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Friday, March 09, 2018

Snicker-snack

I seem to recall someone observing that further declines in the traditional comics market are highly probable.
Marvel managed to take lead for both sales numbers and revenue raised in terms of that marketshare. Marvel Comics had a 34.86% retailer dollar share and a 36.94% unit share compared to DC’s  31.79% dollar share and a 36.61% unit share.... However the market itself is still slumping. 2017 was down around 10% on 2016. And the year to date for 2018 is down on January and February 2017 by 6.8%. Not a great start.
Let's see, a 6.8% decline from $79.7 million is... $73.4 million, only $1.4 million more than my forecast. Considering the nature of the changes at DC and Marvel, we can be confident that 2018 will be down more than 6.8% by the end of the year. And, in fact, year-to-date unit sales are down 15.61% already. But don't worry, real change is coming... and it is off the chain. What is exciting is that more and more veteran illustrators and colorists are hearing about us and getting in touch, learning about our new, flexible business models that give them a real interest in the success of their creations, and signing on with both Arkhaven and Dark Legion.


Wardogs Inc. in action.

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43 Comments:

Blogger Ostar March 09, 2018 6:17 PM  

Vox, I bet you never thought you would be working in comic books, let alone leading a revolution in them.
But keep up the great work!

Blogger Jew613 March 09, 2018 6:30 PM  

Now this may be crazy talk, but its almost as if people enjoy great stories in comic form without SJW politics shoved down their throats.

OpenID markstoval March 09, 2018 6:39 PM  

" ... learning about our new, flexible business models that give them a real interest in the success of their creations ..."

Giving the creators a stake in the success of the comic? Leaving the SJW bull shit out of it?

Damn, that just might work! :-)

Blogger Ingot9455 March 09, 2018 6:46 PM  

It's almost like you've read Jim Shooter's blog.

Blogger David The Good March 09, 2018 6:46 PM  

Now I want a Wardogs T-shirt.

Blogger Dirtnapninja March 09, 2018 6:52 PM  

Go woke.
Go broke.

Social justice does not create. It only wrecks.

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 09, 2018 6:54 PM  

Looks like Starship Troopers. Can't wait to read it!

Blogger Looking Glass March 09, 2018 6:57 PM  

The real disruption is finding ways to move the profits that go to the publishers back more into the hands of the creators, while taking much less of a cut. This buys massive self-interest from the creators, while undercutting the current market leaders.

This applies in a lot of fields, though you see how SV does it by throwing gobs of money until they conquer market share (while hoping to make a profit by IPO). I look forward to the disruption and that book. That just screams awesome and I don't absolutely nothing about it.

Blogger Doug Cranmer March 09, 2018 6:58 PM  

Ostar wrote:Vox, I bet you never thought you would be working in comic books, let alone leading a revolution in them.

And just starting out in the NoBoys days it was probably just all about getting laid.

Well done!

Blogger Nate March 09, 2018 6:59 PM  

this is what happens when someone outside an industry steps in with real fresh ideas.. and applies a couple decades of experience to the venture.

Blogger Madame Ringading March 09, 2018 7:03 PM  

Looks like some good, clean Hammer's Slammers/Dorsai fun. Can't wait for it. What do I read/make comics for?




THIS.

Blogger James Dixon March 09, 2018 7:22 PM  

> What is exciting is that more and more veteran illustrators and colorists are hearing about us and getting in touch, learning about our new, flexible business models that give them a real interest in the success of their creations, and signing on with both Arkhaven and Dark Legion.

All is proceeding as I have foreseen. Did I tell people so or not?

Blogger Daniel Bendele March 09, 2018 7:45 PM  

Still. Not. Tired.

Blogger pyrrhus March 09, 2018 7:52 PM  

I assume that the Deep State will compensate these propagandists for their losses...

Blogger Nate March 09, 2018 7:52 PM  

I am not taking away any credit from Vox when I say this... but the success of Alt-Hero has as much to do with the sad state and myopic inbreeding of the comic industry as it does with his business acumen.

That is not to say just anyone could do what he's doing. I am NOT saying that.

But the utter stupidity of those in the comics industry cannot be overstated.

Blogger Jeff Beck March 09, 2018 8:30 PM  

When is avalon #1 coming out?

Blogger GK Chesterton March 09, 2018 8:35 PM  

Ugh...more money.

Blogger Dave March 09, 2018 8:39 PM  

However the market itself is still slumping

"Yeah, that's it, just a lil' downturn in the market. It'll bounce back any day now. In the meantime, we're gonna keep shovin' that diversity and inclusion down their throats, so they better just get used to it."

Comic Industry Veteran Spokesperson

Blogger Jon Mollison March 09, 2018 8:53 PM  

That's a great splash page. Can't wait to read it.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 09, 2018 9:25 PM  

IT'S OFF THE HEEZY YOUNG JEEZY

Blogger David The Good March 09, 2018 9:32 PM  

Nate wrote:I am not taking away any credit from Vox when I say this... but the success of Alt-Hero has as much to do with the sad state and myopic inbreeding of the comic industry as it does with his business acumen.

That is not to say just anyone could do what he's doing. I am NOT saying that.

But the utter stupidity of those in the comics industry cannot be overstated.


"Success comes most swiftly and completely not to the greatest or perhaps even to the ablest men, but to those whose gifts are most completely in harmony with the taste of their times."

Blogger Nate March 09, 2018 9:34 PM  

Amen. Also the Romans were wrong it should be IIXdad

Blogger Steven Johnson March 09, 2018 9:51 PM  

With the T-shaped visors and the external ammo belts, these look at lot like Valiant's Armorines. Who drew that again?

Blogger Jon Mollison March 09, 2018 10:11 PM  

It is no insult to congratulate a man for recognizing and exploiting an opportunity created by the failure of others.

Blogger Bobiojimbo March 09, 2018 10:27 PM  

Cool sketch! Reminds me of the glitter boys from Pallidium's Rifts, but much better than their stock art.

Blogger Killua March 09, 2018 11:23 PM  

Congratulations! So much winning here. Vox will be a comic legend!

Blogger Ahärôwn March 09, 2018 11:34 PM  

David The Good wrote:Now I want a Wardogs T-shirt.

Me too, and I don't even wear T-shirts.

This looks great, Vox!

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira March 10, 2018 2:10 AM  

Vox! I also warned all my comics friends, even before Alt-Hero was announced. My comic subscription had been cancelled long before that. Alt-Hero was one of the indicators that I pointed out to them, to show them that things are changing. First the Marvel guys, now the DC fans are waking up. The new generation is taking over.

Blogger Duke Norfolk March 10, 2018 6:43 AM  

The value of all those first edition AltHero books is growing even before I get them.

Bravo!

Blogger Avalanche March 10, 2018 7:14 AM  

@17 "Ugh...more money."

Yeah, but we laugh with delight why we cry...

Blogger Avalanche March 10, 2018 7:14 AM  

**Yeah, but we laugh with delight while we cry...

Blogger GithYankee March 10, 2018 7:31 AM  

Well Amazon deleted all holocaust revisionist books from its shelves; it may still do the same to any anti-narrative content. I don't think they will though, at a certain point money talks.

OT: A rare moment of co-op play in the alt right - Rebel Yell podcast interviews Martin Van Creveld. I thought it went pretty great actually
https://therightstuff.biz/2018/03/02/rebel-yell-307-martin-van-creveld-as-he-pleases/

Blogger Silly but True March 10, 2018 8:39 AM  

Marvel Milkshake Girl & Gwenpool editor is out at Marvel after it cancels that epitome of divergence. She’s left comics completely for Sports Betting:
https://www.newsarama.com/38995-marvel-s-heather-antos-leaves-for-esports-betting-e-i-c-role.html

Probably a new market for VD in a year.

Blogger Daniel March 10, 2018 9:45 AM  

ROM the Space Knight! That is awesome.

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 10, 2018 11:07 AM  

Are you planning any super hero comics a kid can read. Besides swan knights son?

Blogger Were-Puppy March 10, 2018 11:12 AM  

@34 Daniel
ROM the Space Knight! That is awesome.
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That was the first thing that came to mind here as well. But they really don't look like Rom after all.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit March 10, 2018 12:10 PM  

@6 I'm going to try to put that in a meme. D'you want to be credited?

Blogger Nakota Publishing March 10, 2018 2:06 PM  

Eagerly awaiting the new comics!

Blogger Brick Hardslab March 10, 2018 7:00 PM  

Any chance for a Conan Warlord type comic? I'm in the mood for savage swords and foul sorcery. Anyone have the rights t to Kane or horseclans_?

L

Blogger VD March 10, 2018 7:22 PM  

Any chance for a Conan Warlord type comic? I'm in the mood for savage swords and foul sorcery.

Very good indeed. But not yet.

Blogger Geoarrge March 10, 2018 10:35 PM  

I really need to get better at drawing, and concentrate on one story to finish. My sci-fi setting document is getting huge. I meant to start with the early period of interstellar colonization, but the gun debate has got me writing the timeline of World War 3 and the history of early rayguns.

Blogger ZaijiaN March 11, 2018 11:16 AM  

Steven Johnson wrote:With the T-shaped visors and the external ammo belts, these look at lot like Valiant's Armorines. Who drew that again?

My first thought exactly! Penciller for the series was Jim Calafiore.

Very similar style: http://valiant.wikia.com/wiki/Armorines_Vol_1_0?file=Armorines_Vol_1_0.jpg

Blogger Dave March 11, 2018 11:51 AM  

Discuss with the artist here:

http://forum.altherocomics.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=43&sid=4193cc56482a872fab66edde2326d020

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