Vox Day is an idiosyncratic guy who will be remembered, if for no other reason, because he waged the hilarious Rabid Puppies War against the pink science fiction doofuses of WorldCon in 2015 and 2016. But he is also the proprietor of a book publishing company, Castalia House and recently he has branched into comics with a company called Arkhaven.
Last month Arkhaven started up a comic site that publishes the various stories on-line for free at https://www.arkhaven.com/ . I’ve never been a comic book guy. I did watch a few of the Marvel tv shows when I was a kid and I did bring my grandsons to watch the Marvel movies until they started getting too woke.
But there are at least a couple of comics on this site that I can appreciate. One is Ben Garrison’s Editorial Cartoons. Ben’s editorials are from the right and his drawings are clever.
The other that I just started following is a dark fantasy (supernatural) comic called Chicago Typewriter. It’s very well drawn and the story so far is entertaining.
Anyway, if you have any interest in comics, check out Vox’s site. I think he should be congratulated for jumping into a field that up till now has been more than dominated by woke publishers who have made their former readers unwelcome. I hope this venture is a great success and Vox makes a pile of cash. Vox is one of the few people on our side who has walked the walk and built his own platform. Kudos to him.
Vox Day is an intriguing figure. He is literally putting his money where his mouth is. His right-wing entrepreneurial activities include (among other things) commercial endeavors in book publishing, video games and now comic books. In just a few years he has impacted the cloistered and SJW infested world of the Hugo awards and spread the gospel of confronting social justice thugs with his books on SJWs.
His latest venture is the comic book kickstarter that garnered a quarter of a million dollars and has allowed him to hire some of the best talent from the pre-SJW converged past of DC Comics. (Chuck Dixon, the creator of Bane and Frank Fosco, a talented artist who has worked for DC and Marvel). The effort will involve several separate imprints. One imprint is called Alt-Hero and is explicitly aimed at combatting the politically correct conventions of modern SJW converged Marvel Comics with in-your-face right-wing heroes. In addition, there is an imprint called Avalon which will be an entirely original work of Chuck Dixon chronicling the super heroes in his imagined city Avalon. Dixon has said that Vox has given him free rein to create the Avalon universe according to his own creative vision. And that is why I am very excited about this venture.
As I have stated previously, I’m in no way, shape or form a comic book enthusiast. But I recognize how employing talented creators to work without the disabling effects of politically motivated orthodoxies has the potential of attracting the customers who have walked away from comics because of these very problems. That is exactly what needs to be tried. If it succeeds even on a limited basis it can act as a template for other areas of the culture that are currently strangulating under leftist control. Vox’s Castalia House publishing business produces fiction and non-fiction that is unaffected by politically correct ideology. I’ve enjoyed a number of these books. And even though I don’t follow comics I did enjoy the Bane character in the third Batman movie (Dark Knight Rising). He was wonderfully evil and an amazing agent of chaos. I have to assume that Mr. Dixon has some amusing things to share in this Avalon story line so I intend to try it out when it becomes available.
My larger point is that Vox is demonstrating what needs to be done. Look at the niches the converged industries provide for a right-wing alternative and give it a try. The internet is the great leveler of all things entrepreneurial. If you can imagine a thing that has a market you can market it there. I’ll add Alt-Hero and Avalon to my list of Right-Wing Businesses.
Vox is an enormously polarizing figure. But he is a trailblazer for anyone on the right who wants to be part of the solution to the vacuum that is all that’s left of right-wing cultural institutions. Don’t like left wing news, then blog. Don’t like the left-wing NYT Best Seller’s List, then patronize right wing publishers and authors. Don’t want your kids to have to read about or go see a movie about gay Spiderman or transsexual Thor, then maybe buy a few of Vox’s comics for them instead. To be consistent, I guess I’ll have to put my money where my mouth is. Comic books? Who woulda thunk it?
Vox Day has been called the most hated man in science fiction. Well now he wants to be the most hated man in comics. He’s publishing comics with a >$250K kickstarter and he’s pushing a right wing comic called Alt-Hero among other more mainstream fare. A DC comic creator had an on-line discussion with Vox (see link). I found it very interesting and includes Vox’s synopsis of his battles with sci-fi, game and comics SJWs. Pretty interesting.
Vox is, as most of you probably know, an incredibly polarizing figure on the cultural front. His public face is intentionally as antagonistic and “triggering” to the lefties as it can be. He has staked out a position that thrives on conflict with the left. And he is pointing the direction for a Reconquista of the cultural institutions. To that end he has begun some commercial ventures that take advantage of the space that the left has produced by restricting what kind of books, video games and comic books are “allowable.” His Castalia House publications produces mainstream fiction and some non-fiction that could never be published in the current left-wing publishing establishment. In the last week or so, he has begun a kickstarter campaign to fund comic books that feature some very well-known comic book authors and artists who have been gray-listed by Marvel and DC for not being sufficiently trans-friendly or for actually having fun in their comics. I read that he has already topped $200,000 in funding so I can only imagine that a beginning is being made toward a commercial product. Excellent. Even though I’m not much of a comic book guy, I could see buying a graphic novel or two if the product was interesting enough. Kudos to Vox for making it happen. If you are a comicophile (made up word!) then keep an eye out for his Alt★Hero comics. But even if comic books don’t happen to be your thing, you can only admire someone who is doing something to reverse the scourge of leftist encroachment into all aspects of life.