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Monday, July 30, 2018

The name is Arkhaven

As I've pointed out before, the Right has no idea how to cooperate or play follow-the-leader:
I'm in Chuck's comics circle online. I really feel like ALL OF US trying to do our Right Wing comics need to band together to form our own "Marvel" because it's EXTREMELY hard to make comics without having any name. Here's my AltRight web comic.
The alternative to Marvel and DC has already been created. We are well into the process of building the necessary infrastructure at Arkhaven. While we're getting excellent support from both comics fans as well as culture warriors, and while we're building key strategic relationships with a variety of partners, we still have relatively little support from a) the conservative media, b) the social media stars, or c) the aforementioned comics circle.

Now, just to be clear, that's absolutely fine. I'm not complaining about it. We never counted on it. We have always been of the Gideon mindset; it's better to have 300 warriors at your back than 10,000 counter-signaling moderates.

There are a number of obstacles to what this gentleman wants to accomplish. First, the attention-seekers can't stand for anyone else to be the leader, no matter who it is. See: Comicsgate. Second, right-wingers are individualists who tend to focus on maximizing their personal situation at the expense of building institutions and organizations capable of supporting them. See: Milo Inc's abortive attempt to create a publishing house. Third, moderates will not accept radical leadership for fear of rejection by the Left whose approval they still seek. See: Diversity & Comics and many indy authors.

Imagine where we would be if all those indy authors and social media stars and Baen authors had been willing to work out mutually beneficial deals with Castalia House. We'd already be in a much stronger position to defend the interests of everyone on the Right. Instead, it's just more dog-eat-dog competition in a negative-sum game as Amazon methodically drains the pool of available ebook money. It will almost certainly be the same thing in comics, with one or two big winners and everyone else scrambling for the scraps. Again, not complaining, merely observing and analyzing.

Now, there are those who have recognized the situation, bought into the vision, and gotten on board. As for the others, a few will do great on their own, although they will fail to build any lasting institutions, and the rest will muddle along in obscurity. And while not everyone will acknowledge it now, eventually it will become obvious that the right-wing alternative was born on the very first day of the Alt-Hero campaign.

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Blogger Dirk Manly July 30, 2018 11:50 AM  

Last Again...

I don't know why so many on the right don't seem to understand that voluntary cooperation is NOTHING like forced collectivization, and furthermore, that it is always, and constantly necessary to fight the left.

Blogger Dave July 30, 2018 11:52 AM  

And while not everyone will acknowledge it now, eventually it will become obvious that the right-wing alternative was born on the very first day of the Alt-Hero campaign.

Amen, brother.

Blogger Hammerli280 July 30, 2018 11:54 AM  

I'm reminded of Heinlein's observation that it is far easier to take over an existing political party than to build your own up from scratch. This is true in many areas.

Unfortunately, there are people who would rather be the big frog in a small puddle than a medium-sized frog in a large lake.

Blogger David The Good July 30, 2018 11:58 AM  

American Zarathustra is like a Chick tract.

Blogger Chris Ritchie July 30, 2018 12:02 PM  

Not a big comics fan here. However, I do want to support what Vox and his team are doing so I bought the first issues of Alt Hero, Quantum Mortis, and Avalon. Great work from an aesthetic standpoint. Thanks for the hard work to build something, not just complain. We should all follow that example.

Blogger Al K. Annossow July 30, 2018 12:03 PM  

Many new businesses fail. Some with good product but poor execution get incorporated into the better performing businesses. I like that Vox is not unnecessarily trash talking those who may have a future need to join in with Arkhaven if they can't make it on their own. If they mostly fail and need an alternative platform, their pride won't prevent them from doing so. But of course, Arkhaven is also likely to get too many attempted hanger-ons of inadequate quality (some businesses should fail because it's the product, not the execution, that is the problem). It seems like Vox has the right mix of vision, talent, and experience in all the needed talent domains.

Blogger The Observer July 30, 2018 12:04 PM  

I don't know why so many on the right don't seem to understand that voluntary cooperation is NOTHING like forced collectivization, and furthermore, that it is always, and constantly necessary to fight the left.

I think it's partly because the idea has been monopolised by the left and made dirty for the right. Communism, socialism, etc, have tarred with the same brush the kind of voluntary cooperation between people who know and can vouch for each other.

It's also probably partly because the self-made man features so prominently in the American mythos - pull yourself up by your bootstraps, the rags to riches story, the rugged individualist who doesn't need anyone.

A natural consequence of the atomisation of people and dissolving of the organic bonds which held people together.

Blogger Jehu July 30, 2018 12:05 PM  

Low agreeability is just the cross that the actual not-left right now has to bear. Pretty much anyone with high agreeability in the current meta is going to be a cuck at best. Kind of like how I was discussing with my pastor that in the current circumstances in the church, you kind of need to be an asshole to avoid being a heretic.

Blogger Chris Ritchie July 30, 2018 12:10 PM  

It's also probably partly because the self-made man features so prominently in the American mythos - pull yourself up by your bootstraps, the rags to riches story, the rugged individualist who doesn't need anyone.

A big lie to keep us all separated and trying to start over, every generation, and build something on you own. It's still being propagandized too. Once in awhile a big celebrity like Sting will come out and say how he's not planning on giving his children anything. They have to do it on their own, like he did.

But observe how institutions and generational wealth are passed on by the elite. I notice that the current 37 year old publisher of the New York Times is a legacy. His dad held the same position. Curious.

We on the right need to reject the self-made man myth. Yes there are a few outliers. But most make it in concert with others. The U.S. west wasn't settled by lone gunslingers. Entire communities moved west and settled it together.

Blogger Chris Ritchie July 30, 2018 12:14 PM  

Kind of like how I was discussing with my pastor that in the current circumstances in the church, you kind of need to be an asshole to avoid being a heretic.

I had a meeting with my pastor to discuss where things were going. Told him explicitly that we left another church because they insisted on preaching psychology (think Peale) instead of the Bible.

Next Sunday's sermon: How Seven Habits of Highly Effective People can help you.

/FACEPALM

I'm not sure if it was a deliberate "in your face" but the timing was definitely suspect.

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey July 30, 2018 12:15 PM  

I was a comics fan as kid, but have gotten back into it thanks to Arkhaven. I do have children and when they were young I did try to get them into comics like I used to be. That couldn't really be done, the only places to buy comics were the comics books stores and all the product on offer wasn't suitable for minors. Everything I found was all twisted, screwed up stuff. So it's been like this for a while, getting only worse with SJW convergence all the time.


Hooray for Arkhaven. Blaze the trail for something, anything that isn't for screwed up, twisted, tragically hip, SJW-ified rot. Might even save the whole comics industry, because right now the industry is doing a poor job of on-boarding newer generations of fans.

Blogger lowercaseb July 30, 2018 12:17 PM  

David The Good wrote:American Zarathustra is like a Chick tract.

Took the words right out of my mouth.

That said...I am waiting for the agents of F.A.D.A.M. to set up their hidden sanctuary in the neglected and overrun Avalon Municipal Park. There have been whispers of a shadowy creature that smells of rotting vegetables and mutters in barely recognizable Russian...but the city gov't has been quite adamant that that the creature known as Kompost is just rumours. The city has real problems to hunt down and investigate.

Blogger Elijah July 30, 2018 12:19 PM  

i had not looked at a comic in 25 years but i am fully on board with arkhaven and alt hero. being a backer has been exciting and i also buy another one as soon as i get my free copy.

Blogger Looking Glass July 30, 2018 12:20 PM  

Dirk Manly wrote:Last Again...

I don't know why so many on the right don't seem to understand that voluntary cooperation is NOTHING like forced collectivization, and furthermore, that it is always, and constantly necessary to fight the left.


Controlled Opposition & Vanity, but mostly Vanity. And, especially in the Media aspect, most that are there are so highly self-selected such that they'd be on the Left but for a different upbringing.

Vox is also somewhat of a notable exception to being heavily involved in athletics while growing up. Ever notice "Media Figure" and "On the Right" tend to be rather bookish? And especially bad at team sports? It strikes me you're more likely to find athletic (in youth) and "On the Right" running a petro-chemical company than being a talking head. (This is also true with the Left, in the media, as well. You don't see a lot of 3-sport athletes on MSNBC, either.)

Media-focused stuff is so heavily on the optics side of things, I'd argue there needs to be something a little wrong with you to want to be involved. One could argue this is intentional, as it keeps the Right out of the Media and in the dark. (See: The Academy for the exact same move.) It becomes a self-reinforcing issue.

Blogger Al K. Annossow July 30, 2018 12:22 PM  

I think some of the problem is simply emotional trust. Someone pours their heart into their creation and then has to turn it over to someone else to present it to others. Castalia House has an advantage there since it has a history of working with authors, not just it's own creations. When ready to expand, Castalia House already has and is continuously building some great marketing points to attract comic talent. But of course, the screening out and the hand holding process creates overhead.

Blogger Shimshon July 30, 2018 12:26 PM  

Milo would've been much better off signing up with Castalia House. It's no longer 2015. Castalia a large and growing corpus of work of incredible variety. These people need to become more vile and faceless, not grow big egos with grand designs of going it alone.

Blogger Looking Glass July 30, 2018 12:28 PM  

@3 Hammerli280

One thing I always find myself coming back to is the thought, "why am I having to re-invent the wheel?". Partially, for my purposes, it comes down to information being lost to history & specific suppression of information, but I have to encountered enough of it that it's becoming a running theme. Now, it's extremely valuable to own Wheel 2.0, but it's also a sign of extremely large problems ahead.

It's a bit like when an Government is in collapse. CA is currently banning plastic straws, but SanFran is covered in human fecal matter. They're spinning their wheels on trivial things because they lack the Will, Ability and Capability to address their problems. It normally means the previous regime is soon to be executed by whoever comes next, but, for our case, it's actually a sign of a massive money making opportunity. The issue is that those that figured out a living on the outskirts of the old System are generally incapable of building things well enough to trust they can survive in a new paradigm.

It's Vanity and like being the Outsider with a Victim Complex. That's a very comfortable place for a lot of people to be. Much like any hoarder will tell you about their garbage strewn home.

Blogger James Jones July 30, 2018 12:31 PM  

To - americanzarathustra@gmail.com


Good Day.

Why aren't you working with Vox Day at Arkhaven comics, with people like Chuck Dixon? I can't understand why you'd start a new platform when he has already put the infrastructure in place to get comics into stores - even over here in the UK.

It would be amazing to see you guys work together. You're looking for a colourist - he has them. Please work together and build something truly great rather than comoetimg projects. There are so many people desperate for what you guys are doing, but together, you could build a proper alternative to Marvel/DC.

Regards,

James Jones.

Blogger Lance E July 30, 2018 12:37 PM  

The same thing seems to have happened with social media itself. "We need an alternative to YouTube!" Great, now we have a half-dozen alternatives to YouTube, all of which are failing or struggling. Likewise with "we need an alternative to Twitter!"

Meanwhile all the boomercons still watch Fox News and think they've escaped from the lefty bubble.

Blogger Longtime Lurker July 30, 2018 12:43 PM  

As an Alt Hero backer, I could not have expected a stronger start from Arkhaven than it has already demonstrated. Step by systematic step, the juggernaut is coming together.

Blogger Aeoli July 30, 2018 12:47 PM  

It may be necessary to invent a new form of shaming by association. That is, proactively seeking out and shaming people for failure to constructively associate with anyone at all. There is an optimum average size and heterogeneity for dissident groups and projects, but we could obviously benefit from a bit more unthinking orthodoxy at this moment.

Please consider it.

Blogger Unknown July 30, 2018 12:50 PM  

@19

It is particularly annoying to me when someone marches off vowing to create the next YouTube killer, and then proceeds to duplicate YouTube, right down to the burning giant piles of money business model. Vidme.com, I'm looking at you, here.

Blogger Looking Glass July 30, 2018 12:50 PM  

@19 Lance E

The real issue, when someone says that, isn't that they want an Alternative. They just want a functional version of what is available right now. Structurally, that's a very, very different thing, while at the same time mostly just complaining to complain. They also don't a Free Lunch, which is the reason the Elites funnel money into sink holes to keep certain things afloat. It prevents any actual competition.

Blogger freddie_mac July 30, 2018 12:52 PM  

Look at the formation of Image Comics in the 1990s as the "best case" scenario. Dueling egos, lack of business experience, inability to meet schedules, poor quality product. However, the Image founders were very popular creators at the time, so lots of people were willing to follow Todd McFarlane or Jim Lee to their new publishing venture. Who, among these right-leaning creators, has a similar cachet with current comic fans?

https://infogalactic.com/info/Image_Comics

Blogger Doktor Jeep July 30, 2018 12:53 PM  

The "right" still suffers from the mind virus of hyper-individuality.
While failing to notice how lockstep the left is, and failing to wonder why they beat us like a redheaded stepchild for the last two generations.
And if they do notice, they don't change because they still want to be the big deal. Maybe they get to be a kappo in the Gulag that their stupidity will land us all in.

Blogger English Tom July 30, 2018 1:03 PM  

@Hammerli280

Re: Heinlein's observation that it is easier to take over an existing organisation than to build a new one.

This is precisely what Hitler and Stalin did.

Blogger Jill July 30, 2018 1:05 PM  

In many ways, I'm guilty of the individualist who wants to do my own thing and not rely on anyone else. It's kind of stupid and prideful, which I realized a long time ago, but it's hard to stop. It's no doubt been part of why I've gotten nowhere in my self-publishing. At the same time, CH is closed to submissions (or it was a while back?), and I am, for the first time, writing the kind of book I would even consider worthy of submitting there. I will continue supporting CH authors, though. All in all, I would say this article fits into "the truth hurts" category.

Blogger English Tom July 30, 2018 1:07 PM  

@Chris Ritchie

Re: the pastor's sermon.

That wasn't a facepalm, that was a face slap. Did you get the message?

Blogger English Tom July 30, 2018 1:08 PM  

@Chris Ritchie

I don't think he wants you there lad. Too much of a 'disruptive influence.'

Blogger S1AL July 30, 2018 1:10 PM  

The entire point of federalism is to embrace both individuality and cooperation. That needs to be embraced at a cultural level first.

Blogger R Webfoot July 30, 2018 1:16 PM  

Do you have some sort of polished, general pitch about specifically how working with you would be more advantageous than striking it alone? For instance, you mentioned distribution channels - somebody who is just getting involved will likely have no idea have no idea how much time and effort you can spare them getting that set up, so a detailed explanation of the steps they would be skipping could help.

Blogger Weouro July 30, 2018 1:24 PM  

You're right. I read somewhere that Chick tracts are the most successful comic in history going by numbers. An alt right morality comic would be hilarious

Blogger Lazarus July 30, 2018 1:33 PM  

Next Sunday's sermon: How Seven Habits of Highly Effective People can help you.

AMOS 8:11Behold! the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. 12People will stagger from sea to sea and roam from north to east, seeking the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.…

Blogger Looking Glass July 30, 2018 1:37 PM  

Weouro wrote:You're right. I read somewhere that Chick tracts are the most successful comic in history going by numbers. An alt right morality comic would be hilarious

In hindsight, Chick's real problem was the quality of the writing.

Blogger maniacprovost July 30, 2018 1:39 PM  

It may be necessary to invent a new form of shaming by association. That is, proactively seeking out and shaming people for failure to constructively associate with anyone at all.

This is a bit of a contradiction, since shaming is exclusionary. You'll need to carefully tailor your approach so that you get the best possible results from this is of the Aeoli Pera(TM) brand platform.

Blogger Jon D. July 30, 2018 1:40 PM  

Yeah you've been the only one actually working on building the competitive infrastructure. Everyone's got their individual books but Akrhaven is where it's at. I believe in it, which is why I'll stick with Akrhaven and Dark Legion!

Blogger VD July 30, 2018 1:43 PM  

Look at the formation of Image Comics in the 1990s as the "best case" scenario. Dueling egos, lack of business experience, inability to meet schedules, poor quality product. However, the Image founders were very popular creators at the time, so lots of people were willing to follow Todd McFarlane or Jim Lee to their new publishing venture. Who, among these right-leaning creators, has a similar cachet with current comic fans?

Ethan van Sciver.

The problem is that artists are not writers. They are as bad at writing as the average writer is at drawing.

One thing I'm thinking about doing at Dark Legion is pairing up writers with illustrators. The illustration is more work, but the writing is more important, so perhaps we'll do a 20/30/50 split between writer/illustrator/publisher. I'll have to kick this around with some interested parties.

Do you have some sort of polished, general pitch about specifically how working with you would be more advantageous than striking it alone?

No, because at the moment, doing it alone is probably better for the average writer good enough to be of interest to us. That will change as our infrastructure strategy is implemented.

Blogger Uncle John's Band July 30, 2018 1:55 PM  

Using common distribution also brings material together in an easy to find place for readers and facilitates retail ordering. The strategic target is “Marvel” not “Spider-Man”, and that is only viable with some semblance of a united product line.

@ 24. freddie_mac

“Look at the formation of Image Comics in the 1990s as the "best case" scenario.”

And look at Image today to see the upside of the all flash no strategy approach. We also don’t have the resources yet. The long game needs a careful foundation.

Blogger stevo July 30, 2018 2:03 PM  

I want to buy print copies of the series but all I can find online is the kindle versions.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 30, 2018 2:04 PM  

I took a look at his offering, and I would never want my brand associated with it. The art is pretty good, but the story consists entirely of "Let me beat you over the head with my political agenda." It's exactly what all the Lefties were certain Alt-Hero would be.
That said, there's a place for that sort of comic, there always has been. It's called underground, along with Fritz the Cat, Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Best Buy and Zap, R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton.

I can't see Vox getting involved with that sort of scene, it's just too marginal and radioactive. On the other hand, breaking Diamond and opening comic shops to other vendors means there may soon be a space where an underground comic scene could thrive again.

Blogger Matthew McDaniel July 30, 2018 2:05 PM  

Snidely is spot on.

Blogger Looking Glass July 30, 2018 2:12 PM  

stevo wrote:I want to buy print copies of the series but all I can find online is the kindle versions.

https://aerbook.com/store/castalia/Arkhaven_Comics/7135

Blogger cavalier973 July 30, 2018 2:13 PM  

One of the best comics available (free of charge!) is "The Order of the Stick". The author, Rich Burlew, created his,own distributiin channel--that being his own website.

Blogger VD July 30, 2018 2:19 PM  

I took a look at his offering, and I would never want my brand associated with it. The art is pretty good, but the story consists entirely of "Let me beat you over the head with my political agenda." It's exactly what all the Lefties were certain Alt-Hero would be.

That's what I meant about the artists not being able to write. These guys don't understand that they are trying to recreate Image, not Marvel. And Image didn't work.

Blogger Lovekraft July 30, 2018 2:38 PM  

Have to break the Diamond Distribution Blockade.

Blogger AnvilTiger July 30, 2018 2:51 PM  

It is true though that Castalia House is not open to unsolicited submissions, and does not provide a contact method on their site. In contrast, Baen provides an easy way to provide unsolicited submissions. I think this means that Castalia House will only communicate via an agent?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 30, 2018 3:05 PM  

No, It means that Castalia/Arkhaven's pipeline is full, and there's no pint in accepting submissions because they would not get published any time soon.

Blogger English Tom July 30, 2018 3:18 PM  

@Vox

Pairing up writers and illustrators should create good synergy.

Blogger English Tom July 30, 2018 3:20 PM  

@Snidely Whiplash

I was much enamoured of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in the late 1970's. Just don't get me started on Fat Freddies cat!

Blogger Wolfman at Large July 30, 2018 3:50 PM  

Self-made men are rightfully celebrated in myth and legend in part because they are incredibly rare. Also it is very difficult to pull yourself up by the bootstraps when some fucker keeps stealing your boots.

But slightly less rare and considerably more important are the men who can turn a small amount of support into great victories. Contributing to society is all well and good but enabling others to contribute and to make those efforts worthwhile when they would have otherwise been completely wasted is truly a gift from God.

Blogger Matt Robison July 30, 2018 4:03 PM  

If Castalia ever wants to get into children's books, just say the word. Talk about a an industry that is rushing toward the diversity bandwagon.

I'd love to have support instead of trying to do stuff on my own at http://threefoldword.com/. I enjoy the business and marketing aspects, the rush of a crowdfund, even when it fails.

But man, sometimes I just want to create cool books.

Blogger VD July 30, 2018 4:23 PM  

I think this means that Castalia House will only communicate via an agent?

No, we've just learned that the unsolicited submissions have never cut it.

Blogger David The Good July 30, 2018 4:52 PM  

Yes. Chick tracts had great art. The writing was stilted, but they were trying to jam a lot into a short comic. And talk about a distribution model!

Blogger David The Good July 30, 2018 4:55 PM  

VD wrote:I think this means that Castalia House will only communicate via an agent?

No, we've just learned that the unsolicited submissions have never cut it.


I used to read through some of Bruce Bethke's slushpile. After a few hours of pain, you'd finally hit one and think "hey, this is almost good," then set it aside. The next day you'd start fresh and realize the "almost good" one was an electric bill you accidentally mixed into the pile.

Blogger Last Redoubt July 30, 2018 4:58 PM  

I understand the pipeline is full but if space ever freed up - what would be a good way to get an indie author brought to your attention?

Blogger VD July 30, 2018 4:59 PM  

I understand the pipeline is full but if space ever freed up - what would be a good way to get an indie author brought to your attention?

Email a link to Amazon reviews of something you've published.

Blogger Last Redoubt July 30, 2018 5:00 PM  

@54. David The Good

Read through a few early slush entries for CH. One of the early ones had potential but needed significant work. The next few ranged from bad to "oh God make it stop" and couldn't finish them.

Blogger Al K. Annossow July 30, 2018 5:03 PM  

"No, we've just learned that the unsolicited submissions have never cut it."
But you haven't seen mine yet. If you'll just spend a little time to help me rewrite several little itsy bitsy parts of it, you'll see how literate I am. I'm practically a genus.

Blogger Last Redoubt July 30, 2018 5:22 PM  

@VD - Not for me, but thanks, I'll do that.

@58. AI K Anossow

I think they all are genuses.

Blogger Dave July 30, 2018 5:26 PM  

@54 David The Good


Good story but no paperless billing? That's not very green of you.

Blogger David The Good July 30, 2018 5:35 PM  

Dave wrote:@54 David The Good

Good story but no paperless billing? That's not very green of you.


The paper is for the C layer of the compost pile.

Blogger Unknown July 30, 2018 7:08 PM  

I just got my own indie comic crowdfunded on Indiegogo (Rebel Yell Issue 1). 18 days left too. But I doubt whether it would have been accepted by any publisher.
Arkhaven is so up there - y'all have so much talent and skills that most of us just worry about approaching y'all.

Blogger Unknown July 30, 2018 7:27 PM  

Shoot - that was supposed to put me down as "Electric Dino" (for comment 62) rather than "Unknown." Sorry 'bout that.

Blogger Avalanche July 30, 2018 8:09 PM  

@18 "To - americanzarathustra@gmail.com"

Did you not go look at his (her?) 'comic'? Calling it cliche'-filled is a kindness! Whacking your reader in the face with every stereotype and insult you can drag up has nothing to do with what I perceive to be Vox Day's intentions with Arkhaven: GOOD STORIES first and foremost!

The art appears well enough done to me (other than it's also stereotypical), but the story is pretty ham-handed. (Murdering a theater full of people? (Even icky stupid-bad lefties?) NOT a typical Alt Right kind of hero.

Blogger David The Good July 30, 2018 9:03 PM  

Unknown wrote:Shoot - that was supposed to put me down as "Electric Dino" (for comment 62) rather than "Unknown." Sorry 'bout that.

Your art is solid - I would link up with a really good writer as a team.

Blogger Brett baker July 31, 2018 5:14 AM  

George Will would rip off your head and s*** down your neck at baseball.....statistics.

Blogger Brett baker July 31, 2018 5:20 AM  

George Will would rip off your head and s*** down your neck at baseball.....statistics.

Blogger Matthew McDaniel July 31, 2018 10:18 AM  

Saw someone in the comments talking about children’s books. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare July 31, 2018 12:56 PM  

@ cavalier973

I enjoy OoTS as well, but Rich is, if not leftist, then certainly left-leaning libertarian with possible SJW tendencies... Still, he writes a good enough webcomic that I've been willing to keep up with it even when it goes a month without an update. He certainly has talent, to my untrained eye.

Erfworld is another good one, and they have a pretty consistent update schedule. Of course Rob Balder is possibly even more left-leaning than Rich, but between him and Xin (the artist) they've got a damn fine webcomic there.
They've done a great job setting up a steady income stream with a solid core of supporters, too, without taking advantage of those supporters. (Full disclosure: I recently became one of those supporters. Linda (Rob's wife) got cancer, and I felt like the least I could do was give them a couple dollars in exchange for the enjoyment I've gotten from their work the past few years. Seemed like the decent thing to do.)

Of course neither of them comes close to what Vox and Arkhaven have already accomplished (in a much shorter time frame, too!) but they didn't have Vox and his minions running things, lol. :-)

Blogger Rhys August 01, 2018 1:35 AM  

The right seems very stubborn to give it's old ways because of the fact they genuinely have stronger beliefs in their own values, including some of the "values" which they've been tricked into adopting to their own detriment. Fortunately, even as stubborn as we are, most of us are capable of learning and eventually figuring out we're wrong, so I'm sure many will eventually realize the futility of insisting on doing everything on their own.

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