Friday, May 01, 2020

No challenge, no escape

Alt★Hero Episode 4 is now live on Webtoons.

In other project news, we have decided that the fourth book in the Castalia Library series will be Dante's The Divine Comedy, complete with woodcuts from the 1491 Venetian edition by Pietro di Piasi Cremonese. While we had originally intended to do Inferno, upon further contemplation of the task at hand, we decided the Library team was ready to tackle a more substantial project.

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Blogger Meng Greenleaf May 01, 2020 7:29 PM  

Maybe it's just me, but I'm finding the Webtoons format to be more engaging and better than the oringal comics in either paper or digital.

With a novel I cannot (or don't) skip ahead of the words to see hints as to how the story will unfold, but maybe this happens with a comicbook?

With Webtoons I feel like I'm reading the story the way the author wanted to reveal it. Like the opening panel bubble was really great here. And the dropback to show the police geared up during the smoking conversation was good. I didn't really notice as much before?

I was speaking to a friend who reads a lot of Japanese manga and she thinks the art is equal to (or more important) than the story and said she would spend a lot of time appreciating a panel or set of panels. Just looking at the art and thinking about it.

Whereas I naturally want to follow the story and can sometimes skip over the art looking for the next balloon.

Somehow Webtoons is slowing me down and I'm following the story differently.

I am reading on a 55" screen in Brave. I find the art looks nice and the expressions pop out more than when I was reading on my phone.

Very good :)

Blogger SirHamster May 01, 2020 7:48 PM  

Looks great!

Doing a side by side comparison of the webtoon to the comic book has been neat. It's fascinating to realize that a comic book issue can be chopped into smaller episodes and still work, and seeing how the action shots are reframed.

Blogger VD May 01, 2020 8:11 PM  

Story is story. This is why I was not intimidated by doing comic books or film scripts. If you can handle story, you can handle the transition to various different media.

I do rather like the webtoons format.

Blogger Mad Italian May 01, 2020 9:15 PM  


Any option for people to catch a leather-bound release ad-hoc for a premium price? E.g. open up one off orders for 15 days and get them added to print run? I would guess that would have to happen 45+ days in advance maybe?

Blogger Silly but True May 01, 2020 9:56 PM  

This looks great. I hope Webtoons is able to exceed your readership expectations. Based on these initial reformatted adaptations, there's no reason it won't.

Blogger Vaughan Williams May 01, 2020 11:02 PM  

Off-topic, but relevant to the title of the topic, "No challenge, no escape", Canada has just outlawed all "assault-style" guns, definition of such being... quite broad.

Blogger Vaughan Williams May 01, 2020 11:04 PM  

Maybe not so off topic. Spooky how the content of this web toon matches the news, almost down to the hour. Vox and company can really see things coming.

Blogger Shane Bradman May 01, 2020 11:34 PM  

The Divine Comedy is much too important to pass up. I'll resubscribe as soon as possible. Will you include the Gustav Dore illustrations in your edition?

Blogger Shane Bradman May 01, 2020 11:41 PM  

The biggest difference between manga and webtoons is the absence of panelling. Manga artists use panels to convey movement, significance and to guide the reader through the page. Webtoons doesn't have that at all, which changes the way the artists approach their comic. Webtoons is more accessible for readers and artists and can help the artist improve before trying to take on the traditional comic formats. For the Arkhaven team who already do the traditional format, Webtoons is a way to get new readers.

Blogger VD May 02, 2020 4:45 AM  

Any option for people to catch a leather-bound release ad-hoc for a premium price? E.g. open up one off orders for 15 days and get them added to print run?

None whatsoever. For example, Awake is already printed. This is about as far from print-on-demand as one can get. The only way is to wait until after a book is released and hope that the subscribers don't buy up all the extras.

However, we will be offering some limited editions and series outside the subscription system in the future. But they will not be the same editions as the subscription books and probably will not be the same books, for the most part.

Blogger VD May 02, 2020 4:47 AM  

Will you include the Gustav Dore illustrations in your edition?

No, we're using Venetian woodcuts that were made more than 300 years before he was born.

Blogger Steve Samson May 02, 2020 7:50 AM  

I'm really enjoying it, I've gone from subscribing just to do my bit to eagerly opening webtoons up every time I get a notification.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare May 02, 2020 12:39 PM  

Is it too late to subscribe to get the Divine Comedy? I almost subscribed when it was just Inferno that was planned, but now that it's the entire Divine Comedy, my budget just got shot in the head and left for dead, so I can subscribe for it, if possible.

Blogger VD May 02, 2020 1:07 PM  

No, yesterday was the first day for the Book Four subscription.

Blogger LogosOrDieBear May 06, 2020 5:07 PM  

Is there a way to upgrade my subscription?

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