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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

T Minus 7 and counting


Bounding Into Comics reports on the announcement of Arktoons, a new digital comics site that is free-to-read and will feature a copious amount of content from the moment that it launches in one week.

Vox Day and Arkhaven Comics announced a brand new initiative, Arktoons, that will be an alternative and competitor to the wildly popular Webtoons platform.

Arktoons is described as a “digital comics site featuring vertically-displayed comics panels in the Webtoons style that is particularly well-suited for reading on smartphones and tablets.”

A press release details that the platform will feature “the highest-resolution graphics currently available, with standard 1080 horizontal resolution that provides up to 1.9M pixels per comics panel, 82 percent more than the 1,024,000 pixels per panel provided by the industry-standard 800 resolution. 2160 resolution is also supported.”

When the platform launches a week from now on April 28th at Arkhaven.com, it will feature 32 original comics from Arkhaven Comics, Dark Legion Comics, Rislandia, and Superprumo.

Some of the titles include Alt-Hero, Midnight’s War, A Throne Of Bones, Chuck Dixon’s Avalon, Chicago Typewriter, Gun Ghoul, Flying Sparks, Deus Vault, The Awakener, and Hammer of Freedom.

The press release boasts that the site will “release more new comics content in the first month alone than was solicited by DC Comics in May.” In fact, each title will “run weekly episodes.” 

Read the whole article there. It features screenshots from the forthcoming site as well as vivid examples of what 1080-wide standard resolution looks like. This is a massive gamechanger, as will become apparent over the next six months as you'll see Marvel, DC, and the other established comics companies rapidly attempting to react to this seismic shift in the industry.

For those who don't want to wait for launch to start supporting Arktoons, the subscriptions are already set up, although we have not yet defined what the benefits for the higher levels of support will be. Their main purpose, of course, is to support the continuous creation of new content, as the fact that the design, development, and production have been a 100-percent community effort by two sets of volunteers. It would literally have been impossible to even start doing this otherwise.

I am extremely appreciative of the efforts of the development team and the production team, both of which are fortunate to have excellent leadership. Not only have they done an amazing job of creating an entire site and production system from scratch in a very short period of time, but their ambitions for the project actually managed to startle me. No one will believe what we're planning to do with the Arktoons system in the next 12 months; most would not even believe it to be possible.

Starting today, and for each of the next six days, I will announce two of the four comics that are scheduled to run episodes that day. As today is Wednesday, I am pleased to announce that the first two comics will be MIDNIGHT'S WAR from Arkhaven and THE HAMMER OF FREEDOM from Superprumo.


UPDATE: DC had an announcement today too. Superman: Son Of Kal-El. 22 pages. For $4.99. As a new ongoing monthly series. 22 pages of content amounts to around four Arktoons episodes. Since an Arktoons Basic Subscription is $5, and Arktoons will be providing at least four episodes per day from the start, Arktoons is already providing 30x the content for the same price.

Hence "Project Asteroid".

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57 Comments:

Blogger Matthew T April 21, 2021 11:10 AM  

**competitor to the wildly popular Webtoons platform**

Will Hypergamouse be there though, that's what we wanna know.

Blogger RandyB April 21, 2021 11:19 AM  

Project Asteroid indeed. Congrats and thanks to all involved. May the outcome exceed all expectations!

Blogger vmax71 April 21, 2021 11:28 AM  

Congratulations VD. This, imho, is going to be transformative. Well done. My kids and myself will be digesting the toons immediately.

Blogger FUBARwest April 21, 2021 11:32 AM  

Congratulations to everyone on the team! Continuing to do God's work!

Blogger Frosty the Bear April 21, 2021 11:34 AM  

Congratulations.
I just picked up a basic subscription.

Blogger Bernard Korzeniewicz April 21, 2021 11:39 AM  

I go to mass in an 30 minutes.
Then I go home and subscribe.

Blogger W Molders April 21, 2021 11:43 AM  

Congratulations! I'm very happy for you and all the fine workers on this project. As others have expressed, I really hope Hypergamouse will be on Arktoons, since I looked forward to reading each of the new episodes. I am looking forward to more from Midnight's War, which is excellent.

Blogger T.L. Ciottoli April 21, 2021 11:47 AM  

Boss.

Congrats Vox, thank you for what you do.

Blogger The Masked Menace April 21, 2021 11:53 AM  

This. Is. So. Freaking. AWESOME!

Blogger Paul April 21, 2021 11:53 AM  

To quote a certain leading hispanic author: "DEUS VULT!"

Blogger kiryth April 21, 2021 11:58 AM  

In.

Blogger repent or perish April 21, 2021 12:10 PM  

That artwork is amazing. Well done.

Blogger tdcommenter April 21, 2021 12:34 PM  

Do the Arkhaven Patreon & Arktoons revenue streams go to the same ends? If so, I would rather not send money to Patreon.

Will support & shill.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit April 21, 2021 12:41 PM  

We're in. MOA.

Blogger SweetieSquad37 April 21, 2021 12:42 PM  

Loving the stuff coming from Arkhaven. For the longest time it was hard to find good English comics with Japan winning on quality nearly every time. This is exciting stuff!

Blogger tuberman April 21, 2021 12:45 PM  

>> This. Is. So. Freaking. AWESOME!

Very much agree, and I will subscribe.

Blogger All Day Coffee break April 21, 2021 12:48 PM  

Looks awesome!

Will this supercede the Patreon subscription or be in addition to?

Blogger VD April 21, 2021 12:53 PM  

The Patreon subscription supports the art for Chuck Dixon's creations. The Arktoons subscriptions support the art for Arkhaven's creations, some of which are written, in full or in part, by the Legend.

Either way, the end results will all appear on Arktoons, and eventually, in print from Arkhaven.

Blogger Reprehensible Adam April 21, 2021 1:02 PM  

I good idea would be an app that would have Arktoons, live streams, and Unauthorized.tv.

Blogger Bryce April 21, 2021 1:06 PM  

I'm pretty sure Vox had said it would, but I'm crossing my fingers for it anyway. I miss that comic.

Blogger Bryce April 21, 2021 1:11 PM  

I like the restrictions of no sex, no Satanism, and no social justice, but I'm not sure how Captain Europa will feel about that third one.

Blogger eclecticmn April 21, 2021 1:21 PM  

Meanwhile, at Disney ...
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9472627/Disney-TV-chairman-says-ABC-passed-written-scripts-did-not-meet-diversity-standards.html
Disney entertainment chief says ABC passes on 'incredibly well-written scripts' because they don't meet new diversity standards

Blogger American Nationalist April 21, 2021 1:21 PM  

I would absolutely love to write some comics to upload to the site later on.

I was also thinking of making a fandub of Midnight's War!

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 21, 2021 1:27 PM  

This is epic.
And history in the making.

Blogger Unknown April 21, 2021 1:38 PM  

This is great. Signed up and supported. Can't wait on all this new content and creation. Really appreciate being able to support the Good.

Blogger lowercaseb April 21, 2021 1:51 PM  

Bryce wrote:I'm pretty sure Vox had said it would, but I'm crossing my fingers for it anyway. I miss that comic.

Yeah...I hope Lacey republished on Arktoons. Even if she doesn't have the time to continue it, it's good to re-read from time to time.

Blogger Balkan Yankee April 21, 2021 2:07 PM  

Congratulations, Vox! You and your team have again found a way to separate me from my money.

Not that I'm complaining. Make Comics Great Again!

Blogger Ska_Boss April 21, 2021 2:11 PM  

Congrats to Vox & everyone involved! Looking forward to this.

And all that decaying biomass from the dinos can be burned as fossil fuel to provide energy for centuries to come. Because the ride never ends.

Blogger Wazdakka April 21, 2021 2:11 PM  

Thank you to all who worked on this. My mind salivates in anticipation.

Blogger GeronL April 21, 2021 2:18 PM  

Great idea, sounds like the implementation is going to be spot-on. I will definitely spread the word when launched.

Blogger GeronL April 21, 2021 2:20 PM  

Question: will you let other creators join this service?

Blogger VD April 21, 2021 2:30 PM  

Yes, other creators are welcome to upload their comics on it as long as they meet our cultural and technical standards. We already have a set of moderators prepared to review independent comics on the site.

We will not permit uploading low-res 800-width images from Webtoons.

Blogger Gregory the Tall April 21, 2021 2:32 PM  

This is ARKSOME!
I just subscribed

Blogger Brick Hardslab April 21, 2021 2:55 PM  

What's the best thing on the site?

Blogger James Dixon April 21, 2021 3:05 PM  

Excellent. I should be able to sign up sometime later this month.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 21, 2021 3:06 PM  

signed up

Blogger VD April 21, 2021 3:43 PM  

What's the best thing on the site?

It totally depends upon your preferences.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch April 21, 2021 3:52 PM  

Very exciting!

Blogger Baka Riki April 21, 2021 3:54 PM  

Will their be an annual subscription option similar to the Castalia Annual subscription for Leather books? I've had problems in the past with my credit card company re-issuing credit cards (due to fraud) which always breaks the monthly subscription...

Blogger Banjo April 21, 2021 4:01 PM  

Subscribed.

Blogger tuberman April 21, 2021 4:31 PM  

Just finding out more about "Midnight War" will be great.

Blogger JeighDi April 21, 2021 5:29 PM  

In the meantime, we're still waiting for ALT HERO #7...

Blogger MEC April 21, 2021 5:31 PM  

Silver Subscriber here - can't wait! Thanks for being the Cultural Alternative to this Dystopian world we live in.

Blogger tdcommenter April 21, 2021 5:41 PM  

@34 Intelligent entertainment without being SJW preaching. Characters with personality & motivation rather than tokens with identities. Being able to see a collection of talents take it to the next level & being their at the ground level. This is why I'm going to be subscribing tonight.

Blogger VD April 21, 2021 6:30 PM  

In the meantime, we're still waiting for ALT HERO #7...

Hold that thought.

Blogger Daniel April 21, 2021 6:37 PM  

this is awesome
I read webtoons so i can share some comics with my children, but they are heavy heavy users. So the customers are there

Blogger Avalanche April 21, 2021 6:42 PM  

[Day] further elaborated, "If you prefer comics that feature obese, race-washed, gender-swapped parodies of the superheroes you used to know fighting for diversity, social justice, and the annihilation of Western civilization, stick with Marvel and DC."

OH BRAVO!!!! This made me chortle with pleasure! Both the plan AND the saying of it! Truly, our Dark Lord!

Blogger Avalanche April 21, 2021 6:44 PM  

Oh - and we SO need a tee shirt with the graphic on the top of this page, and:

"Arktoons: we are the asteroid."

Blogger Azure Amaranthine April 21, 2021 6:47 PM  

Cultural Standards. Excellent.

Blogger Silly but True April 21, 2021 7:20 PM  

Just purchased my subscription.

OOC, what’s deal with Hypergamouse? Creators taking another extended break? Gave up publishing new stuff?

Blogger guardianDogg April 21, 2021 7:34 PM  

Congratulations Vox.

Blogger MonsoonBear April 21, 2021 7:52 PM  

30x the content as DC's latest offering with the added benefit of not being subversive trash that attempts to drag your nation through the mud and make your children hate themselves.

Blogger tdcommenter April 21, 2021 9:35 PM  

@47 That quote made my day, too. I could imagine the SDL saying it with a completely straight face.

Signed up silver.

Blogger Frank Manning VFM#20 April 21, 2021 11:40 PM  

Vox, if I am already a $20/month Patreon subscriber does that count towards this or do I need to cancel my Patreon and get an Arktoons membership? (I'd have no problem with not giving Patreon my business anymore.)

Blogger Laconic April 22, 2021 12:32 AM  

I'm so excited

Blogger Dafo April 22, 2021 1:32 AM  

Hey Vox, do you antifragile?
Vox: Yes. Yes I do.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella April 22, 2021 8:24 AM  

spoonflower.com is a website that prints custom fabric. they have a retail customer side. there are cosplayers and cosplayer adjacent people who like cartoon fabrics. you get a cut of the money if someone buys your designs.

for costumes, simplicity and mccalls have disney and comic book costumes and clothes inspired by comic books. simplicity also sells arkivestry designs, which is goth flair. they started with a few designs, but now they are big sections of their book. some of the costume designers have become famous from their sewing pattern designs, at least among home sewers.

as a category, home sewers exploded this year from demand to sew masks. people bought out the entire north american inventory of various low and medium range price sewing machines. an upper range sewing machine costs the same as a used car, so you see the amount of money spent in this area.

it might be more money to pick up off the sidewalk- making arktoons fabric available for sale on spoonflower. it would also be an avenue to find more fans, and build more market credibility. if your friend's girlfriend can make you a shirt that you can wear to announce landing a probe on an asteroid, you must be a big company. /sarc/ mostly I was thinking grandmas and grandsons. there is a blog of one mother who made her son a shirt with a fabric with circuit board designs printed on it from spoonflower, and his entire office wanted one.

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