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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Castalia House signs Chuck Dixon

Comics legend Chuck Dixon is a man of action. And in addition to writing more comic book pages than anyone else outside of Japan, he has also written a number of novels, including the Bad Times series. It has been both a pleasure and a professional learning experience working with him on Alt★Hero and Avalon, so I'm very pleased to announce that Castalia House will be publishing nine of his books in paperback and audio editions this year.

And since I mentioned Avalon, I would be remiss if I didn't give you a look at how the interior art for Avalon #1 is coming along. Needless to say, as befits his reputation, Chuck doesn't waste any time before diving headlong into the action. We anticipate Avalon #1 being launched in both digital and print editions in March.


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Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 07, 2018 8:11 AM  

Oh COOL!!! Looking forward to his books!

Blogger LP9 February 07, 2018 8:19 AM  

So so proud of Castalia House; great staff, great books, awesome merch, great blog, Dixon?! Wow, kick ass art! Gentlemen carry on! You have massive support.

Blogger Silly but True February 07, 2018 8:34 AM  

Nice! Avalon #1 is looking great too!

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 8:44 AM  

A sensible move for Chuck to get his books out in paperback and audio but I hope Castalia House has plans to expand their work force. That's an ambitious schedule to complete this year.

Castalia House has always done a lot with a little, so I'm optimistic your loyal customers will still see Rolf's sequel and a TWBW edition this year and JCW's NOWITHER and another Mori book and another Mulrooney book and...

Blogger Zerk J February 07, 2018 8:53 AM  

Avalon looks like a nice place to settle down and raise kids.

Blogger GPMark February 07, 2018 8:57 AM  

That art is amazing! It really looks like the gun is pointed right between my eyes!

Blogger The Observer February 07, 2018 9:14 AM  

Magnificent, that's all I can say.

March, eh?

Blogger Sheila4g February 07, 2018 9:31 AM  

As I'm not now and never have been a comic book reader, I first heard of Chuck via Larry Correia's blog a few years ago, when I went through it to check out all of his book bombs in search of something new to read. I LOVE the "Hard Times" series and have them all on my kindle. Look forward to buying the paperbacks to now share with others and simultaneously support Alt-publishing.

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 9:46 AM  

Avalon looks like a nice place to settle down and raise kids.

That's precisely why heroes are needed.

Blogger Crew February 07, 2018 10:37 AM  

Looking forward to it. Almost finished Galaxy's Edge ... so will have a bit of time.

Blogger Dire Badger February 07, 2018 11:14 AM  

Man, I am so tired of my comments getting vaporized. Is this still weird editing? Or do I just piss off VD when I am low in the comments?

Blogger Gordon Scott February 07, 2018 11:23 AM  

I'm sorry, this Avalon place just doesn't look wholesome. It appears the disfigured man on the right is holding a shotgun that has had its barrels shortened below the legal requirements for such a device. In addition both creatures are practicing bad trigger discipline. I shall be contacting the authorities at the Comics Code Authority to register my displeasure.

Blogger Dire Badger February 07, 2018 11:29 AM  

Gordon Scott wrote:I'm sorry, this Avalon place just doesn't look wholesome. It appears the disfigured man on the right is holding a shotgun that has had its barrels shortened below the legal requirements for such a device. In addition both creatures are practicing bad trigger discipline. I shall be contacting the authorities at the Comics Code Authority to register my displeasure.

Well, if it's in LA, it must be a Tuesday.

Blogger pdwalker February 07, 2018 11:41 AM  

Oh *Pshaw*.

I could have drawn that page in about... let's see... carry the 1... 17 years.

Nothing too it!

Blogger pdwalker February 07, 2018 11:42 AM  

I think I am going to have to get a second job, just to be able to afford all these new books coming down the pipe.

Blogger tuberman February 07, 2018 11:43 AM  

I think Avalon may have creeps that outdo the Gotham City bad guys, and possibly closer to what's really out there.

Penguin, Poison Ivy, Joker, and Riddler goodbye. Two-Face can take his split to a shrink, and Cat Woman is home alone with her 13 cats.
Eventually, one up Bane!

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 11:44 AM  

Man, I am so tired of my comments getting vaporized. Is this still weird editing? Or do I just piss off VD when I am low in the comments?

Your comments are getting vaporized because you insist on trying to put other people at potential risk just so you can feel cool and with it.

Do you really not understand how the Internet works?

There are very good reasons that books and movies state "This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual individuals etc etc."

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 07, 2018 12:05 PM  

Excellent Trajectory.

Blogger Crew February 07, 2018 12:24 PM  

Have noticed a few, as in 4-5, incidences of Blogger giving me an oops over the last day. It might be isolated to Brave. Not sure.

Is anyone else seeing it?

Blogger Desdichado February 07, 2018 12:28 PM  

Crew wrote:Have noticed a few, as in 4-5, incidences of Blogger giving me an oops over the last day. It might be isolated to Brave. Not sure.

Is anyone else seeing it?

I've seen it the last 5-6 hours or so several times too.

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 12:37 PM  

Is anyone else seeing it?

Yeah, me too.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 07, 2018 12:39 PM  

@19: Yes. But only today and only briefly. Ultimately no problem accessing VP. Yet.

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 12:50 PM  

I've been seeing it for a few days. Never had any issue before with Blogger; now comments might not be published for hours or not at all.

Also Dire Badger is a regular commenter; he's not the type to impersonate others?

Blogger James Jones February 07, 2018 12:54 PM  

Looking good, will buy, as I am buying everything coming out of Arkhaven etc., except Jeeves, which very sadly is not available here in the UK. However, the Avalon font is dreadful. I hope it is reworked before publication.

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 12:58 PM  

Oh, did Chuck not get the memo? I thought only KKK types were to be shown as the bad guys? That would be good for a laugh, though, dindus holding up a liquor store in white hoods.

Blogger Gordon Scott February 07, 2018 1:10 PM  

I kept getting the error message. I typed in the address manually and it worked.

Blogger Crew February 07, 2018 1:12 PM  

OT, but now the SPLC is trying to define the Alt Right:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5363743/REPORT-13-alt-right-killers-identified-leaving-43-dead.html

Blogger Jon D. February 07, 2018 1:22 PM  

Awesome. Chuck's books are as action packed and fun as his comics. This is a great pairing.

Blogger Dire Badger February 07, 2018 1:40 PM  

VD wrote:Man, I am so tired of my comments getting vaporized. Is this still weird editing? Or do I just piss off VD when I am low in the comments?

Your comments are getting vaporized because you insist on trying to put other people at potential risk just so you can feel cool and with it.

Do you really not understand how the Internet works?

There are very good reasons that books and movies state "This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual individuals etc etc."


Not about feeling cool and with it, It is simple ignorance. I wasn't aware that calling attention to a particular group would put certain people at risk. That is not really a... thing, where I am. We have different risks here.

I will try not to do so again.

Blogger Crew February 07, 2018 1:55 PM  

The guy in green's right arm looks a bit weird, like he does not have an elbow.

Also, just got the oops on Chrome as well. Maybe the SJWs in Google are trying to piss us off or reduce Vox's readership.

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 2:18 PM  

The guy in green's right arm looks a bit weird, like he does not have an elbow.

How do you know he doesn't? For all we know he's the One-Elbow Bandido! C'mon, man.

Blogger gbob February 07, 2018 2:27 PM  

Awesome news! I was kind of hoping once Chuck started doing the comics with you. Please tell me that we can look for more Bad Times or Levon Cade soon, especially Bad Times.

Blogger L' Aristokrato February 07, 2018 3:00 PM  

Well, you've got one of the better comics writer around. The first step towards taking over the comics market has been taken.
Perhaps you could look into snatching some of the other writers who aren't cowards, or cucks(maybe Jim Starlin, or John Byrne)?
More importantly, however, I believe you need to look into getting at least one, or two high level artists as part of your crew.
I think when that happens, if you produce good stories, becoming the third biggest comic publisher will be all but guaranteed, and probably happen much faster than you imagine. There will be a snowball effect bringing all non-SJW, top tier comic professionals your way.

Blogger Unknown February 07, 2018 3:19 PM  

Yeah, whatever! In more important news, apparently Black Panther has a 100% score at Rotten Tomatoes with the critics. That is no doubt totally based on its quality and nothing else. Definitely nothing else. Nope.

Blogger James Dixon February 07, 2018 3:29 PM  

> I wasn't aware that calling attention to a particular group would put certain people at risk.

Well, obviously neither was I, so don't feel too lonely.

> Perhaps you could look into snatching some of the other writers who aren't cowards, or cucks

It's a real shame Dave Cockrum isn't still with us. I'm not sure if Byrne would be interested or not.

Blogger Were-Puppy February 07, 2018 3:40 PM  

The camera on the ceiling looks like an angry eye.

Blogger Raben Wulf February 07, 2018 3:41 PM  

Great news regarding Chuck's novels. As for the art... the brutally honest bit is that it really isn't that good. There is no consistency with the perspective as well. Artist generally will have perspective lines as guides, some software applications come with them built in, where others will use perspective brushes to place such guides. There are some pretty big rookie mistakes in the pic.

Blogger James Dixon February 07, 2018 3:52 PM  

> There are some pretty big rookie mistakes in the pic.

Given that he's not a rookie, those aren't rookie mistakes but rather a deliberate breaking of the rules for the effect he artist desires. You may agree or disagree about the result.

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 4:03 PM  

More importantly, however, I believe you need to look into getting at least one, or two high level artists as part of your crew.

Your beliefs are absolutely wrong and indicate a complete lack of business experience. No one ever successfully disrupts a market from above. As a matter of fact, there is a new company that is going about it your way. Top artists, paying them all top page rates. I will bet they're gone within 18 months of their first publication.

Sure, you get more attention. Lots of critical praise. But it only lets you hit a double instead of a single, and you need to hit a home run just to stay afloat.

As for the art... the brutally honest bit is that it really isn't that good. There is no consistency with the perspective as well.

The artist is Frank Fosco, a longtime industry professional, known best for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 07, 2018 4:16 PM  

How long until Marvel and DC are where people work to develop their reputations to the pont that Arkhaven will hire them?

Blogger Raben Wulf February 07, 2018 4:16 PM  

> Given that he's not a rookie, those aren't rookie mistakes but rather a deliberate breaking of the rules for the effect he artist desires.

I don't buy that. Not using perspective guides is just not a good way to approach these kinds of panels. This doesn't even cover the missing elbows, the high contrast black and white lining on the mask to convey reflective material (do they have bags on their head?), off scaled items all around the scene.

If its a deliberate attempt to make the art look amateur (as a stylistic choice) then that is even worse, as there is no good reason for it at that point. If they are a rookie or making rookie mistakes unintentionally, then there is a least a reason to understand why that is so.

This isn't meant to be a personal attack either, but it is an objective observation. Generally you want to avoid causing the viewer/reader to go through a process of alienation.

Blogger Raben Wulf February 07, 2018 4:18 PM  

> The artist is Frank Fosco, a longtime industry professional, known best for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Well that's a surprise. Perhaps it translated better in black and white, which if I remember correctly the TMNT was printed in.

Blogger James Dixon February 07, 2018 4:24 PM  

> I don't buy that. Not using perspective guides is just not a good way to approach these kinds of panels.

I actually agree with you about the technical aspects, but whether you buy it or not is immaterial.

Blogger Ingot9455 February 07, 2018 4:56 PM  

In terms of artwork commentary:

The low-life thugs have a misshapen look to them. Clearly deliberate, to make them look and feel as unwholesome as they must be inside to be doing what they are doing. The thin lines of the extensive prison tats show research and intent. Just as the position of their mouth, teeth, and tats make for a skull face on the one, and a big cat face on the other.

The scene is tilted off-angle to create unease, so that the observer feels the stress and unsteadiness that the target in the scene would be feeling. That means that other 'perspective problems' like the inexactness of the alignment of the liquor shelves and their angle towards the horizon point follows suit. It looks that way because the observer - you - is experiencing tunnel vision due to stress.

And that's just what someone artistically untrained can see fairly quickly. The combination all towards a common goal makes it clear that this is an intentional artistic effect.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 07, 2018 5:10 PM  

@42: Good catch! Adrenaline does indeed distort perception.

Blogger daddynichol February 07, 2018 5:14 PM  

I got the Oops too, just a few minutes ago, but refreshing took care of it.

Blogger James Dixon February 07, 2018 5:23 PM  

> The combination all towards a common goal makes it clear that this is an intentional artistic effect.

Exactly. The effect may or may not be your cup of tea, but it's deliberate on the artist's part.

Blogger Howard Stone February 07, 2018 6:08 PM  

Making Comics Great Again!

Blogger Matthew McDaniel February 07, 2018 6:19 PM  

Raben Wolf probably thinks Jim Lee looks good. *snicker* . My immediate response to the Fosco work was "whoah, that's great"

Blogger L' Aristokrato February 07, 2018 6:23 PM  

VD wrote:More importantly, however, I believe you need to look into getting at least one, or two high level artists as part of your crew.

Your beliefs are absolutely wrong and indicate a complete lack of business experience. No one ever successfully disrupts a market from above. As a matter of fact, there is a new company that is going about it your way. Top artists, paying them all top page rates. I will bet they're gone within 18 months of their first publication.

Sure, you get more attention. Lots of critical praise. But it only lets you hit a double instead of a single, and you need to hit a home run just to stay afloat.



I'm not sure why you've taken my comment so personally as to feel the need to add a baseless jab at me, instead of simply pointing out why you think I'm wrong. Though your observation is amusing, considering both that you know nothing about me, and that I've created and owned several successful businesses for sixteen years.

More to the point though, it's true, I don't know much about "disrupting a market"; That's not an angle I've ever tried, or had to try, given the areas I work with, so it's entirely likely my observation is incorrect.
I didn't speak from the point of view of business, however, but rather as a long-time comic reader. Like it or not, artwork is a big deal in comics, and you will be attacked for it, if it's lacking. Of course, could be that won't affect your bottom line, nor your strategy at all; But it certainly wouldn't hurt to have a renowned/superlative artist as part of the crew, if/when at all feasible.

Blogger Scotty Richard Studio February 07, 2018 6:58 PM  

I do like the scene the art is presenting but, whether intentional or not,it immediately screams amateur indie comic. You can have loose "no rulers" perspective as long as you are aiming for the right vanishing points. This art fails at that. You can have styled anatomy as long as the construction of the figure is solid. The art fails at that mostly due to bad foreshortening. The inks feel rushed rather than intentionally loose. The colors are ok and do not feel interesting. I want this comic to compete with the main stream comics on the market as Image was able to do in it's early years. I don't see it happening with these choices.I can put you in touch with a pro who's work is in demand, has main stream appeal, reasonable page rates and is most definitely not an SJW.

Blogger James Dixon February 07, 2018 7:09 PM  

> But it certainly wouldn't hurt to have a renowned/superlative artist as part of the crew, if/when at all feasible.

If and when feasible, the talent will be there. But that's not the stage we're at yet.

> ...but, whether intentional or not,it immediately screams amateur indie comic.

Not really, no. See the comments above, especially the one by Ingot9455.

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 7:22 PM  

Well that's a surprise. Perhaps it translated better in black and white, which if I remember correctly the TMNT was printed in.

I actually liked the colored version much better than the b/w. The ironic thing is that independent content usually gets held to a higher standard than mainstream published content and is dismissed as "amateur" for things that people overlook in mainstream published content.

We've had reviews talk about how "unprofessional" Castalia's books are for as few as five typos. Meanwhile, when we proofread the Simon & Schuster-published Eternal Warriors manuscripts in order to turn them into ebooks, we found an average of 122 typos per book.

Close to 50,000 copies sold and literally not a peep about typos, errata, or how unprofessional Simon & Schuster was.

This is why I don't get worked up about what conclusions people reach from seeing single panel from a single page. And regardless, I quite like the way Frank's style suits Chuck's gritty street-level stories.

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 07, 2018 7:22 PM  

@2 Buy a roll or two of newsprint -- without making your slithery darlings sick on the ink!!

(Sorry, the log-in thingie is using my husband's avatar name. I'll change it as soon as I figure out how... Avalanche)

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 07, 2018 7:24 PM  

Sorry, that was supposed to be on Progress and Polarization... (Ah, computers... can't live without them, can't shoot them!)

Blogger Raben Wulf February 07, 2018 7:30 PM  

> Raben Wolf probably thinks Jim Lee looks good. *snicker* . My immediate response to the Fosco work was "whoah, that's great"

Jim Lee's artwork/art direction is great, it's not something I think rather its something I know for a fact. When he teamed up with Alex Sinclair (colorist) and Scott Williams (inker) for Batman's "HUSH" (critically acclaimed)... we got one of the best examples of comic book art to date. No one in their right mind would knock Jim Lee for his work after that.
Here is some of Jim's work:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQtvstrkPU0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BkuStj59MQ

And Hush: http://a.co/1Jm0IyG

Regarding Frank Fosco, his work while I wouldn't put it as "great", I wouldn't say it is horrible either. It certainly has a style to it that is a bit more "old school". As such, the work seems to follow more of a black and white approach, which is why the coloring makes the stylistic choices really stand out in a bad way. There is not a lot of harmony between the coloring and the pencil/inking approach.

Here I went ahead and removed the color to show you what I mean: https://i.imgur.com/cOlIiIZ.jpg
I'd go as far as to say this works way better due to his approach, the coloring just gets in the way of his penciling/inking style.

You can even find Hush in a non-colored edition, and that shows us that the style Jim Lee went with was done with color in mind as without it.. the impact is not nearly that good. The opposite is true for Frank's work from what I have seen so far.

@Vox, when you do publish Frank's work... I would definitely recommend pushing it as a black and white print as well (perhaps first). =)

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 7:30 PM  

I don't see it happening with these choices.

You have a right to your opinion, of course, but I completely disagree with everything you've said. So I'll let Chuck Dixon continue to do his project his way, which I have from the start.

The fact that you didn't recognize that literally everyone on the Avalon project has decades of pro experience in the comics industry tends to cast just a little doubt on the accuracy of your judgment.

Blogger Scotty Richard Studio February 07, 2018 7:33 PM  

I believe Ingot9455 comments are wishful thinking in that he hopes the main stream audience will share his point of view. Some may, but most will not. You can have all the elements he spoke of with a main stream look as well. Why handicap a book with less appeal? Isn't this part of the problem with SJW comics? Why not give it every strength and every advantage to increase success? You want to compete with Batman and Spider-man, right? The coolers on the top self bother me the most.

Blogger Raben Wulf February 07, 2018 7:40 PM  

> The ironic thing is that independent content usually gets held to a higher standard than mainstream published content and is dismissed as "amateur" for things that people overlook in mainstream published content.

Hard not to agree with that. It is true that we look at new or indie content a bit more critically. I would argue some of it is due to the desire or expectation of seeing it succeed/surpass where the mainstream level is at. For the most part though I do not look positively at what we get via mainstream either. At some point fans just gave up being critical because it won't change any of these big players final product, where as with indie projects... the criticism could have more impact on the final product.

The worst thing about mainstream comics, rather longstanding series (such as "The Darkness"), is that the art style can change radically between issues. Its extremely discombobulating.

Blogger NeoNietzsche: February 07, 2018 7:59 PM  

Okay, as a non-comic book type (so my opinion many not count, I thought the cover was cool -- and I 'felt' as if I were the shop-owner falling backwards in horror from the goons. I did NOT look at how the goon's elbow looked (which one?) -- looking now, I assume he was cramping his arm to hold the gun (if you mean the guy on the left).

I didn't understand what was on their faces (tattoos? saran wrap?) -- or if they were some kind of aliens (oh, right, Avalon... not aliens...) But I thought it looked great; I didn't like the bad guys (like I was supposed not to like them) and I wasn't (and wouldn't) pore over the art with a fine toothed eye to see if everything was done the way I think it should be.

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Blogger VD February 07, 2018 8:17 PM  

Why handicap a book with less appeal? Isn't this part of the problem with SJW comics? Why not give it every strength and every advantage to increase success? You want to compete with Batman and Spider-man, right?

Read the new post at the top. In answer to your questions:

1. Cost.
2. No.
3. Because that isn't how success is reached or increased.
4. Hell no! We don't want to compete with them yet. We know we can't. We want to compete with the comics that are closer to #200 than #1.

Blogger Scotty Richard Studio February 07, 2018 8:17 PM  

Well, if Mr. Dixon is 100% happy with the art I am willing to keep an open mind. VD I'm on your side. I want these books to have mass appeal. I want to see toys, t-shirts and games on the shelf side by side with the big dogs. Would you consider doing a test audience survey like movies do? One outside of those that know you or this project would be interesting.

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 8:20 PM  

The coolers on the top self bother me the most.

How do you expect anyone to take you seriously? This is akin to saying: "That typo on Page 31 third paragraph down ruined the book. I couldn't finish it."

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 8:22 PM  

It is true that we look at new or indie content a bit more critically. I would argue some of it is due to the desire or expectation of seeing it succeed/surpass where the mainstream level is at.

I know this is coming from a positive place. I'm not simply dismissing what you're saying out of hand and I'm not upset or even irritated.

But I really do know what I'm doing. Every choice I make is designed to maximize our chances of success in the intermediate term.

Blogger VD February 07, 2018 8:24 PM  

Would you consider doing a test audience survey like movies do?

No point and no need. Considering how few series we have, we have an incredible range of art. Wodehouse to Arkhaven to Rebel Dead Revenge to Avalon is all very different. We will try different things and we will reinforce success.

Blogger Ingot9455 February 07, 2018 8:39 PM  

@53 Fortunately newspaper ink, while sometimes sooty and dirty, is organic and proven non-toxic for over a hundred years. That's why people have used it for cage bedding and for food wrapping for that long. And why you've never heard of an innocent child poisoning themselves by chewing on newspaper. (If you've heard different recently, you heard it from people trying to sell you their new ink.)

Blogger Scotty Richard Studio February 07, 2018 9:02 PM  

Dave comic art is a different animal than a novel. It's not an apples to apples comparison. If something sticks out like a sore thumb it is more glaring in comic art and more comparable to the culinary arts. Gordon Ramsay does not overlook flaws and expects better because he knows the person can do better if pushed.

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 9:09 PM  

@SRS

Just as Ramsay doesn't speak for all chefs, I'm not convinced that you speak for all comic book consumers. Have you had a chance to look at Rebel Dead Revenge?

Blogger Scotty Richard Studio February 07, 2018 9:52 PM  

Dave, in my lifetime I have have tabled at over 100 comic conventions. Yes, I do not speak for all, but I have an instinct based on thousands of interactions with comic fans. Maybe I am wrong and I am willing to admit that if my instincts turn out to be incorrect. My aim is not to be confrontational but to guess the most likely reaction from most readers. I just had a look at Rebel Dead Revenge and I am very impressed with the art and storytelling on display. This is pro work with an interesting topic. The figures and animals are well constructed as is the panel work. The coloring is simple yet beautifully executed and fits with the type of story being told. Overall it is a pro comic that would look at home on the self next to any of the big publishers. Well done.

Blogger James Dixon February 07, 2018 10:14 PM  

>... but I have an instinct based on thousands of interactions with comic fans.

I am a comic book fan. I've been one since I first discovered Harvey comics as a kid. Then later Marvel. Simply put, you're wrong.

Do I like that art? No. But will it detract from the story? Also no. And the story and characters are far more important than the art. And there will be people who will absolutely love the way that art fits the story.

Look, your initial reaction is understandable. But in this case it's wrong. The artist knows what he's doing and is doing it deliberately. It may succeed, it may not (though that depends largely on other factors than the art). Give it time and see what develops.

Blogger SirHamster February 07, 2018 10:24 PM  

Scotty Richard Studio wrote:Dave comic art is a different animal than a novel. It's not an apples to apples comparison. If something sticks out like a sore thumb it is more glaring in comic art and more comparable to the culinary arts. Gordon Ramsay does not overlook flaws and expects better because he knows the person can do better if pushed.

Sore thumb? I never even noticed the cooler. I see convenience store and 2 masked men robbing it from the sales clerk's perspective.

The target market of the masses makes these comic books more like fast food than fine dining.

The majority of kids are happy with food from McDonalds. Maybe that food is "meh" to many adults ... but the economics of the market make it not matter.

What matters is that the market has sufficient demand to make it worth serving. When the giants are doing the equivalent of inflicting mandatory fake-meat soy-burgers on their customers ... opportunity.

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 10:26 PM  

Vox, in his latest post, explained how Arkhaven is positioning itself to be a long-term player in the industry. Please understand, most of the commenters here that backed the original crowdfunding campaign, have heard negative remarks since Day 1. A number of those criticisms have merit, while many of them seemed to concern insignificant details or came down to personal tastes.

Obviously, there's trade-offs in everything. Are some trying to apply the fit and finish standards of Mercedes Benz to an entry-level Chevy? The next couple of months will be fascinating to see how it plays out.

Thanks for your take on RDR, interesting.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 07, 2018 10:28 PM  

Maybe, just maybe, the people who speak to you at comic conventions ate neither typical comic buyers nor the market Vox wants to serve. Perhaps serving that auduence more and more exclusively, is what is killing the industry.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 07, 2018 10:31 PM  

And why am I the only one who sees that they are wearing masks?

Blogger James Dixon February 07, 2018 10:43 PM  

> And why am I the only one who sees that they are wearing masks?

You're not. :)

Blogger Dave February 07, 2018 10:51 PM  

The two armed thugs have identifying marks all over their upper bodies. Kinda defeats the purpose of the masks, amirite? Maybe they should've thrown on a jacket or hoodie, huh? But most criminals ain't that smart.

Blogger Raben Wulf February 07, 2018 10:53 PM  

Its not about the sound of the music or how well the instruments are played...instead what draws people in is the lyrics. The lyrics are what make music good.

What I am getting at with that comment is that for these mediums, the important parts are not simply the lyrics, story or writing, but how they work alongside some other element, be it visual or auditory. Comics tell a story, engage with reader, stimulate them primarily through visual communication... the language of images, not just text. Music does the same with how well the instruments are played, positioned and in what order, not simply the lyrics. You can have a comic without text, you can have music without lyrics, but you cannot have a novel without writing. Each one has a primary property that helps define it and also what it will be primarily judged by as well.

As such, with comics, images do matter. The quality (rather, "perceived" quality) of that image matters. As Vox noted, indie stuff will get judged more harshly and that will happen via the most glaring property of the comic... its visuals. Unless there is a known franchise to help sell it, such as "batman" or "star wars", then the most obvious factor in the judgement/appeal will also be the most visible one. Of course with proper marketing, brand or name association, this can be somewhat nullified.

Blogger Scotty Richard Studio February 07, 2018 11:17 PM  

The Dark Knight Returns,(one of my favorite comics),has a very non-mainstream style and at times even appears sloppy and slap-dash. If this is the direction, more power to you. However, TDKR had the advantage of name recognition and being completely different from other Batman books in a gritty new kind of storytelling. So, again, I will keep an open mind and hope for the best. Maybe even a Sin City style would work with this title at some point. Thanks VD and others for showing all the thought that is being brought to bear on the whole project.

Blogger Dave W. February 08, 2018 12:28 AM  

Excellent, just freaking excellent. I can't wait.

Also, I heartily recommend Chuck's Bad Times and Levon series. Both are seriously awesome.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf February 08, 2018 1:02 AM  

I can't wait to read the finished product. Fantastically fan-tastic!

Blogger James Dixon February 08, 2018 6:26 AM  

> Kinda defeats the purpose of the masks, amirite?

Not really. As I understand it, most people recognize other people by their faces and find it hard to use any other method. The markings would have to be very distinctive to be recognizable after the fact. In this case the sheer number of them actually works to make them less recognizable.

Blogger S1AL February 08, 2018 10:51 AM  

A reminder to the art critics:

The highest kickstarter for any comic, ever, was for one that literally uses stick figures. Art style is, at max, a tertiary factor.

Blogger Thucydides February 08, 2018 12:32 PM  

Holy crap! Avalon is a documentary comic about Philadelphia?

Joking aside, that is one great piece of cover art. I haven't read comics for decades, but consider me sold today.

Blogger James Dixon February 08, 2018 12:55 PM  

> The highest kickstarter for any comic, ever, was for one that literally uses stick figures.

And if anyone is doubting him, here's the comic: http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots.html

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