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Monday, July 23, 2018

Right Ho, Jeeves #4

THE PRICE OF A DRINK is the fourth issue in the RIGHT HO, JEEVES series, which tells of the travails of the inimitable Bertie Wooster, summoned from the comforts of #3A Berkley Mansions, London to Brinkley Manor by his imperious Aunt Dahlia.

In this issue, Gussie Fink-Nottle has summoned up the courage required to address the collected youth of Market Snodsbury, but it is a liquid courage. Not only that, but he has summoned up entirely too much of it, with hilarious and humiliating consequences for everyone involved.

Adapted from the classic Wodehouse novel by comics legend Chuck Dixon and drawn by SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN illustrator Gary Kwapisz, THE PRICE OF A DRINK is issue #4 of 6 in the RIGHT HO, JEEVES series.

And on a not-entirely-unconnected note, it appears that our competitors are experiencing difficulties and declining sales, which, of course, cannot possibly be connected to their convergence.
Comic book publishers are facing a growing crisis: Flagging interest from readers and competition from digital entertainment are dragging down sales. Hoping to reverse the trend, publishers are creating their own digital platforms to directly connect with readers and encourage more engagement from fans.

The goal is to reach readers who may not live near a comic book shop but want to keep up with the Avengers and the Justice League. Experts say the direct-to-consumer model also helps compete with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video.

“They all look at Netflix and say, ‘Why do I need an intermediary?’” said Milton Griepp, the chief executive of ICv2, an online magazine that covers the industry. “That’s where this battle is being fought.”

Smaller comic book publishers are testing their own direct-to-consumer platforms. Image Comics, the publisher of popular titles like The Walking Dead and Saga, started a direct-to-consumer platform in 2015 to sell comic book subscriptions and apparel.
Of course, Arkhaven Comics already has a direct-to-consumer platform. The latest addition is the gold-logo print edition of Alt-Hero #2: Rebel's Cell.

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18 Comments:

Blogger mike mike July 23, 2018 9:11 AM  

The direct store really is awesome. With the cheapest shipping I usually get my orders in about a week.

Blogger Stickwick Stapers July 23, 2018 10:21 AM  

Flagging interest from readers and competition from digital entertainment are dragging down sales.

How much of it is competition from other media, though? This is often the refrain when sales in one medium slump - blame it on another medium. I remember when box office returns were starting to go down years ago, there was speculation that competition from video games and home theaters accounted for a lot of it.

A simpler explanation is that your medium just sucks.

My husband and I used to be comics nerds. Some habits die hard: we still look through comics sections at local games stores to see if there's anything worth reading. There never is. It's just endless aisles of nihilistic depravity. The only thing on the shelf that's caught my interest in years is hardcover anthologies of comics from the 1970s.

It's not that we don't want to spend the money. We still buy games, and they're expensive. We dropped hundreds of dollars on board and card games in the last year alone. My guess is that games - which have never been better - are the main thing keeping these shops open.

It's great that Arkhaven is competitive online. Hopefully, y'all can break into brick-and-mortar shops eventually. We still prefer to buy books and comics locally, and probably a lot of other people do, too.

Blogger VD July 23, 2018 10:38 AM  

It's great that Arkhaven is competitive online. Hopefully, y'all can break into brick-and-mortar shops eventually. We still prefer to buy books and comics locally, and probably a lot of other people do, too.

Now that CDA #1 and AH#2 print are ready, we are in the process of gearing up for the campaign.

Blogger Shimshon July 23, 2018 11:04 AM  

I get this message:

Aerio does not sell this book in your area, but please check for availability at your local bookstore.


I get that (((Israel))) is not served, but I also have a US address and a US card. Is a blanket block needed?

Blogger VD July 23, 2018 11:07 AM  

I get that (((Israel))) is not served, but I also have a US address and a US card. Is a blanket block needed?

Yes. Right now, it's US-only. October or November for UK and EU. Don't know if that includes Israel or not, but I'll find out.

Blogger S1AL July 23, 2018 11:17 AM  

"My guess is that games - which have never been better - are the main thing keeping these shops open."

In my experience (and I've spent a lot of time in hobby shops/have friends who own them), this is accurate. I mentioned to the local owner that someone was going to be breaking Diamond's monopoly, and his ears perked up. He does pet good business for a small town, but it's 90% games and snacks. Only comics he sells are foreign.

Blogger Resident Moron™ July 23, 2018 11:23 AM  

I love the way they say “encourage more engagement from fans” when they mean “cut staff and charge the fans for the privilege of doing the work for free” ...

Blogger Uindo July 23, 2018 12:44 PM  

The innovator's Dilemma dictates that DC/Marvel will try very hard and spend lots of money to break into the Arkhaven market but will fail because of internal pressures to keep the paper brick and mortar going.

A version of that happened to one of my favorite Marvel stories which was Ultimate's Evil Reed Richards saga which was ruined, made bad by editors who overrode the writer's wishes, because it was outselling the mainstream avengers and fantastic four. Internal pressures to 'keep the flagship afloat' nomatter how decrepid and outdated killed Evil Reed and will kill this too.

Blogger Trinian July 23, 2018 1:57 PM  

I enjoyed Right Ho, Jeeves #4 immensely! The artwork beautifully complements the dialog. I hope to look forward to more P. G. Wodehouse!

Blogger Dave July 23, 2018 4:27 PM  

Vox, in the Castalia Direct Bookstore the AH#2 pub date is listed as 7/28 and it's coming up as a preorder charging/shipping on 7/28. Looks odd when CDA #1 has pub date of 5/22. It's only 5 days but if it's a small matter of changing the pub date to enable immediate shipment I would probably have them in my hands by the end of the week.

Also small nitpick, the thumbnail for the Castalia Nonfiction Collection is van Creveld's Hitler in Hell.

Blogger Nathan Housley July 23, 2018 4:34 PM  

Marvel's sales will continue to drop. Seanan McGuire is the newest pink SF writer to join Marvel (and Star Wars, and Disney...) RIP X-Men.

With how Disney is collecting a writing stable of the pink alt-life weirdos that ruined science fiction, looks like the final boss might be the Mouse proper.

Blogger SouthRon July 23, 2018 5:34 PM  

OT: Chuck Dixon's Avalon as meme against Pedowood courtesy of Mr. Ghost Tiger on Twitter.

Previously posted in the wrong thread.

Blogger James Dixon July 23, 2018 7:22 PM  

> Chuck Dixon's Avalon as meme against Pedowood

My only complaint would be that it left out the best line of the book: "When you get to hell..."

Blogger James Dixon July 23, 2018 8:59 PM  

> THE PRICE OF A DRINK is the fourth issue in the RIGHT HO, JEEVES series,

Vox, you do realize it's not fair to release comics faster than I can find time to read them, don't you? :)

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit July 24, 2018 4:30 AM  

Any timeline on the print copies for #3 and #4? They really are lovely books.

Blogger VD July 24, 2018 5:40 AM  

Any timeline on the print copies for #3 and #4?

Probably before the end of September.

Blogger Dave July 24, 2018 8:57 AM  

Ordered a couple each AH #2 and CDA #1 along with Superluminary. Couldn't resist priority shipping for another $1.50 should see package in a few days.

Blogger Jew613 July 24, 2018 4:44 PM  

Vox, I had heard of Wodehouse but never read him before the comics. Wow was I missing out. So far I'm loving Bertie's adventures. If not for your comics I doubt I'd ever have read P.G. Wodehouse. Thank you.

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