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Monday, February 05, 2018

Will Caligan's Comic: results

I am pleased to announce that after more than 400 votes were cast, the following books were chosen to serve as the basis for the graphic novels by the backers.
  1. The Green Knight's Squire (31.3%)
  2. The Stars Came Back (17.2% )
This means that the first 12 issues will be based on the John C. Wright trilogy, which will be known as Saga of the Swan Knight and collected in two graphic novels, Swan Knight's Son and Swan Knight's Sword. The next 6 issues will be based on the Rolf Nelson novel and will be collected into a single graphic novel called The Stars Came Back. John and Rolf will be working with Chuck Dixon and me to adapt their works to the graphic format.

Thanks to all the authors who contributed their works to the campaign and thanks to all of the backers, both those who voted and those who didn't. We've put a very good team together to support Will in creating these graphic novels, and we believe the end results are going to be something that everyone involved will be proud to have been a part of.

In other comics-related news, we are very pleased to announce the release of the digital edition of the first Dark Legion Comics book. Rebel Dead Revenge #1: Stonewall's Arm by Savage Sword of Conan artist Gary Kwapisz is now available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited.

O Death, where is thy general?

Confederate general Stonewall Jackson has fallen, mortally wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Taken from the battlefield to his deathbed, he is not afraid to die, but Satan has different plans for him.

Playing on the vanity of an aged voodoo priestess, the Devil decides to raise Stonewall from the grave and place the greatest tactical commander of the Civil War at the head of an evil army of angry dead.

The South rises again in REBEL DEAD REVENGE!

Rebel Dead Revenge #1: Stonewall's Arm $3.99, 43 pages. Be sure to Look Inside at the sample pages because the art is really good.

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30 Comments:

Blogger TrueBag PipeRock February 05, 2018 6:29 AM  

Love the plot. Thank you. Really cool. Stonewall

Blogger McChuck February 05, 2018 6:31 AM  

Ah, horror comics. Zombie Stonewall should be a good start for the new imprint.

Anonymous Looking Glass February 05, 2018 6:33 AM  

No one can say the Dark Lord doesn't start his new Labels without a fitting piece of work for them. Stonewall Jackson leading an army of undead. Yup. Definitely "Dark Legion Comics".

As for the vote, should be fun.

Blogger Dave February 05, 2018 7:19 AM  

Respect for all the authors and the team members contributing their time and talent. Can't wait to see Chuck Dixon and Will's adaptations.

DLC's first release; an evil army of angry dead? I gotta see this.

Blogger JACIII February 05, 2018 7:28 AM  

It is gorgeous.

Blogger Nate February 05, 2018 7:54 AM  

It is deeply troubling to see folks do this to a christian as devout as Stonewall.

Blogger VD February 05, 2018 8:10 AM  

Actually, that's part of it. I think the storyline may surprise you. It's deeper than it looks.

Anonymous Causal Lurker February 05, 2018 8:30 AM  

I did the Look Inside. Artwork is superb, and the story line looks really good. I'll purchase and enjoy, this evening.

I have toured the battlefield and seen Guinea Station, paying my respects to a gallant soldier and a Christian gentleman, in the full meaning of those terms. Anyone vain or foolish enough to raise his spirit in an evil cause had better beware.

Blogger D.J. February 05, 2018 8:49 AM  

Definitely looking forward to Will Caligan's comics.

Also got my son reading the first of Rod Walker's books, and he's hooked.

Anonymous Dr. J February 05, 2018 9:13 AM  

Actually, that's part of it. I think the storyline may surprise you. It's deeper than it looks.

I agree wholeheartedly with Nate. Jackson was a great man, and his death cost the south the war. Then again, Vox rarely disappoints, so I'll give it a fair shake.

Congrats on the Calligan campaign. If this and other Castalia comic ventures are as successful as they're looking to be, the Galaxy's Edge series would also be great source material for a graphic novel.

Blogger McChuck February 05, 2018 9:37 AM  

@10 - Agree that Jackson was a great, and quite interesting man. However, I believe that the North having five times the population and ten times the economy, plus having essentially all the factories and iron works, had something to do with who won the war. It just took a while for them to get rid of the mindless idiots in charge, and put in Grant. Grant's strategy against the Army of Northern Virginia was as simple as it was effective. He would win a battle, and advance ten miles. Or he would lose a battle, and only advance five miles. He simply refused to retreat, and used men like water, and that's all it took. Grant could get more men, more equipment, more time, and more ground. Lee couldn't afford to spend too much of any of those.

I'm interested in seeing what direction this comic goes - I really can't see Stonewall loyally following Old Nick's orders for long, or with the same aims in mind.

Blogger Jeff Beck February 05, 2018 9:39 AM  

The comic seems to have an editing error. A page is out of order. Is there any way to fix that?

Anonymous Rfvujm February 05, 2018 9:57 AM  

I can't wait till Arkhaven books hit brick and mortar, and the shop owners shift their stock away from the failing converged mainstream comics.

Anonymous Dr. J February 05, 2018 10:04 AM  

@11 Oh boy, we could really derail this thread. If the mods get annoyed, please delete.

Stonewall was the general who adapted best to the technology - highly accurate rifles with a rapid reload rate. He utilized maneuver tactics that compensated for his numerical disadvantages, which allowed him to avoid the usual bloodbath that resulted when Lee commanded. If he had been allowed to take the fight into Union territory as early as he suggested, the Union's will to fight would have been broken early in the war.

Blogger VD February 05, 2018 10:13 AM  

I can't wait till Arkhaven books hit brick and mortar, and the shop owners shift their stock away from the failing converged mainstream comics.

We're running off our second test print today. If that checks out, we'll have QM-AMD #1 and Jeeves #1 out this month.

Anonymous Wooly February 05, 2018 11:17 AM  

Vox, I just bought and read the first Rebel Dead Revenge.

Yep, you are going to dominate.

That thing is a work of art. Every page.

The owl in the background is haunting. The monkey is the scariest thing I'be ever seen drawn.

I never thought I would get into comic books, but upon further inspection, this medium is like video on paper.

Look at the lightning on the page when New Jezabeau is revealed in full. I felt like "Damn, the train is fine," when I saw that lightning behind her.

Blogger VD February 05, 2018 12:13 PM  

Vox, I just bought and read the first Rebel Dead Revenge.

Thanks for the support! This one is... more than a little different.

That thing is a work of art. Every page.

We're talking about possibly tackling Selenoth. That's a tough call, because it's a huge project. But this one wasn't small.

Blogger James Dixon February 05, 2018 12:55 PM  

> However, I believe that the North having five times the population and ten times the economy, plus having essentially all the factories and iron works, had something to do with who won the war.

Compare the results of the battles he commanded to those he didn't then get back to us. He was a generation ahead of his time in strategy and tactics.

> I never thought I would get into comic books, but upon further inspection, this medium is like video on paper.

It always has been. It's just been badly abused over the past 20 years or so. Welcome to the club.

>

Blogger James Dixon February 05, 2018 12:58 PM  

Oh, and I'll probably pick it up when I get home this evening. I agree with Nate that it's troubling, and the death scene doesn't match the written statements about it.

Blogger Al February 05, 2018 2:13 PM  

The death scene is more accurate than I first thought (at least, accordi g to wikipedia). James Dixon should've been more specific in his criticism.

Blogger Manach February 05, 2018 2:17 PM  

Purchased. Neutral in regard to the American civil war, but one cannot failed be to be moved by the personalities (from the humblest to the respective leaders) and Gen. Jackson was one of the most memorable.

Blogger Fenris Wulf February 05, 2018 2:41 PM  

McChuck wrote:Grant's strategy against the Army of Northern Virginia was as simple as it was effective. He would win a battle, and advance ten miles. Or he would lose a battle, and only advance five miles. He simply refused to retreat, and used men like water, and that's all it took.
That's very reminiscent of Eisenhower's brute-force approach in WWII, in stark contrast to McArthur, who took a far more intelligent approach and won battles with as few American casualties as possible.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit February 05, 2018 3:07 PM  

Woot!

Blogger Chris Mallory February 05, 2018 3:12 PM  

Nate wrote:It is deeply troubling to see folks do this to a christian as devout as Stonewall.



Agreed. Jackson was a committed Christian. Satan would more likely be involved with any number of Yankee generals.

Blogger Nate February 05, 2018 4:56 PM  

" Satan would more likely be involved with any number of Yankee generals."

I mean... its not like Satan didn't have Butler and Sherman close by.

Blogger VD February 05, 2018 5:03 PM  

I mean... its not like Satan didn't have Butler and Sherman close by.

Slight problem... they weren't dead.

Anonymous HoosierHillbilly February 05, 2018 6:56 PM  

The one battle Jackson lost was on a Sunday. And he was deeply sorrowful that he even had to do that. Might explain the defeat...or the fact the stupid Yankees finally let a Hoosier be in command. IGNORE BURNSIDE!

Blogger wreckage February 06, 2018 2:35 AM  

I think, from looking at the first couple of pages, that everything people have brought up is, in fact, a great, big, Chekhovs Gun. The author telegraphs the punch in the ... last? frame on the "look inside" pages.

And remember, the Devil's greatest sin is pride.

I am deeply intrigued.

Blogger James Dixon February 06, 2018 6:17 AM  

> James Dixon should've been more specific in his criticism.

If you can square Jackson's quoted final words with anything happening in that preview you're doing better than I am.

I thought about it overnight, and I'm going to pass on this one for now.

Blogger William Ely February 09, 2018 1:38 PM  

Is there a website for the comic imprints? Somewhere where I can see everything that's out/coming out soon so I can be sure to stay up on all issues? Sometimes I get busy and have to catch up on my reading weeks later. Luckily I scan this blog regularly, so I've been able to keep up so far. But you work at such a rapid pace, I'm afraid of being left behind! Enjoying everything so far.

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