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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Once more, this time with color


Thanks again to all the backers of Will Caligan's Comic! The campaign just passed the 35k mark, which means that both graphic novels will be colored. A really good colorist has come forward to work on this, which means they are going to look exceptional.

Now, here is the interesting question. Since Swan Knight's Son appeared to be the favorite of the backers thus far, I sent a copy to Chuck Dixon to see if it would require five or six issues to adapt properly, thinking that this might leave two issues free for a novella or a pair of one-offs. Such as, perhaps, One Bright Star or The Wardog's Coin. Chuck's opinion was that the book would actually work best as four issues, which means that if the backers wish, all three books of the trilogy could be done in the space of the two graphic novels. Presumably Swan Knight's Son and Swan Knight's Sword, with Feast of the Elfs being divided between them.

Now, I know devoting both graphic novels to John C. Wright's excellent fantasy series would probably disappoint those who would prefer to see The Stars Came Back or Rocky Mountain Retribution, but then, the campaign isn't over yet, so it's entirely possible that we'll have 18 issues or more to contemplate; after all, we still have four days to go and Stretch Goal 4 is less than $15k away.

In any event, nothing has been decided and I will leave these various possibilities to be discussed among those of you who have generously backed this campaign. I said the backers would make the decision and that is precisely how we will do it.

UPDATE: Stretch Goal 5 has been added. $57,500 means that Book #3 will be colored as well. If it requires less than six issues to convert a novel to graphic format, the extra issues will be based on shorter works and included in the Book (graphic novel).

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48 Comments:

Blogger The Observer January 25, 2018 4:20 PM  

Congratulations!

Mr. Wright's novels are an excellent choice.

Blogger David The Good January 25, 2018 4:25 PM  

Caligan's style would work with Wright's work. I have no problem with this choice.

Blogger Dave W. January 25, 2018 4:40 PM  

Exxxxxxcellent news!

Blogger Dave January 25, 2018 4:40 PM  

About time! What's​ it been- 2 days since the last stretch goal? C'mon people, let's do this: under $15k to Stretch Goal #4.

I'm all for the SKS trilogy adapted by the legend Chuck Dixon and drawn by Will.

Blogger Dave January 25, 2018 4:45 PM  

Three David/Dave's in a row. We have written it; so it is.

Anonymous DissidentRight January 25, 2018 4:46 PM  

Finish the Wright trilogy please.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2018 5:01 PM  

the people who preferred anything to The Stars Came Back are philistines and luddites of notoriously poor hygiene and even worse breeding.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 25, 2018 5:02 PM  

An embarrassment of riches, frankly. But let's do the whole JCW trilogy if Chuck can pull it off in a dozen issues. I'm thinking it will be beyond amazing, good for John, good for Will and good for comics.

You know we're bound to have another Freestartr with another beleaguered artist (Todd Malin, anyone?) and the whole Rolf catalogue within a couple of months, right?

I'm game.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 25, 2018 5:05 PM  

Nate, The Stars Came Back will surely get done. It's brilliant. Don't sweat it. Fighting about the value of the work of JCW vs. Rolf is really getting caught up in minor details.

Blogger Dave January 25, 2018 5:08 PM  

the people who preferred anything to The Stars Came Back are philistines and luddites of notoriously poor hygiene and even worse breeding

Dayum, so much for anonymity on the interwebz.

Blogger Silly but True January 25, 2018 5:12 PM  

I'm onboard for all Wright atm.

Tangentially related: yesterday's Alt-hero backer status report was packed full.

If I randomly saw the Avalon #1 cover in a store, knowing nothing about it, I'd be more inclined than not to give it a try, Chuck Dixon serving as any tie-breaker.

I've got comics I can look forward to again. Football I can look forward to is coming.

The future looks bright.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2018 5:28 PM  

"Nate, The Stars Came Back will surely get done. It's brilliant. Don't sweat it. Fighting about the value of the work of JCW vs. Rolf is really getting caught up in minor details."

it is no slight to Wright.... who... in my estimation is to be compared with Faulkner and Poe as the greatest American Authors of all time.

its just the simple fact that Rolf's Novel could not be more perfect for this format.

Anonymous Nathan January 25, 2018 5:28 PM  

Might Yumiko and Tom get their own books as well? (Speaking about Tom Moth, when might we expect Book 7?)

Blogger Panzerdude January 25, 2018 5:29 PM  

Love the idea of all 3 books from John C. I'll then look forward to future campaigns to do the same thing with other authors and books.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 25, 2018 5:33 PM  

its just the simple fact that Rolf's Novel could not be more perfect for this format.

With Will's art style though? To me, he's the quintessential Swan's Knight artist. I'm sure there's a more 'Rolf' guy out there waiting to be Freestartr'd.

Anonymous Moonflute January 25, 2018 5:37 PM  

My vote for a complete trilogy.

Anonymous WaterBoy January 25, 2018 5:38 PM  

I'm inclined at the moment to prefer two different authors, with no preference for any over the others...but if the pacing and spacing don't really work for one to fill up a whole volume, then maybe consider a different one that will. Or go with the novella idea to take up any slack, and get more exposure for even more authors.

Blogger Nate January 25, 2018 5:40 PM  

yeah I think Will's style would go great with TSCB. I'm betting his take on an Armadillo class ship would be pretty badass.

Also... QM has proved to me that art style is no where near as important as I thought it was.

Anonymous Killua January 25, 2018 5:43 PM  

This is so awesome. This is great news for the comic genre.

Blogger slarrow January 25, 2018 5:48 PM  

I was looking through some old Vox posts yesterday (Larry Correia released his new Tom Stranger audio book with Adam Baldwin narrating again, and it prompted me to go back down memory lane.) I ran across Vox's recommendations for the 2016 Dragon Awards. For Best Comic Book, Vox's response was "Don't know. Don't care."

To go from that in August of 2016 to publishing such exciting new work in the market is phenomenal. How things change....

Anonymous WaterBoy January 25, 2018 5:58 PM  

Anonymous @20: "Where were the backer voting contacts? I didn't get an email or anything?"

There has been no vote, yet. It was just an informal poll conducted in the comments here.

Blogger Michael January 25, 2018 6:01 PM  

Yes, let's eventually turn all of The Moth and The Cobweb stories into comics!

Blogger dtungsten January 25, 2018 6:32 PM  

I'm sure I'd be pretty happy with whatever gets chosen, but I'd love to see Sword and Flower as a comic. I know it's not one of the more popular options, though. Hopefully it gets done somewhere down the line.

Blogger Rawle Nyanzi January 25, 2018 6:37 PM  

I know I'm a little biased here, but...maybe Sword & Flower for the final one? It can be adapted in the space of a single graphic novel, so it'd be a great way to deal with any excess after the Wright trilogy.

Blogger KC9ZNR January 25, 2018 6:42 PM  

Mr. Caligan's style is a perfect compliment to TSCB. Although I've no doubts it would be excellent, I just imagined something aesthetically different for an (inevitable) Moth & Cobweb adaptation. The vote will be interesting.

Blogger bornagainpenguin January 25, 2018 6:42 PM  

If I can make a suggestion?

If at all possible with the logistics, try to make sure the artist has some remaining pages and use those pages for a short story from one of the authors in your stable, then with the next artist, do this again and again until you have enough shorts for an anthology series to showcase the art and stories available under the Arkhaven imprint. This would make a great freebie to throw in orders over a certain amount and be a great promotional tool using what is basically "left over" pages in various books.

Just a thought that occurred to me. I'm looking forward to seeing printed publications available for order! Thanks for making comics great again!

Blogger KC9ZNR January 25, 2018 6:53 PM  

Ok, just ordered Sword & Flower so I can evaluate all options fairly. That one somehow evaded my radar until now; kudos y'all for another worthy addition to the library.

Blogger Rawle Nyanzi January 25, 2018 6:56 PM  

@26

Thank you. I hope you enjoy it, and do leave a review on Amazon.

As for this comic project, we did a great thing here. I hope it sends a message to right-leaning creators everywhere.

OpenID charlesperez January 25, 2018 7:25 PM  

Booyah! Moth and Cobweb.

Anonymous Just another commenter January 25, 2018 7:29 PM  

I'm missing something here. I'm a little confused on "issues" and "volumes" and "books," etc. Swan Knight's Son is a single book, ~155 pages. Vox wonders if that five or six issues, leaving room for more...? But the fund-raiser is for one, and now two graphic novels... So is a "graphic novel" typically the size of four "comic issues", and the expectation for the whole Swan Knight's Son novel to take a single graphic novel, or two, or three, or...? Or less than one, and in two graphic novels we will can get the first three books of Moth & Cobwebs? Anyone want to spell it out?

Blogger Koanic January 25, 2018 7:38 PM  

Speaking of comics, alpha vs sigma vs gamma.

One day, may Arkhaven's archetypes grace CGI.

Blogger Matthew January 25, 2018 7:38 PM  

Nate wrote:yeah I think Will's style would go great with TSCB. I'm betting his take on an Armadillo class ship would be pretty badass.



I was hoping for a more realistic take on Allonia's rack.

Blogger Gordon Scott January 25, 2018 7:39 PM  

As much as I like Peter Grant's RMR, I have no desire to see it in a comic. But I would like to see the Maxwell saga done graphic.

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Anonymous Rolf January 25, 2018 7:48 PM  

I'm quite flattered by the support shown my book. But I also have great faith in Vox's strategic sense. Which might be best leveraged? A single huge graphic novel, a set of smaller ones, doing it as a 12 (or however many) issue run of comics that also get bound into 4 (or six or whatever) graphic novels? How many comics junkies would get hooked on a weekly series where the first issue starts with Helton "crashing" and ending with getting dumped in a desert for slaver's entertainment? However it happens, I'll be happy. If it makes me some $$, I'll be even happier. If it gets used to fire a honk'n huge and impressive shell in the culture war, you won't be able to wipe the grin off my face for a month.

And, in the meantime, thank you again for your support!

Blogger VD January 25, 2018 8:22 PM  

I'm missing something here. I'm a little confused on "issues" and "volumes" and "books," etc.

Issue = one 24-page comic
Volume = book in a series, generic term
Book = a regular novel or a graphic novel

Swan Knight's Son is a novel. It is Volume I in the Moth & Cobweb series by John C. Wright.

It will take FOUR issues to do Swan Knight's Son in graphic format. However, a graphic novel is SIX issues.

So, instead of requiring three graphic novels to do the three novels, we only need two graphic novels to do the three novels. So, if the backers want, we could publish what we've committed to do like this:

Issues 1-4 = Swan Knight's Son
Issues 5-8 = Feast of the Elfs
Issues 9-12 = Swan Knight's Sword.

Green Knight's Squire Volume I: Swan Knight's Son (collects Issues 1-6)
Green Knight's Squire Volume II: Swan Knight's Sword (collects Issues 7-12)

That's how it could work, anyhow.

Anonymous WaterBoy January 25, 2018 8:31 PM  

VD: "That's how it could work, anyhow."

Maybe when it comes time to vote, a breakdown of the proffered novels by estimated number of issues would help.

Anonymous Nathan January 25, 2018 8:41 PM  

"Maybe when it comes time to vote, a breakdown of the proffered novels by estimated number of issues would help."

It wouldn't surprise me to learn that, for instance, Flashpoint: Titan and Sword & Flower might fit in the same book.

Blogger VD January 25, 2018 8:53 PM  

Maybe when it comes time to vote, a breakdown of the proffered novels by estimated number of issues would help.

Assume six for a full book. I'm not asking Chuck to read all of them in order to provide estimates.

Flashpoint:Titan is probably three issues. I'll leave it to Rawle to tell me how many Sword & Flower require.

Blogger tuberman January 25, 2018 8:54 PM  

I'm prejudice, as I've read two of Wright's books and like them a lot, and think they would make excellent material for comics.

Now, I'm considering buying both in hardcover, and will decide in the next 36 hours.

Blogger Dave January 25, 2018 9:01 PM  

Still climbing $37,201.00
534 backers

Blogger tuberman January 25, 2018 9:06 PM  

I will get around to reading Peter Grant's westerns, very appealing.

Anonymous NZT January 25, 2018 9:54 PM  

The whole Swan Knight's Son trilogy would be amazing!!!

Blogger David The Good January 25, 2018 10:17 PM  

tuberman wrote:I will get around to reading Peter Grant's westerns, very appealing.

The first one is decent, but in Rocky Mountain Retribution he really hits his stride.

Blogger Rawle Nyanzi January 25, 2018 10:35 PM  

@38

Vox, Sword & Flower would probably be six issues in my estimation.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 25, 2018 10:46 PM  

Getting a little spoiled here by the Content Per Dollar metrics, haha. I also thought we were getting only part of the written books, as Graphic Novels, per goal. I didn't realize it was whole books until yesterday.

At the rate this is going, it's going to be 18 Graphic Novels for $25 USD. That ain't a bad deal!

Blogger Bobiojimbo January 25, 2018 11:20 PM  

Boy, oh boy! I hadn't paid attention to what books were being adapted, but those are exciting!

Blogger kevmalone January 26, 2018 4:19 PM  

I had thought that Rocky Mountain Retribution would be a chance to see a different type of source material for Castalia/Arkhaven.
However, given where we are now I would be silly not to prefer the Wright stuff.

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