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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Head's up

If you're in the UK, it's time to contact your local comic store and ask them to:
  1. sign up with Ingram's iPage.
  2. start carrying Arkhaven and Dark Legion comics
Needless to say, the Comics-SJWs are just thrilled to hear that we are doing exactly what we said we would be doing six months ago.

rosie knight@RosieMarx
Just a heads up that @IngramContent have picked up distribution for Arkhaven Comics (alt-hero etc) in the UK and are randomly sending their racist books to shops out there as an attempt to get them to order them.

After all, why would comic stores have any interest in carrying anything new, considering how well they're doing with Marvel and DC products. From Comichron:
As noted here Friday, the comics shop market made up considerable ground in July comparison with a weak July 2017, thanks to the Batman wedding storyline and several high-profile launches. Retailers ordered $44.64 million worth of comic books, graphic novels, and magazines in the month; the year-to-date deficit, piled up in winter, was cut in half to less than 2%. Click to see the comics sales estimates from July 2017. Both Marvel and DC contributed, combining for a dual market share of 70.69%, the highest proportion of the market seen since October 2011.

Market share leader Marvel beat its July 2017 dollar sales by 16%, aided by Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Captain America #1, among other launches. DC's dollar sales were up 29% year over year.
The SJWs have turned it around, right? Well, not so much. The following list of bestselling issues is why Marvel and DC managed a one-month positive blip on a weak annual comparable. The top four issues for the month:
  1. Batman #50, $4.99, DC
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #1, $5.99, Marvel
  3. Captain America #1, $4.99, Marvel
  4. Doomsday Clock #6, $4.99, DC
Look at those prices! That "increase" in sales is just a dollar spike from a few high-priced special issues, including two major relaunches and a fake wedding. Unit sales are still down 1.93 percent for the month and 7.02 percent for the year, and appear on track to confirm my prediction of another double-digit decline by the end of the year. For me, the most interesting thing to observe here is the way in which the major independent publishers have not been able to capitalize on the ongoing decline of the Big Two, most likely because they are SJW-converged as well. Marvel and DC are in decline, but IDW, Image, and Dark Horse appear to be collapsing even faster.

In the meantime, the Dark Legion marches relentlessly on with Gun Ghoul #3. August isn't over yet, but it already marks a new high for us in terms of new comics published, digital editions sold, and total issues sold.

An insane Meta Prime is wreaking murderous havoc in Paris before being hired by a terrified crime lord to deal with the mysterious gunman who has been cutting a bloody swath through the criminal hierarchy of Chicago. But who is more powerful, the superhuman psychopath or the supernatural stranger? There is only one way to find out: a direct confrontation.

Gun Ghoul: Raising the Dead is a furiously action-packed graphic novel by military veteran Will Caligan.

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27 Comments:

Blogger Uncle John's Band August 26, 2018 10:17 AM  

A lot of positive developments on the Arkhaven/DL front. Your comment on indies not making up ground is an objective consequence of the ideological distinction you drew in the comiscgate Arkstream. It also reflects on the ability to grasp larger pictures.

The ideal that these guys map out is essentially the globalist propaganda that they were fed before full on SJW exploded - "inclusive" 90's comics. They imagine a Utopia where they can write whatever traditional hard hitting stuff they want alongside the Iron Riri and everyone just gets along.

They can't grasp it was a myth. Their frame is all wrong. They appear unable to process that comics didn't "change" as in a sudden shift - they evolved, or progressed, to use the preferred cant. The Utopia was the propaganda stage of the convergence. There is no there to go back to.

Replacement is the only option. New channels that they can't block. Open competition is Holy Water to them.

Blogger Jeremy Daw August 26, 2018 10:39 AM  

Awesome. Just bought Alt Hero 1 and 2, and Avalon 1 from Amazon, but I'll be contacting my regular comic shop next week and put my order in through him.

Blogger electricsheeple August 26, 2018 10:42 AM  

So would be be accurate to say that your vision for Dark Legion is to improve on the Image Comics model (publish creator owned work) and your vision for Arkhaven is to improve on the Marvel/DC model?

Blogger marco moltisanti August 26, 2018 10:54 AM  

It's hilarious to me that DC and Marvel still get sales bumps from things like a Batman-gets-married storyline. As if that or any other "big changes" they make are permanent. I figured that out about the big two in the early 1990s and stopped reading shortly thereafter.

Blogger Shimshon August 26, 2018 11:10 AM  

@4 "It's hilarious to me that DC and Marvel still get sales bumps from things like a Batman-gets-married storyline."

SJWs go to so few real marriages (to be clear, involving two human beings, one real man and one real woman) that its portrayal even in a comic is a guaranteed bump in sales.

Blogger VD August 26, 2018 11:15 AM  

Just bought Alt Hero 1 and 2, and Avalon 1 from Amazon, but I'll be contacting my regular comic shop next week and put my order in through him.

Alt-Hero #3 is now available through wholesale....

So would be be accurate to say that your vision for Dark Legion is to improve on the Image Comics model (publish creator owned work) and your vision for Arkhaven is to improve on the Marvel/DC model?

More or less. Dark Legion was not part of the original plan, but when people started contacting me with stuff they couldn't get into the system, I realized there was no reason we couldn't let them take advantage of our distribution network if they wanted.

I think Will and Brandon are both generally pleased with the results to date. It's still very early though.

Blogger Dave August 26, 2018 12:05 PM  

Will did post this after #1 was released:

Gun Ghoul #1 on Amazon

So, some good news. Gun Ghoul issue 1 is number one on Amazon. This was a long road. I have to thank Dark Legion, and Vox, for sticking with me.
If you would like to buy the download of Gun Ghoul #1 and please leave a rating on Amazon because it will help. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GLTM5T6?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=Y9AD78CV3VQV7W6RD4KD

Thanks and please pass the word. God bless.

Blogger Dire Badger August 26, 2018 12:14 PM  

Are comics shops stuck for the costs of unsold Arkhaven Issues, like Diamond does?

Blogger VD August 26, 2018 12:26 PM  

Are comics shops stuck for the costs of unsold Arkhaven Issues, like Diamond does?

Yes, but there are no order minimums and no requirements to order stuff they don't want.

Blogger Unknown August 26, 2018 12:49 PM  

I'm glad you brought in Dark Legion. These Gun Ghoul comics are really fun to read.

Blogger Daniel Babylon August 26, 2018 12:57 PM  

their racist books
Vox you may as well give up now. There's no way you will survive this biting critique.

Blogger Dave August 26, 2018 1:03 PM  

are randomly sending their racist books

She knows it's not random or racist.

Blogger SciVo August 26, 2018 1:28 PM  

Market share leader Marvel beat its July 2017 dollar sales by 16%, aided by Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Captain America #1, among other launches.

So new! So fresh! Both characters are even older than Vox Day, for goodness' sake. Captain America is older than President Trump! If they could save the industry, they already would have.

Blogger Dark Herald August 26, 2018 1:36 PM  

Six bucks for a Spiderman?

I'd ask if that's a joke but I know it isn't.

Blogger MichaelJMaier August 26, 2018 2:16 PM  

Vox, have you made outreach to US comic shops yet?

Blogger MichaelJMaier August 26, 2018 2:16 PM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:Six bucks for a Spiderman?

I'd ask if that's a joke but I know it isn't.


And I was pissed when MARVEL went from $0.60 to $0.65...

Blogger SmockMan August 26, 2018 2:36 PM  

$6 for Spiderman, meanwhile you can get 2 Arkhaven or 4 Alterna comics for the same price and be happier with the stories.

Blogger VD August 26, 2018 2:48 PM  

Vox, have you made outreach to US comic shops yet?

No, soon.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 26, 2018 5:04 PM  

Wedding?

What kind of idiots make a comic about a superhero getting married?

oh, that's right.... milkshake GIRLS.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 26, 2018 5:15 PM  

Now, if only there was a non-SJW version of the now-converged MAD Magazine (and also hasn't been overtaken by writers/artists who think that toilet-jokes are the pinnacle of humor... ) They've really fallen a LONG way since the product that was put out in the 1950's and 60's.

The ridiculous "Cracked" had captured the throne for a couple of years, but then fell to SJW-ism as well. And now it's defunct.

Blogger matveidaniilovich August 26, 2018 5:48 PM  

I'd be down for doing something Mad-Magazine-esque.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 26, 2018 7:10 PM  

To get a proper flavor of what MAD was in it's best years, get the AbsolutelyMAD DVD which has high-res PDFs of every issue starting at #1.

The 1950's and 60's were truly sophisticated humor. It started going downhill in the early 70's, devolving into bathroom humor by the late 70's. Ignore everything from 1970 on...

Blogger Dirk Manly August 26, 2018 7:10 PM  

... other than the "fold-ins" on the back covers.

Blogger James Dixon August 26, 2018 9:47 PM  

> And I was pissed when MARVEL went from $0.60 to $0.65...

I stopped buying when they went over $2.00, from memory. Comics simply weren't worth that much.

> No, soon.

Let us know. It turns out that while I thought our closest comic shop had folded, they had simply moved. So there's still a local one I can contact.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit August 27, 2018 12:51 AM  

Fun stories It's been years since there were U.S. comic series worth reading.

Blogger Spud August 27, 2018 9:58 AM  

the year-to-date deficit, piled up in winter, was cut in half to less than 2%

So, there is still a deficit. You can sprinkle as much glitter on that turd as you want but in the end it is still a turd.

Blogger James Dixon August 27, 2018 4:30 PM  

The Gun Ghoul series has been an unexpected an pleasant surprise. Exactly the type of thing I was hoping for from Dark Legion Comics, but I didn't expect either it or Chicago Typewriter this quickly.

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