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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Capn is absolutely right

I definitely care more about SJWs than comic books.



However, what Capn Cummings fails to realize is that I also believe in winning by being objectively superior to the competition, regardless of what they happen to be, and by thinking beyond the conventional assumptions. That's why my band recorded four Billboard Top 40 Club Chart hits. That's why my game development house went 6x platinum with our fourth game. That's why Castalia House already publishes some of the best science fiction and fantasy in the genre, and why Arkhaven's debut digital comic book was the #1 New Release on Kindle.

I don't care about comic books. But I care deeply about Arkhaven becoming the very best publisher of the best-written, most popular comic books and graphic novels in the comics industry. I expect excellence from everyone involved in the project, including myself. Sure, we fall short. Sure, we have no clue what we're doing yet. It took me 12 tries to get Kindle Comic Creator to simply kick out a working .mobi file without crashing first. I still don't really understand what flatting is or why it is necessary.

So what? I don't need to know. I certainly don't need to care. I just need to stay out of the way of the experts with whom I'm surrounding myself, and to whom I'm handing over the responsibility to do it right. I'm not afraid to bring on better writers than me, to hire the very best artists and colorists we can find, and more importantly, to listen to the substantive criticism and seek to continuously improve.

If you compare the first print editions that Castalia published to the most recent ones, the differences are striking. Even though all the same people are involved, we have improved with almost every single book of the 60 we've produced so far. It's an iterative process. And that means the comics we are now producing are almost certainly the very worst we will ever produce.

Let me give you an example. I watched a video review of QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #1: By the Book yesterday. The reviewer made a good point about how we had no text-indicators of sound effects; in other words, no BIFF BANG BOOM! So, I talked to the artist right after I finished watching the video and now issue #2 will have them. On the other hand, the reviewer also made a point about the lack of action in the first issue, which made me laugh for reasons that anyone who has read the novel will understand. That's a "problem" that doesn't need to be addressed and will take care of itself as the story continues.

But as for those who wring their hands over politics, well, I couldn't care less what they think. They obviously haven't even bothered to look at anything we've done in the comic space so far, let alone read any of my novels. Yes, there will be politics in some of our comics, but because we are not SJWs, we are not afraid to present opposing perspectives fairly and use the conflict to generate interesting plots and storylines and characters. Can anyone honestly say that Captain Europa is an unfair representation of a certain perspective that I most certainly do not share?

It's more disappointing than anything to see criticism this uninformed and insubstantial, not because it hurts anyone's feelings, but because it is literally useless. However, it is a good sign, because it is an indicator that interest in what we are doing is beginning to grow. Of course, the insecure professionals will do their usual OMG LOL THIS IS SO TERRIBLE THING while we proceed to demonstrate the total irrelevance of their esoteric expertise.



This review is precisely why I pay no attention to the professionals in the comics industry. Their sales are plummeting. Their channels are dying. Their industry is hopelessly converged. Their stories are lightweight, superficial, and boring, and they can't successfully develop any interesting new characters. They are clearly doing something wrong, and yet, their first reaction to a first effort that is not only doing something different, but is literally the #1 New Release on Amazon is to smugly denounce it as awful. The SF professionals reacted exactly the same way when they smugly denounced the awfulness of my "vanity publishing house" three years ago. It's going to be amusing to watch Ethan's videos on the subject one year from now... or rather, to observe when he abruptly falls silent just like File 770 and the SF-SJWs have.

I'm not at all upset by Ethan's honest, fair, and very negative review of QMAMD #1. Quite to the contrary, I am extremely pleased by it. Here is why: it confirms is that what we are doing is taking a fundamentally different approach to comic book storytelling than the standard presently being utilized by the industry as a whole. That suggests that we will either fail completely or we will succeed well beyond anyone's expectations. And the initial response to QMAMD #1 is a very early sign of the latter.

So, stick to drawing, Ethan, and leave the storytelling to the real writers instead of the cheap wannabes in your industry. I can tell that you know nothing about how to tell an absorbing story that will hold a reader's interest over time. The fact that you genuinely think nothing happened in Issue #1 and can't understand the significance of the history page simply demonstrates the extreme superficiality of your perspective. I note that you are confusing the utilization of action to grab the short-lived attention of the attention-deficit-disordered reader with genuine storytelling. The two are not synonymous; only the inferior storyteller needs to rely on cheap pyrotechnics to hold his reader's attention. In my opinion, that stupid "show don't tell" philosophy is part of why comics are dying.

I was particularly amused by the idea expressed by some of his commenters that Quantum Mortis is some sort of Bladerunner ripoff. It's not. It can't be. I've never seen any of the Bladerunner movies and the books have literally nothing in common with the PKD novel on which the movies were based. FFS, anyone who knows anything about me knows that Quantum Mortis is Traveller.

UPDATE: I thought this comment was particularly amusing: "Part of the problem is that he seems to have approached it like a print writer doing the prologue for a book rather than a superhero comic book writer doing a first issue."

What planet do you have to be orbiting to conclude that the graphic novelization of a military science fiction mystery should be more like a superhero comic book? I am genuinely curious to discover on what lunatic grounds these critics are going to attack our first Wodehouse issue.

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171 Comments:

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 10, 2018 8:19 AM  

Hell yes! Constructive criticism is the only criticism worth listening to. The rest can be safely ignored.

Blogger Junius Stone January 10, 2018 8:23 AM  

It is clear to me that Alt*Hero and Castalia House care about storytelling and quality. I love comics. I love the art form. Vox says he doesn't. But he does care about storytelling and excellence and refuses to shortchange. The guardians of many legacy properties in comics say they care about the artform. But it is clear, like so many others in creative endeavors today, they care more about a particular ideology and preaching it than they do telling great stories.

This is why I supported and will support Castalia House and Alt*Hero.

Blogger Bobiojimbo January 10, 2018 8:37 AM  

@VD "we are not afraid to present opposing perspectives fairly and use the conflict to generate interesting plots and storylines and characters."

I have to agree. You certainly did this in A Throne of Bones with Severus Patronus and his daughter. While he was wrong, you made his motives sympathetic. Quite humanizing.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 8:40 AM  

> On the other hand, the reviewer also made a point about the lack of action in the first issue,

What? Haven't they ever heard of introducing the characters and setting the stage? It's not like this isn't old hat, Shakespeare did it.

> ...anyone who knows anything about me knows that Quantum Mortis is Traveller.

AFAICT most people don't know anything about Traveller. Their loss. The character generation system alone was golden.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 8:50 AM  

Looks like I'm getting bitten by that purchase requirement Amazon instituted. My review never showed up. :( Oh well, I think it's entirely possible Alt*Hero will push me over the $50 limit in the not too distant future.

Blogger VD January 10, 2018 8:54 AM  

What? Haven't they ever heard of introducing the characters and setting the stage? It's not like this isn't old hat, Shakespeare did it.

It's worse than you think. Watch the video. It's almost like an advertisement, praising by reverse damnation. This is an example of the degraded modern "storyteller" who concludes the recent Justice League movie is vastly better than The Godfather because there is all that talking, and talking, and a stupid wedding, and more talking, and no one even gets shot until 20 minutes have passed!

Even Chekhov said that if you're going to show the pistol on the wall, you have to fire it before the end of the NEXT ACT, not on the VERY NEXT PAGE as Van Scriver declares.

Blogger FUBARwest January 10, 2018 8:55 AM  

It is disappointing to see D&C and Cap'n Cummings cuck out like this without reading anything coming out WHILE STILL complaining about SJW Marvel...

Reading the SJW series helps me know why, it doesn't make it feel any better.

I do wonder why nobody on YouTube, even those who claim to be Alt-Right don't ever mention VoxDay or the 16 Points. Some YouTuber actually wished for a codified list of principles for the Alt-Right. All I've seen is bashing. Is it fair to say YouTubers are mostly gamma's in hiding?

Anonymous Faceless January 10, 2018 8:56 AM  

The warm-up on the Quantum Mortis comic is reminding me of Elf Quest, which may be a minority position because I picked it up only as graphic novels, not as the monthly serials.

Anonymous Matvei Daniilovich January 10, 2018 8:57 AM  

I never liked Ethan's drawing style, so his opinion matters nothing to me. If his brother Noah eviscerated my work I would be crushed however.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 10, 2018 8:58 AM  

My initial assessment of these guys was that they were fellow travelers who were "fragile".

If your livelihood depends on twitter, patreon and youTube then being a VoxDay supporter is a good way to end up out on the street. So I was expecting some judicious denouncements.

My bad.

I am now smelling the distinctive odor of #NeverTrumpers.

Blogger Ben Cohen January 10, 2018 8:59 AM  

Alt Hollywood?

Blogger Shimshon January 10, 2018 9:03 AM  

Vox, if SJWs didn't care about comics the same way you do, we wouldn't even be here, would we? Instead, while they don't care about the comics (and other media) whose franchises they take over, they do care very much about converging them rather than maintain fidelity to the body of work that came before.

Blogger VD January 10, 2018 9:04 AM  

It is disappointing to see D&C and Cap'n Cummings cuck out like this

Don't be surprised. There is nothing that offends the Gamma like a demonstration of the irrelevance of their hard-won esoteric expertise.

Everything that Ethan is saying is correct from the standard comics perspective. He didn't mention a single "rule" that was unfamiliar to me, except for his warp speed version of Chekhov's gun. What he fails to understand is that the standard comics perspective is a very good way to ensure failure now. Now, perhaps I have miscalculated; if so, it would not be the first time. But if we're going to fail, we're going to fail by doing something different, not by doing the same damn thing everyone else who is already failing is doing.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 9:07 AM  

Alt*Hero will do well beyond expectations is my instincts, and has been since day one of announcement.

Anonymous Mastermind January 10, 2018 9:12 AM  

I think for a first issue it should give a taste of everything (including the action) that is coming. There are mountains of good comics out there, many of them free. I do this with manga/anime all the time: if it doesn't hook me in the first few issues/episodes, it's gone. Using it purely to set up the story for the long term is a wasted opportunity. You can always tell the same, whole story a little later. It's why a lot of authors set up a mini-arc at the beginning to give their audience a sample of everything that's to come, even when they plan a much bigger story arc later on.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 9:13 AM  

Alt*Hero is critical to taking things to the next level of the Cultural Wars. The audience will be enormous with youth, but also will get an unknown, yet large amount of adults interested in comics, who have never before been interested. Perfect timing!

Anonymous Causal Lurker January 10, 2018 9:14 AM  

Flatting sounds similar to flattening that I use in Photoshop. Adding scene elements in PS, copying, building panoramas, etc. brings in the element and all its parameters from the other file where created. This eats memory and disk space like they're goblin froggers. Flattening forces everything to use the final image's palette, contrast settings, color and brightness range, etc., so overhead drops and the image gets much more compact. It's a learning process, and I'm still clunky with adding objects and masks, but you learn by doing more (and writing down steps).

I will read By the Book again to enjoy the art, before writing a review. I enjoyed the stage setup with the manly hero and his lovely, talented blond supporting character ... AND the support and comic interjections from both their AIs.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 10, 2018 9:14 AM  

Most people feel more comfortable failing within the conventional wisdom of the crowd than to risk the condemnation of that crowd but succeed by going outside of the CW.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 10, 2018 9:18 AM  

@7 FUBARwest

One thing we probably need to expound on more is that the Equality push over the last 40 years requires that Men be far, far less proactive. We see this constantly with reviews that are more snipe & snark than either considered opinion or reflection upon the work. People have made entire careers on snark alone, but it's also something of low socio-sexual standing and/or rather feminine.

The related issue is that this perspective means you never seek to solve the issue you're snarking about. You become someone bound to the flow of the culture, complaining about it the entire way. They understand there is a problem, they may even understand what the problem is, but they don't seek any solutions but appeals to either divine intervention or someone else to save them.

And I've just made a great argument for why everyone hates Gammas. Wasn't my intention, haha.

Anyway, addressing the problem is comics requires thinking very differently about what's wrong. Competent people can build up the necessary skill sets fairly quickly, it's the business model and the objectives that had to be worked out. It helps that a number of people really do want comics to read and have been trying to get Vox to help there.

So, to borrow an Ivan Throne-ism, the earl chuckles as the peasants work. (I do recommend "The Nine Laws".)

Blogger VD January 10, 2018 9:21 AM  

I think for a first issue it should give a taste of everything (including the action) that is coming.

That's because you think in very very small terms. Did The Lord of the Rings need to show the Nazgul battling Gandalf in the Shire? Should The Name of the Rose have featured a bloody axe murder in the first chapter? I absolutely do not want readers who have MTV-level attention spans. I write 900-page epic fantasies, not two-guys-punch-each-other-while-exchanging-quips-for-20-pages crap.

Marvel and DC can keep the ADD crowd where nothing ever changes, no one ever dies, and only the social justice lectures change. Arkhaven is going to tell great stories.

Blogger JACIII January 10, 2018 9:21 AM  

Learn by doing. This is the best way.

One of the most accomplished men I have ever met made the observation, "I never learned anything that didn't cost me something." You are gonna pay someone to teach you or (better) you spend on the books, materials, time, effort, risk, and lumps required to learn.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 9:23 AM  

19. Looking Glass,

The Gamma will continue until the gammas look foolish, then gammas will ignore and double down.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 9:23 AM  

> I think for a first issue it should give a taste of everything (including the action) that is coming.

A fully vaporized body isn't enough of an action clue for you?

Blogger Desdichado January 10, 2018 9:25 AM  

I think another factor, especially from heavily invested insiders, is that they simply can't get their heads around stuff that differs too much from the status quo. So, they'll fail to understand and underestimate, and dismiss the work until they get to such a point that they can't ignore it anymore. Only then will they really be in a position to evaluate it fairly with enough proper context to do it justice.

Anonymous Rigel Kent January 10, 2018 9:26 AM  

The thing that really annoys me is the short-sighted idiocy of those who are whining that they don't want politics in their comics. Bull.

If you want to be generous you could say this sounds good in theory, but that's all. Because in practice no politics in comics (or any other creative medium) actually means no politics in comics except for the approved sjw-leftist narrative. And there's more than enough evidence around for them to see that, if they just look.

So either they haven't looked, or they're happy to help the sjw's stamp out any opposition. Either way I feel no need to give them or their opinions any special regard, no matter they're supposed "expertise".

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 9:26 AM  

> One of the most accomplished men I have ever met made the observation, "I never learned anything that didn't cost me something."

Obviously not a Linux user. Though even there you spend your time.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 9:30 AM  

24. Des,

"...dismiss the work until they get to such a point that they can't ignore it anymore."

You are too optimistic with these people, as they will continue to ignore and dismiss well beyond the absurd. Tis in their nature.

Blogger dtungsten January 10, 2018 9:36 AM  

I loved your art style. My only complaint was that the faces were a bit wonky on some of the panels (not that I could do better, of course). But the style and composition worked perfectly for me.

Blogger Akulkis January 10, 2018 9:38 AM  

This reminds me once about a comment about the difference between the music industry of the 1960's, which produced some fantastic music, and the current pablum that nobody has any interest in buying:

Most of the record execs didn't know much about music... so they were willing to try anything, and see if it would sell. They were businessmen first, and musicmen last.

And today's industry is mundane because the industry's execs are primarily people who believe that THEY have special insight into music.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 9:42 AM  

"Yes, there will be politics in some of our comics, but because we are not SJWs, we are not afraid to present opposing perspectives fairly and use the conflict to generate interesting plots and storylines and characters. Can anyone honestly say that Captain Europa is an unfair representation of a certain perspective that I most certainly do not share?"

Yep, it is not a matter of "politics," as it is a matter of Truth vs. made up inverted reality.

Anonymous Frontier January 10, 2018 9:49 AM  

Haven't bought a western comic in ages. Downloaded the sample because why not, but didn't expect to purchase. Should know better than to underestimate Vox; instantly was having tons of space noir fun, devouring the first issue, then bought and read half way through 'Gravity Kills' last night.

On the complaints about action, don't the philistines know Act 1 of a procedural is the crime scene investigation? Establishing that there's a killer with a disruptor out there who may be cloaked builds a far better tension curve.

Anonymous BBGKB January 10, 2018 9:49 AM  

I definitely care more about SJWs than comic books.

Marvel's new show Runaways has a niggenius leader + 2 dykes, one a witch, SJWs care about the representation when every nig in fiction is a niggenius.

900-page epic fantasies, not two-guys-punch-each-other-while-exchanging-quips-for-20-pages crap

Think about how much it would suck to be a character in a super hero world were your only power was lie & false info detection.

Blogger B.J. January 10, 2018 9:51 AM  

Seems like people are being unnecessarily contentious.

Considering the volumes of crap that get put out by SJW Marvel and the other converged comics publisher, why are these guys dog-piling a brand new comic startup? It's like the only thing these people hate more than leftists promoting their views is their fellow conservatives promoting theirs.

I think on some level, "moderate" conservatives feel ashamed of their views. The left thinks that it is morally virtuous to fight for their beliefs, while the right believes it is morally virtuous to surrender. It's as if they want the left to be ashamed of their beliefs like they are, not actually change the way they are perceived. Their happy in their shame.

Blogger The Observer January 10, 2018 9:52 AM  

Think about how much it would suck to be a character in a super hero world were your only power was lie & false info detection.

It would actually be pretty awesome. You'd never get in the papers, but there would definitely be people looking to contract your services.

Blogger Desdichado January 10, 2018 9:58 AM  

tuberman wrote:You are too optimistic with these people, as they will continue to ignore and dismiss well beyond the absurd. Tis in their nature.
I'm referring specifically to the subgroup that can appreciate this, but are too confused because they're too invested in the status quo, even as they struggle with it, to see beyond it. Their vision is limited.

When I first became acquainted with the alt-right, there were loads of things going on that I could accept immediately because I already believed them. There was another set of principles that I could accept relatively easily, because they addressed cognitive dissonance that I was aware of.

But other stuff came with more difficulty because I either hadn't yet encountered cognitive dissonance (because I didn't have enough data), or I was even invested in a prior belief. It took more work to develop enough context to understand what the red-pill was saying and why.

I think something similar is going on with some of these guys. Just because they're not leaping to accept this right away, they don't need to be written off as useless. They might well be useful allies in the future, but they need to time to "get there." Some won't ever make it. But everybody's on a different point on the red pill journey.

Even those who are sitting on the path near the beginning pouting at being forced to walk it in the first place.

Blogger Anno Ruse January 10, 2018 10:00 AM  

If this was published by Image Comics and you switched the politics around, it'd get praise from all the usual suspects. They'd call your "mistakes" innovations.

I remember when Brian Bendis brought back thought bubbles for the first time in 20 years. He sucked at using them and they quickly disappeared but boy did he get a lot of interviews about them.

Anonymous Anonymous January 10, 2018 10:03 AM  

After reading Quantum Mortis I would like a Monthly Subsciption delivered to my home please!
Great Stuff!

Anonymous Mastermind January 10, 2018 10:05 AM  

#20 What does attention span have to do with anything I've said? You didn't get my comment at all: I have no idea, when I start reading a comic, if I'm reading Tolkien or Scalzi. And the author has a few issues to convince me of one or the other. I'm not gonna wait 12 issues to see if it develops into something good. Why should I? There are far more works than I could possibly sample in a lifetime, let alone read back to back. This is not a lack of attention span because I'll happily read 12 (or 600) issues of something I like. It's placing value on my time. You won't end up just filtering out people with low attention spans, you'll filter out anyone who isn't willing to spend their off hours reading your material purely out of personal devotion to you or your blog.

Blogger Brad Matthews January 10, 2018 10:06 AM  

I've said it from the beginning and anticipated Castalia would branch into full time comics. You will do well and all these people will go silent but fuming.
QM paperback comic in Feb correct?

Blogger VD January 10, 2018 10:10 AM  

I'm not gonna wait 12 issues to see if it develops into something good. Why should I?

Agreed. But neither should you expect a first issue "to give a taste of everything (including the action) that is coming". As you'll see, if you stick with it, that's not even remotely possible with this book. Nor, in my opinion, would it benefit the storytelling.

On the other hand, there is plenty of action in both Avalon #1 and Alt★Hero #1. And there is virtually no action at all in Right Ho #1.

The point is that the correct approach totally depends upon the story. I will never sacrifice the story for the sake of comic theory dogma.

Anonymous Mastermind January 10, 2018 10:10 AM  

btw a comic isn't a book or a movie, once you buy one of the latter you already made significant commitment to it and people expect books to develop slowly because you have lots of space to work with. Same, to a lesser extent, with movies. With comics OTOH it's absolutely trivial to dislike the first issue and never pick up another one again.

Anonymous Stackmoney January 10, 2018 10:11 AM  

I care nothing for comics and have not read QM, so I am not going to comment on the story. Subjectively, the art is not strong compared other comics and I think that in order for the Arkhaven to grow and thrive, artists who can produce more detailed and vibrant images will be necessary. The story is the thing, ultimately, but since comics is a visual medium, it has to grab the eye and please it. Instead, I find myself annoyed by it and not interested in delving deeper into the work.

Anonymous Frontier January 10, 2018 10:13 AM  

One piece of constructive criticism regards whispering. I find dotted line speech bubble for whispering or other speech not meant to be heard by some characters is a handy visual clue.

Though now that I looked up that page it occurred to me that the ( ) probably indicates subvocalization to the AI, which I missed the first time, assuming it was whispering for the AI. ( ) are good to keep as a subvocalization indicator, but if that's what they are for it's unusual enough that you should probably have the letter come up with a special type of bubble to distinguish it. The telepathy bubbles that the elves in Elfquest used comes to mind as a possible model.

Anonymous fop January 10, 2018 10:16 AM  

Thank you, Ethan, for obnoxiously eating and chewing directly into the microphone while you recorded your video response.

Were you by any chance chewing your own toenails, you vulgar pig?

Jesus Christ.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 10:16 AM  

> With comics OTOH it's absolutely trivial to dislike the first issue and never pick up another one again.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Not everyone is going to like everything. If it's not your cup of tea, move on. But don't waste half a dozen comments telling the creator how to do his job.

Blogger Dave January 10, 2018 10:17 AM  

They certainly don't know the workings of Amazon. In his video, Capn is reading the post where Vox says "the one comic I have written is an Amazon bestseller and hit the top 10 of all comics and graphic novels yesterday...."

Capn says "Ok, well I mean, that's a little impressive". While he's looking at the Amazon QM #1 page he can't find the price so he assumes it must be free and he admits he doesn't know anything about comic books and comics on Amazon.

Then he says "It's not very hard to become a bestseller, if you're book is fucking free!"

There you have it, people. Just give away your books on Amazon and you're sure to become a bestseller. Why hasn't anybody figured this out before? We all could be bestselling authors on Amazon.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 10, 2018 10:20 AM  

The thing you said about snark really informs me; now I need to find a way to neutralize it. So many males these days are snarky lames.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 10:22 AM  

> Just give away your books on Amazon and you're sure to become a bestseller.

I try to browse the Amazon free book listings about once a month or so. I usually look through the first 10 pages. I'm luck if I find more than one book worth reading. There are an absolutely ridiculous number of free books on Amazon.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 10, 2018 10:23 AM  

Still as psyched as always. Can't wait to read it to my boys.

Anonymous Mastermind January 10, 2018 10:24 AM  

#40 plenty of authors do it without sacrificing the story at all. It's why i suggested a mini-arc (it's the safer way). Really good authors can do it without the mini-arc. I recommend analyzing the first chapter of Tokyo Ghoul, the author gives a taste of a much broader plot in the first place, then follows up with the general themes and atmosphere of the rest of the manga. Half of it is typical manga cliche, the other half is brutal action/horror.

Blogger VD January 10, 2018 10:28 AM  

With comics OTOH it's absolutely trivial to dislike the first issue and never pick up another one again.

People do exactly the same thing with books. Especially now that Kindle Unlimited alone represents a market comparable to the entire comics industry in units, though not dollars.

You're arguing for bad and even inappropriate storytelling in comics. It's fine if that's your opinion, but we're certainly not going to go that route. Perhaps people simply won't read Wodehouse in comics form because no one gets punched or shot in the first issue and all people do is talk.

Or perhaps the people doing comics simply don't know what they're doing, which is why their industry is shrinking so fast.

Blogger VD January 10, 2018 10:29 AM  

QM paperback comic in Feb correct?

That's the plan. We'll have another digital comic out before the end of the month. But will it be Wodehouse, Avalon, Alt★Hero, or something else?

Blogger Anno Ruse January 10, 2018 10:30 AM  

"Half of it is typical manga cliche, the other half is brutal action/horror."

I know life's too short to read all them comics, Mastermind, but there's a substantial number of BESTSELLING comics that are mostly about people... having conversations.

It's no Tokyo Ghoul, but perhaps you should check out "Watchmen", a superhero story without actual superheroics. This was hot stuff back in the day!

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 10:32 AM  

> ... plenty of authors do it without sacrificing the story at all.

Their story. Not this story. Seriously, you have no idea what you're talking about in this case.

Anonymous TS January 10, 2018 10:33 AM  

The "Capn" was talking out of both sides of his mouth a lot in that vid. He sounds like your typical "moderate" which as the Dread Ilk knows, means that Vox would have to transform Alt*Hero into a Marvel look alike (over time of course).

Blogger SteelPalm January 10, 2018 10:35 AM  

In my last Castalia House article, I noted that the majority of my familiarity is with Japanese comics, not American ones.

And in that context, nothing Ethan Van Sciver criticizes Quantum Mortis for story-wise is unprecedented or bad.

Having a long text narration to start is unusual, but there are certainly manga that have done it. For fuck's sake, Saito's masterpiece "Golgo 13", which came out in 1968 and was the first really great manga for adults, did this constantly. Saito was an ex-soldier and provided voluminous description of Cold War geopolitics, intelligence briefings, etc.

A trip to the scene of action where one gains familiarity with the characters and setting is done in at least one manga that I can think off the top of my head, too.

"Tell, don't show" is an obvious joke; was Van Sciver being deliberately obtuse there, or did he not get it?

Most of his comments about the art are completely valid, however, as well as the observation about the static scene. I doubt this is anything Vox isn't already aware of, though.

Blogger Dave January 10, 2018 10:36 AM  

@48 James

Have you tried https://www.ereaderiq.com/ free service? Useful sorting feature and the daily picks they email take a minute to glance at. I usually pick something up almost daily off their list although a lot of the stuff I'll admit I never get to. But it was free, dammit. (or reduced)

Anonymous Ron from Up North January 10, 2018 10:36 AM  

The initial SJW concern about Right Ho will manifest in denunciations of conservative prostitutes.

Anonymous TS January 10, 2018 10:40 AM  

Vox you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Just make the comics in the same style, format and storylines as older comics. The divershitty crap is not what anyone cares about in comics including the dipshits who claim they do.

Anonymous BBGKB January 10, 2018 10:40 AM  

character in a super hero world were your only power was lie & false info detection...It would actually be pretty awesome. You'd never get in the papers

Unless you had invulnerability , not just plot armor, simply seeing a sign on the DC subway that said "safety is our top priority" would scare you. "employee hand washing is mandatory"

Blogger Nate January 10, 2018 10:41 AM  

Are people seriously complaining that the first issue of QM doesn't have action???

This would be like watching the first 30 minutes of The Matrix and turning it off becuase you thought there would be more guns.

Blogger SteelPalm January 10, 2018 10:45 AM  

@59 TS

Vox you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Just make the comics in the same style, format and storylines as older comics. The divershitty crap is not what anyone cares about in comics including the dipshits who claim they do.

I haven't met Vox in real life, but I assume the last thing he wants to do is a retread/imitation of comics that came out 30+ years ago.

Blogger WATYF January 10, 2018 10:46 AM  

"I don't want to speak for his politics because I don't know them......... but I'm gonna go ahead and do that anyway."

Leaving aside how asinine his opening salvo was, do people actually watch videos like these? Some dude just rambling while showing a still photo of something? Is this a thing now?

WATYF

Blogger S1AL January 10, 2018 10:47 AM  

"The story is the thing, ultimately, but since comics is a visual medium, it has to grab the eye and please it. Instead, I find myself annoyed by it and not interested in delving deeper into the work."

The largest webcomic kickstarter ever was for Order of the Stick - which is literally drawn with stick figures. I'm as critical about art style as anyone, but only the absolute extremes in style are even a concern.

Anonymous TS January 10, 2018 10:48 AM  

"I haven't met Vox in real life, but I assume the last thing he wants to do is a retread/imitation of comics that came out 30+ years ago."

If only NASA was so "retread" might be back to the moon by now.

Blogger wreckage January 10, 2018 10:49 AM  

Well, I read A Throne of Bones and A Sea of Skulls, and Vox' storytelling in both was stellar. I suggest trying that before going off half-cocked about how he's going to politicize everything.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 10, 2018 10:52 AM  

@51 VD

During the Alt-Hero campaign, I came down to 1975 has the last point at which the current comics business model actually "worked". Comics exist to keep the Brand going. Disney didn't buy Marvel & WB didn't buy DC for the Comic Books. They wanted the Brands.

But we're at least 40 years beyond the point where the business model broke, which is why almost everyone except Ike Perlmutter is unable to see it. Which is also why there's so much "it's for the ART!1!1!!!" preening: people sense that it isn't working, while still needing to make a living from the skills. Modern comics only exist to produce fuel for the Brand's fire. If they wouldn't lose the IPs, they'd stop making comics.

Blogger mike mike January 10, 2018 10:53 AM  

I'm excited for print copies of all Arkhaven offerings. I haven't looked forward to buying comics since about 1992.

Blogger wreckage January 10, 2018 10:55 AM  

"It's no Tokyo Ghoul, but perhaps you should check out "Watchmen", a superhero story without actual superheroics. This was hot stuff back in the day!"

No, no, can't be. See, politics, political themes, and/or being a political extremist, all INSTANTLY RUIN comics, which is why nobody's ever heard of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Judge Dredd, or GI Joe.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 10, 2018 10:58 AM  

Anybody ever seen Cerebus #1? You'd have no idea from that first issue that Dave Sim's creation would develop into one of the most groundbreaking and utterly brilliant series in comic history. Sim eventually showed that you can tell stories with no action at all, sell emotions with type alone, offer terrific, detailed panel backgrounds ... or no backgrounds at all, and set huge blocks of text here, there and everywhere -- all in service of the story. Sure, you may not generate X-men-in-its-prime-type sales that way, but you can make a decent living at it and produce a quality product.

QMAMD #1 was a great start. There's a learning curve, and the product will only get better. In the meantime, I was startled to see how spectacularly ignorant Capn Cummings was prepared to be both about Vox and the QM book, firing off inaccuracy after inaccuracy about the project. Five minutes of research maybe, not least into Vox's politics? Oy.

Van Sciver's review was marginally better (not least because it was shorter), and one or two of his art criticisms are not without merit. But his perspective on the project is shrunken and naive. I suspect both these guys will be eating their words by mid-2018.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 10, 2018 11:00 AM  

@65 TS

Landing on the Moon was a massive expenditure of resources to say, "See, we did it!". There's a reason why the program fell apart so quickly afterwards. There was actually little purpose to being there beyond the optics, so retreading the past is simply rebuilding a monument.

One always needs to learn from the past, but being bound to redoing the mistakes is exactly the issue at hand with Comics. Repeating a previous failure in the hope of it "going better this time" is almost always a very bad idea.

Blogger Nate January 10, 2018 11:13 AM  

i particularly enjoyed the bit where he was not going to talk about politics... then went on to talk about politics... and conclude that Vox is a socialist because Richard Spencer is a socialist.

Anonymous Ron from Up North January 10, 2018 11:13 AM  

What E Deploribus Unum said about Cerebus #1.
Absolutely right.
You would have never expected to see what followed, or that it would reach #300.
Dave Sim is the example to follow.
Though one needn't create one's own religion.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 11:14 AM  

I was, so happy that my girl, Rebel, was use for the pic fronting the first (Capn Cummings) review. Funny. He knew Rebels face would get him many more in his audience for the review, but it is also what most will remember about the review.

Meme overcomes internal content. Ha! A fantastic advertisement for Alt*Hero.

Blogger Longtime Lurker January 10, 2018 11:14 AM  

@29: "Most of the record execs didn't know much about music... so they were willing to try anything, and see if it would sell. They were businessmen first, and musicmen last.

And today's industry is mundane because the industry's execs are primarily people who believe that THEY have special insight into music."

My compliments, for that is the essence of the "operational art" when applied to business. It really is impossible to know beforehand where the actual breakthrough will occur, but a distributed approach and the willingness to reinforce success and cut losses is critical to the overall success of the enterprise.

Because Castalia House operates this way, I am bullish on Castalia House. The critics are blind.

Anonymous Matvei Daniilovich January 10, 2018 11:17 AM  

E Deploribus Unum wrote:Anybody ever seen Cerebus #1? You'd have no idea from that first issue that Dave Sim's creation would develop into one of the most groundbreaking and utterly brilliant series in comic history. Sim eventually showed that you can tell stories with no action at all, sell emotions with type alone, offer terrific, detailed panel backgrounds ... or no backgrounds at all, and set huge blocks of text here, there and everywhere -- all in service of the story. Sure, you may not generate X-men-in-its-prime-type sales that way, but you can make a decent living at it and produce a quality product.

QMAMD #1 was a great start. There's a learning curve, and the product will only get better. In the meantime, I was startled to see how spectacularly ignorant Capn Cummings was prepared to be both about Vox and the QM book, firing off inaccuracy after inaccuracy about the project. Five minutes of research maybe, not least into Vox's politics? Oy.

Van Sciver's review was marginally better (not least because it was shorter), and one or two of his art criticisms are not without merit. But his perspective on the project is shrunken and naive. I suspect both these guys will be eating their words by mid-2018.


Dave Sim is a personal hero of mine. That art in the first story arc is ROUGH, but Cerebus is a masterpiece.

I've corresponded with Sim. Crazy, but a gentleman.

Anonymous Nathan January 10, 2018 11:19 AM  

"Leaving aside how asinine his opening salvo was, do people actually watch videos like these? Some dude just rambling while showing a still photo of something? Is this a thing now?"

After the extreme cringe of Spoony, Channel Awesome, and a thousand imitators preening, writing up unfunny skits, and generally mugging for the camera instead of giving their opinions, I'm grateful to hear a disembodied voice offering even the shallowest of criticisms instead of suffering through another "It's All About ME!!!!!!" video.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 10, 2018 11:23 AM  

Iterative improvement is the way the world works. Genius can leap from 0 to 100 in a single step, but the rest of us grind it out in smaller increments. True genius is rare, and nobody else can afford perfectionism.

So the first comic isn't perfect, therefore all other later comics will also suck? That's stupid and childish. Edison didn't create his version of a light bulb the first time or the 100th time.

"We've always done it this way" is a peasant mindset. So SJW's are childish peasants? Looks like it.

Blogger ÆtherCzar January 10, 2018 11:26 AM  

Capn was comedy gold: profanity passed off as profundity and sarcasm as wit, from someone who struggled haltingly at about a junior-high level to read your prose. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 10, 2018 11:26 AM  

Dave Sim is the example to follow.
Though one needn't create one's own religion.


Yeah, that may be thinking a bit TOO outside the box. There are areas of life where creativity is not a plus.

@Matvei

I have great respect for Dave's journey as a person over the years, having followed him from a couple years in. And the work is without parallel. He's also insanely brave, as he demonstrated by alienating a huge percentage of his audience with proto-red pilling.

Blogger Johnny January 10, 2018 11:29 AM  

Landing on the Moon was a massive expenditure of resources to say, "See, we did it!". There's a reason why the program fell apart so quickly afterwards. There was actually little purpose to being there beyond the optics...

I thought the first moon landing was worth it and there was something to be learned that could not be had without a manned visit. But now as you say it is just the optics, nothing more. And a manned Mars visit would be a fabulous expense with little return. If only we had a better power source space flight would be just so much more economical.

Blogger Nate January 10, 2018 11:32 AM  

Jesus Christ I can't believe you people are discussing the moon landing like it actually happened.

Its a movie people.

Anonymous deplorable me January 10, 2018 11:32 AM  

Cerebus is a good example. A more recent one is Berlin (Jason Lutes), which focuses on the end of Weimar Germany. Anything by Will Eisner would work ...

not all American comics need to have bam biff pow and capes in order to be successful.

Anonymous Just another commenter January 10, 2018 11:37 AM  

Wow. Haven't heard about Cerebus for a loooong time. Still got a tee with the aardvark on it, somewhere, I think.

re: going to the moon. People need goals, need achievements, beasts to conquer. A moon landing was such a thing, not just doing it to we can say we did, but to be able to say "we can do it." The basic training confidence course isn't done because you expect to find a zip-line on the battlefield, but to help the young men know what they can do when faced with the new and unknown. Same thing for the nation with the moonshot.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 10, 2018 11:40 AM  

I am genuinely curious to discover on what lunatic grounds these critics are going to attack our first Wodehouse issue.

Bertie has the wrong color cape?

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 11:43 AM  

OT, but responding to others here.

Space tech is all about staying ahead in critical National Defense, which is why BHO scuttled NASA in 2011, and ported the technology and money to private companies, so it could be better controlled. Duh.

SpaceX, E. Musk, etc.. I have no inside information on this material, but obvious. Dots....perspective. Think, please.

What was SpaceX to be used for? I really don't know, but not good. Is it still going on? I won't speculate.

Blogger Dave January 10, 2018 11:47 AM  

Capn still saying QMAMD #1 is free after repeatedly being told it's $2.99

Now he says Vox must have changed the price.

He's not even aware of Kindle Unlimited.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 11:48 AM  

I see a "Flat Earther" has arrived. Antarctic next? Hole at the North Pole?

I enjoyed "At the Earth's Core" as kid.

Blogger Johnny January 10, 2018 11:51 AM  

@86

I don't think it makes and difference if it is public or private, but we should have our own heavy lift vehicle. Too much political vulnerability if we don't.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 11:55 AM  

87. Dave

None, of these people Ever do proper research. They just spout and hope no one else checks either. It's rhetoric that will make them into fools though, and not facts. That, and History is not on their side today.

Blogger JohnofAustria January 10, 2018 11:57 AM  

They're ready to gripe about the left, but hate it when people go out and create their own thing.

Anonymous franklinjennings January 10, 2018 11:58 AM  

Wait, Wooster and Bertie are getting a comic? Godspeed, SDL, Godspeed you beautiful bastard.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 10, 2018 12:00 PM  

@81 Johnny
@84 Just another commenter

I'm a "Why climb it? Because it's there" type, but the Moon Landing still made little sense as a practical goal. It was also insanely expensive and we got there without much plan for what to do beyond that.

At this point, we can fairly easily go back, but someone needs a good reason to spend the billions on it. Everything from here out is about economic reasons.


@86 tuberman

NASA was a jobs program after the cancellation of the Apollo program. Musk is just crazy enough to give the modern governments the type of oligarchs that they want, but at the same time use them to his own ends.

Though it does need to be noted that we now have the technology to recover booster stages of rockets. That matters. For what? Not sure! I just hope it drops rocket costs by 50%.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 10, 2018 12:05 PM  

I am genuinely curious to discover on what lunatic grounds these critics are going to attack our first Wodehouse issue.

Wodehouse in general must be a confusing things for these people. On the one hand, he's skewering White, British upper crust types, which of course is good in the world of the Progs and their enablers. On the other hand, he's skewering aristocrats, which must cause them some psychic pain as they see themselves as the new aristocracy and subconsciously realize they are every bit as inane as Bertie and his friends (but without Bertie's sense of decency and honor).

And on the gripping hand, Wodehouse highlights the worst tendencies in female behavior.

Anonymous Frank Lin January 10, 2018 12:09 PM  

I think Ethan's criticisms of the art, paneling, and pacing are solid, and we'll see how Vox and Co. makes changes going forward. This seems like a good example of making the best use of your critics.

I tend to agree with Ethan's remarks about word dumps. Maybe Vox has something up his sleeve, a new approach. We'll see. His point about failing in a new way is good.

Anonymous Pissed Off Teacher January 10, 2018 12:18 PM  

Much of this criticism is nonsense. The old sci-fi comics of the 80s used a similar approach to introducing the reader to the story's setting. (Jim Starlin's early Dreadstar chapters in Epic Illustrated are good examples.)

Arguably, one of the problems with contemporary comics storytelling is an over-reliance on techniques popularised by TV and film. Too many issues lack narrative coherence as a result. And make no mistake. Leaving aside the SJW issue, too many comics put out by the big two are simply poorly told.

I must be honest. When I first heard of Vox's foray into the comics medium, I was sceptical. But, I was an idiot. It's not a foray. It's a campaign. And the enemy is in a far worse position than I initially realised.

Anonymous Killua January 10, 2018 12:19 PM  

I'm sure Alt Hero will be awesome. This is the year where the new Marvel is born.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 12:33 PM  

I had a major problem controlling my gag reflex while listening to these reviews, and I had to turn them off, and then come back to them, as barfing is not fun. The second one did a long, smirking , neck-beard selfie, which was 100% SJWish.

Blogger WATYF January 10, 2018 12:41 PM  

After the extreme cringe of Spoony, Channel Awesome, and a thousand imitators preening, writing up unfunny skits, and generally mugging for the camera instead of giving their opinions, I'm grateful to hear a disembodied voice offering even the shallowest of criticisms instead of suffering through another "It's All About ME!!!!!!" video.

I'm pretty sure this was an "It's All About ME!!!!" video.


WATYF

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 10, 2018 12:44 PM  

Bobiojimbo wrote:I have to agree. You certainly did this in A Throne of Bones with Severus Patronus and his daughter. While he was wrong, you made his motives sympathetic.
WTH??? Patronus was right. He was right with an exclamation point, a bullet and an atomic weapon providing emphasis. Patronus was so right about everything involved in that little episode that you made the baby Incarnate One cry with your statement.

Anonymous Avalanche January 10, 2018 12:45 PM  

@15 'I do this with manga/anime all the time: if it doesn't hook me in the first few issues/episodes, it's gone."

Did you intend to use the plural forms for "issues" and "episodes". Cause, uh, I think jumping on the "you're not doing it right" bandwagon on the FIRST ISSUE might, you know ... VIOLATE your rule?

(Oh, and: we don't care.)

Anonymous Avalanche January 10, 2018 12:50 PM  

@24 "they get to such a point that they can't ignore it anymore. Only then will they really be in a position to evaluate it fairly with enough proper context to do it justice."

By which time, no one will give a damn what they have to say about anything! Gammas again!

Anonymous Avalanche January 10, 2018 12:56 PM  

@25 "Because in practice no politics in comics (or any other creative medium) actually means no politics in comics except for the approved sjw-leftist narrative. And there's more than enough evidence around for them to see that, if they just look."

Realize that for the SJEs, there ARE no politics in comics: it's the water they swim in, the air they breath -- it's THEIR reality!

You don't notice it's light when the sun is up: you only notice when it gets oddly dark -- when someone or something "puts dark" into your reality -- until then? It's NORMAL for it to be light. For the SJWs, it's NORMAL for life (in comics et al.) to look like an SJW swamp! They just keep noticing that the horrible evil Rightists keep "putting dark" into their (bright version of the) live-a-day world! Thus the marches and REEEEEing! The sweet salty tears and shrill tantrums.

They can only "see politics" when it's not THEIR politics. Otherwise, it's just normal life! (To them.)

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 12:58 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:@81 Johnny

@84 Just another commenter

I'm a "Why climb it? Because it's there" type, but the Moon Landing still made little sense as a practical goal. It was also insanely expensive and we got there without much plan for what to do beyond that.

At this point, we can fairly easily go back, but someone needs a good reason to spend the billions on it. Everything from here out is about economic reasons.

@86 tuberman

NASA was a jobs program after the cancellation of the Apollo program. Musk is just crazy enough to give the modern governments the type of oligarchs that they want, but at the same time use them to his own ends.

Though it does need to be noted that we now have the technology to recover booster stages of rockets. That matters. For what? Not sure! I just hope it drops rocket costs by 50%.


Think about this logically. NASA was for all intents, on the practical level shut down in 2011. Why? NASA was likely not totally converged then. Too many people left over from the old days that could still "spill the beans," if hidden anti-American projects occur. So, billions of dollars given over to private companies (SpaceX was set up to be winner), so three letter agencies have complete control. They did not want to wait until NASA was completely on their side.

There are pictures out here and there showing obvious proof that E. Musk was considered on the inside of the Cabal (Big Club, or whatever). Is he really? At this point, I don't know, as there are several possibilities. This is a loose end from my view as I do not have enough data to figure this out. Yet many billions given to Musk's companies say he was considered in with the Bad Guys until Trump elected.

What could they hide running Space tech? Dangerous to America? Absolutely! Go do research on E.Musk being deeply in with the Club, on a Global scale, not just America. Flipped???

Space is only the public face, and Missile tech is the reality.

The money stolen from the USA by the parasites is many, many times the relative chump change spent on NASA. Their money flows go way beyond the institutes and foundations set up to create honey-pots for the middle level parasites.

Anonymous BBGKB January 10, 2018 1:07 PM  

There's a reason why the program fell apart so quickly afterwards. There was actually little purpose to being there beyond the optics, so retreading the past is simply rebuilding a monument

We stopped going to the moon the same year an affirmative action office opened in NASA. Chuck Yeagers autobiography explained that the Kennedys wanted a black guy on the moon first but NASA only got to the point of carrying living "dead weight" into space around the time of the challenger disaster. The book "Whitey On the Moon" covers this and more.

At this point, we can fairly easily go back,

You can have affirmative action or you can catch a ride to the space station with the Russians

Blogger Lovekraft January 10, 2018 1:09 PM  

I have four hand-written letters from Dave Sim and hosted him at my home. Even played catch football with him in front of his house one day. We went to the same high school. He's one of the pioneers in exposing the scourge of feminism and took his hits for it. Very generous guy. I highly recommend the double-issue #289/90 for some metaphysical insight that'll astound you. The latter days arc also interpreted the Book of Genesis which was, for me, a very useful 'key' in interpreting the Old Testament.

WRT Diversity&Comics, the fact he has daughters, and not sons, got me thinking. Were the situation reversed, he would have much more 'skin in the game' so to speak but in his case, he likely cucks out in order to make sure his daughters enjoy all the fruits of the feminist culture /sarc.

VD, let us know when we can call our local comic stores to order the hard copies.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 1:17 PM  

105. BBGKB,

Hmm, Affirmative Action reversal. Alt*Hero comics and the Culture Wars to take us past Civic Nationalism. Stages.

Anonymous Avalanche January 10, 2018 1:19 PM  

@35 "they're not leaping to accept this right away, they don't need to be written off as useless. They might well be useful allies in the future, but they need to time to "get there.""

And how better to "get them there" (I don't think you're right but...) than by pointing them out, in PUBLIC, for their being wrong? The dissonance between "I NEED to be accepted" and "all these folks -- who are winning the culture war -- are saying I'm wrong (in public!) about it" will drive them to either double down or -- IF they might be salvageable -- to learn more...

So, the criticism is needful! How ELSE will you develop their shriveled atrophied amygdalas that need a good kick in the gland to grow up? You do not 'cure' a coddled upbringing by more coddling!

Blogger Ron January 10, 2018 1:21 PM  

Haven’t read the comic or the book, but I’m only commenting on the review, and since I did see the above video review, I believe I am qualified to now do so.

The format will be a paraphrase of his complaint, with an assessment of said complaint, followed by (in most cases) a final ruling on said complaint.

1. tomato soup background

agreed. it’s blah. maybe that’s the atmosphere of the world they are on?

2. girl crouching at waist level with bizzare smile on her face while he fires his gun over his head. implying she’s giving him a hand job while his penis gun shoots massive blasts of destructive spermatosa death into her happy face.

ok, this actually works. It’s a bit over the top, but it works. Also, I prefer my subliminals to be obvious.

Final ruling on reviewer complaint regarding hot babe giving subliminal hand job: Negative.

3. too much exposition

didn’t read it, but from the four pages he showed, it’s a fair complaint. VD’s rebuttal of it’s necessity to set the background is also fair.

Final ruling on the reviewer bringing this up: Fair enough complaint.

Note: not a ruling on the comic, didn’t read it. This comment is only a review of the review as it appears to a disinterested third party.

3. bronx is empty

That’s not the problem he makes it out to be. clearly the reviewer has never been to the bronx. Bro, the bronx is NOT manhattan or brooklyn.

I’m specifically remembering regularly walking up this incredibly long flight of between irwin ave and riverdale on w238 street after getting off the van cortland stop on the 1 train, the entire walk was usually mostly empty, at least in the late afternoon, especially during the winter. Yeah there are people, but it’s not constantly bustling like manhattan or generally busy like Brooklyn.

also the panels in question seem to be near some blue collar working district in the late afternoon. ie, empty.

Final ruling on reviewer complaint regarding the bronx being empty in a blue collar working district near the evening: Negative.

4. there is no body

that’s retarded. you are a retarded reviewer. there is very clearly the disintegrated remains of a human body. A bit looney-toonsy, but that wasn’t your complaint.

Final ruling on reviewer whining about there being no body when its clear the dude was disintegrated: VERY NEGATIVE.

5. these are static panels here

you are a fucking moron, I never even read this comic or book, have no interest to, and I can see exactly WHY they did that. I’m beginning to understand why Vox seems to constantly be on defcon HATE.

The dark side is calling to me… must … resist… must … stay with the light … no… no not the dark side … no .. nooooooooooo!

Final ruling on the reviewer demonstrating that he has the subtlety of a maggot infested bowl of moldy porridge: NEGATIVE

6. it would have been interesting … jack kirby … nobody cares about

No, it would NOT have been interesting to see Chad Thundercock in a spacebar drinking craft beer. There is a murder here, even if Chad is still alive 6 comics later in a bar, I don’t want to know that now. You smug, self-entitled narcissistic cretin.

And Jack kirby narrative art is now bad? WHAT THE @##$? WHAT THE @#$# @#$@#$??!!!

Final ruling on the reviewers insertion of his unconscious homosexual fantasy to meet Chad Thundercock in a spacebar where they can drink craft beer together, smugly laugh at the hero, and then go off together to have gay soi boi hipster sex: NEGATIVE.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr January 10, 2018 1:24 PM  

"...anyone who knows anything about me knows that Quantum Mortis is Traveller."

And I suspect a generous dollop of James H. Schmitz for seasoning. The overall "feel" is very reminiscent of the Federation of the Hub. Except that Chief Tower is working the seamy side.

I'll be honest, the only problem I see is that Vox is going to drown in overwork.

Anonymous Avalanche January 10, 2018 1:24 PM  

@40 "And there is virtually no action at all in Right Ho #1."

Oh oh! What?!

The Dark Lord shows yet again he is a MASTER of pain administration. "Right Ho"? "Right Ho"?

What is that?! Is it another COMIC!? It's another Arkhaven comic?! Please please ... more hints! Oh, how can you make us WAIT? (Yeah, I know, it's a skill, and You have it!!)

Thank you, Dark Lord, may we have another?

Anonymous Avalanche January 10, 2018 1:32 PM  

@50 "Really good authors can do it without the mini-arc. I recommend analyzing..."

Geez! Is there such a thing as a double gamma?!

"Really good authors" -- which Vox Day provably already is...
"do it without the moni-arc"-- which Vox Day JUST DID... and
"YOU recommend"?!

Did anyone here ask you for lessons or a recitation of 'how the folks who are destroying comics" do it -- so Arkhaven can follow in their failing footsteps!? (And why would Arkhaven do such a stupid thing -- and why would YOU suggest it?! Rhetorical question, I really don't care why you would keep being an idiot -- in the man's own house!)

Who do you think you ARE to give unrequested advice to a man who had already succeeded hugely in multiple fields?! Sheesh!

Blogger Dave January 10, 2018 1:49 PM  

"Right Ho"? "Right Ho"?

What is that?! Is it another COMIC!? It's another Arkhaven comic?!


Soon. For reference see Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse.

Blogger tuberman January 10, 2018 1:51 PM  

LG,

Just one more thing about Money Flows. The Money connections and flows are being looked into by far more intelligent people then me, and by at least hundreds if not thousands of people, and I've barely seen the overview. Every crack and even dark crannies will be sunlit.

There are supposedly over a couple million people WW (good people), who have a decent overview now, and this will grow exponentially from here. This goes way ahead of the typical alt-right view.

In my defense, I do not have the 12-14 hours per day to keep up.

Anonymous 2000 January 10, 2018 1:53 PM  

Vox: the artwork is no more stylised than that of indie-comic darling Daniel Clowes. His 'Ghost World' - particularly the movie version - seems to have created the personal style template for the modern SJW Feminist, (you can see the identification for them with the lead character, Enid Coleslaw, who communicates only via irony, snark and feeling superior to everyone else, whilst quietly deeply-loathing herself and her lack of direction in life). You could blow some fuses in their minds if you said it was a homage to such a respected 'diverse' work.

http://dazedimg.dazedgroup.netdna-cdn.com/1400/azure/dazed-prod/1170/0/1170645.jpg

https://sites.ualberta.ca/~berban/ghostworld/sassymag.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-W9ZmF5wXCfU/T6HqVh0wOUI/AAAAAAAAAKw/hvVyd-5bdhc/s1600/GhostWorld2.jpg

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 10, 2018 1:53 PM  

What planet do you have to be orbiting to conclude that the graphic novelization of a military science fiction mystery should be more like a superhero comic book?

I'm virtually certain that Ethan has no idea at all that this is the graphic novelization of a mil-scifi book. He appears to not have enough interest in what he does to even bother with the 5 minutes of googling it would take to get basic information. I mean, the man called you a Socialist, you think he's going to bother looking up Quantum Mortis?

Anonymous CPEG January 10, 2018 1:59 PM  

@112 Avalanche
You missed a post.

Can't wait.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 2:05 PM  

> Godspeed you beautiful bastard.

I believe Vox would prefer "magnificent bastard": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJXKVOxqkWM

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 10, 2018 2:10 PM  

But Voxie, it's not what I expected from a comic!1!!!1One!eleven!!11! *Downvotes*.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 10, 2018 2:25 PM  

Can't wait for the Alt-Hero and related material I've bought into to come out.

Guess I need to put a /sarc tag on my jokes next time.

Blogger roughcoat January 10, 2018 2:29 PM  

3. bronx is empty

That’s not the problem he makes it out to be. clearly the reviewer has never been to the bronx. Bro, the bronx is NOT manhattan or brooklyn.


Also, it isn't the Bronx at all. It's not even on Earth, as I recall from the book. Maybe, possibly, there's a damn good reason nobody is around, and that's part of the setting.

I think some of EVS's composition critique is useful, but otherwise, the dude is so stuck on the idea that there's One True Way---because that's how it has been in comics for the whole time he's been in the industry---that he can't see that maybe his assumptions are wrong. That maybe it's not an attempt to mimic the old style, and any overlap is incidental.

Something he said on Twitter yesterday is revealing of his mindset:

"The reason for that is, most people find reading comic books to be difficult. Or boring. Or for kids. They don’t even know how to follow panels. The audience that loves comics is here already, and we’re unique."

An alternate explanation for the problem he presents, that comics are not interesting to most people, is that Big Comics are fucking up. The problem isn't the fucking fans! He even used the SJW-SF "trufan" crap in the next tweet.

I know how to read a damn comic book, but I don't care for typical comics because continuity is nonexistent and there are rarely any lasting consequences. Why the fuck am I going to get invested in a story when I know any serious turns are just going to be retconned later? If you're trying to write characters forever you end up using the sitcom model where nothing really changes over time, no matter how grim or great things look in the short term. FFS, how many times have characters been killed and resurrected in Big Comics? How many times can you save the universe before the audience starts yawning?

I also don't care much for the standard comics production model but that's another issue entirely and not an easy one to solve on the production end, so not really relevant here.

Blogger lowercaseb January 10, 2018 2:34 PM  

The good thing about this is that it has done a great job of cleaning out my YouTube subscription pages. Between them and the Sargon-esque "skeptics" melting down my subscriptions have gone back to something much more healthy.

The really sad thing is that these fellows think they can take down Alt*Hero like how they took down SJW Marvel. SJW Marvel took themselves down by continually responding to these guys and being giant children. SJW tried to win by being continual victims. Trouble is that by a continual victim is by definition a continual loser. It was easy for the comics moderates to get them to melt down and implode.

Alt*Hero will win because we are adults. No victims here...we will take their criticism freely given that is useful and ignore their passive aggressive barbs. Alt*Hero will win, because ultimately, we will play to win.

Winning is exhausting, but for some reason...STILL. NOT. TIRED!

Anonymous Nathan January 10, 2018 2:40 PM  

"An alternate explanation for the problem he presents, that comics are not interesting to most people."

Perhaps if there were something more to read than just superheroes and indie confessionals? I'm drawn more to manga and BDs these days because of the more varied subjects and genres.

Blogger Jon Mollison January 10, 2018 2:42 PM  

"Leaving aside how asinine his opening salvo was, do people actually watch videos like these? Some dude just rambling while showing a still photo of something? Is this a thing now?"

WAYTF, I "watch" these almost everyday. Sort of. YouTube provides a better distraction for my daily commute than any other platform I've found to date. The quote marks are because I'm busy watching the road and so leave my phone turned face down when listening to the host talk. Even for guys who post videos of themselves talking, like Molyneux and our own SDL. A lot of people put these on and listen while they play video-games, too. It's just a podcast using YouTube as a delivery vehicle.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 2:43 PM  

> Alt*Hero will win because we are adults.

Well, that's not the only reason, but it's the starting point, yes. More importantly, once the Alt*Hero success becomes undeniable, artists will be lining up to make comics for Castalia's independent imprint label (especially if the rights are worked out properly). Right now there's too much risk, but once it becomes obvious that the big two are paper tigers all bets are off.

Blogger Jon Mollison January 10, 2018 2:47 PM  

Funny thing about reading comic books...I don't actually mind reading when I do it. If the prose is solid - and come on, this is Vox we're talking about here, of course the prose is solid - then kvetching about having to read too much while you're reading your comic is really, profoundly stupid.

Blogger DJ | AMDG January 10, 2018 2:49 PM  

I hate to sound all “back in my day...” (I’m in my 40s not 80s), but EVS and Capn Cummings seem never to have read Mystery in Space with Adam Strange. This was my first ever Sci-fi comic and totally awesome. The text and “sci-fi gibberish” was all there like QM, and the artwork was extremely similar. Very much like comic sci-fi noir should look. Great adventure stories and fun characters. Before silver surfer or (31st cent) guardians of the galaxy, or Legion of Superheroes, or (space based) green lantern, I had Adam Strange, and I love the fact that this QM book took me right back to those wrinkled old but cherished issues of Mystery in Space.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 10, 2018 2:56 PM  

Tune them out, keep doing it right and learning the medium. Six months down the road Van Sciver will be banging at the door of the ark and complaining that it's getting really wet outside. The way the SJWs are going, he won't have a job by the end of 2018 unless he starts buying into the Narrative. I imagine Chuck Dixon can confirm what it's like to be outgrouped.

Blogger slarrow January 10, 2018 2:56 PM  

"The reason for that is, most people find reading comic books to be difficult. Or boring. Or for kids. They don’t even know how to follow panels. The audience that loves comics is here already, and we’re unique."

Yeah, roughcoat, I found that comment to be illuminating, but not in the way he meant. It made me think of Spinal Tap whose appeal grew more "selective". He's saying that Vox should cater to the preferences of this ever-shrinking crowd in the way they're used to because clearly that's worked so well over the last few decades.

This guy seems to think that there's just a handful of rich guys really behind Vox and that you can't bring a political group into comics. Man, this is Hugo and publishing gatekeeping all over again. He apparently missed the part where Vox started a publishing house and keeps sending its authors to Amazon #1 status.

But that's okay. It's all boosting the signal. Vox, will this guy become another member of the Unwitting Minions Brigade?

Blogger Bogey January 10, 2018 3:00 PM  

What he fails to understand is that the standard comics perspective is a very good way to ensure failure now.

Absolutely. Furthermore I would love to see actual character design. Modern comic book characters are all interchangeable. Each with the same design where only the hair or costume changes. Look at the character designs in successful endeavors like The Incredibles and Big Hero 6.

Anonymous Athor Pel January 10, 2018 3:00 PM  

"4. Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 8:40 AM
...
AFAICT most people don't know anything about Traveller. Their loss. The character generation system alone was golden."



The character generation was the only part of that game I ever spent significant time on. You could roll up a really great character and on the next dice roll he dies. Just so happened the character classes with the best starting loot and skill tables also had the highest chance of death.

Blogger Bogey January 10, 2018 3:03 PM  

...by the way have you thought about a daily strip? Something to publish on an Alt-Hero site.

Blogger James Dixon January 10, 2018 3:16 PM  

> ...by the way have you thought about a daily strip? Something to publish on an Alt-Hero site.

While a great idea, that's a lot of work for very little return. Now, a weekly might be workable.

Anonymous CPEG January 10, 2018 3:18 PM  

"The formula comic fans like involves a lot of action immediately that never stops"
"Don't change the formula because you'll alienate the fans, and most people don't like comics"
"Most people find comic books to be boring schlock for kids"

Some of them will eventually connect the dots.

Anonymous Anonymous January 10, 2018 3:24 PM  

Quick review...
I love european graphic novels. I own a huge collection. I don’t like superhero comics very much though, as I find they’ve been rehashing the same stuff for decades now… not to mention the latest SJW flavors.
* Technical problems *
I used the in-browser Kindle Cloud reader on a Linux PC (Firefox and Chrome). It is unusable, as it does not allow to zoom in. The exposition text on top of first page is 4mm high on a 46” TV. Unreadable. So, I ripped the JPEGs and read it in my favorite comics reading app, which does allow zooming. There does not seem to be any DRM. Viewing went smoothly from there.
Guys, does the zoom work on windows/mac? Is it an amazon bug or a problem in the file encoding? This should be looked into ASAP, as it means a pirated copy provides more value (ie, zoomable readable text) than an official copy bought off amazon. Bummer. Image resolution is also a bit low, at 800x1257.
* Wall of text on page 1 *
Would have been better on a separate page, split in 4 paragraphs, one illustration per paragraph. Also, the font! It is tiny. Same for the wall of text on chapter 2, which is unnecessary.
* Art style *
Didn’t like it at first, but it grew on me. Now I think it’s an excellent choice, it has a strong “golden age of SF” vibe which I like. The lady’s forehead seems to change shape between scenes though, which is a bit distracting. Besides that, the art serves the story well. Not exceptional, but not bad either. It reminds me of the oldschool Judge Dredd a bit: raw, but it does the job. The cover feels amateurish in its composition though.
* Pacing *
It is slow. This seems to piss off Ethan, who says you do 3 pages of comics in 22 pages, ie 7 times too slow.
IMO this is a welcome change from modern superhero comics where you get “action”, ie ten pages of useless fight scenes to cover up the absence of any actual story. The pacing of Quantum Mortis feels a lot more like French/Belgian “bande dessinée” and manga murder mystery. Both of which sell more than Marvel these days.
Let’s compare to:
Seizon Life (an excellent murder mystery manga): opens on 30+ pages of exposition, character building and backstory. Zero “action”. Amazing story, so well written and full of emotion, it just draws you in. I had trouble putting it down to write this!
Forever War (Marazano/Haldeman) a top-notch military SF graphic novel from 1988, based on the same name novel. Classic opening: someone dies in a freak accident on first page so the reader understands that space isn’t a cozy place, then you get 7 pages (large format, equivalent to double that in comics format) of worldbuilding. All extremely well written.
I offer these two examples as an alternative to Ethan’s criticism. Back to Quantum Mortis. I find it a bit too slow, though, perhaps too “linear”. But it did grow on me. Perhaps a little too much dialogue, althtough I got used to it. Could I be more vague?… LOL
* Story & characters *
Well, not much to say, as this is mostly setting up the stage & characters. What’s there seems pretty solid, it does make lots of promises, it is quite intriguing, and I’m curious about the next issue. The vehicle AIs are a nice touch.
* Summary *
I have mixed feelings. It is decent for a first publication, and I’m sure things will fall into place a lot better with the next volume… but it does feel unpolished, perhaps it lacks editing. Pacing could be a bit faster, but not too much. Well, this is only the opening scene of a much larger story, so comparing it to the opening of masterpieces like “The Incal” or “Forever War” it doesn’t measure up, but I’m sure the next publications will improve.

Anonymous Anonymous January 10, 2018 3:35 PM  

@119 - "but otherwise, the dude is so stuck on the idea that there's One True Way---because that's how it has been in comics for the whole time he's been in the industry"

Spot on. I have tons of excellent graphic novels. The only constant is how incredibly different they are from each other, in style, characters, storytelling, everything.

I'm not talking about "muh diversity" ;)

Anonymous kHz January 10, 2018 3:42 PM  

Only criticism I have of QM #1 is the over use of blank backgrounds. One or two times an issue would be best, every so often would be okay; but they're used successively and it's uncomfortably jarring.

Don't care about BRRRP, WHACK, CLINK: just give me somewhere attractive to rest my eyes while I absorb the text.

A minor matter of taste though, so no matter. The art's fun, and fits the characters, and the police spinner's cool.

My knowledge of QM consists solely of this scene, from both the text excerpt of the novel that Vox posted, and now this issue. But that excerpt alone had me convinced it'll be a great read. Text can do that. Just text. Text alone. Words.

Do you even read, bro?

Comic-fanatics bitch and complain about everything regardless, they love it. They're likely frustrated there's not more to whine about.

Can't wait for Alt★Hero.

Blogger Dave January 10, 2018 3:49 PM  

@crapulux good comments

I couldn't zoom on cloud reader in Brave browser and MS Edge browser doesn't let you pan after zooming in. Someone (Holmwood?) posted he was zooming in fine in Kindle Cloud reader but never responded to my inquiry about his browser.

Comixology in Brave browser zooms and pans great but will be some time before ArkHaven comics make it onto that platform (Comixology is difficult to work with relative to Amazon for companies outside the US even though owned by Amazon)

I've brought up the the question of obtaining the PDF or CBR file if we email a request.

Blogger Nate January 10, 2018 3:51 PM  

good stuff crapulux

Anonymous BBGKB January 10, 2018 3:54 PM  

The Lord of the Rings need to show the Nazgul battling Gandalf

How many TransNigerDwarfs will their be in http://deadline.com/2017/11/amazon-the-lord-of-the-rings-tv-series-multi-season-commitment-1202207065/

Anonymous Anonymous January 10, 2018 4:36 PM  

Thanks ;)

@VD - see my previous comment, the inability of Kindle Cloud Reader to zoom in makes the exposition text on page 1 unreadable, which is a major hurdle for first time readers... Good thing is you can upload a fixed version of the comic with larger font, even with an extra page.

Blogger SmockMan January 10, 2018 4:40 PM  

EVS has released his 4th video in a day about the least important man in comics, Vox Day.
"EVS vs VOX DAY Pt 4 THE FINAL CHAPTER" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcbKxYeFNL0

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 10, 2018 4:45 PM  

the least important man in comics, Vox Day

Four videos in one day? Congratulations, SDL. You have successfully triggered them once again. More publicity = more purchases.

Do you think they'll ever work out the formula? I'd hate to think you'd have to go back to the drawing board before, say, 2019.

Blogger Raben Wulf January 10, 2018 4:52 PM  

Read some of the comments on Capn's youtube vid and I cannot believe how moronic he is. Read his responses to comments, he is a phony, a cuck of the highest order.

Blogger Dave January 10, 2018 4:53 PM  

@crapulux So, I ripped the JPEGs and read it in my favorite comics reading app

Which app?

Blogger michimartini January 10, 2018 5:00 PM  

I very much agree. I even sympathized with that orc squad leader and sincerely wanted him to succeed and to get that orc chick. So yes, this honest portrayal of ideas of the opposition is a very prominent quality of VD's storytelling and something i cannot remember to have read anywhere else.

Blogger tublecane January 10, 2018 5:00 PM  

@25-Even if it weren't a choice between politics of both the left and right or the left alone, I don't understand the motivation behind "leave politics out of my hobby." I have shelves full of political novels, many of them from perspectives I despise (socialists, anarchists, squishies, etc.), some by ideologues. I think they're interesting, because politics is interesting.

I can understand not wishing for everything to be political, though that's what you get with the SJWs in charge now more than anyone else. I also kinda get the idea of not wanting the industry to be pushed and pulled from different directions, like an ideological plaything. The Cold War wasn't good for literature. Then again, there was plenty enough good literature written during that stretch. So it wasn't a total loss.

Blogger SteelPalm January 10, 2018 5:02 PM  

@142 Raben Wulf

"Cuck" might be too generous. He is either the most bald-faced liar imaginable or an imbecile who doesn't know what he himself wants. He has dozens of videos devoted to decrying SJW comics. Begging for something new and different.

Then Vox DOES actually create a new, different product...and Cumming decries it as a "bullshit bitch product" before it has even come out.

How can anyone respect him as a critic or a man with an ounce of credibility after that?

Blogger DJ | AMDG January 10, 2018 5:08 PM  

I had to stop listening after the comment re: esoteric expertise. In one video he points to Vox’s terrible writing as evidenced by one of Vox’s blog posts. Then he reads “esoteric expertice” and proceeds to reluctantly admit Vox is a good writer and has a way with words. The guy is all over the place, and the fact he can’t shut up about QM just proves so much of what Vox states regarding #theresistance.

Anonymous WaterBoy January 10, 2018 5:09 PM  

Bogey @130: "by the way have you thought about a daily strip?"

The man already has so much on his plate, I couldn't imagine he's really looking for more things to do....

James Dixon @131: "Now, a weekly might be workable."

Maybe if somebody besides Vox does it. Hypergamouse as a weekly only made it to 9 strips, and I got the impression that it really wasn't his forte.

Blogger michimartini January 10, 2018 5:17 PM  

And massive amounts of it. But such are alwo the rewards.

Blogger michimartini January 10, 2018 5:37 PM  

That was beautifully put ;-). Had to laugh audibly.

Anonymous Anonymous January 10, 2018 5:49 PM  

Still re-reading "The Forever War", what a damn masterpiece. Guys, if you did not read it, get it, the graphic novel is available in English, French, and quite a few languages.

So many different ways to do a winning comic. Marvel seems to have found the perfect way to make a comic that doesn't sell, though...

I've been googling some of my favorite French/Belgian graphic novels, and was surprised not to find English translations.

This is quite weird. Do you know who this guy is?

https://goo.gl/JoKsuW

@143 - "Which app?"

I like "comix", it's a linux app. It reads cbr and cbz formats, which are basically "comic book rar" and "comic book zip", ie just a bunch of images in an archive. It's a very simple app, it does the basics right: panning inside the page, zooming, and not getting in the way of reading.

If you want to know how I ripped the jpegs from amazon kindle cloud reader, I used a chrome media download extension, then a python script as the files were somehow base64-encoded. There is no DRM, which is weird.

Blogger tublecane January 10, 2018 6:12 PM  

@127-That catering to the crowd business is endemic to various entertainment ghettoes. Reminds me of people arguing about whether something is "punk" or "metal" enough. Who cares? Besides fanatics for punk and metal, that is. They want the storytelling and visual variety possible from A all the way to B. Offering them G or--God forbid--W is just not comics (", man!")

Meanwhile, there's this humongous mainstream opportunity just waiting. An obvious one, if you pay attention to how comic book material does in other mediums. Or how much material could be crammed into the comic book format, if anyone bothered trying.

Blogger Ingot9455 January 10, 2018 6:20 PM  

A totally different example from a totally different medium:

Go look at the first 3-5 minutes of the first CARS movie from Pixar.
It is a brilliant example of introduction. Lays out the characters, lays out the struggle, lays out the stakes, fast, peppy, clear like a pane of glass, and done.

Comics are a different medium. They require an introduction of some kind, but the question is how to go about it. The 'origin story' used to be one way but that's way overdone (and not appropriate for Quantum Mortis.)

Anonymous Crew (not the one who makes stupid claims) January 10, 2018 6:22 PM  

I read my copy yesterday. I look forward to the rest.

Reminds me, just a little, of the Phantom :-) Not so much the artwork or the story line, just the fact that it's a comic book and the last such I really read was the Phantom.

Anonymous Mr. Rational January 10, 2018 7:53 PM  

I haven't bought QM in any medium.  It doesn't appear to be my cup of tea.  But I have not one bad thing to say about any part of it I've seen.

This hysteria over the QM comic, though?  I'm just going to sit here with my bowl of popcorn and laugh myself silly.  Oh, and take some notes on what medium sells.  If the comic does better than text, this has some serious implications for some writing I'm doing.

Blogger VD January 10, 2018 7:59 PM  

There is no DRM, which is weird.

Not really. All our books are no-DRM.

Anonymous Post Alley Crackpot January 10, 2018 8:18 PM  

"I note that [Ethan is] confusing the utilization of action to grab the short-lived attention of the attention-deficit-disordered reader with genuine storytelling ..."

The problem with American comics in general is that the writing for the mainstream appears to focus on adolescents and "kidults" almost to the entire exclusion of everyone else.

There's a reason why comics written by Alan Moore and Warren Ellis sell so well in the States: they're actually trying instead of phoning it in.

What's happening is that you've given some of the people who are not making it in the comics business an invitation to improve their works or to exit the business, and they don't like being given what appears to be a direct challenge.

BUT I DON'T WAAAAANNNNNAAAA CHANGE!

Suck it up, buttercups, change is inevitable. :-)

Anonymous John VI January 10, 2018 8:22 PM  

According to Google internal documents, vox is so evil that their algorithms automatically melt any server his name is mentioned on. It's expensive, but since the CIA is fitting the bill they pass it off as part of their health and safety program.

Anonymous Anonymous January 10, 2018 9:08 PM  

@VD - "Not really. All our books are no-DRM."

No DRM is best.

My point is, Amazon kindle cloud reader can't zoom. I had to hack it and rip the JPEGs just to be able to read the small print on page one.

This is ridiculous. I want to buy comics and simply read it.








Anonymous Causal Lurker January 10, 2018 9:10 PM  

I got very busy with work "surprises" and also have a reading backlog to work on. Not enough time to read QM:AMD. I can make time for a series of comics or parts of a graphic novel, so I can read couple chapters at a time. This is nice layout and coloring, and reads like a classic comic from the early '60s. Real characters and dialog, with a longer attention span that "squirrel!"

If this is a taste of what Alt Hero will be (graphical action and extended story), then I'm getting what I wanted to back. Very good work. The experts can go suck-start a blaster.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit January 10, 2018 9:31 PM  

Of course there'll be politics in a good modern adult comic. Just like there'll be science.

What there won't be is hate-filled dishonest politics like social justice or Marxism, or the brain-dead science of abiogenesis or feminist gender theory.

Huzzah!

And "make mine Arkham"

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit January 10, 2018 9:51 PM  

@119 quoting the reviewer: "The reason for that is, most people find reading comic books to be difficult. Or boring. Or for kids. They don’t even know how to follow panels. The audience that loves comics is here already, and we’re unique."

Most modern comics readers in America are decoding the damn panels backward.

Because they're reading manga.

What an ultra-maroon.

The most popular of which is drawn by Isayama-San, whose art style is really awful. But no one cares because of the story.

QM issue one has a fantastic colorist. With the opening artwork so strong plus his colour palette, given the style choice QM could be as good in the visuals as it is with story.

But it falls apart toward the middle. Based on my own learning curve: rushed work with attempts to use cheats (that didn't work we), not enough of a face/ expression "bible" to handle closeups, and needs to work out focus/cropping issues for same.

But compare the turn-around time from the sample release which identified the problem with distinguishing AI sub-vocalizations, to the released comic which handled the issue perfectly.

That's impressive.

Anonymous Nathan January 10, 2018 9:55 PM  

To crapulux, @150

"This is quite weird. Do you know who this guy is?"

https://goo.gl/JoKsuW

Looks very close to Rasputin from Corto Maltese, by Hugo Pratt. Good series. IDW has been releasing new translations in English over the past couple years.

Anonymous Matvei Daniilovich January 10, 2018 10:04 PM  

Nathan wrote:To crapulux, @150

https://goo.gl/JoKsuW

Looks very close to Rasputin from Corto Maltese, by Hugo Pratt. Good series. IDW has been releasing new translations in English over the past couple years.


I think you're right.

Crapulux, whoever you are, I find you a kindred spirit.

Anonymous Ain January 11, 2018 1:18 AM  

"Thank you, Ethan, for obnoxiously eating and chewing directly into the microphone while you recorded your video response. "

That was a bit flabbergasting. It's impossible to take somebody's appeals to a medium's standards of professionalism seriously when they literally chomp away into their mic while cutting a video.

Blogger Ethan VS January 11, 2018 3:04 AM  

Ha ha ha!

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 11, 2018 7:04 AM  

Ethan VS wrote:Ha ha ha!

Oh, dear. Poor Ethan thinks he's struck a nerve. How little he knows.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 11, 2018 7:06 AM  

E. E. "Doc" Smith and Walter B. Gibson are laughing at *you*, Ethan.

Blogger Dwan Seicheine January 11, 2018 7:12 PM  

Hey look! It's Wall-E. Oh, no....there are more ripoffs in here too.

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