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Monday, July 09, 2018

Darkstream: digital editions



Darkstream: I am the new Marvel supervillain. A clarification for the Alt★Hero backers was requested via email by a backer.
Just a note for future reference; you may or may not feel the need to make a clarification now. In your latest Darkstream, I am the new Marvel supervillain, around the 34:45 mark you mention the backers will receive all 24 digital editions of Alt Hero and Avalon.

The crowdfunding campaign as you know lists this for the $15 digital reader and all levels above that: "This is to receive the first six volumes of Alt★Hero and the first three volumes of Alt★Hero: Avalon in digital format when they are complete."

I always understood this to be 9 digital editions for $15 which is a helluva deal.  However, now I'm questioning if those volumes were originally 48 pages and were each split in two, would it then be 12 volumes and 6 volumes for a total of 18? That is to the point of almost being overly generous; 24 editions for $15 would truly be preposterous.

Anyhow the best news I heard all day was that Dixon has already written 12 editions of Avalon.
I had originally envisioned 48-page digital volumes before discovering, post-campaign, that we could produce affordable 24-page print editions. So, each volume is now two issues. I also neglected to update the $15 Digital Reader reward to reflect the fact that three more volumes (six more issues) of Chuck Dixon's Avalon were funded. But it was always my intention to provide the Digital Reader backers with all the volumes that were funded by the campaign.

So, to be clear, all Alt★Hero backers will be receiving the first 12 digital issues of Alt★Hero as well as the first 12 digital issues of Chuck Dixon's Avalon for free. Preposterous deal or not, the entire Arkhaven team is deeply appreciative of the support Alt★Hero has received, and continues to receive, from the backers and newer supporters of the comics. The foundation we are collectively building is going to be strong enough to support an Arkhaven Comics Universe that will, in time, be capable of taking on both the Marvel and DC empires successfully. But we proceed judiciously, one step at a time.

However, I did misspeak about Mr. Dixon's progress on writing the scripts for CDA and the usual volume/issue confusion is to blame. Mr. Dixon has actually finished the scripts for the first six ISSUES. CDA #1 will be completed tomorrow and will be going out to backers this week, CDA #2 is illustrated and is now being colored, and Frank Fosco is illustrating CDA #3 now. AH #2 will be available in gold logo print edition next week and AH#3 is being colored.

In non-comics news, Wardogs Inc. #3: Metal Monsters will be out this week and Jack Posobiec's 4D Warfare will be out later this month as will John C. Wright's Nowhither: The Drowned World.

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26 Comments:

Blogger The Observer July 09, 2018 8:17 AM  

Marvellous, this deal keeps on getting better and better! I don't regret backing.

Looking forward to both Avalon #1 and AH #3.

Blogger maniacprovost July 09, 2018 8:17 AM  

NOWITHER

I would argue Somewither for the technically best JCW novel. It has the best pacing and there's a lot of potential for the protagonist, although one could argue that that it comes at the cost of less flowery description than usual.

Blogger Hammerli280 July 09, 2018 8:26 AM  

@2: I concur. "Somewhither" is a masterpiece of pacing and plot. And the world is internally consistent...right down to the social effects of reliable horoscopes. Which are not pretty.

Blogger Edgar Abbey July 09, 2018 8:33 AM  

You’re making a great product and filling a demand in the comic book market that wasn’t being met.

Blogger Silent Draco July 09, 2018 8:40 AM  

The deal sounds preposterous until you recall that in exchange Arkhaven and Castalia House are building a complete publishing and distribution frastructure, separate from any SJW influenced or controlled choke points. The deal is then quite reasonable. The implications of the deal are staggering.

I'll keep buying excellent products to fund this enterprise, but this is influencing my whiskey budget.

Blogger VD July 09, 2018 9:00 AM  

The deal is then quite reasonable. The implications of the deal are staggering.

Very few grasp that we literally don't care one iota if we make a single penny on those 24 single issues, in print or in digital. We've even structured the price of the print editions so that we don't make any money on them unless they're bought from Castalia Direct.

That's why they cost $2.99 compared to the May 2018 "average weighted price of comics ordered by shops" at $4.40.

Blogger 2Bfree July 09, 2018 9:31 AM  

Clearly the best $15 I've ever spent on comics in the past 40 years. It's getting 80's pricing. I should have spent more to get the physical copies, wasn't sure it was going to be worth it. Clearly the quality of both writing, illustration and coloring are outstanding, and me being hesitant without seeing finished product was a mistake. I failed to our Evil Dark Lord, and must now do penance (pay full retail for physical copies).

Blogger Al From Bay Shore July 09, 2018 9:45 AM  

This is awesome! That's a lot of comics! I hope Arkhaven blows up! I got the print edition of #1. Patiently awaiting the print edition of #2. I gotta go to my local comic shop and purchase some plastic bags and cardboard backings.

It's been over 20 years since I last purchased a comic. Never thought I'd buy another comic again.

This is a fun ride! One day I'm at the Von Mises website. The next I'm at Captain Capitalism. The next I'm at Dalrock and Roosh. Then I'm watching RamZPaul. Now I'm getting good quality comics, following the Hoteps, and seriously considering getting a copy of "Mutiny In Space" (I've never been a sci fi dude but Quantum Mortis #1 might have opened me up to this genre).

Blogger Brick Hardslab July 09, 2018 9:46 AM  

Is the drowned world new Somewhither?

Blogger VD July 09, 2018 9:50 AM  

Is the drowned world new Somewhither?

More or less. Technically, it is Nowhither.

Blogger Dire Badger July 09, 2018 9:56 AM  

I am seriously looking forward to AH3.

Blogger Dire Badger July 09, 2018 10:01 AM  

@Al from Bay Shore-

If you are digging it, check our Rolf Nelson's "Heretics of St. Possenti."

While it is technically a precursor to part of his science fiction, it is definitely NOT science fiction... it's modern fiction but both a fantastic story as well as illustrating a deep-seated understanding of the male psych that most men simply cannot put into words.

Just, a personal recommendation. Take it or leave it.

Blogger tuberman July 09, 2018 10:11 AM  

8. Al From Bay Shore

Al, check out some Chuck Dixon novels, very enjoyable, every one of them.

Blogger Brad Matthews July 09, 2018 11:39 AM  

Progress on Rebel statues?

Blogger Eduardo July 09, 2018 11:51 AM  

Evol intensifies!

And flaming swords XD.

Blogger CarpeOro July 09, 2018 11:53 AM  

Very impressive amount of work being done at CH. Good to see you are getting the assistance of capable people for the various aspects.

Blogger CarpeOro July 09, 2018 12:34 PM  

Did Marvel give the new Vox villain any VFM? If they did I'm sure they would be modeled on actual SJWs instead of VFM - unintelligent, venal, fawning, cowardly... need I go on?

Blogger pdwalker July 09, 2018 1:12 PM  

It’s going to be a good month, thanks to you and your team. Thanks VD

Blogger James Dixon July 09, 2018 1:13 PM  

> The deal sounds preposterous until you recall that in exchange Arkhaven and Castalia House are building a complete publishing and distribution frastructure, separate from any SJW influenced or controlled choke points. The deal is then quite reasonable. The implications of the deal are staggering.

Why do you think I backed the project? Yes, this was all obvious from the start. But maybe only if you'd read comics for years, seen how far they had fallen, and knew how the comics industry had routinely ripped of it's own creators.

> I failed to our Evil Dark Lord, and must now do penance (pay full retail for physical copies).

Would that all penance was so painless. :) I may have to do the same eventually. For now I'll just settle for the digital copies.

Blogger Starboard July 09, 2018 1:14 PM  

"...AH #2 will be available in gold logo print edition next week and AH#3 is being colored.

In non-comics news, Wardogs Inc. #3: Metal Monsters will be out this week and Jack Posobiec's 4D Warfare will be out later this month as will John C. Wright's Nowhither: The Drowned World"

Insert obligatory and enthusiastic "Take my money!" meme here.

Blogger Greg Hunt July 09, 2018 2:13 PM  

Concur. This is one of the best stories I've read in years.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 09, 2018 2:42 PM  

AH #2 will be available in gold logo print edition next week
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w00t! I'm going to snap this up immediately along with Quantum Mortis #2 .

Any word on future issues of Rebel Dead Revenge and Jeeves ?

Blogger VD July 09, 2018 3:48 PM  

Any word on future issues of Rebel Dead Revenge and Jeeves?

July.

Blogger Starboard July 09, 2018 5:15 PM  

Aw man, I don't know if I can wait until July...
What? It IS July? Ecellent!

Blogger Starboard July 09, 2018 5:16 PM  

I mean "Excellent"

Blogger Allabaster July 09, 2018 10:44 PM  

Nowither? Excellent!

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