Finally, I have some news to share with you all about the book! Very exciting!
I’ve received the first completed version of the book back from the publisher (in digital form), allowing me to review the styles, fonts, margins, headings, etc. and make revisions to the whole thing before it gets printed and distributed! I’ve also seen how the cover of the book is going to be designed, which I think strikes a wonderful balance between elegant, simple, and expressive. It’s amazing to see a professionally crafted document with my own analysis and words in there!
What does this mean? It means I can put the finishing touches on the book and send it back to the publisher for more revisions, and then it’s time to push my baby out into the world and see where it goes. Once the revisions are done and it’s time to promote the book for wider audiences I will of course share the information with everyone, but until then Patreon backers will all get more sneak-peaks, details and personal accounts of what it’s like to bring this creation to finalization. Yes, I’ll even be sharing some snippets with them, even at the lowest tier of support. Their generosity and encouragement has greatly spurred me on during the brutal Summer of setbacks and hurdles, and kept me producing content for the site, so thank you very much to all the readers and supporters. I want nothing more than to release my book to you guys and kick off a new era of Mr. Wolfe’s META GEAR.
Look forward to more updates soon!
I’ve been lucky to have Alexander Sylazhov as a guest contributor multiple times on this site. His writing reveals a facet of the Metal Gear community otherwise hidden from me, and shows me how other cultures and peoples can approach the subject matter in Metal Gear with a drastically different perspective. Recently I decided to ask Alexander for an interview, so that his fans and the general readership of this site can get to know the man behind these daunting essays a little more personally.
Check out the interview below and learn a bit about this mysterious character.
The results of the recent poll have pretty much blown me away. I’ve never felt so much appreciation from the fans and community, and it has supercharged me to work way harder already. Knowing that so many of you are anticipating the book’s release is awesome enough, but even more crazy is the initial interest expressed in setting up a Patreon page! Some of you even insisted on doing this, so I’ve done it. I promise that if this thing starts to get supported by even a few people, I’m going to be a lot more active on this site. Your readership has always kept me feeling indebted already, and although I haven’t been updating the site nearly as much as I would have liked, it was because I was writing a big ass book that beats anything I’ve published before.
In the important transition phase between writing, publishing, and working on Part Two of the book, I can’t think of a more encouraging thing than fans becoming patrons. Your feedback and help here is invaluable. I’ve never done something like this before. Here’s to a New Year with all the potential we could ask for…
You’ll get more details and updates there. It will serve as a more direct line of communication to supporters, while this site will remain the place where I publish finished stuff for your enjoyment.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Publication is a tricky business, I’ve learned. Due to complications that are nobody’s fault (sounds like a cliche, now I realize why it is one,) I have to rethink how I’m going to release the book. This could be a positive thing, and I’m looking forward to having your help in this.
To be perfectly blunt, I’m ambivalent about trying to make money off of this by this point. At first I thought it could be a great source of revenue if it got good reviews and a percent of the gaming community embraced it, but by now I just care about doing justice to the material for whoever is interested, and I hope word spreads about its quality. This book is unlike anything else available, and the level of analysis here is beyond anything on my site because I did a lot of homework this time, whereas I normally don’t worry about getting all the details straight. It helped a lot to sort everything out, culminating in a study of Kojima and his work that I don’t think can be matched anywhere.
The book is the apex of my Metal Gear obsession. I now realize I’m not going to get rich from it or anything, and even if it spread beyond readers of the site, it’s not like I’m going to quit my dayjob if I made enough to buy food for a week or two. Your interest, appreciation, and feedback has always been more important to me than money, which is why I’ve never advertised on this site, taken up offers to join weird conglomerate sites that offered to monetize me work, or resorted to clickbait controversy and comments sections to drive up viewership. The book is similarly restrained and focused on just discussing what I find most interesting: being a “guide” to the crazy MGS series and Kojima’s mentality through the years.
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Here’s where things stand.
The final draft of the book has been complete for a while, except for the copious amounts of footnotes that will need to be added. Then there will be decisions about formatting and details, including stuff related to the publication of the book, but outside the book itself. I’m more impatient than anyone to have the book released, and I know you will enjoy it once you get it. Your encouragement and interest has gotten me this far, and I will continue to work to the end — and hopefully get the chance to make Part Two!
The US election is over, and Donald Trump has won. Nobody knows what this will mean for America or the world, but the corrupt powers who’ve been controlling world affairs since the end of World War II will not disappear. The new Trump administration has the potential to undo the damage of globalism and prevent its worst atrocities from happening; foreign leaders might take note of the patriotic, nationalist, populist success of Trump over the pure globalist puppet Hillary Clinton and start looking after their own interests instead of selling out to the U.N. and other international bodies. It could also mean a series of engineered disasters for America, as the globalists around the world take their revenge against Trump for daring to challenge them — there’s a Solidus Snake analogy here somewhere. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t end up like Raiden, thinking you’re a hero for fighting against a man who takes on the secret rulers of the world. You’d just be doing their bidding.
I’m happy to see that my humble blog has appeared on the list of recommended reading presented by GamesDoneLegit, called “6 Metal Gear Solid Reads That Will Change How You See The World“. Chris Hatala describes the articles, sites and books that had an impact on him. It’s great to see somebody really digging into the intellectual side of the series, as Kojima intended.
I noticed he said he’d like to know more about my upcoming Metal Gear book, and honestly I am so closed to finished that I’m planning to make an update video pretty soon. It may seem like it’s taking a long time, but considering I work full time and the book involves fact-checking and digging up old material, I think I’m making pretty decent progress. How soon is “soon”? Who knows, I don’t have a very open schedule!