, and most of my family-roommates were argumentative and full of put downs. I need to respond to all that emotional bullshit by telling me all the things I needed to hear from someone between 2001 – 2018. I spent a lot of time talking to myself in writing. Those were internal insider boasts. Not something I had ever intended to broadcast or publish to the world. I just never hit delete.

I'm both naturally confident and naturally humble. Confidence and egotism is how I respond to direct ego-threats. If I agreed with what my enemies and rivals told me, I'd think I was nothing, a nobody 24/7. I can't have that. I need to view myself how I actually am, Not the hype or endless putdowns from enemies and rivals. Why agree with someone who only means to hurt, degrade, and demean you. That's fucking retarded. Don't "agree" with your critics! That's fucking idiocy. Retaliate against them with confidence and ego-strength. Make your enemies and foes feel as beneath you as they should be.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

There's a reason I went into publishing instead of animation and filmmaking.

I initially wanted to be an animated series creator, and I very well would have been had the barrier to entry for working in animation not been so high. I went into self-publishing, ebooks, and webcomics because that's something anyone can do with the right talent, skill, practice, vision, willpower, and enough hard work. Webcomics aren't protected by a barrier to entry the way traditional comics and animation or anime is. The more I pursued animation as a career, the greater I came to be aware of the barrier to entry in the animation business. Animation jobs take connections and often education (but not always education, just knowing the right people and having the proper talents and abilities mostly...With webcomics all you have to do is draw something, scan it, digitize the file, upload it, and voila, you're a comics auteur. Succeeding at starting a career in an animation production involves a lot more politics than online comics. So I slowly shifted away from that, while I may be talented and highly skilled, I'm still limited by industries with a high barrier to entry. Amazon Kindle, YouTube, Google, DeviantArt, ComicFury, despite hosting some great talents, and a large diversity of skill levels they host, from childhood amateur to veteran industry international pro, they still have a much lower barrier to entry (the whole “anybody can do it” DIY mentality. Traditional comics and book publishing, and animation, despite seeming welcoming to amateurs and newbies, really aren't accommodating to new talent at all. The barrier to entry for animation and traditional corporate publishing remains high, as does the quality standard, which isn't really tied to barrier to entry, but they're trying to maintain that illusion industry veterans like to keep that says that quality standard of a high barrier to entry is at an equivalent level. Hence complicating the perception of that industry. But as the internet media has show, the barrier to entry can be low while still maintaining a high level of quality. There are plenty of artists and authors who prove this, including myself. So no, NOT Everyone CAN do it, but almost anyone should be welcome to try.

Emerging Predecessors

I recently encountered a surprise on Twitter. Someone who followed my model of online success. I noticed a young girl, say around 19 years old and British, of some minority, perhaps multiracial, who had made it to as high as No. 4 on the Amazon Crime Bestseller list. I'm guessing she used Amazon Marketing Services like I did. You'd have to, wouldn't you? Either way, she was around 12 years younger than me and achieved a similar position of Bestselling Author on Amazon. So young! Not even old enough to drink, and she's writing bestselling novels. I guess I kind of forgot how important of an accomplishment writing an Amazon bestseller is. She even posted a screenshot of her sales rank on her Twitter profile. Smart. I'm surprised to find anyone is following my example. But is 19 too young to be of such a high status. I wasn't 19 when I achieved an Amazon Bestseller. I had to be 28 or 29. I had an additional 10 years of experience beyond that. I just hope she doesn't make the same mistakes I made rising up through those ranks. What a rush that must be for a young author. I wish I could still market my books and achieve that. But alas, I've been banned from AMS, it was quite debilitating. It's ironic how I can watch other authors use my method of writing bestsellers, but I can't do it myself anymore. All because of some financial technicality. I might be forced to retire from Kindle self-publishing and ebooks prematurely and just do my best at acclimating toward traditional publishing.

I guess I'm just happy I'm not the only person to have achieved this level of accomplishment. It's a relief to see other writers going the route I initially took. I predict there will be more writers and authors of this variety too. If there aren't more than that one already


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Regarding a Certain Heavily Discussed Author-Cartoonist's Executive Platform

There were times when people thought I was a criminal breaking the law, and other times when it was the complete opposite of that, where people thought of me as one of the Chosen ones and one of the Saviors of humanity. I contested almost none of it. Whether it was positive or negative attention, I just liked being the topic of discussion, to be quite honest. A part of me likes being talked about and discussed, and as long as I'm being branded in some way, whether with fame, or infamy, or both, at this point I welcome the discussion. Everything I say (whether on Twitter, or elsewhere less public), will get referenced I and discussed in the public forum, and by forum, I meant platform my my media, Silicon Valley, Animation, and Publishing Platform, not so much message board. Like it or not, my media platforms are now a permanent fixture in mainstream public discourse and discussion, and are a major part of the media and political conversation. I knew I'd be influential, but I never thought I'd be discussed almost every 2-8 minutes on places like Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and YouTube. I'm not just the founder of the platform, I'm the subject matter of the content!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Most Famous LinkedIn Contacts

Ahh. Nothing fills my heart with more joy than connecting with and collecting Business contact names on LinkedIn

My Most Famous LinkedIn Contacts

  • Vincent Chalvon-Demersay (Creator: Martin Mystery, Totally Spies, Founder: Marathon Media)
  • Lance Heiskell (Brand Manager: FUNimation)
  • Mercedes Milligan (Editor: Animation Magazine)
  • Doug TenNapel (Creator: Earthworm Jim, Catscratch, Cartoonist: Various)
  • Kim Mannin (VP of Programming: Adult Swim)
  • Mark Salisbury (Director, Nickelodeon)
  • John Ledford (Executive: ADV, Newtype USA
  • David Seuss (Children's Book Author, Executive Producer: The Bi-Polar Bears)
  • Christy Karacas (Executive: Titmouse Animation)
  • Ken Knudsten (Creator: SLG)
  • Kyle Carrozza (Creator: Mighty Magiswords)
  • Stu Levy (Founder, Editor In Chief: Tokyopop Inc.)
  • J.J. Sedelmaier (TV Auteur)
  • Lilian Diaz-Przybyl (Editor: Tokyopop)
  • Noah Z. Jones (Creator: Fish Hooks, Pickle & Peanut)
  • Serena Valentino (Author, SLG)
  • Aaron Alexovich (Animator: Invader Zim)
  • Stephane Berry (Creator: Marathon Media)
  • Savin Yeatman-Eiffel (Creator: Oban Star-Racers)
  • Chandra Free (Comic Book Creator)
  • Shinichiro Ishikawa (Founder: Gonzo Studio)
  • Jamie S. Rich (Editor: Vertigo, Oni Press Publishing)
  • Antonio Canobbio ( Vice President / Director: Titmouse)
  • Chris Prynoski (Founder: Titmouse)
  • Corey Jackson (Production Designer: Invader Zim)
  • MJ Offen (Writer: Monster High)
  • Peter Hannan (Creator: Catdog, Nickelodeon)
  • Mary Harrington (Executive Producer: Invader Zim)
  • Kevin Manthei (Composer: Invader Zim, Generator Rex)
  • Nicolas Atlan (Executive, President: Gaumont, Code Lyoko)
  • Alex Soto (President: Spin Master)
  • Jody Schaeffer (Creator: Titmouse)
  • Dan Vado (Founder: SLG Publishing)
  • Ben Kalina (Executive: Titmouse)
  • Thomas Romain (Creator, Executive Producer, Oban Star-Racers, Basquash, Code Lyoko)
  • Phil Ferretti (Administrator, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Animator: DOUG/Beavis-Butthead)
  • Ramin Zahed (Editor in Chief: Animation Magazine)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Update: Tuesday March 6th, 2018

Don't worry followers and fans. You'll be all right. 

Sometimes I got to shake things up by refining my brand...Have patience, things will go back to normal in 2 to 3 weeks. My possible landlord just called me back, my artist is going to be ready to collaborate soon, I have a library in my room on lots of bookshelves, My finally over my mother passing away, I've lost 50 lbs and am exercising in my home  gym, I'm socializing again, I got a raise in my social security payments, My Twitter audience numbers broke records, I'll be getting a license again, and my apartment house position might be opening up. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention, I'm going to join up with the Alliance Francais of Greater Orlando. For education in French! So a lot of stuff on the horizon. Don't get discouraged, as soon as I can get settled in again, be it here or somewhere new, I'll be going back to drawing cartoons more

A lot is changing in my life, and we're in the middle of it.

I'm shutting down a lot of my more useless web accounts, JM-Matthews DA account among them., adjusting all my accounts