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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Alt★Hero: The Gods of Peaceful Sleep

We're continuing to make steady progress on Alt★Hero. We expect to have two 24-page comics out in digital and print in late February, plus two other Arkhaven 24-pagers, Quantum Mortis #1 and Right Ho #1, as I've been informed that inking is complete on both Avalon #1 and Alt★Hero #1. We also anticipate publishing print editions of one or two Dark Legion graphic novels in that time frame.

The digital editions will be delivered to all the relevant backers via download codes, the print editions will not, but the pages from them will be included in the 150-page printed graphic novels that will be delivered to all of the relevant backers later this year. We will make the 24-page print editions available via our Castalia Direct store; they will also be available on Amazon, in traditional bookstores, and the comic stores that sign up to carry Arkhaven comics.

I haven't spoken much about the third line of the Alt★Hero universe, the military one, but we do have an interesting storyline there that involves KA-FOR engaging an elite team of Chinese superhero assassins known as The Gods of Peaceful Sleep. Being assassins, the Gods seldom go around wearing their uniforms, but they do wear body armor beneath their civilian clothing, as can be seen above.

What, you might ask, is KA-FOR? The clue is in the name.

Meanwhile, Marvel continues to pare its losses by cancelling more of its SJW-converged failures:
For those keeping score, here are the ongoing titles that were part of the Marvel Legacy publishing initiative that will be facing the chopping block:

Generation X
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hawkeye
Iceman
Jean Grey
Luke Cage
Royals
Secret Warriors
She-Hulk
The Unbelievable Gwenpool
U.S. Avengers
Uncanny Avengers

If I was a betting man, I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more Marvel books getting the axe before the summer. If I had to guess, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the end of the following titles:

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider
Black Bolt
Falcon
Monsters Unleashed
She-Hulk
They haven't learned anything, of course. This is just a temporary retreat intended to stop the bleeding. And I wonder how much praise we'll receive from the media for actually featuring genuinely diverse characters such as the Gods? None at all, I expect. Which is fine, because they're not there for the sake of diversity, they are there because the story requires deadly superhumans in the employ of the Red Army.

Comic stores are feeling the consequences. A well-respected Chicago store called Challengers Comics regularly releases its annual numbers:
We are down 6.8% from 2016, and this is our lowest yearly total since 2013. October and December took the biggest hits. Overall it's as if our 2017 only had 11 months of sales. We were down $21,000 in single-issue Marvel sales alone. And in comparison… DC was up $2000. 

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Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira January 02, 2018 7:08 AM  

With everything going on between DC and MARVEL, the anticipation is killing me. Please make all these editions and comics available on Castalia! I was not able to stay abreast of the campaign and snatch up all the volumes for a complete set.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira January 02, 2018 7:10 AM  

BTW: Artwork that has been released so far looks great! MARVEL didn't just kill their stories and characters. Their illustrations became incredible dull.

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 02, 2018 7:19 AM  

The first thing that popped into my mind was KA-BAR.

Every Marine's lefthand friend.

Anonymous JAG January 02, 2018 8:02 AM  

As necessary as it is for Marvel to clean house as it were, unfortunately I think cancelling the titles featuring its prominent diverse characters will have the unintended consequence of empowering the anti-diversity trolls best exemplified by “Bigoted Santa Clause” at this year’s NYCC Marvel retailer panel.

The anti-diversity trolls were empowered when Marvel decided to preach the Marxist religion rather than sell comic books with good stories.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd January 02, 2018 8:06 AM  

Do East Asians count as true "diversity?" To these SJWs, I mean? My sister is a hardcore feminist SJW attorney, but she absolutely hates East Asians. Both the men and the women. It seems like many other SJWs feel the same way, unless they can use East Asians as propaganda.
High I.Q.s, skinny, young looking women, a near total lack of street crime (in the US at least), and a strong romantic interest in whites among both men and women (for marriage often, not just sex), seem to be completely opposed to the Way of the Dindus, who are the benchmark of diversity.

Lol @ when I taught high school, the school had a 98% black student body. Yet there was constant talk about how diversity was celebrated there and self-congratulatory language about our massively diverse student body.

Anonymous JAG January 02, 2018 8:14 AM  

Wynn Lloyd wrote:Do East Asians count as true "diversity?" To these SJWs, I mean? My sister is a hardcore feminist SJW attorney, but she absolutely hates East Asians. Both the men and the women. It seems like many other SJWs feel the same way, unless they can use East Asians as propaganda.

High I.Q.s, skinny, young looking women, a near total lack of street crime (in the US at least), and a strong romantic interest in whites among both men and women (for marriage often, not just sex), seem to be completely opposed to the Way of the Dindus, who are the benchmark of diversity.

Lol @ when I taught high school, the school had a 98% black student body. Yet there was constant talk about how diversity was celebrated there and self-congratulatory language about our massively diverse student body.


It makes perfect sense as long as you understand that "diversity" is just a code word for "no Whites".

Anonymous Looking Glass January 02, 2018 8:21 AM  

"Right Ho #1".

Well, that should be an interesting series!


@5 Wynn Lloyd

Generally, no. They're actually allowed to discriminate against Asian Men almost as much as White Men. In some cases, more.

OpenID widlast January 02, 2018 8:28 AM  

In most of industry Asians are just considered to be the "other kind of White".
They're clean, smart, and hard working.

Anonymous Purge January 02, 2018 8:30 AM  

@Wynn - the Left invented the term "underserved minority" so that Asians could be a minority when they were useful, and excluded when they were not. Even the more honest term "Non-Asian Minority" (NAM) is taboo, because it exposes the scam.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 02, 2018 8:34 AM  

Nice of Marvel and DC to step out of the biz and leave this beautiful vacuum behind. Wonder what will fill it?

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 02, 2018 8:48 AM  

Looking Glass wrote:Generally, no. They're actually allowed to discriminate against Asian Men almost as much as White Men. In some cases, more.

Yep. Too much of that nasty excelling-at-things and hard work ethic, which are antithetical to the left's true values.

No doubt they present some real cog dis to the left. But they're famous for somehow repressing that; and it shows in their insanity.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 02, 2018 8:55 AM  

@11 Duke Norfolk

Yup, and Asian Males slot in lower than White Males physical attractiveness, which makes it worse for them. The height issue is pretty brutal for them in any Western country.

Blogger The Observer January 02, 2018 8:56 AM  

We're continuing to make steady progress on Alt★Hero. We expect to have two 24-page comics out in digital and print in late February, plus two other Arkhaven 24-pagers, Quantum Mortis #1 and Right Ho #1, as I've been informed that inking is complete on both Avalon #1 and Alt★Hero #1.

Seven more weeks, seven more weeks...

Being assassins, the Gods seldom go around wearing their uniforms, but they do wear body armor beneath their civilian clothing, as can be seen above.

One of the things which bothered me most about Assassin's Creed was how they all wore distinct, identifying uniforms. I vaguely remember the historical assassins wore them in their controlled territory to flaunt their status and cause fear in the populace, but it doesn't make sense for any of the other installments in the series.

Do East Asians count as true "diversity?"

They're a borderline case and falling fast, and the SJWs amongst them are overcompensating in a bid to make up for the loss of status.

and a strong romantic interest in whites among both men and women (for marriage often, not just sex)

I'd argue that white man/asian woman is the primary pairing; stereotypes are there for a reason.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 02, 2018 9:19 AM  

@13 The Observer

Asian Women are the most militant in their desire for the best Man they can get. They're the current winners in the SMV Game Theory games, if they lock the Man down properly. They can upshift in Alpha and Beta at the same time because they're coming from a relatively low pool of high status Men.

i.e. it's the reason White Guys with Money normally roll in it over in Asia, with the bare minimum of social skills.

Anonymous GodEmperorMemes January 02, 2018 9:36 AM  

"High I.Q.s, skinny, young looking women...and a strong romantic interest in whites"
There's most of your answer. I would also add that many Asians, particularly the Chinese, do not integrate well and are blatant about their intention to never do so. But at least they keep their crime within their own community.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 02, 2018 9:39 AM  

I have a shelf of them, including the one my Marines gave me when I left 7th Crime. The Blood groove is engraved with my scream as I steamrollered a female SSgt at 29. They liked it, I guess.

Good times

Blogger Thucydides January 02, 2018 9:57 AM  

Very minor nit-pick: The "Red Army" is generally understood to indicate the Soviet/Russian army or armed forces. The Chinese are the People's Liberation Army (PLA), and the navy is the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

Now if there is a team of *Russian* assassins running around as well.....

Blogger VD January 02, 2018 10:03 AM  

Very minor nit-pick: The "Red Army" is generally understood to indicate the Soviet/Russian army or armed forces.

Not anymore, they are not. The Soviet Union is dead and has been for 25 years. Whereas China is increasingly adopting that usage.

This is from a 2017 NYT article: "The government has set up 231 so-called Red Army schools as models for its approach."

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 02, 2018 10:14 AM  

@17 Thucydides
The "Red Army" is generally understood to indicate the Soviet/Russian army or armed forces. The Chinese are the People's Liberation Army (PLA), and the navy is the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

In this timeline. The Alt★Hero timeline is different.

Blogger Gordon Scott January 02, 2018 10:32 AM  

"i.e. it's the reason White Guys with Money normally roll in it over in Asia, with the bare minimum of social skills."

I assume that the reason a high number of the "girlfriends" observed in The Social Network are Asian is a similar logic. The autisties may not have money, yet, but as they're at Harvard, they're expected to.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine January 02, 2018 10:36 AM  

As a former Navy guy, I have to agree with Vox. Russia is seen more as something to be cautious against because they're skillful and well trained, more than aggressive and threatening. If we're talking the red army we're probably referring to China.

On a tangent, is anyone here not already expecting the cries of "Well, comics is a decrepit media" or etc. from SJWs to explain why Marvel/DC are falling like rocks in a year or so?

Anonymous Crew (not the one who makes stupid claims) January 02, 2018 11:05 AM  

Perhaps Challengers Comics is looking forward to the release of Alt*Hero, although I suspect that Marvel and DC will put pressure on them not to sell Alt*Hero.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 02, 2018 11:20 AM  

Crew (not the one who makes stupid claims) wrote:Perhaps Challengers Comics is looking forward to the release of Alt*Hero, although I suspect that Marvel and DC will put pressure on them not to sell Alt*Hero.

Oooh! Monopolistic practices? Commerce Clause? Bad press for the Big Two in a bushel basket?

Bring it on! ;-)

Blogger VD January 02, 2018 11:25 AM  

I suspect that Marvel and DC will put pressure on them not to sell Alt*Hero.

They won't. Diamond might, but they would be very, very stupid to do so. Our strategic partner is considerably bigger than Diamond, Marvel, and DC combined.

Anonymous Crew (not the one who makes stupid claims) January 02, 2018 11:32 AM  

@24. Sweet. I look forward to the release ...

Anonymous Stephen J. January 02, 2018 11:36 AM  

One reason I will be very interested to see how well Alt*Hero does is that if successful, it will disprove a rather glum hypothesis I've been nursing: That a critical part of the decline in comic audience numbers has been simply the inexorable aging out of its historical subculture. The need to attract new audiences is key to any art form.

Blogger James Dixon January 02, 2018 12:48 PM  

> That a critical part of the decline in comic audience numbers has been simply the inexorable aging out of its historical subculture.

There are two aspects to the decline in the comics market: The continually increasing price and the lack of quality stories/art. That's it pure and simple.

There's always a ready made up and coming market for comics. But you have to price them to what that market can afford. Comics stopped being in that price range years ago. I have no idea if it's even possible to get hard print editions back in that range or not. It should be possible to produce e-comics in that range though.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 02, 2018 1:05 PM  

Wynn Lloyd wrote:a near total lack of street crime (in the US at least)
You very obviously don't live near any Chinese, Japanese or Korean community. Street crime is rampant in every East Asian neighborhood, particularly gang murders associated with prostitution and gambling.
The difference is, unlike Blacks or Mexicans, they keep it among themselves.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 02, 2018 1:05 PM  

James Dixon wrote:
> > That a critical part of the decline in comic audience numbers has been simply the inexorable aging out of its historical subculture.

> There are two aspects to the decline in the comics market: The continually increasing price and the lack of quality stories/art. That's it pure and simple.

> There's always a ready made up and coming market for comics. But you have to price them to what that market can afford. Comics stopped being in that price range years ago. I have no idea if it's even possible to get hard print editions back in that range or not. It should be possible to produce e-comics in that range though.


The 12-cent comic through ~$1.50 book price were impulse buys for a lot of people, prior to the collector booms of the 1990s. The change in your pocket could buy you a hour or so of entertainment. Same with the spinner stands of novels in the 1950s through 1980.

Amazon fills that role in large part today with 99-cent to ~$3 books.

Comics could become impulse buys again under the right circumstances.

Blogger S1AL January 02, 2018 1:23 PM  

"Our strategic partner is considerably bigger than Diamond, Marvel, and DC combined."

Now Vox, dropping major info like this in a comment rather than the post? That's just dastardly.

My curiosity is piqued.

Anonymous Mr. Rational January 02, 2018 1:42 PM  

S1AL wrote:dropping major info like this in a comment rather than the post? That's just dastardly.
"Cruelty artist."

Blogger Lovekraft January 02, 2018 2:08 PM  

@24: once the word is given that hard copies can be ordered, I will be calling up my local comic shop (that I've been visiting more frequently lately in order to ensure they have no real excuse not to order for me).

Anonymous Zion's Paladin January 02, 2018 2:15 PM  

Mr. Rational wrote:S1AL wrote:dropping major info like this in a comment rather than the post? That's just dastardly.

"Cruelty artist."


Award winning cruelty artist.

Blogger James Dixon January 02, 2018 2:18 PM  

> The 12-cent comic through ~$1.50 book price were impulse buys for a lot of people

Exactly. More to the point, a youngster could buy one out of his allowance money.

The more info Vox releases about this project, the better it sounds.

Anonymous VFM #6306 January 02, 2018 2:34 PM  

KA-FOR is probably Korean grenadiers, because it would not be great for kids to be inspired by the IV street drug.

Blogger Nakota Publishing January 02, 2018 2:51 PM  

My group the Libertarian Fiction Authors just posted a link to this hilarious piece about Marvel's demise from the MSM viewpoint. They seem to be saying "more convergence please!"
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/2017-year-almost-everything-went-wrong-marvel-comics-1070616

Anonymous Crew (not the one who makes stupid claims) January 02, 2018 3:09 PM  

I think I will have to drop into my local Comic shop and ask if they have Alt*Hero yet because I am not interested in all that other crap.

Blogger The Observer January 02, 2018 3:45 PM  

On a tangent, is anyone here not already expecting the cries of "Well, comics is a decrepit media" or etc. from SJWs to explain why Marvel/DC are falling like rocks in a year or so?

Already happening.

http://nightwind777.blogspot.sg/2017/12/vox-day-and-captain-rino.html

The second reason that Alt-Hero will fail is because Vox doesn't understand market forces. The Comics Industry is struggling---not because readers are leaving in protest---but because it's an old media form that can't compete well with the new. Comics are a product not only of the pre-Internet days, but of the pre-Television days. The Golden Age of comics meant a monthly issue or a 5-panel daily run in a newspaper. Today, we can download these same series and read them in their entirety in a couple of hours. A parallel form of media, which is no longer produced, were movie serials. Today, one can go to Youtube and watch in 3 hours what it once took audiences 15 weeks to see.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 02, 2018 4:00 PM  

The Observer wrote:
On a tangent, is anyone here not already expecting the cries of "Well, comics is a decrepit media" or etc. from SJWs to explain why Marvel/DC are falling like rocks in a year or so?


Already happening.

http://nightwind777.blogspot.sg/2017/12/vox-day-and-captain-rino.html

The second reason that Alt-Hero will fail is because Vox doesn't understand market forces. The Comics Industry is struggling---not because readers are leaving in protest---but because it's an old media form that can't compete well with the new. Comics are a product not only of the pre-Internet days, but of the pre-Television days. The Golden Age of comics meant a monthly issue or a 5-panel daily run in a newspaper. Today, we can download these same series and read them in their entirety in a couple of hours. A parallel form of media, which is no longer produced, were movie serials. Today, one can go to Youtube and watch in 3 hours what it once took audiences 15 weeks to see.


The dolt Night Wind fails to realize that 1930s kids would have read the comics series in one shot if they were available. 1940a movie goers would have binged watched shorts if they were available.

Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, and other providers are demonstrating that movie shorts and comics are not only viable, but in greater demand than ever before.

His knowledge of the "market" and it operation is pathetic.

Once again, Most SJWs Are Idiots.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum January 02, 2018 4:03 PM  

Agreed. There are lots of reasons the comics market are failing beyond SJW-ism. But what people don't understand is that Vox doesn't need an entire market to be doing wonderfully in order to do very well within it. He's worked the numbers.

Blogger James Dixon January 02, 2018 4:10 PM  

> His knowledge of the "market" and it operation is pathetic.

Those who can do. Those who can't...

I'm just glad to have played even a small part in the launch.

Blogger Ahärôwn January 02, 2018 4:30 PM  

James Dixon wrote:>

I'm just glad to have played even a small part in the launch.


You and me both.

Anonymous BBGKB January 02, 2018 5:25 PM  

Do East Asians count as true "diversity?" To these SJWs, I mean? My sister is a hardcore feminist SJW attorney, but she absolutely hates East Asians.

East Asians are mostly race realist because US blacks can't tell the difference between them & Whites. When an Asian cop shot a black in NYC all the blacks protesting thought he was white. At Temple university videos of blacks beating Asians calling them crackers get taken down from jewtube.

I'm just glad to have played even a small part in the launch.

Captain EU gets a call "Someone has tied a koran to the train tracks with bacon grease on one side and potassium permangate on the other"

Blogger Wuzzums Fuzzums January 02, 2018 6:05 PM  

Radio is as big as it ever was. Just because something is old doesn't mean it's archaic. People now have simply lost the patience to sit in front of a screen and consume media which is why podcasts and smartphones are ridiculously popular.

I think illustrated panel storytelling will get a huge comeback. People scroll through their facebook feeds each opportunity they find whether at work or at home. The public has already been primed to accept the medium. One example can be the success of the Daily Mail. Huge bold title, 4 or 5 main sentences, and large relevant images. That's it, it's basically a comic. I doubt people even bother with the rest of the tiny text.

Blogger Silly but True January 02, 2018 6:06 PM  

Doesn't change anything, but Guardians of the Galaxy is effectively just undergoing a name change in 2018. It is being cancelled, to be immediately replaced / followed up with Infinity Countdown Prime series using all the same characters to capitalize on this year's Infinity War; it's actually net gaining titles as there are several spinoffs like Infinity Countdown: Warlock coming in too. I would expect a new GotG #1 when those shenanigans are done.

GotG is the only title on that list I read, and I suspect it's probably the only one being repurposed into a different series.

Blogger Dave January 02, 2018 6:54 PM  

What, you might ask, is KA-FOR? The clue is in the name.


One of the worst names ever for a car, as in; what are you selling the Ford Ka for?

K-4 is a nuclear capable Intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile


We're gonna need some additional clues.

Anonymous Red Cabbage January 02, 2018 7:29 PM  

You don't have to buy "She Hulk" to know it's unreadable. Just the title makes it clear. It calls to mind the fat bureaucrat at our local septic pit inspection office.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf January 02, 2018 9:37 PM  

"The Comics Industry is struggling---not because readers are leaving in protest---but because it's an old media form that can't compete well with the new."

Manga is a $5 billion+ industry in Japan alone. Its not like Japanese dont have access to all the latest and greatest means of internet entertainment. The only thing Japan seems to lack is SJWs screwing things up 😊



Anonymous DeeJay January 02, 2018 11:43 PM  

I confess it's the Wodehouse comics that I'm looking forward to most. Granted, by any standard Jeeves is also something of a 'superhero', anyway. Plus there's also the possibility of an eventual comedic 'crossover' with the Lovecraft title. AFAIK, the only works out there in that vein (including Alan Moore's!) are entirely written text, supplied with an bookish illustration or two. Bertie's reactions to cultists would be worth the price of admission alone.

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