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Friday, January 19, 2018

Interview with the legend

Ethan Van Sciver interviews Chuck Dixon. From the section where they discussed Chuck's involvement with Arkhaven.
CD: I don't mind being edited, but I mostly want to be left alone on the creative end. I wasn't interested in books that were political, they weren't going to be screeds, but they would reflect my life view. They wouldn't tell anybody what to think. And [Vox] was fine with that.

I wanted to be free of the kind of concerns I would have working for another company where I would have to be politically correct, where I would have to be diverse for the sake of diversity, that kind of thing. He said no, that's fine, that's what he was looking for. Basically, he was doing the book that would take all the slings and arrows, but if I wanted to do straight-ahead superhero adventure set in the universe he created that was fine.

That's where we started, and then it turned into more books, and more involvement, and that's where we stand. The first artist is working on the second book now, the first book is going to the colorist.

A few weeks ago, he thought of the idea of adapting PG Wodehouse into comic book form, not knowing that I'm a longtime Wodehouse fan. He teamed me with Gary Kwapisz, who I've worked with for 30 years and never knew was a Wodehouse fan. We're adapting Right Ho, Jeeves, which should have a huge audience overseas.

Like all the editors I used to like working with, he has faith in me and he's letting me do what I want. So, it's kind of irresistible.

And he's paying on time!

EVS: He is?

CD: Yes, he is, he is paying on time. It's a reduced rate against participation and backend, but I've been doing that for years.

EVS: So what do you think? Do you think he's going to succeed?

CD: I think project by project, we'll have to see what happens. He's certainly got different ideas, he's got ideas that don't come from comics which is a good thing, sometimes. He seeks my guidance all the time. He's always picking my brain.

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66 Comments:

Blogger David The Good January 19, 2018 8:40 PM  

Nice. I'll tune in to this one.

Blogger Dave January 19, 2018 8:51 PM  

Can't wait to hear Chuck's take on Alt★Hero Avalon.

Hmmm, I wonder, will EVS admit he is green with envy over Chuck having free rein on Avalon?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 19, 2018 9:35 PM  

Chuck's a good chance to bring Ethan on board if he can be brought on board. Been hearing that Chuck's saying things about "having the time of my life", that's gotta have some impact with Ethan.

Blogger Matthew January 19, 2018 9:46 PM  

At the very least, perhaps Dixon can get Van Sciver to start reading Wodehouse.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim January 19, 2018 9:50 PM  

Maybe Van Sciver agrees to give Arkhaven a shot.

Blogger Matthew January 19, 2018 9:52 PM  

I finished The Mating Season last night. Had bought it, but forgot ever to read it. One of P.G.'s plottiest, but also too predictable, which made it less fun.

Anonymous Viiidad January 19, 2018 10:41 PM  

Ethan is talking about everything but the SCARY ARKHAVEN in the room.

Anonymous Viiidad January 19, 2018 10:48 PM  

What is the takeaway in this interview? Nothing. What is the point? Nothing. Ethan is a good artist. He's a terrible interviewer. He's got a top industry pro on the line and he's rambling around about boring...boring...boring...nothing...

Blogger Matthew January 19, 2018 10:51 PM  

In this episode of nerd radio, an introvert interviews an extravert.

Anonymous Mike Rock January 19, 2018 11:04 PM  

Thanks to David the Good, Arkhaven got a mention........ EVS skipped the comment.

Blogger The Observer January 19, 2018 11:04 PM  

There were a couple of points, like how Dixon mentioned his editors would micromanage him and insist he incorporate the element flavour of the week into his storylines. That kind of thing. Even if Dixon didn't speculate that much on Arkhaven itself, it's an interesting contrast between how things were done and the almost 180 turn that Vox is doing now.

Blogger Matthew January 19, 2018 11:25 PM  

Okay, EVS is a disgusting liar.

Blogger Matthew January 19, 2018 11:33 PM  

He tried twice to equate Vox with Charles Manson. I wonder who prepped him for that.

Blogger SteelPalm January 19, 2018 11:36 PM  

As I noted in the chat, what is it with these snide insults towards Vox, comparing him to Charles Manson, a failed publisher at CrossGen, noting he is insane, and/or bullshitter?

There's nothing wrong with being skeptical about Vox's venture or goals, or even joking about it, but this is so petty. Why is it so difficult for EVS to accept that Vox is, at the very least, a competent publisher/editor approaching the comics industry in a smart manner?

And as I type this, David the Good, myself, Matthew, and (I believe) Jeffro all got shout-outs/responses by EVS to our comments.

Blogger David The Good January 19, 2018 11:37 PM  

"Where did Vox Day hurt you, chubs?"

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook January 19, 2018 11:40 PM  

This stream is great!

Blogger SteelPalm January 19, 2018 11:43 PM  

On an entirely different note, Chuck Dixon is a damn gregarious, entertaining fellow. I would listen to a podcast of just him telling old war stories.

Blogger Matthew January 19, 2018 11:50 PM  

SteelPalm, I now pronounce you a member of the Shtetl of Mettle.

Blogger The Deuce January 19, 2018 11:55 PM  

I get the impression that EVS is just extremely, viscerally triggered by the Confederate flag on Rebel's costume and has a hard time seeing anything past that.

Blogger Dave January 19, 2018 11:55 PM  

I would listen to a podcast of just him telling old war stories.

Were you listening? That's pretty much all it was.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 19, 2018 11:57 PM  

@19 The Deuce
I get the impression that EVS is just extremely, viscerally triggered by the Confederate flag on Rebel's costume and has a hard time seeing anything past that.
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Yeah he can go pound sand over that.

It's going to be huge all across the south, and probably a lot of places in the west as well.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer January 19, 2018 11:57 PM  

So either EVS is a liar or illiterate. He is an artist and does complain about text a lot so I can't rule out illiteracy. However, he still insists on saying that Rebel is "THE Alt-hero" and appears to have no idea that she is only one of many heros in the universe. At this point I think it is clear that D&C, Capn cummings, etc are all just bitch boys of EVS. EVS has decided that he doesn't like Vox even though he hasn't bothered to do 5 minutes of research on Arkhaven. All the others are just following his lead and despite the fact he keeps saying he "hopes Vox succeeds" it's clear he is hoping for the complete opposite.

EVS is a squishy insignificant moderate. Ultimately he will do nothing to improve the industry or move it in the right direction. He is just going to continue drawing art work for the enemy while complaining that they don't like him even though he is totally willing to do anything to make them like him.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 19, 2018 11:58 PM  

He's friends with pedocomic? What the heck. No wonder he can't say anything honest about the alt hero.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 19, 2018 11:59 PM  

Cool thing I didn't realize, Chuck Dixon did the Clinton Cash graphic novel!

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 20, 2018 12:02 AM  

If watching the Duke boys tear ass all over Hazard county doesn't get your blood pumping you're not American.

Blogger David The Good January 20, 2018 12:07 AM  

Were-Puppy wrote:Cool thing I didn't realize, Chuck Dixon did the Clinton Cash graphic novel!

Were-Puppy - you were quite entertaining in the live chat. My hat is off.

Anonymous Anonymous January 20, 2018 12:09 AM  

And now we know what sort of Blue Beetle we could have gotten-- instead of the gang of diversity characters that came in at the end of Infinite Crisis. (Ah, the pain!)

Weird how every critique of comics and movies from the past 20 years keeps invoking the phrase "missed opportunity." Here's another one!

Blogger SteelPalm January 20, 2018 12:13 AM  

@20 Dave

Were you listening? That's pretty much all it was.

You seem slow, but yes, that was the point of my comment. As others mentioned, Van Sciver wasn't much of an interviewer. Luckily, Dixon is a natural talker and carried the conversation.

I had guessed as much beforehand, but the stream confirmed that Chuck isn't nearly as into politics or as right-wing as the folks here, he's just a talented writer who has seen his work dry up as the industry increasingly became SJW-converged. Thus, he is thankful to Vox for the opportunity to work on an interesting comic again.

Very interesting to contrast Dixon's open-minded, charitable, optimistic attitude about Arkhaven to EVS's peevish, pessimistic, and petty outlook.

Blogger Nate January 20, 2018 12:21 AM  

ugh. they spent more time talking about 9/11 than Arkhaven.

Babyboomer much?

Blogger Dave January 20, 2018 12:22 AM  

EVS was lapping it up; he kept telling Chuck that Vox's people were taking over the chat and attacking him; when in truth it was a just a handful of comments by ilk/dread ilk.

Do you call it a podcast? The live chat was recorded and is available on his youtube page.

We need a prize for whoever comes up with the best Manson type name for EVS. I was thinking Dahmer but it should probably be an artist.

Anonymous Just another commenter January 20, 2018 12:23 AM  

Dunno. I took the Manson comment not as a literal name-calling, but a good-natured ribbing, riffing on his "Dark Lord" meme. I don't think he's ballsy enough to be serious. He's a comics geek and artiste, not a hard-left harpy. Not even bold enough to white-knight, I'd bet. That said, he is double-plus-ungood at researching the changed in his environment. That's the second time he's called "Rebel" "Alt-Hero." Not sure if he's slow, distracted, or just really poor neural I/O.

Blogger Nate January 20, 2018 12:23 AM  

"I get the impression that EVS is just extremely, viscerally triggered by the Confederate flag on Rebel's costume and has a hard time seeing anything past that."

He's a yankee.

WE ARE THE GOODGUYS is a huge part of his identity.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 20, 2018 12:24 AM  

Didn't pedocomic refer to Vox as Charles Manson? What decent human listens to pedo dude?

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 20, 2018 12:28 AM  

Daisy Duke! How can you denigrate a culture that produced Daisy Duke?

Blogger Dave January 20, 2018 12:30 AM  

Must be a thing with these youtubers; Capn Cuckings kept telling people Vox was giving away QM AMD#1.

Blogger Nate January 20, 2018 12:41 AM  

Well.. mommy said he was very smart. so clearly Capn is very smart.

right?

Anonymous Ain January 20, 2018 12:56 AM  

"We need a prize for whoever comes up with the best Manson type name for EVS. I was thinking Dahmer but it should probably be an artist."

All that chewing he was doing on his video the other night wasn't a boiled egg. It was people.

Anonymous Matvei January 20, 2018 1:10 AM  

John Wayne Gacy was an artist. Physical similarity?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 20, 2018 2:24 AM  

Casually tosses off a not-quite-ironic comparison to a serial killing cult that wanted to trigger an apocalypse. (Comparison which he took from someone else.)

Expects not to get flak for repeating a hysterical/retarded talking point.

Okay bro, whatever, spines are for men, we get your problem.

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums January 20, 2018 2:30 AM  

To be fair EVS did handle the raid pretty well. He does seem to be turning around and why wouldn't he? He said a bunch of his friends are working for Vox now so the hidden benefits outweigh the costs.

Blogger bob kek mando January 20, 2018 3:28 AM  

13. Matthew January 19, 2018 11:33 PM
He tried twice to equate Vox with Charles Manson. I wonder who prepped him for that.



oh come ON you pansies.

you're letting a CUCKSERVATIVE out troll you. weaksauce.

WE call Vox the Evil Lord of Evil and talk about Blood for the Blood god and Skulls for the Skull Throne and whether silvering skulls for him to drink his prosecco in alters the flavor too much.

he's been called a Nazi and compared to Hitler ... Van Sciver has been called a Nazi ... Trump has been called a Nazi.

WE'VE all been called Nazis.

you nancies need to sack up. if you can't handle a wimpy, KFC eating artfag calling you / Vox a few names ... this revolution ain't getting very far.


19. The Deuce January 19, 2018 11:55 PM
I get the impression that EVS is just extremely, viscerally triggered by the Confederate flag on Rebel's costume and has a hard time seeing anything past that.



because he's a Cuckfag.

but we already knew that, so i don't know why all you all are getting your panties wadded up.

hell, EVS himself notes that it's only in the last 10 years that the Confederate flag became "unacceptable" ... demonstrating once again that Conservatives don't conserve anything except the gains of the Progressive Commies.

something that was being pointed out in the late 1800s ...


33. Brick Hardslab January 20, 2018 12:28 AM
Daisy Duke! How can you denigrate a culture that produced Daisy Duke?


um, i hate to break this to you?

but the culture that "produced" Daisy Duke? was Hollywood, appropriating hillbilly style.


37. Matvei January 20, 2018 1:10 AM
John Wayne Gacy was an artist. Physical similarity?



you know who else was an artist? Hitler.

Blogger The Kurgan January 20, 2018 4:41 AM  

The problem of EVS is very simple:

Gamma meets train-shaped reality
The train is fine

Anonymous Ignaz Semmelweis January 20, 2018 5:30 AM  

Any other comics writer listening will hear

Vox Day pays on time.
Vox Day gives writers full leeway to write as they like.
Vox Day pays on time.
Vox Day listens to people who understand the industry better than he does.
Vox Day pays on time.
Vox Day has expanded Arkhaven beyond AltHero and is looking for more writers.
Vox Day pays on time.
Vox Day has reasonable targets.
Vox Day is a fast learner.

And Vox Day pays on time.

Mr. Dixon did right by the Dark Lord.

Blogger wreckage January 20, 2018 6:34 AM  

Eh, van Sciver seemed fine. Inasmuch as he's working in the industry still, he couldn't give Vox, and by extension everything Vox has ever said, a great big thumbs-up, and I've never gotten the impression Vox was deeply hurt by grudging respect, with is where EVS is going to end up.

Blogger VD January 20, 2018 6:57 AM  

I've never gotten the impression Vox was deeply hurt by grudging respect

Hurt by it? That's the very best kind!

Blogger James Dixon January 20, 2018 8:25 AM  

Ignaz Semmelweis pretty much summarized my points. :)

And I'm getting conflicting edits again. :(

Blogger Gordon Scott January 20, 2018 8:38 AM  

Amazon was a joke; overvalued, always losing money, a pipsqueak, never be able to ship something like dog food economically. Then one day Target, Sears, Walmart and the malls woke up and realized that Amazon stood astride the retail world, because some geek had an idea and the drive to do things differently.

Ethan is the channel lead at Target talking to a major supplier. "Oh, they're a fad, they can't make their model work, we have 1000 actual physical stores where our customers want us to be."

And Chuck is saying, "Sure, but you know what? Our shipments to them are going to pass our shipments to you in 18 months. And, not only do they pay on time, they pay us sooner on better terms than you do.

"And if we need to pass through a price change? It takes 10 minutes. With you, it takes a month, and then we have to spend $100,000 on a third party to visit each store to verify that you guys actually did it."

Blogger tuberman January 20, 2018 8:43 AM  

Chuck had a great monologue. EVS = destructive distraction for me. Mosquitoes, even ones with artist talent, are small irritants.

Blogger tuberman January 20, 2018 9:15 AM  

EVS is a useful tool to help get the word out for Arkhaven. He is a "Foyle," to be dropped into a lime pit, when his usefulness ends. He's disgusting, but again -- just my personal opinion, and he will not grow (closed minded, like a Bill Kristol). He WILL continue to ankle bite, even when it is obvious he's wrong about Arkhaven, and it is destructive to his future.

He will continue to work for DC all the way though the organization being so converged by the advancing SJW alignments that they will treat him like garbage, and he will adjust to them, knuckling under, and walking on egg shells. Tis in his nature, a "moderate."

All of these moderates think they are so talented, that they will be the exception.

Blogger James Jones January 20, 2018 9:20 AM  

This is shaping up nicely, and that interview should put the worries of EVS' followers to rest. Unless they are just irredeemable Cucks.

Anonymous Avalanche January 20, 2018 9:26 AM  

@11 "Even if Dixon didn't speculate that much on Arkhaven itself,"

(Haven't listened yet, downloaded it for later.) Maybe Mr. Dixon is working to 'reach the current fans,' the ones that EVS was so concerned Vox is NOT trying to entice.

I expect Mr. Dixon has decades (?) of experience with THOSE fans... and is priming the pump, salting the mine, laying out some bait, for those fans Ethan is afraid Vox is trying to drive off.

(Or am I more hopeful than I should be for a solid strain of Machiavellian maneuvering in the artist?)

Anonymous Zane Duke January 20, 2018 9:44 AM  

"He's always picking my brain."

This. THIS is the "secret" to Our Host's success. When he's not the "smartest man in the room", he intentionally seeks out and learns from the one who is. Not to surpass that one, but to gain from him.

Would that we all could do the same.

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 20, 2018 10:39 AM  

Dark Lord, picking brains ... sounds like the makings of an evil character in a comic.

Something like

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/attack_of_the_crab_monsters/

Blogger maniacprovost January 20, 2018 10:58 AM  

When do we get a graphic adaptation of "Compost or Die?"

Tell you what, I'll submit a script.

Blogger Michael Maier January 20, 2018 1:25 PM  

Viiidad wrote:What is the takeaway in this interview? Nothing. What is the point? Nothing. Ethan is a good artist. He's a terrible interviewer. He's got a top industry pro on the line and he's rambling around about boring...boring...boring...nothing...

Wrong.

Great interview. Maybe it could have been better but to this former comic geek, it rocked.

Though EVS does come off as a whiny beotch.

Blogger Michael Maier January 20, 2018 1:30 PM  

Nate wrote:"I get the impression that EVS is just extremely, viscerally triggered by the Confederate flag on Rebel's costume and has a hard time seeing anything past that."

He's a yankee.

WE ARE THE GOODGUYS is a huge part of his identity.


Funny. Most northerners don't care one bit about the Civil War, if they think of it at all. Except to morally preen about freeing slaves cuz of relentless indoctrination.

I understand why the South cares ... y'all lost to unprincipled bastards.

But I don't remember anyone being proud of being Northerners growing up. Ever. It's just not a classification we see ourselves in.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 20, 2018 1:34 PM  

Michael Maier wrote:But I don't remember anyone being proud of being Northerners growing up. Ever. It's just not a classification we see ourselves in.
There's a word for when you are unable to see something about yourself that everyone else sees about you.
The reason you don't see it is probably that you define Yankee as "American" and wonder why other people aren't good Americans like you.

Blogger S1AL January 20, 2018 2:28 PM  

Can't speak for Yankees, but in the Western states the Civil War is kinda treated as a historical thing that happened to those other people out East. It's a matter of perspective.

Blogger Michael Maier January 20, 2018 4:21 PM  

Snidely Whiplash wrote:Michael Maier wrote:But I don't remember anyone being proud of being Northerners growing up. Ever. It's just not a classification we see ourselves in.

There's a word for when you are unable to see something about yourself that everyone else sees about you.

The reason you don't see it is probably that you define Yankee as "American" and wonder why other people aren't good Americans like you.


You really are a snide little bitch, aintcha?

Blogger Michael Maier January 20, 2018 4:24 PM  

S1AL wrote:Can't speak for Yankees, but in the Western states the Civil War is kinda treated as a historical thing that happened to those other people out East. It's a matter of perspective.

Exactly.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit January 20, 2018 10:36 PM  

@54 When do we get a graphic adaptation of "Compost or Die?" Tell you what, I'll submit a script.

And that'd be one I'd love to draw. Guaranteed to make fan art.

@56 But I don't remember anyone being proud of being Northerners growing up. Ever. It's just not a classification we see ourselves in.

The Texas grandma told my parents once: "Honey, you and your husband are the North, and your kids are the South... And remember: The North always wins."

Might be "Yankees" don't have that kind of identity; might be just modern yanks are maleducated historical illiterates.



Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 21, 2018 12:51 AM  

Bob, next you'll be telling me Col Klink and Sgt Shultz are not real Germans.

Blogger S1AL January 21, 2018 9:52 AM  

"Might be "Yankees" don't have that kind of identity; might be just modern yanks are maleducated historical illiterates."

The way was fought in the South. That's the difference.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 21, 2018 2:47 PM  

@26 David The Good
Were-Puppy - you were quite entertaining in the live chat. My hat is off.
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I was trying to be a good boy but when EVS keeps saying VD is Charles Manson (WTF?) and then some guy wants a DUDE WEED LMAO hero, what can you do?

Blogger Were-Puppy January 21, 2018 2:50 PM  

@30 Dave

We need a prize for whoever comes up with the best Manson type name for EVS. I was thinking Dahmer but it should probably be an artist.
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I put EVS reminds me of Jim Jones, as a non sequitor to go along parallel with his thing about VD being Charles Manson.

Apparently there is another Jim Jones, and they didn't get the reference XD

It was all in jest anyway :)

Blogger Were-Puppy January 21, 2018 2:54 PM  

@32 Nate
"I get the impression that EVS is just extremely, viscerally triggered by the Confederate flag on Rebel's costume and has a hard time seeing anything past that."

He's a yankee.

WE ARE THE GOODGUYS is a huge part of his identity.
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^^^ THIS.

He also has that coastal type attitude that they are the only people who matter, so all the rest can be sacrificed at the alter of the Yankee virtue signalling.

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