The #MoveTheNeedle Twitter comics campaign

There’s a positive Twitter campaign going on involving #ComicsGate. The way it works is this: whenever you buy comics based on the recommendations of people associated with #ComicsGate, Diversity & ComicsCapn CummingsYellow FlashDouglas Ernst, etc., you take a photo of the comics you bought and post it on Twitter along with the hashtag #MoveTheNeedle.

It hopefully shows that the same customers often maligned and disparaged by some (not all) comic book professionals because of their backing of the ideas behind #ComicsGate support the comic book industry by actually buying books. Imagine that.

Our comic book purchases are helping the comics industry by moving the needle.

It’s the mastermind of Richard C Meyer of Diversity & Comics. At least I think his name is Richard. Sometimes I think it’s Zack. Other times I think it’s Diana’s dad.

Here’s one I just posted on Twitter:

What I like about the #MoveTheNeedle campaign is its positivity. It’s not attacking anyone for supposedly supporting social justice infused books that nobody wants to read, or more importantly, buy. It’s showing the comic book industry that customers want to buy good comics when given the opportunity. Good comics sell. Bad comics don’t.

Hopefully, the #MoveTheNeedle campaign will make it more difficult for the comic book industry to dismiss the points raised by customers who support #ComicsGate. At least that’s the idea.

How does one become a Diversity & Comics goon?

I’m a huge fan of the Diversity & Comics YouTube channel. I owe comic book writer (and former Donald Trump supporter) Mark Waid for turning me on to it. I watch almost every Diversity & Comics video and enjoy most of them. I’m even a supporter of the Diversity & Comics Patreon, although I’m currently at the lowest level of Patreon support. Considering these facts, does this mean I’m a Diversity & Comics goon?

The reason I ask is simple:

If my fandom of Diversity & Comics makes me a Diversity & Comics goon, it would appear a person I’ve never met and had no interaction with, a perfect stranger to me, wants to beat the “living hell” out of me.

That’s really something. I know from personal experience giving someone a beating is a lot of work, and truth be told, it’s not fun. It can also be quite disgusting. Punch someone in the face a couple of times and it’s almost guaranteed you’re going to get their blood and mucus on you. Hit them hard enough with your bare fists and your knuckles will almost certainly crack. A cracked knuckle is an open wound. Stick that fist into the bloody mess that is their face and you and your opponent are exchanging bodily fluids.

Is that something you want to do? What if they have full-blown AIDS?

You also have to be concerned with the aftermath. What if after emerging from their coma, they have brain damage? Congratulations. You just made someone mentally retarded. Is that what you want?

Thanks, but no thanks. I want no part of beating the living hell out of anyone. I wish harm on no one.

Meet Dylan Todd

Who is this Dylo Ren person who wants to beat the living hell out of Diversity & Comics goons? His name is Dylan Todd and he’s an artist who owns and operates Big Red Robot based in Las Vegas, specializing in comics and culture design. From looking at his portfolio, he’s both talented and quite successful.

Dylan Todd, the man who wants to beat the living hell out of Diversity & Comics “goons.” (Photo:

If you’re into Diversity & Comics and you see Dylan Todd, take my advice and turn around and go the other way. He’s made it abundantly clear on Twitter he wants to visit violence upon you.

The best self-defense is always time & space. Put as much time & space between you and your would-be assailant. In this case, Dylan Todd, the guy in the above photo.

Unless you live near Las Vegas, you probably don’t have to worry about Dylan Todd jumping out of a bush with a piece of rusty rebar. You can never be too careful though. If you dig Diversity & Comics as much as I do, you might want to keep your head on a swivel.

Finally, Dylan Todd is wearing a fake military field jacket in the above photo. It might be safe to assume then he has some fake military fighting skills to go along with his fake jacket. Just something to keep in mind.

The real reason comic book shops are in trouble

There’s been a lot of chatter online as of late about the poor state of the comic book retail industry. A lot of comic book shops have been going out of business.

The host of the YouTube channel Diversity & Comics claimed in a recent video that fifty comic book shops went out of business last year. He attributed this in large part to the number of social justice warriors working in comics producing bad comics people don’t want to read.

America #10 written by social justice advocate Gabby Rivera sold 7,971 copies to comic book shops and had a price point of $3.99.

I’m not sure I totally agree with that. Sure, there has been a slew of low-selling comics produced that push a certain social narrative, but I’m not sure they’re the reason so many comic book shops have gone out of business. I think the reason so many comic book shops have gone out of business (and more will go out of business in the future) is that comic books are just too expensive. Good comics, bad comics, and mediocre comics all cost too much.

Both Marvel and DC price their monthly comic books anywhere from $2.99 to $3.99. That’s too much money for a monthly comic book.

It wasn’t too long ago that comic books were cheap impulse buys. They were priced cheap enough that if something caught your eye on the shelf, you could just add it to the stack of books you were buying that week. Not anymore. That doesn’t exist anymore. If you’re going to pay four bucks for a monthly comic with 22 pages of story, you’d better make sure before you buy it that it will be worth it.

More times than not, it won’t be worth it.

Compared to the other forms of entertainment I spend my discretional money on, comic books by far give me the less bang for my buck. It’s not even close. When I spend $3.99 on a monthly comic and I sit down to read it, I’ll have to read in less than ten minutes.

In comparison, I’ll spend more money on a science fiction prose book either for my Kindle, or an actual paper book made from dead trees, but I’ll get hours of reading enjoyment from my purchase. Hours, not minutes.

The same is true for my audiobooks. I pay $15 a month for an Audible membership which gives me one credit per month for an audible book. The books I choose to listen to run anywhere from 8 hours to 22 hours. I feel like I get real value for my monthly Audible membership.

(I don’t mean for this to sound like a plug for Audible, I’m just stating an economic fact.)

When I read a $3.99 comic, I never feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. I don’t feel like I’m getting value. How long can something like that last?

I’m not sure there’s any way to fix this problem. Can Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, and the other comic book publishers make cheaper comics again? They did it before. It would stand to reason they could do it again.

If they wanted to.

My gut tells me $1.50 is a price point sweet spot. If comic publishers found a way to return the price of a single comic to $1.50, a lot of the problems plaguing comic book retailers would go away.

X-Ray Comics and Records, located in nearby Greencastle, Pennsylvania is closing its doors at the end of the month. It will be missed. 

Gail Simone has a ton of admiration for Darryl Ayo

According to comic book writer Gail Simone, Darryl Ayo’s always intelligent, straightforward, and honest. Who’s Darryl Ayo? He’s a cartoonist who on Twitter falsely identified comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver as a Nazi sympathizer and a Nazi.

First, here’s what Gail wrote on Twitter:

Here are some of Darryl Ayo irresponsible, reckless, and dishonest tweets:

Darryl Ayo is stupid, dishonest, and reckless

Ethan Van Sciver is not a Nazi

Gail Simone has a ton of admiration for Darryl Ayo - Bent Corner
Comic book artist and YouTube sensation Ethan Van Sciver. Not a Nazi.

To suggest Ethan Van Sciver is a Nazi is dishonest. Worse, if read by the wrong person, it could be highly dangerous to Ethan and his family. What if someone read the words of Darryl Ayo and mistook him for someone to be taken seriously? What if the wrong person read Darryl Ayo false statements and acted upon them?

Gail Simone has a ton of admiration for Darryl Ayo - Bent Corner

Real Nazis. These guys are dead.I don’t like it when people use the word “Nazis” for anyone other than the people who ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945. Nazis were real people. They did very bad things. The world fought a world war against them and defeated them into oblivion.

To use the word today against anyone you disagree with politically is disrespectful to our nation’s veterans who fought and died to defeat Nazis.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think Gail Simone by spontaneously endorsing Darryl Ayo, was passive-aggressively calling Ethan Van Sciver a Nazi too.

I don’t want to think that because I’m a fan of Gail and I only want to think the best of her. I don’t want to think that she would help propagate something untrue and potentially dangerous about Ethan Van Sciver.

How Trump apologists are spinning what he said

Just when I thought Donald Trump finally dug himself into a racist hole with his golden racist shovel that even he cannot get out of, his supporters have begun trying to give the man a hand by obfuscating and conflating what he said.

For the record this is what Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States said when discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries:

Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?

He was not referring to the countries. He was referring to the people, or as Trump said, these people.

Last night I was perusing Twitter as I often do on a Friday night and I read this Tweet written by the proprietor of Diversity & Comics, one of my favorite comic-related YouTube channels.

Richard, the man who produces Diversity & Comics, is a Republican. That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being a Republican. Close to half my fellow Americans are Republicans.

I guess I can understand why Richard would want to provide cover for his guy, Donald J. Trump. I just think he’s wrong. Dead wrong. He’s conflating what Trump said. Trump was speaking about “these people” not the countries they are immigrating from.

It doesn’t even make sense. Why would we even want people from non-shithole countries to immigrate here? Would they appreciate our country, its values, and the opportunities it affords if it was not as good as the country they came from?

Remember, Trump, suggested the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway here than from any of the so-called shithole countries. How would that even work? Can you imagine how unhappy someone from Norway would be to come here only to find out they would be required to pay for their own healthcare and education?

A robust public transportation system? A higher per capita income? These lily-white Norweigan immigrants can forget all about that.

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)