Friday, March 28, 2014

Liberty Island: Home of the Counter Culture (1)

This is the first in a series of interviews and story excerpts spotlighting some of the most innovative fiction writers at the recently-launched new media publishing platform Liberty Island* H/t PJM



Nexus is a science-fiction superhero masterpiece, and Nexus Omnibus Volume 1 features over 400 story pages of the award-winning series.

Mike Baron is the creator of Nexus (with artist Steve Rude) and Badger two of the longest lasting independent superhero comics. Nexus, about a cosmic avenger 500 years in the future, appears monthly in Dark Horse Presents. There are twelve hardbound volumes from Dark Horse. Badger, about a multiple personality, will appear in 2014 from a resurgent First Comics. Baron has written The Punisher, Flash, Deadman and Star Wars among many other titles. He also wrote novels like Whack Job.


1. Who are some of your favorite writers, books, movies, and intellectual influences?


Uncle Scrooge, John D. MacDonald, Philip Jose Farmer. You cannot imagine the impact LAWRENCE OF ARABIA had on me when I first saw it at age fourteen. Today I admire and try to emulate, at least in so far as moral fiction, David Mamet and Andrew Klavan. My mind is a fever swamp of monster movies, comic books and rock and roll.


2. How do you describe yourself ideologically? 


Conservative with libertarian leanings. 


3. Which thinkers/commentators have influenced you?


Cicero, Epictetus, David Mamet, Thomas Sowell, Ayn Rand.


4. Where are you from/currently reside?


I am from the leftist sinkhole Madison, Wisconsin. I live in Colorado.


5. What are your writing goals?


“You make ‘em laugh a little bit, you make ‘em cry a little bit, you scare the hell out of them and that’s entertainment!”


6. Where can people find/follow you online? 


https://www.facebook.com/michael.a.baron.7 and www.bloodyredbaron.net


7. What’s your craziest hobby/pastime/interest?


You now, it’s best I not discuss those.

Check out Mike Baron’s On the Trail of the Loathsome Swine

*About Liberty Island
Liberty Island has a unique mission: to serve as the platform and gathering-place for the new right-of-center counterculture. Once upon a time the mainstream culture was conservative and the so-called counterculture was left wing. Today the situation is reversed and a new counterculture has arisen, one that boldly challenges the cynicism, nihilism, and stifling political correctness of popular culture today.
At Liberty Island, readers of a conservative or libertarian bent can find fiction, music, video and graphics that reflect their social values and political beliefs -- and readers of all persuasions can find new voices and undiscovered talent. Writers and creators you've never heard of, and won't find anywhere else, because their views have been excluded from the mainstream popular culture.
Think of Liberty Island as a rallying point for a revolt against conformity and groupthink. At Liberty Island, good still triumphs over evil, hope still overcomes despair, and America is still a noble experiment and a beacon to the rest of the world.
What is Liberty Island? An imaginative colony. A playground for the mind. A place where your right brain is allowed to run free. Join us! Liberty Island is open for business.
Check out this interview Sarah Hoyt conducted with CEO Adam Bellow here to learn more.

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