Suspending the Arkhaven Blog

No, it’s not being deplatformed or anything like that. The problem is a technical one, as too much traffic over too much time at the arkhavencomics-dot-com site has overwhelmed the WordPress database and the site has bogged down to the point that it is interfering with the necessary operations of the Library store it hosts. So, until the new Castalia Library site goes live, we’re suspending the Arkhaven blog and its comments. We anticipate the new site will be operational in 6-8 weeks.

This will not have any effect on Arktoons, as it utilizes a custom system that is hosted on a different server.

With regards to Castalia Library, Book 13 is The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling and Book 14 is Politics by Aristotle. Also, some good news on the bindery construction, as the machine list is complete, the specificied machines have been acquired, and the entire setup is being operationally tested over the next 2-4 weeks prior to being transported and installed. Best of all, it’s been done within the original budget.



We had a watching party to celebrate the English-language release of the movie based on the SuperPrumo/Arkhaven comic THE AWAKENER tonight. It was, in the words of one attendee, better than expected. Granted, one doesn’t have the same expectations for a Brazilian movie dubbed in English, but if the stunts and CGI were low-budget and the character development was occasionally a little clumsy, the story, the music, and the style were all really good.

It will warm the heart of anyone who ever wished that the January 6th media narrative had been based on something real. And it ends with a line worthy of the great John C. Wright himself. The last time I felt so amped at the end of a movie was after watching the one and only The Matrix movie.

Arkhaven will be releasing a pair of commemorative comics very soon, featuring custom cover art from one of our best illustrators, but in the meantime, you won’t want to miss the movie, which is available from Amazon.

A really good job by Luciano and his crew!


Arktoons 4 Million

Arkhaven Comics launched its Arktoons site for free digital comics in April 2021. Since its debut with 16 comic series, Arktoons has continued to expand and now features more than 60 different series which run episodes on a weekly or twice-weekly basis. The site currently features 1202 episodes, and as Arkhaven’s most prolific creator, The Legend Chuck Dixon, has observed, the Arktoons site traffic has increased steadily in the seven months since its launch.

“Everyone can see all the numbers right there on the site. And everyone can see that the time between each million views is becoming shorter and shorter.”

ALT★HERO Episode 36: You Have to Go Back

THE STRANDED Episode 2: Attacking Europa

SOMETHING BIG Episode 25: Down to Gorktown

SAVAGE MEMES Episode 62: Veritas


CLASSIC BIBLE TALES Episode 29: The Return to Nazareth

It took just seven weeks for Arktoons to go from three million to four million views. Will it take even less time for the third-ranked Toons site to reach five million? Stay tooned…

To join the cultural offensive by supporting Arktoons and its growing range of comics, subscribe here.


Three Million Views

On April 28, 2021, Arkhaven Comics announced Arktoons, an independent comics site. Arktoons launched with four episodes of the initial 17 series scheduled for the first week. Less than six months later, 881 episodes of 50 series have been published, with between four and seven new episodes appearing every day, and the site has recorded its three-millionth view.


Arktoons still has a long way to go to become the #1 comics site. It presently has 79 percent of the DC Infinite Universe traffic, 10.5 percent of the Tapas traffic and 1.1 percent of the Webtoons readership. But that is infinitely more than it had six months ago, and it already has 78.5 percent MORE traffic than Marvel HQ. And new series are coming regularly from various independent creators, in addition to upcoming Arkhaven series such as: WITCHSTALKER, RED HORNET, MIDNIGHT’S WAR: NIGHT STREETS, and HOW TO SUCCEED LIKE A DARK LORD.

Thanks very much to the dev team, the production team, the writers, the illustrators, the colorists, and the letterers, whose hard and persistent work has been the solid foundation upon which Arktoons has been built. Special thanks to our partners including Superprumo, Rislandia, and all the other independent creators. And much appreciation for the Arktoons subscribers, Arkhaven backers, and Patreon patrons whose support has made the entire project not only possible, but viable.


SJWs Do NOT Approve

Apparently they are unhappy with Joe Bennett’s decision to join forces with The Legend Chuck Dixon and me at Arkhaven:

So Joe Bennett gets canned by Marvel and less than two weeks later he’s already signed on to draw books for Vox Day?

Dude really took that mask off and flung it across the room, lol

Joe Bennett is going from working on the Hulk to making comic book b-movies for a guy who believes in phrenology

It’s all the usual Wikipedia-based nonsense. It will be fascinating to see how they react once they realize that I have closer ties to the Chinese Communist Party than to the Republican Party, much less any Nazi-related party.

Not that I’m a Communist or a communist. I’m not even left-wing. I am simply a Christian Nationalist who pays attention to the trends and vagaries of history. That being said, it is certainly fascinating to observe some of the elements of the CCP’s recent campaign against the Hellmouth and its forms of entertainment that target children, is it not?

The National Radio and Television Administration said in a notice posted late on Friday that children and young people were the main audience for cartoons, and qualified agencies need to broadcast content that “upholds truth, goodness and beauty”.

Now, why does that sound so familiar? It’s a beautiful mystery.


Illustrator Joe Bennett Joins Arkhaven

Bounding Into Comics has the story, as well as a nice selection of the former DC Comics and Marvel Comics illustrator’s work.

After Being Blacklisted By Marvel Comics, Joe Bennett Joins Arkhaven Comics

Former Marvel Comics and Immortal Hulk artist Joe Bennett will be providing art duties for two upcoming Arkhaven Comics projects after he was blacklisted by Marvel Comics.

It was reported that Marvel Comics blacklisted the artist earlier in September with Games Radar noting that a Marvel spokesman told them that Bennett would not be working on “any future Marvel projects” and that he had been relieved of his duties for the upcoming Timeless #1.

Marvel’s blacklisting of Bennett came after Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing announced he would no longer be working with Bennett after a 2017 political cartoon supporting Brazilian politician and current president Jair Bolsonaro, created by Bennett, began making the rounds on social media.

In a press release, Arkhaven Comics notes they “did not hesitate to take advantage of Bennett’s unexpected availability, and promptly signed the former DC and Marvel illustrator as its lead artist on two series being written by legendary comics writer Chuck Dixon.”

Read the whole thing there. We’re all very, very pleased to have Joe Bennett join the team.


Saturday Arktoons

SEASONS Episode 19: The War of Self

CHUCK DIXON PRESENTS: MYSTERY The Fourth Dimension #1: The Final Straw

CLASSIC GARRISON Episode 12: Coulter Godfather

CHUCK DIXON PRESENTS: COMEDY Episode 19: Unintended Consequences

We’ve got some pretty big news coming on the Arkhaven front, as well as several new series that will be introduced soon while existing ones are completed or reloaded with new material, so if you haven’t subscribed to Arktoons yet, you might want to consider getting on-board with it.

Before we start adding the subscriber services, the devs are focused on increasing the amount of daily material first. You’ll begin seeing the results of those efforts very soon, with the full effect coming into play in October.

Impact Day is on the way

The Project Asteroid Production Leader puts out a call for more volunteers.

Impact Day approaches!

The asteroid is picking up momentum and increasing in size. A few brave souls are needed to help us guide the asteroid toward its intended target.

We need the help of a few volunteers with Photoshop (and ideally Illustrator) and some experience using Photoshop. You’ll be expected to put in at least six hours work per week, but if you want to spend a little more time helping push back in the culture war then that’s great.

Some of the work is basic but time consuming, whereas other aspects are more technical. We value people with little experience but a strong drive to help more than people with little determination but a lot of skill. If you’d like to be part of helping take down the dinosaurs of comics publishing then contact us for more information.

Email voxday AT gmail DOT com if you’re willing and able, and I’ll forward your contact information to the project leader.

The game changer

While it is still too soon to formally announce the details of Arkhaven’s plans for 2021, it isn’t too soon to answer those of you who have asked how you can support the latest offensive on the comics front, as it is going to be our biggest effort to date. It will also explain why we have not released any comics in any format over the latter half of 2020.

Here are some of the relevant points of information that may help you put things in context.

  • “After a long run on the Superman franchise there were only a few titles that Brian Bendis could work on that would be on a similar level. Justice League was one of those titles and that is exactly where we will see Bendis work next. As much as I would like to give Bendis a chance on Justice League his work since coming over to DC Comics has left a lot to be desired.”
  • Comic sales were 5.92 million copies at Diamond in March 2020, when shutdowns were beginning and when DC was still part of its offerings. It is off from the 8.82 million copies in October 2019… October 2020’s performance was based on only 373 new comics, versus 521 releases then. Marvel leads DC in units about 41{e61d147451bc60549e96d95b5c07be35845e0345eab7ed5d54cc3d49f812ab5c} to 30{e61d147451bc60549e96d95b5c07be35845e0345eab7ed5d54cc3d49f812ab5c}, but again reorders aren’t included for DC — and, of course, DC’s slate at 49 issues was much smaller than Marvel’s, at 77.
  • In March 2020, DC Comics solicited 62 new items, totalling 2,632 pages (though the amount of artwork generated is less, as this includes advertising and editorial pages) costing $281 made up of 49 $3.99 and 9 $4.99 titles. In March 2021, DC Comics has solicited 39 items totalling 1,896 pages, costing $221, made up of 16 $3.99 and 12 $4.99 titles.
  • Bleeding Cool revealed that a shocking number of writers and artists were learning of their terminations through the March solicitations, discovering that their books had been cut as part of DC’s effort to slash their line to just over 30 books.
  • In March 2021, Marvel solicited 66 new items, totalling 2,264 pages. In March 2020, Marvel solicited 99 new items totalling 3,408 pages.
  • It appears that the WarnerMedia layoff bloodbath, specifically at DC Comics, is set to keep the blood flowing well into the new year. Apparently the layoffs, which have already claimed the jobs of such long-time DC executives as now-former co-publisher Dan DiDio and now-former Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras, failed to trim enough fat, as Bleeding Cool reported over Christmas that a third wave of layoffs is coming in the New Year. No suspected names were mentioned, though at this point, one has to wonder how much more talent the company can afford to lose.

The ratio of actual artwork to solicited pagecount is around 67.5 percent. What Marvel solicits as a 32-page comic actually contains 20 pages of artwork, plus a cover. So, for the purposes of comparison, Marvel is now producing about 1,530 pages of comics and DC is producing around 1,281 pages per month. Since each page contains about 4.5 frames on average, and each hangul episode consists of around 30 frames, this means that Marvel produces an estimated 230 episodes per month, down from 331 per month in March 2020, and DC is now producing 192 episodes per month, down from 267 one year previous.

We can be extremely confident that these numbers will continue to decline, especially on the DC side, since a third round of layoffs have already been announced and 43 percent of their product line now consists of $4.99 comics, up from 16 percent the year before. It is obvious that DC is well into the familiar corporate death spiral; what is less obvious is that Marvel’s production decline is actually 5.6 percent steeper than DC’s.

And while we can’t announce firm numbers yet, thanks to the hard work by the Arkhaven team and our Brazilian partners, we are presently planning to provide between 100 and 120 episodes per month from day one of launch, which is presently scheduled for March. And yes, that means multiple new episodes every single day, seven days a week. Some of the material will be familiar to those who were on Webtoons, but a lot of it will be entirely new. These digital editions will supplement, not replace, our plans for print editions, as the cover to the right suggests. If you backed something, you will receive it, right down to the gold logos if applicable.

The launch titles will include, but are not limited to: Alt-Hero, Alt-Hero: Q, Chuck Dixon’s Avalon, A Throne of Bones, Shade, Quantum Mortis, Hypergamouse, Midnight’s War, Swan Knight’s Saga, Right Ho Jeeves, The Awakener, The Hammer of Freedom, The Legend of Boia, Go Monster Go, Cosmic Warrior, Clockwork Dancer, Flying Sparks, and Lieutenant Bravo.

The Arkhaven platform will be open, so independent creators will be welcomed and encouraged to participate in much the same manner as Webtoons Canvas. If you are an independent comics creator who wants to learn more about the platform, please feel free to get in touch. The Arkhaven subscriptions will be modified accordingly, but we have not yet determined the precise levels and benefits. We expect to do so later this month.