I’m very, very disappointed with you, America. We at Tempest in a Teardrop are struggling to be counter-cultural and revolutionary, and it turns out we’re just part of the mainstream. I ran across two disturbing articles providing evidence for this.

The first comes from that bastion of facts, vox.com, so you know it has to be accurate: Only 18 percent of Americans consider themselves feminists. The gals at The Mary Sue are on suicide watch. Or they will be once they learn about this.

The second comes from breitbart.com, reporting viewership for the Emmys dropping by nearly four million to an all-time low of 11.9 million total viewers.

We were busy clipping our dogs’ nails, so we missed the infest-tainment, but come on Readers, what was your excuse? Clearly some punishment is in order!

Punishment: Reading Something!

I’ve written a new “about the comic” section and will be adding it in the next few days along with a new FAQ. Read, hopefully enjoy, and feel free to provide feedback 🙂

Two fandoms, not alike in dignity,
Betwixt their blog sites, where we set our tale,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Uncivil ploys doth civil discourse fail.

So yeah, we have two sides fighting for control of civilization, one tiny battle at a time. Our heroes have put together a web comic under the leadership of Q the Spork. Their headquarters is called Tempest in a Teardrop Studios. We feature some behind-the-scenes stories, as well as the comic strips themselves. Think The Muppet Show before it decided to achieve race and gender consciousness. Ultimately, that kind of political correctness, as enforced by social justice warriors, is what we seek to belittle. We believe it is destroying western culture. We also poke fun at silly things people do on the internet. Plus, our entertainment industries are synonymous with ‘crazy’ for a reason. Also, sometimes, politicians do mock-able things. Sometimes. We also spend time making fun of ourselves.

We don’t view things with a left/right filter; we employ an authoritarian/freedom filter, and we land firmly on the side of freedom. As such, we have fans on both sides of the conventional political aisle.

The cast consists of veggies, cute critters and any inanimate object we can slap eyeballs on. We have a brief overview on the Characters Page. While they are all employed by TIAT Studios, our villains reside in their lair:  CHORF HQ. They sometimes appear during behind-the-scenes content, because we are all one big dysfunctional comic family. This does not change their nature, however, which is pure social justice warrior. Since you don’t know, CHORF is short for Cliquish Holier-than-thou Obnoxious Reactionary Fanatics. Now you know why we made it a single word!

So what are they fighting over? This object is 13 inches tall and weighs 3 lbs 2 oz. It is made from a die-cast zinc/aluminum alloy, and polished to a mirror finish. It has a streamlined, salami-shaped body and four fins, reminiscent of a rocket ship from the 1950’s. Besides the Emmy Nebula, it is the least-heard of prestigious award in America. It is awarded for the “best science fiction and fantasy stories” published the year it is handed out.

It is called the Hugo Award, and if you are unfamiliar with it, don’t worry about it. It has become an inconsequential participation trophy, handed out by publishing insiders for those with approved political beliefs or victimhood status.

Many publishing greats have won Hugo Awards in decades past. A group of fans are trying to restore some of that former glory so the Hugo can once again be the “premier fan award” it still claims to be. That’s how Tempest in a Teardrop came to be. Although it’s a big hairy fight for itty-bitty stakes, our small storm perfectly encapsulates the greater culture war.