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Saturday, May 09, 2020

Different directions

As Arkhaven has embraced Webtoons - and if the backers want it, we are even considering our own custom site and app, which would be considerably simpler than SG2, UATV2, or Infogalactic - Marvel is retreating from web-based comics.
Thank you for being a loyal Marvel fan. As a fan of Marvel digital comics, we wanted to let you know that the Marvel Digital Comics Shop at comicstore.marvel.com will be closing on June 2, 2020.

After June 2nd, you will still be able to purchase Marvel digital comics and read your existing Marvel digital comics library via the Marvel Comics app and the comiXology store.

To purchase Marvel digital comics after June 2nd:

Download the Marvel Comics app on the App Store or Google Play Store, and/or Visit comixology.com.

To read your existing Marvel digital comics library after June 2nd:

View your past purchases in "My Books" when you log into your account on the Marvel Comics app, and/or

Sync your current Marvel Digital Comics Shop account with a comiXology account to continue to read your books on a web browser

I can only read digital comics on a web browser, how can I continue to do that?

Marvel won't support a web reading experience after June 2, 2020.
Translation: Apps or Amazon. Comixology is Amazon's platform and it is a suboptimal page-based approach. Vertical panels are the future since they display much better on smartphones. All of our comics are now being created and constructed with that in mind, even if they're not designed specifically as panels for vertical digital display.

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19 Comments:

Blogger Wraithburn May 09, 2020 8:18 PM  

Webcomics have a gigantic readership. They were my primary form of comic consumption for years, with a lot of really excellent authors out there like Ashley Cope, who does Unsounded.

Always surprised me that the large publishers didn't press more into the web space.

Blogger Cataline Sergius May 09, 2020 8:28 PM  

Honestly, it's impossible to care at this point.

The comics industry did NOTHING to future-proof itself. It didn't even try.

I wanted to feel bad about the shops but guys like Brian Hibbs have saying, "Yeah, go under. It's time."

When the WuFlu hit, their Plan A was to beg Disney and Warner Brothers for a bailout. That is not plan, that is a wish and it's a silly one.

Blogger Bellomy May 09, 2020 8:45 PM  

They've even started getting turned into shows!

Blogger Solon May 09, 2020 8:57 PM  

Cheers. There are a lot of really good web toons out there, and I agree that the vertical format reads really well on a smartphone.

It is heartening to see our side taking back some ground in the culture wars. Good luck and God speed in your ventures, Castalia.

Blogger Dave May 09, 2020 9:11 PM  

Arkhaven shouldn't be in a hurry to leave Webtoons. The number of subscribers and views for Alt Hero is growing expodentially as Sleepy Creepy Joe Biden says. Also I don't think most Webtoon users are probably even aware yet of The Legend or his content that's to come.

Blogger Dave May 09, 2020 9:13 PM  

The guy running Comixology is a huge SJW, eff 'em.

Blogger Yossarian May 09, 2020 9:30 PM  

I think the appeal of Webtoons is that the comics can be consumed while in a queue or commuting. They're basically a primitive TV-show. However while at hope the lack of audio will be too apparent.

There's this one channel on YT which took horror comics and added narration on top. The guy shows the comic panel by panel like Webtoons but doesn't do a reading of the text bubbles. He adds his original narration on top: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTfsVId_EFo

They're basically audio-comics. The narration by itself is sufficient to tell the gist of the story but accompanied by background music and images it adds a whole new dimension. Motion comics have been a thing for a while but this guy showed that the animation and voice-acting are redundant. He used to have a ton of videos but because he did not own any rights they got deleted.

Look at the runtimes of these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnkf_EPdV0A
The numbers of panels in this video is 60, half of a 20+ page comic. Show all the panels and you can get a 30 min video. It's essentially a bonafide TV-show.

Blogger Martin Marprelate May 09, 2020 10:49 PM  

I agree. This is how you get eyeballs on the page, webtoons is a huge opportunity for Arkhaven

Blogger Stoician May 09, 2020 10:50 PM  

I had an old project where I put together a comic website for my sister. But when she lost interest in drawing comics I didn't see a point in continuing to work on it.
It was a fun little project at the time.

It's at thoughtbubbles.io for anyone interested.

I can confirm that it is something that can be thrown together easily enough. Especially compared to the other projects Vox's team has worked on.

Blogger John Bosch May 10, 2020 3:29 AM  

Would hosting in-house allow you to publish with fewer constraints re: image size and quality?

Blogger Gregory the Tall May 10, 2020 4:29 AM  

I would like to see more direct advertising in the blog and in the Darkstream for the Arkhaven Webtoons Patreon membership, the numbers are not increasing enough, and I want this to succeed financially for you!

Blogger VD May 10, 2020 4:46 AM  

Would hosting in-house allow you to publish with fewer constraints re: image size and quality?

Exactly. It would also permit us to add features.

I would like to see more direct advertising in the blog and in the Darkstream for the Arkhaven Webtoons Patreon membership, the numbers are not increasing enough, and I want this to succeed financially for you!

Thanks, but I think we have enough opportunities for people to sponsor various projects. And this one is going fine. It's not about financial success, it's just about being able to support the continued production of comics.

Blogger Ska_Boss May 10, 2020 4:53 AM  

It would be foolish to not take ground that has been conceded.

And like it or not, smartphone optimization is the way of the future.

Blogger Shimshon May 10, 2020 6:06 AM  

@12 "And this one is going fine. It's not about financial success, it's just about being able to support the continued production of comics."

It's not just about that. It's also about impaling heads. So the rumors go.

Blogger Gregory the Tall May 10, 2020 6:57 AM  

Maybe you could at least republish the Patreon link whenever you post about comics.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella May 10, 2020 11:11 AM  

Webtoons look like they would look good on a phone. I have teens that live on their phone, so this is good for you.

I hope that you continue to publish on Amazon kindle. It does not need to be a current release. I download the Kindle Prime Unlimited for my kindergartener to look at. He is learning to read. I've read that comics are the best way to learn to read for little boys.

Best of luck in all your endeavors, however you decide.

Blogger Steve Samson May 10, 2020 11:53 AM  

I've read that comics are the best way to learn to read for little boys.

Worked for me, went from Buster and Beano to 2000AD before moving onto proper books. The traditional learning to read books are boring and it makes reading a chore, not a pleasure.

Blogger SmockMan May 10, 2020 4:11 PM  

Not until Webtoons bans you or you are supporting multiple artists/writers a month.

Blogger Daniel May 10, 2020 6:53 PM  

It is an awesome english practice for my kids (live in a spanish speaking country)

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