Monday, April 20, 2020

Zero Paperwork

DC Comics goes around Diamond in an email to comic book stores:
A couple of weeks ago we told you we were working on a solution-focused plan to address the current climate and help us all get back to the business of selling DC comic books, graphic novels, and collectibles in these difficult times, including the exploration of a multi-distributor model that would help to mitigate any further disruption to getting product into the hands of readers. We'd now like to share the details of our plan and next steps for its execution - which took into account your feedback, the market outlook, and the resources available at our disposal.

Current Orders

First, because of the global distribution disruption, all orders placed with Diamond Comic Distributors for in-store dates of 4/1, 4/8, and 4/15 have been cancelled with Diamond. You will need to resubmit orders for DC's upcoming titles. To that end, instead of simply "lifting and shifting" the same scheduled titles for each of the missed in-store dates, we've made changes to the publishing schedule. The new schedule is designed to allow each of you to begin ordering a limited amount of DC product at first, and then ease back into the number of books that represents a normal release schedule from DC when your business can accommodate it.
This tends to indicate further disruption in the establishment comics world even when the lockdowns are lifted, as Bleeding Cool reported yesterday.

Right now, even though Diamond will be returning to comics distribution in a month's time, we still don't know if DC Comics will return to Diamond, if other publishers will copy DC's moves, set up their own rival distributors or join with DCBS and Midtown. Most publishers Bleeding Cool contacted last night were blindsided by DC's decision and weren't saying anything right now.

Apparently the comic stores are deeply underwhelmed by DC's new distribution strategy, which does tend to remind one of Marvel's failed experiment with Heroes World that led to the establishment of the Diamond monopoly in 1997.

But all this turmoil is of little concern to Arkhaven, which continues to roll without hitch or hesitation thanks to our much-appreciated backers, and is even creating new series and entering new territories. Speaking of which, it's Monday, so there is a new episode of Chuck Dixon's Avalon #1, The Street Rules Episode 3: Zero Paperworkup at Webtoons for your perusal, and, one hopes, enjoyment.

We're also pleased to show off some of the work of our new Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted colorist, an experienced industry veteran who just joined the Arkhaven team last week. This is the cover of the forthcoming Issue #6, and he's recoloring the first issue prior to that beginning its appearance on Webtoons. It will appear regularly on Thursdays.

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Blogger Matt April 20, 2020 5:27 AM  

I wonder how long they'd stay in business if all their titles were sold direct to customers.

Blogger iDrakian April 20, 2020 5:47 AM  

Any update on Alt Hero Q #3?

Blogger VD April 20, 2020 5:52 AM  

AH:Q #3 is done and being lettered, will be out soon. As always, it will be ready when it's ready.

Blogger Silent Draco April 20, 2020 9:16 AM  

Color scheme is more pastels and grit, like the good color set from "Miami Vice" back in the day. I like it, for the extra bit of flash and decadence of the houses-in-exile.

Blogger peacefulposter April 20, 2020 9:45 AM  

Where does Graven Tower fit in the SSH?

He is clearly Alpha when it comes to effectively leading his team, but quite awkward with the ladies. I also get Sigma vibes from him in terms of is zero F's given attitude.

Tower is one complex dude.

Blogger VD April 20, 2020 10:19 AM  

Tower is an Alpha. He has solid reasons for his issues. Being an Alpha does not render one immune to emotional scars.

Blogger Lightning in My Hands April 20, 2020 10:47 AM  

DC's project managers are top-tier. Here I was making problem-focused plans.

Blogger peacefulposter April 20, 2020 11:01 AM  

Tower is Alpha

Thanks, VD. Makes sense.

Blogger Wazdakka April 20, 2020 1:15 PM  

Aren't there any Omega heroes?

Blogger John Bosch April 20, 2020 1:19 PM  

Rorschach would be a good candidate.

Blogger Wazdakka April 20, 2020 1:30 PM  

John Bosch wrote:Rorschach would be a good candidate.

Nice one
Should have thought of that one

Blogger B-Rex April 20, 2020 1:33 PM  

the QM covers and art has been on point! cant wait for the omnibus to get it in print

Blogger Silly but True April 20, 2020 2:49 PM  

I don't disagree with Rorschach as Omega, but it's also good to note that he also likely suffers from clinical sociopathy, schizophrenia, and/or multiple-personality disorder resulting from deep childhood trauma. Per his character in the story: As a child, he was traumatized from his mom hooking in front of him where he was routinely beaten by her and her random Johns; and his anger later manifested into becoming a murderous vigilante who burned a pedo serial killer alive at which point was only then he realized his true self was Rorschach persona and his superhero "mask" was his broken identity of Walter Kovacs.

Yes, he surely exhibits Omega tendencies. But more significantly, he is also an operational sociopath which accounts for most of his ZFG mentality.

Blogger SciVo April 20, 2020 2:53 PM  

As you say, top-tier. I'm still stuck on wildly-unfocused plans. I didn't even know there was a problem with that! I should address it by getting new tires.

Blogger SirHamster April 20, 2020 3:48 PM  

Wazdakka wrote:Aren't there any Omega heroes?
A hero is successful. An omega is a loser operating outside the hierarchy.

A successful man operating outside the hierarchy is a sigma.

So take your pick: No, omegas aren't heroes. Yes, they're called sigmas.

Blogger VD April 20, 2020 4:27 PM  

Bad logic, SirHamster. A sigma is a socio-sexually successful man operating outside the hierarchy. But not all success is socio-sexual.

Blogger SirHamster April 20, 2020 5:44 PM  

Thought of a counter-example shortly after posting that.

Saint Telemachus was a simple monk who found himself in a Roman gladiatorial arena.

Horrified when he realized it was blood sport, he jumped in the ring and tried to stop the fight, to the displeasure of both the combatants and the crowd. He was stoned by the crowd for his trouble - only an omega would try to buzzkill the party.

But his death led to a ban on gladiator games and his own sainthood.

Not a hero to the SSH he acted in, yet a Christian hero.

Here's the aspect I'm mulling over with omega heroes - if his story sounds cool and he gets the girl and you want to be him, then he's a hero, but not as an omega.

His contemporaries shouldn't see him as heroic, but as a crazy nuisance, because SSH loser. Any appreciation of heroism is from out-of-context perspective, probably long after he's dead and forgotten.

An omega hero should trigger disgust and WTF reactions even from those admiring him as a hero. In that regard, Rorschach is a good fictional example.

Other RL examples I can think of would be some prophets in the Bible - Jeremiah, maybe Hosea. Prophets and martyrs would be the place to look for omega heroes, who are rejected, isolated, and persecuted in their own time, and forgotten by most in the after.

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 20, 2020 6:17 PM  

I read the article. The shops complaining the loudest are all in California. The fury is that DC is going to ship to states that are open, which Callie won't be any time soon.

The other complaint is that the shipping companies being used are "direct competitors." They aren't exactly but again I understand the sentiment.

What the shops can't seem to grasp is that DC is fighting for it's survival. The budget axes have been sharpened and if somebody isn't generating income, they will fly.

Jim Steranko (the guy who put the fury in Nick Fury) caught all kinds of hell on Sunday for tweeting that the Pamphlet is Dead, the only future for comics is digital. This guy is 81 and he can see things more clearly than 90% of his industry.

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