The mysterious case of Melissa Morgue

Once upon a time, there was a journalist/film student from Berkley named Melissa Morgue. She was reportedly creating a documentary on #ComicsGate.

What is #ComicsGate? I think it depends on who you ask. Morgue wrote about #ComicsGate on the website CapelessCrusader.org, so that might be a good place to go to get her perspective.

There’s a feeling shared by some people that comic book publishers, mostly Marvel Comics and to a lesser extent IDW, have made wholesale changes to their books and characters, not with the goal of telling better stories for their customers, but to push a narrative more in line with social justice. Whether the fans of these books and characters like the changes are not important. If they don’t like the changes, they can stop buying these books and just go away.

IDW turned the character Salvo, a muscular white man with a shaved head, into an overweight Samoan woman.

What kind of changes are we talking about here? Iron Man was replaced with a 15-year-old African-American girl smarter than Tony Stark. Thor was replaced with a woman. Iceman was turned gay. The Hulk’s human counterpart Dr. Bruce Banner was replaced with an Asian scientist. Captain Marvel was made less feminine and more masculine, seemingly more masculine with each issue.

Captain Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers, now looks more like a man than I do.

I could go on with more examples, but like a lot of comic fans, I don’t read Marvel Comics anymore. Since Marvel Comics decided to go full social justice, sales have tanked. Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, one of the people responsible for the social justice sea change to was fired.

Morgue also created a YouTube channel called The Feminist Fangirl. Although I didn’t agree with most of what she said on her channel, I thought the videos were well made and they sounded professional. There’s a reason they sounded so good: they were performed by a voice actress.


Their reason? Because Melissa Morgue isn’t real. She is, in fact, a middle-aged man pretending to be a young female film student from Berkley.

Not only is Melissa Morgue a man, he’s married to a woman and they have real, human children.

A part of my thinks it’s weird that a full-grown man would go on the Internet and pretend to be a woman to push feminism and social justice. Another part of me just doesn’t care. If it makes him happy to pretend to be a woman when he pushes his narrative, then more power to him. Who am I to judge?

I don’t agree with most of Melissa Morgue’s opinions, but I do agree they have a right to share them on the Internet. I strongly agree the Melissa Morgue audience has a right to learn about those opinions. I like opinions to be shared, whether I agree with them or not. I’m not into de-platforming people. I’m not into stopping people from voicing an opinion or an idea just because I don’t agree with it. Although he’s my neighbor, I’m not Steve Shives.

Melissa Morgue has my @bentcorner Twitter account blocked, but they don’t need to do that. I wish them nothing but the best.  I hold no ill will towards them.

Update: 14 December 2017

Melissa is actually a guy named Gadd Ramone. At least that’s according to a new The Feminist Fangirl video.

I’m not sure how one can be expected to believe anything said on a YouTube channel built upon a foundation of lies.

Update: 15 December 2017

It looks like Melissa Morgue also known as Gadd Ramone also known as Martin has begun erasing himself from social media. As you can see from the above linked YouTube video, it’s no longer available. Good. I hope that means he wants to spend more time with his wife and children, and less time pestering Diversity & Comics and national treasure of an artist, Ethan Van Sciver.

I hope this also means Martin will seek medical help. There is nothing wrong with seeking professional help when you need it. Martin needs it. There is nothing wrong with seeing an oncologist when you have cancer. Why would there be anything wrong with seeing a psychiatrist when you have mental problems?

Martian, if you’re reading this, I wish you nothing but the best. Take care of yourself. Allow the people who love you to help you on your journey to getting well.

Explaining the new Patreon service fee

Beginning December 18, Patreon will charge patrons, the people giving money to the creators they support, a flat 35 cents plus 2.9% of the pledge. This means that if you decide to give $1.00 a month to YouTube creator Nerkish, Patreon will charge you $1.38 a month. Nerkish after Patreon’s five percent handling fee to the creator will rake in 95 cents.

Nerkish!

Why is Patreon doing this? because that is what Patreon’s credit card processor is charging them to process credit cards: a flat 35 cents per transaction and 2.9% of the pledge. This is a standard fee structure charged by credit card processors to merchants. In this particular case, Patreon is the merchant.

Is Patreon allowed to do this? Yes, in fact, according to recently enacted credit card processing laws, they are expressly allowed to pass on the processing cost to the cardholder. Even if they wanted to pass this on to the creator, technically under the law, they wouldn’t be allowed to. This can only be passed on to the cardholder.

I should note the flat 35 cents per transaction is charged whether the transaction is approved or declined. It’s an authorization fee. It’s what the processor charges the merchant for each card that is run. Technically, it’s what MasterCard and Visa charges for each card run and this cost is passed over to the processor. If the card is approved, the Patreon passes this over along with the other 2.9% fee. If the card is declined, they eat the cost.

This new change should decrease the number of $1 pledges people have made. Knowing that a $1 pledge costs a $1.38 a month might make people think twice before pledging money to their favorite YouTube creators.

Diversity & Comics ringtone: ‘Are you a racist?’

In Diversity & Comics episode, C.B. Cebulski Needs To Clean House At Marvel Comics…Starting With Max Bemis’ Mouth, there was a funny bit about a New York City hot dog vendor ensuring that his customers weren’t racist or transphobic before he would sell them a hot dog.

Having personally purchased hot dogs on the street in New York City, I can attest that this does not happen. They will sell hot dogs to anyone. Imagine that.

I thought the bit was funny. I thought it was so funny, I took the bit and turned it into something that can be used as a ringtone. If you’d like to use it as a ringtone, then be my guest.

Download “Are you a racist?” (m4a)

Download “Are you a racist?” (mp3)

 

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ is proof DC should just stop making movies

If Flash wasn’t going to be played by Grant Gustin in Justice League, he shouldn’t have been included in the movie. 

I finally got around to seeing Thor: Ragnarok yesterday. What a great movie. It’s clear Marvel has won the motion picture battle. DC makes pretty decent TV shows, but the DC movies just aren’t translating very well to the big screen.

In fact, I didn’t have interest in even seeing Justice League before yesterday. Now after seeing something as superb as Thor: Ragnarok, a giant comic book movie with multiple characters, I don’t think I ever want to see it. Not in the theater, not on Blu-ray or DVD, or not even on Netflix.

I’ve already seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Justice League looks to be the same movie, only with Sons of Anarchy Aquaman and a fake Flash.

Marvel knows how to lay down a solid foundation within its universe for building superhero movies. This foundation helps feed and connect one movie to another.

DC doesn’t have anything similar.

One of the powers Marvel has tapped into to its advantage is its humor. Thor: Ragnarok is no exception. Thor: Ragnarok is a very funny movie. It’s funnier than most comedies. I think Marvel has shown us that superhero movies are best when they’re peppered with quality humor.

The one character who seems to have been designated the comedic relief in Justice League is Flash. It annoys me that the character is being played by Ezra Miller.

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. The TV show Flash. The one true Flash.

I’m a big fan of the TV show The Flash. In my mind, Barry Allen aka The Flash is actor Grant Gustin, not Ezra Miller. If Flash wasn’t going to be played by Grant Gustin in Justice League, he shouldn’t have been included in the movie.

 

Garcia Zarate is the reason there needs to be a wall

The murder trial of illegal Mexican immigrant Garcia Zarate, accused of murdering Kate Steinle, ended yesterday in a not guilty verdict. Garcia Zarate will now face deportation to Mexico, something that’s already taken place five separate times. In fact, when he murdered Kate Steinle, Garcia Zarate was awaiting his sixth deportation back to Mexico.

There’s no denying Garcia Zarate found a handgun, aimed it into a crowd, and pulled the trigger. What was in dispute was the intent. Garcia Zarate told authorities he was trying to shoot a seal. He claimed he missed the seal and accidentally shot and killed Kate Steinle.

Immigration laws do not matter

Once again, we cannot count on our government to do the right thing. We have laws. If these laws were enforced, Kate Steinle would be alive right now. Would be seal killer Garcia Zarate would be in Mexico where he belongs.

It doesn’t matter what laws get passed if they’re not enforced. This is especially true with immigration laws. If they’re not enforced, they do not matter.

This is why there needs to be a dumb giant wall built between the United States and Mexico. Only a giant wall will keep people like Garcia Zarate out of our country. If he wants to shoot seals, let him do it in Mexico.

Once a wall was built to keep people out, we wouldn’t have to hope law enforcement does their duty. We wouldn’t have to hope their budget allows them to do their duty. A wall, unlike a law, is a physical thing. Gravity would enforce the intent and purpose of the wall. Congress doesn’t control gravity. It wouldn’t matter if Congress completely gut the budget of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the giant wall will keep people like Garcia Zarate out of our country.

Can a giant wall separating the United States and Mexico even be built? Sure. The Chinese built a giant wall that stretches over 13,000 miles. If the ancient Chinese could build a wall that large, surely we could build something smaller, yet similar if we really wanted to.

Mark Waid is back on Twitter

I was surprised when I started noticing tweets by comic book writer and tantrum thrower Mark Waid in my Twitter feed. He raged quit Twitter some time ago and it’s been a while since I’ve read anything from him on Twitter. Here was the last thing he wrote before taking his Twitter ball and going home:

https://twitter.com/MarkWaid/status/849307599342358529

Now that he’s logging back into Twitter and saying things again, I’m seeing him in my feed. It doesn’t seem from his current Twitter offerings that he’s claimed down all that much.

Here’s a tweet where he says YouTuber Capn Cummings, currently deployed serving in the U.S. military, harasses young women and readers should stay away from him:

https://twitter.com/MarkWaid/status/933741828934955008

That’s a heavy accusation to throw around, serial harasser of young women, especially when it’s not backed up by even a shred of evidence. It just makes it seem like Paul Cummings is yet another sexual weirdo like all the other sexual weirdos in the news lately. The point is, he’s not.

Mark Waid, of course, knows this because he is a writer of words. It’s what he does for a living. He takes words, throws them down in a specific order so that the reader comes to an intended conclusion.

I think Mark Waid is a talented writer, but a terrible human being with mental problems.