The Wonderful World of Arkhaven

The Wonderful World of Arkhaven

It’s funny how words change their meaning with time.

When I was in college, there was a road trip I took with some friends. Because when you are in college, getting drunk where you are at isn’t good enough.  You need to go someplace else to get really hammered.  I suppose it makes sense from the standpoint of “don’t shit in your own yard.”  And drunken college students are given to public displays of every excretory bodily function possible, so it makes sense to do that someplace where they don’t know how to get in touch with your father.

 I remember we were driving through a town in Missouri called, Peculiar.  My friends were all laughing at the name and making jokes about it.  I didn’t want to ruin their fun, so I kept quiet as my mind silently reeled in horror at what scenes had to have been taking place on this town’s very lovely, and picturesque river port a hundred and fifty years ago.  

Peculiar; derived from the Latin word peculium;* meaning property in cattle.  Except this town wouldn’t have been trading in the four-legged kind of cattle.*

Another word that has changed its meaning over the past hundred and fifty years is “Wonderful.” Today it’s defined as: “Surprisingly excellent; very good or admirable, extremely impressive.”  And indeed, Arkhaven comics are all of those things. But the older definition of Wonderful, the one Lewis Carrol meant was: Frighteningly mysterious, foreboding and chilling. And Arkhaven has those stories too.

Words drift off their original meaning in time but never quite let go of the original definition.

Now, we at Arkhaven are redefining what the words “comic book” will mean.

“Comic books,” originally meant a collection of newspaper “funnies.” If you want that; there’s an Arkhaven Comic Book for you.

Then the meaning of Comics changed to; an inspiring fictional hero having extraordinary powers, intended for a young male readership.  And if you want that; there’s an Arkhaven comic for you.

Prefer more grown-up superheroes?  There’s an Arkhaven comic for you.

If you want a tough as nails Military Fantasy; there’s an Arkhaven comic for you.

If you want classic stories from the Silver Age; there’s an Arkhaven comic for you.

If you want drama; there’s an Arkhaven comic for you.

If you want Dark Fantasy; there’s an Arkhaven comic for you.

Are you a Q-Tip? We’ve got you covered.

Classic comedy?  Christian Young Adult Fantasy?  Science Fiction?  No problem.

Can we deliver the best comic book since Watchmen?  Challenge accepted.

We are in the fascinating process of finding our voice here at Arkhaven. But on this journey, we accomplishing something that no comic book publisher has tried to do in thirty years.  Future proof comic books.  We are doing something more important than being a publishing house for comics.  We are breathing life back into one of the few forms of art that are wholly American in origin.

Welcome to Arkhaven.

*Yes, I’m aware of the other derivations.  Congratulations on being the smartest boy in class.  It’s why you got wedgies all through high school.  Don’t ruin my story in the comments, smartass.

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