Monday, April 13, 2020

An Arkhaven subscription

A number of people have been asking for some form of Arkhaven subscription for over a year now, and as I've mentioned, I've been reluctant to commit to that for various reasons, most of them related to a lack of confidence about our ability to fulfil the necessary commitments involved. And I'm still not willing to commit to a new print comic from the same series being released every month, as there are too many moving parts involved in the process to be certain that we can do that, while the collapse of the retail market obviously further complicates things in that regard.

However, the recent developments concerning the ongoing crash of the mainstream comics industry and the discovery of the massive Webtoons market has caused us to modify our strategic thinking, especially due to the way that the latter is presently tied to a certain company with which Replatformers will be familiar. In light of this recalibration, we have decided to make available an Arkhaven subscription for The Legend Chuck Dixon, beginning with Chuck Dixon's Avalon, which is the first of what we hope will be many of his Arkhaven comics available in episodic format on Webtoons.

There are currently four levels of support for the new comics subscription. Initially, the rewards are focused on utilizing existing content, some of which has never before been released from The Legend's archives, but once we hit certain levels, the rewards will change to reflect our ability to provide new content, including brand new series from The Legend as well as more of his literary adaptations such as Right Ho, Jeeves, The Hobbit, and A Throne of Bones. The image on the upper left is a sketch for the cover of the first issue of the latter. The levels are stackable, so Collector's Only will include the other three.
  • $1 Ace's Army
  • $3 Lawdog's Legion
  • $5 Rebel's Renegades
  • $20 Collector's Only
We haven't set any formal goals yet, but we probably need to be around $3k monthly before we can reasonably commit to providing pure subscriber-driven content, which would result in a) weekly digital episodes, b) gold logo single issues for the subscribers, and c) retail omnibuses (with subscriber's discount) of the new comic. In the meantime, we have begun the episodic offensive. Speaking of which, I'm pleased to be able to announce the first weekly episodes of both Right Ho, Jeeves and Alt★Hero. We intend to begin with three weekly series, expanding that to five as soon as the relevant artists are brought up to speed on the new format.

This is a critical moment in the war for the comics industry. And while we're too small to be in a position to win that war yet, this is an excellent opportunity for us to gain ground in preparation for the next round. Even if you're not interested in comics, or in a position to subscribe, I would encourage you to subscribe to the various weekly series at Webtoons, as that is a free and easy way to take part in this. I realize that this isn't exactly what some of you have been asking for, but I believe this is a necessary first step towards that.

On a related note, an illustrator and fan of a certain French superhero sent this excellent portrayal of Dynamique contemplating the ongoing collapse of establishment comics. I think it is fair to say that it is a matter of absolutely no concern to her.

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Blogger Shimshon April 13, 2020 11:55 AM  

Scalzi wants that outfit. And her ZFG.

Blogger doctrev April 13, 2020 12:24 PM  

"Does this make me money? No? Then how, mon cher, could I possibly care less about a bunch of geeks drooling over their DC tapettes?"

Rainbow, entering through a window: "Did someone say let's get tapettes?"

Dynamique: "..."

Redshift: "Huh, he just moved faster than I can."

Blogger Critias April 13, 2020 1:12 PM  

Would it be a terrible idea if.. you guys run an art competition where people can post art they've done of characters from your comics? Winner maybe gets a hat or badge or just recognition?
Give folks something to do in the lock down and helps promote your comics.

Blogger Unknown Chapter April 13, 2020 2:02 PM  

Let's get this monthly up to $3000+ and try to get future omnibuses in production! Totally worth it.

Spread the word.

Blogger Careless Whisper April 13, 2020 2:17 PM  

I'm in

Blogger VD April 13, 2020 2:23 PM  

Would it be a terrible idea if.. you guys run an art competition where people can post art they've done of characters from your comics?

No, it's a good idea, actually.

Blogger Silent Draco April 13, 2020 2:41 PM  

She would be concerned only if her favorite wine grew scarce. Do not get her angry by curtailing the supply of Galois cigarettes, or her favored brand. The devastation would make a certain Japanese kaiju write down new ideas.

Blogger B-Rex April 13, 2020 2:55 PM  

sees the campaign is on patreon

"The Lord (and the legal legion) prepare a table for me in the midst of mine enemies"

Blogger Ray - SoCal April 13, 2020 3:15 PM
is my vote for best fan art, on so many levels. If it was on a T-Shirt, I would buy it.

Blogger rognuald April 13, 2020 3:24 PM  

That's an excellent rendition of Dynamique.

Blogger doctrev April 13, 2020 4:29 PM  

Ray - SoCal wrote:

is my vote for best fan art, on so many levels. If it was on a T-Shirt, I would buy it.

No kidding. The hilarious part is the shirt would be reminiscent of the Rick and Morty "roid rage" scene in which Rick and his granddaughter got pumped in steroids and then beat the snot out of bullies and political undesirables alike. The image means different things to different people. One might call it a Rorschach test, though that might have different meanings in the context of comic books.

Blogger maniacprovost April 13, 2020 4:33 PM  

The beauty of comics as opposed to sci-fi novels is it's a team project, with greater perceived value added from the publisher.

Blogger Steve Samson April 13, 2020 4:39 PM  

Ok, I'm in. Comics haven't really been my thing since about 1990 but after your post about their importance and the fact that I'm still working and actually doing alright under corona-chan it's time to give a little back.
Also, that webtoon thing was pretty good, I could see myself reading that.
If there's an extra side quest later, count me into that as well.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 13, 2020 4:46 PM  

How about a fan art comeptition with the winner getting his work put on a shirt by Crypto Fashion, and a split of the profit?
That could generate some interest.

Blogger Sean April 13, 2020 5:11 PM  

Will subscribers get access to Social Galactic? Regardless just signed up.

Blogger Dave April 13, 2020 5:17 PM  


Not bad for one blog post and a couple of mentions on SG.

Blogger April 13, 2020 6:44 PM  

@14 Running a royalty for a fanart contest is difficult, what with ongoing paperwork and 1099s. Best way to go for us would be something like a $100 gift card first place, then $50 card second place. Plus a free shirt with winning design, of course.

Blogger VD April 13, 2020 7:06 PM  

If you're up for it, we'll do it, C.F.

Blogger Mast Abeam April 13, 2020 8:01 PM  

Hi Vox,

I last responded about my daughter as a grade school example wanting more traditional heroes for comics using the manga/anime model. Thanks for spotlighting Lacie Crombie; moreover, her larger work
on Flickr demonstrates the plight.
Our lockdown Florida version features my wife imploring my kid to go work for Disney—a good company that employs a lot of people, she says. And the daughter responding about unprofitable freelance contracts. Arguments passing as dinner conversation.

Anyway, hire Lacie. She’s getting married and needs the commissioned work

Blogger Scott April 13, 2020 8:29 PM  

I love the webtoons model. It would be cool if you made your own version of it Vox with a section for light novels.

Blogger Silly but True April 14, 2020 2:22 AM  

Subscribed. I’m excited to come along for the ride. Best of luck to Arkhaven, the creators, and this endeavor.

Blogger Steb April 14, 2020 4:03 AM  

Does gold tier still include membership of Social Galactic, and if so at what level?
At the moment the perk description cuts off at Includes

Blogger Karen took the Kids April 14, 2020 4:17 AM  

Every little helps. Morale + 1.

Blogger VD April 14, 2020 5:31 AM  

Does gold tier still include membership of Social Galactic, and if so at what level?

We will give a bronze membership and gold-logo badge to Gold Logo subscribers aka Collectors.

Blogger James Dixon April 14, 2020 8:33 AM  

Hmm. Definitely interested, but right now I'll have to go for the support level. That may change in a couple of months.

Blogger sykes.1 April 14, 2020 9:02 AM  

I apologize for being somewhat off topic, but what ever happened to the Junior Classics project?

Blogger VD April 14, 2020 9:12 AM  

It's all good. If we can get a few thousand Webtoons readers to join at that level, we'll be able to produce some serious content there.

Blogger Scott April 14, 2020 11:36 AM  

Webtoons is awesome. I've increased my support from $5 to $20 a month.

Great move, Vox.

Blogger VD April 14, 2020 3:03 PM  

Thanks, Scott. I think you'll find it will be worth it down the road....

We are going to stop doing Gold Logo editions for non-backers in the future, so they will be even more rare.

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