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31 October 2018
  The Reactionary EXORCIST

I have always considered THE EXORCIST reactionary and overrated.

 Let’s start with the overrated part.

My issue with THE EXORCIST is that its scares are basic, childish: on the level of someone waiting round the corner and shouting BOO, or a nasty brother showing his sister his mashed up food on his tongue. “Did you hear there was an accident? HERE ARE THE VICTIMS GLAAA” — like that. It does scare, yes, but not in any substantial way. Pazuzu is basically just a prankster.

I have always felt this way about it, especially since OMEN got me first as a kid(as well as a lot of other horror), so this seemed…so basic when I got to IT. What I gathered was this was a film designed to scare middle-class people who didn’t watch any other horror.

And ones with traditional upbringings where religion had been important in a way we don’t understand now.

When you’re looking at the film you’re seeing a film designed to scare people brought up before Vatican II. If anything, the film is a rebuke to Vatican II — that’s the younger priest Karras: modern, enlightened, doubting his faith, trained as a psychologist at Harvard — in the view of a traditionalist, hardly a priest at all.Merrin, the older one, though, is the Old Church. The daddy that people like the younger priest, or the baby boomer generation, rejected.

It’s not accidental that the film Regan’s mom is doing appears to be attacking student protestors. The free speech movement is referenced by Regan’s profane outbursts — or at least the paranoid middle-class perception of it, where they thought of it just as a bunch of brats going crazy. Even as late as the early 70s.

But this was also a time of a retreat of that generation, post-Kent State, where we had other films like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE depicting their slaughter — the ending of EASY RIDER turned into a whole film, with cannibalism: the older generation attacking and eating the younger one. Considering them meat for slaughter, a powerful image to a generation facing being poured into the slaughterhouse of Vietnam for the whole previous decade. Compare the two that year: TEXAS CHAINSAW is about a threat TO that generation, while EXORCIST is a threat FROM.

As we live in a time that the primary intended audience for films is almost always younger people(ever since STAR WARS) you may not understand: they were not the intended audience.

It was their parents.

The more “normal” part of their generation, and the whole generation’s parents — the main audience of THE EXORCIST — simply perceived their rebellion against institutions they were invested in, and which they believed their kids should have been grateful for and obedient to (like they had been) as insanity. And perhaps even the work of the Devil. That’s the context this was coming out of that you do not recall, because you were probably not there at the time.

EXORCIST after all is a very reactionary film. It hammers at you that your modern freedom and disbelief and science are of no use, that you, the boomer generation then must, to put it bluntly, run back to daddy. In 1973 that’s a direct rebuke. In fact, they even make medical treatment look crueler than exorcism. Which, if you know about real modern exorcisms, is dangerous bullshit. The film actually caused new exorcisms, which were nothing but abuse, in some cases causing deaths.

But more: remember too that this film was the same year as Roe vs. Wade. This was the year the fundamentalists began their resurgence, partly due to that, and started interfering in politics when, previously, that had been taboo. This was a time when the right-wing religious people suddenly had a “enough of this shit” moment. And as you know, this never went away.

Especially in the South where I grew up — EXORCIST and the later, even more influential THE OMEN, very popular there, built powerful and malign new mythologies. I saw a minister quote this from the Omen, claiming it was from Revelations. (It’s not, it’s just David Seltzer):

Where do you think their obsession with the Antichrist and Armageddon got its fuel, its iconography, its language? From THE OMEN. (which certainly injected “666” into pop culture, single-handedly) And initially, from THE EXORCIST, for there never would have been a market for THE OMEN without that coming before. Not from the Bible, even if they themselves are unconscious of this.

THE EXORCIST is an example, like SOUTH PARK, of how you can not realize how reactionary something is and how it seeps into your mind because it’s entertaining.

And besides, as said, it’s overrated.

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29 October 2018
  Censorship Update: Kindle F**ks With Me Again (UPDATED) EVEN FURTHER UPDATE: 10/30/18: They're back. Their system did this automatically, they claim. Now my books are restored at Amazon & Comixology. (which are now the same)

But I still am having a phone discussion with them tomorrow to make sure this doesn't happen again. I don't care whether it was a mistake. I want to make sure this doesn't ever happen again, to me or anyone else. So I'm not going back and restoring all the links I scrubbed last night until this is not longer an issue.

Still don't trust them, though.
FURTHER UPDATE 10/29/18: You'll notice I've scrubbed all the links to Kindle, Amazon and Comixology. But didn't I just win a censorship battle? I did. I even sacrificed one of my books to do it. And I was playing by their rules. Does this give me safety and peace of mind?

No, they're gone again now. And why?

Somehow MARTHA became active again. Not my doing. And then they told me I needed to prove I owned the rights to my own book. Seriously. 

I was very puzzled about this and contacted them about it, and spent a whole day on hold and never got to speak to anyone at all. They promised a callback and that happened before 8 am on a Saturday so of course I wasn't awake to get that. And they do not leave direct phone numbers to call them back.

Two days followed of me trying to talk to someone and an endless chain of reps who had no idea what they were doing . The end of all this?

Due to repeated Content Guideline violations with respect to books you have submitted through your account, specifically the submission of pornography or hardcore material that depicts graphic sexual acts, we are terminating your account and your Agreement effective immediately.
Here is an example of a book that you submitted through your account that falls into this category:
DID(s): 6335358 Martha by Roberson, John (AUTHOR)

As part of the termination process, we will close your KDP account and remove the books you have uploaded through our channels from sale on Amazon. Subject to the Terms and Conditions, you will receive any unpaid royalties you have earned.
Additionally, as per our Terms and Conditions, you are not permitted to open any new KDP accounts.
If you have any questions, please email us at
Your feedback is helping us build Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company."

I assume this last line was a joke. By the way, feel free to complain to them at that email. Just click.

This was the original message that started the whole fight before that you see talked about below.

They made it active again for the excuse to ban me again. I didn't lift a finger to do any of this. It also means my books are zapped at Comixology as that's now part of KDP. KDP has no interest in helping small creators succeed--they're trying to drive them out. Certainly they're targeting me. And I have no idea why. I sacrificed MARTHA. I cut that book's throat to save all the others. I wasn't trying to make it an active publication. Ever. This was settled.

So all my work was for nothing and their previous apologies were meaningless. And no creator, ever, should work with KDP. They act entirely in bad faith, their support team is badly trained and is always a nightmare to work with, and they do things to you like this.

KDP killed Createspace, which was a wonderful, creator-centric operation committed to helping small creators put out a professional product and getting it sold. I have no idea what KDP, by contrast, hopes to achieve by kicking creators in the teeth for any excuse, even manufacturing excuses themselves. But even if you play by the rules, if you work with them, they're going to screw you over. They cannot be trusted and they are not a safe home for your work. 

Comics creators: Do not use them. They discriminate against comics by allowing content in prose they won't in comics. They don't care if you follow their policies. They will find any excuse to reduce the numbers of comics creators. They don't care about you, or me.

This is driving me crazy.

I do some comics with R-rated content, they get banned from sale by the loathsome KDP . I post any of my art on Facebook, I get banned. And very quickly. But a NAZI plans MURDER in PUBLIC, and he does not get banned. Is there something intensely awful in America? YES.

If you think this seeming inconsistency of standards is actually an mistaken inconsistency and not deliberate on the part of the tech lords, if you think they only accidentally favor Nazis, you're a fool.

One has to wonder if they even want KDP to handle indie comics, and what their strategy could be here in alienating the very small creators you'd think KDP needs to exist. Perhaps they want it to fail.

Maybe it should.

You can, though, still buy my books in digital at Google Play.

Below: What happened before.
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23 October 2018
  Comics & Art: What I'm Up To #1 (Video) Read more »

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21 October 2018
  VLADRUSHKA and SUZY SPREADWELL Artwork for Sale on Ebay! (UPDATED)

The new Vladrushka story running at the moment is proving to be so popular that I decided to make the original artwork--the first physically-inked(rather than digital) comics art I've done since 2008--available for sale on Ebay! Also the two Suzy Spreadwell paintings I did recently. Bid or buy now before they're gone!

Click on images for individual listings. 

Bid now on VLADRUSHKA Original art (c)2018 John Linton Roberson

Bid now on VLADRUSHKA Original art (c)2018 John Linton Roberson

Bid now on VLADRUSHKA Original art (c)2018 John Linton Roberson

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SUZY SPREADWELL (c)2018 John Linton Roberson.

SUZY SPREADWELL (c)2018 John Linton Roberson.

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20 October 2018
  Even More Newest Page! VLADRUSHKA: "Why No Story?" p. 5

Yet another dang page of this. I'm a little surprised how fast this is going. See the whole page plus the rest of it so far by clicking on the image below!

VLADRUSHKA (c)2018 John  Linton Roberson


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19 October 2018
  Newest Page! VLADRUSHKA: "Why no Story?" Page 4

Newest page! Click image to see larger page and read the rest, and more!

VLADRUSHKA (c)2018 John Linton Roberson


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16 October 2018
  New Vladrushka: "Why No Story?" p. 3

Yes, I'm doing this one a lot faster than normal. But then I chose a simple style for this one.

Click on image to see whole page at Vladrushka's own, now-refurbished site!

Vladrushka (c)2018 John Linton Roberson


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15 October 2018
  Vladrushka: "Why no Story?" Page 2

Second page of the new Vladrushka story I'm doing. 

The story is about censorship. And is the result of my recently being pissed off by its having been visited for the umpteenth time upon me.  

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13 October 2018
  New VLADRUSHKA Comic Begins!

And this one's safe for work!
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07 October 2018
  New Vladrushka Pin-Up! "Pooling Resources" (NSFW)

Our Siberian siren, having her 15th anniversary this year, wishes you a happy Sunday.
VLADRUSHKA the extrememly famous Siberian porn star /created by by John Linton Roberson
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03 October 2018
  Some Suzy Spreadwell Inspirations: HAXAN, Felicien Rops, and More (Updated)

If you're following Suzy Spreadwell, and you should be if you're a discerning comics reader, you might be wondering, "Where does he get this crap from?" I assure you I am not as insane as may appear to be the case. Or maybe I am. What I'm on about will hopefully become clearer as the plot unfolds in its silly way.

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  THE DEVILS (1971) -Hollywood Bitchslap Review, 1999 (UPDATED)

The only Ken Russell film you ever need to see. That is, if you want to avoid the steaming mounds of shit he's turned out, which tend to distract one with stench and volume from the few perfect roses hidden within. Some have their favorite films by a director; most I know have instead with Russell a LEAST favorite they recall quite well. But oh, what a fantastic film this one is.

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