This completely nonsensical exchange struck me as archetypal:
The story is seen through the eyes of this lady here. Who is she? A new recruit to the organization, Dynamique, an attractive young lass who you will not be seeing in the pages of an SJW Marvel comic book. Of the artwork beyond this, the unique characters are better than the backgrounds, the backgrounds are sometimes lacking in detail. The story was funny, it wasn’t preachy, it was entertaining, and so, so refreshing… this is the kind of comic book that’s really going to force change onto the industry. The industry is not going to change, it’s going to change from outsiders like a Vox Day. Arkhaven Comics, this is the change that we need, this is the change we’ve been long calling for.
Rorschach reviews Alt-Hero #1
The idea I offered to fix the backgrounds may not be a good one, but I offered it because it didn’t cost me anything and despite my vehement disagreements with Vox about his recent heuristics (which I regard as evil) I believe he’s doing good work by building alternative institutions:
I’m still mad at you [Vox Day] for something OT, but I had a good idea here: background art is the sort of thing you can improve iteratively and chaotically by crowdsourcing, if you’re willing to offer guidance to the community. Here’s your basic method and value proposition:
0. Don’t get black pilled by the average quality of human(?) on DeviantArt. There is a lot of serious talent in the rough just going to waste. If you can’t handle it, delegate.
1. Release a panel on DeviantArt and say you’re looking for people to improve it.
2. Foster discussion by saying the type of background you would like. Something like “We want it to look like an outdoor cafe in a high-class area of France, drawn with the style and techniques of Watchmen (or whatever). Here are some pictures of French cafes to draw from.”
3. Offer feedback on drawings. Say “this one here is exactly what we want, and this is why, now it would be nice to improve it further by fleshing out this negative space back here with a fountain or statue…” Also say, “this one here is good work but we can’t use it because we want such and such style, which has qualities x and y to reproduce the feeling of z.”
You get free labor and a filtering process for artists you can work with, the artists get attention for their work (don’t underestimate how important this is to skilled amateurs), portfolio pieces, resume fodder (contributed to real professional project!), and a chance to impress and get a real job with you.
Also, you might want your pros to do a couple of livestreams or livedraws or whatever they’re called.
David the Good responded to this with the sort of flagrant non sequitur that indicates an unshared assumption.
I don’t like the creative crowdsourcing idea, as there are a lot of lousy half-wits out there, but it may have its place for some. If you’re not good at something or are refining your skill, I recommend you find someone who is really good (and successful) and ask them to give you their brutal opinion on what’s wrong. Then absorb that input and work on it without letting your emotions get in the way.
And practice, practice, practice. Force yourself to produce on insane self-imposed deadlines. Do a small oil painting every day, or write 2,000 words a day, every day for a month, or do nothing but draw faces in pen and ink for two hours a day. You get better fast.
Notice he genuinely means well and, assuming I want to become a background artist for comics, this is very helpful advice. But I’ve never even for a second in my life wanted to be a background artist because it sounds like about as much fun as data entry. I don’t have a DeviantArt or time to learn how to draw. So why was David so convinced that this burning desire to draw backgrounds for Alt-Hero comics was the ulterior reason why I was presenting this idea? Well, his assumption is obviously that I would never have advocated for this system if it wasn’t about me. This is interesting, because it matches up with what we see in the political realm where every identity group advocates for preferential treatment of that phenotype’s reproductive strategy.
Patrick pointed out to me one time that blacks are God’s gift to anthropologists because they don’t complicate things. White people can fill bookshelves with philosophy, psychology, economics, euphemisms, culture, myths, and etiquette explaining why they should personally have higher status in society (and thus greater access to more resources). Blacks keep it simple: they never saw a problem that couldn’t be fixed (they believe) with more money for dem programs. Schools aren’t teaching kids to read by the time they graduate? More money for dem programs. Foot-deep potholes on I-696? More money for dem programs. Brazen swindling in dem programs? More money for dem programs. Conspicuously absent from this is any intention of solving the problem—it is only a bludgeon to be used on competitors in the political arena.
This makes sense in evopsych terms if we assume that human selection has been due primarily to social advocacy for higher in-group status and getting a bigger slice of the pie, and not due to group selection where making a bigger pie (than the next group over) would be the primary selection mechanism. So from now on, when a neurotypical offers a political solution I can apply this heuristic to determine their group loyalties.