What Is The Duty Of An Artist?

I keep seeing the same things in mainstream entertainment whether it’s comics, movies, books, music, anything. Resist Drumpf! Diversity and Inclusivity (except for men and conservatives)! Sexualize your children!


It’s the same thing over and over and over. All artists in the corporate pop entertainment industry say roughly the same thing. And that’s how you know they’re not real artists.


A real artist doesn’t just produce crap for corporate applause. That’s the same sort of slavery as an office job in a cubicle. If the corporations are pushing the message, you know you’re on the wrong track, especially if you’re trying to do something independent and different than the herd.


Real creativity comes from taking risks, risks that in this day and age will make the entire industry turn against you and blacklist you. It’s not being “apolitical” either – that’s a trap a lot of people get into that’s forced by the corporate structure to try to make it so they have no real opposition to their Narrative. The apolitical means you’re not willing to stand for what you believe in.


But instead, true artistry is promoting truth, justice, and the American way. It’s something we haven’t seen in a long time, but some of us are starting to rebel from this awful, tired system where artists are repressed with tacit threats to our livelihoods.


Because of independent releasing, we have an opportunity to create something great, do something different. We don’t have to bow to them, they can’t tell us what to write. They can’t tell us what to think. And it’s a beautiful thing.


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Jon Del Arroz

Jon Del Arroz is a bestselling author on Amazon and is “the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction” according to PJMedia.com, and winner of the 2018 CLFA Book Of The Year Award. Jon writes science fiction, steampunk, and comic books, and can be found most weekends in section 127 of the Oakland Coliseum cheering on the A’s. He maintains a blog at delarroz.com. If you want fun superhero fiction without the messaging, check out his Flying Sparks comic series here!