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What is, Thieves & Kings?

“Thoroughly engrossing self-published black-and white fantasy saga. [. . .] This is a story for fans of Bone, Elfquest, Nausicaa, or Harry Potter to fall in love with; highly recommended for teen and adult fantasy readers everywhere.”

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I Solved Comicsgate!

New Thieves & Kings

The Pull - Looking for a New Place to Live - Closed Loop 2017

Stardrop Pencils

The New Fascism

Tribes and Reality

What's up with all the Anti-Russian sentiment?

How to Stay Sane in an Insane World - Top 3 diet changes (not what you think!)

MadMax and Tomorrowland - Reality Splitting Decisions...

Star Wars the Force Awakens - JJ Abrams is a Lightweight

The Mysterious meta-Jenny

I Will Not Hate Because You Want Me To

Response to Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing

Art Software Review - OpenCanvas 6

Why Facebook is an unreliable tool for the Self Publisher

Three Questions from a Beginner Cartoonist

Comics in the New Media ~ How to Publish Comics on Tablets and eReaders Without Getting Ripped Off

Mark at the Movies:Superman, Man of Steel. Propaganda to dim the spirit and fan your fears.

Mark at the Movies: What do, Mirror Mirror, Hunger Games and Cabin in the Woods all have in common? More than you think!

Drawing Democracy

365 Days of Digital Cartooning - Drawing Comics on a Tablet PC

Tablet button bar Button for Photoshop / PaintTool Sai / MangaStudio5

Photoshop CS4 vs CS5 Speed Comparison for Tablet PC

Photoshop Speed-Up Trick for Digital Art

Portable Drafting Board - Drawing Comics Outdoors

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Sept 24, 2018
New Pages posted - Book 7, Chapter 2 Pages 36-39
Welcome. It has been a long wait for the faithful, but here we are!

The story picks up here where Thieves & Kings Book 6 "Apprentices Part I" left off...

I'll post new pages every week.

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May 10th, 2020
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webcomic Jenny Mysterious by Mark Oakley www.iboxpublishing.com

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Sunday, Feb 24th 2019
I Solved Comicsgate!

(If you're not familiar with the term, "Comicsgate", don't bother. It's a waste of any regular person's attention. Just another side show in the culture war.)

But for those of you who ARE familiar.., (my job description requires that I pay some attention, so that's why I'm here offering notes), it took a while for me to work out what was actually going on, but I finally did! I'm really proud of this, so check it out:

It's like any relationship.

Once upon a time, there was a single guy doing his single guy things. In his case, he loved comics and sci-fi/fantasy and D&D. And one day, he met a girl! It was love! He invited her to visit his bachelor apartment and smiled nervously as she took her first pensive steps into his life. After a brief inspection and a few dates.., gosh! She realizes that, yes, this works! She loves him, too! Except.., he's a fixer-upper, that's for sure.

On the third or fourth visit she might ask politely, "Why are the brake shoes from your car in the sink, sweetie?"

Undaunted, this lady tiger rolls up her sleeves and starts to gussy up her boyfriend's bachelor pad into something she can show her Mom and not feel ashamed of. A nice place where you can start a family!

In this story, the guy is Comics, and the girl is, well, All Girls.

Over the last thirty years, comic book conventions have evolved. They started out as collections of dusty card tables and long boxes in hockey rinks and slowly transformed into be-sparkled costume balls! Dazed neck beard guys found themselves stuffed into their good shirts and schooled in proper social etiquette. "Yes, Dear! The Last Jedi was a Very Good Film!". (-Ha ha ha! No it wasn't! But far be it from me to contradict a desperate man in front of his lady. But I've seen the shifty eyes, the wincing hope that nobody detects the courageous lie. You know who you are. I certainly do, but don't worry! Your secrets are safe with me.)

Because, by golly, the girls have arrived! And they transformed though force of will and unabashed enthusiasm, the typically all-male events into red carpet co-ed geek parties! They made themselves comfy in their new territory, fluffing nests and, well, being all girly. As also happens, certain among the feminine element immediately set about identifying the social power structures and working out who sits where. -And the more borderline personalities conquered and set up Queen Bee pecking orders to control the flow of that magical substance, popular attention -and who got the sweet jobs, etc. Sociopathy comes in Male and Female, sadly. (And even more sadly, it can't write. But that's a whole other issue).

Negatives aside, all of this activity is quite normal and healthy. Seriously! It's the natural way of things and it's how humans have worked their magic since forever. When you get married, everything changes and your cool workshop geek stuff has to move out to the garage. Sorry bud! Toddlers and power tools don't belong in the same room.

The problem in the particular case of Comics is one of the Adjustment Gradient. -Said simply, Comics were always about 95% workshop geek stuff to begin with. The clean up needed to prepare for Mother In Law's inspection resulted in a near total wrecking ball solution, leaving little behind but the sweeping and the weeping. Literally! Think about it: "Honey, your bat comics cannot stay on the coffee table, and can't we put the Wookie and his friend somewhere other than the mantle?" -That's not just a cute argument overheard in anytown suburbia. It's the entirety of the comics industry, top to bottom. It's all Bats and Wookies! It all has to go!

And the problem with that is.., shoot, it's taking the customer base with it. Nobody wants doilies and Mother In Law approved media, (and Mother In Law guilt trips. Have you read some of that stuff?) It's unrecognizable from what it was before! It's ALL Last Jedi and no amount of Good Husband nodding can gloss over the fact that it's like eating spinach from a tin. So that which is left of a comic book industry already on life support includes now plummeting sales and literally hundreds of store closures. When you have to throw out everything pre-marriage from the house of comics, you end up with a hole in the ground, and the fledgling union, bourne of genuine love, is put under tragic strain!

Out in the real world, one expression of this drama has been that many of the particularly masculine elements in the industry, artists and writers, being swept and harassed out of jobs. In part, I think, because geek femininity, much like like geek masculinity, tends to be socially awkward (Sorry, it's true), and so efforts at relationship navigation were always going to be clumsy and prone to outbursts, -and divorce-level fallout, it would appear.

Hopefully, they can work it all out. Hopefully the kids won't be traumatized!


Industry grandpas like me, (well, I'm not that old or wise, but these generations came up so fast.., I have to make the effort!), we're still scratching out comics in our log cabins, just hoping those crazy kids can work it all out. They're so earnest and bright-eyed after all, and we love them so much!

-Mark Oakley
Wolfville, Nova Scotia,
Feb 24th, 2019

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