Arktoons Roundup, October 7, 2022

Arktoons Roundup, October 7, 2022

Welcome to the Arkhaven Roundup, a regular feature at the Arkhaven Blog on usually on Mondays but I’ll be moving it to Fridays for the duration of Amazon’s soul-destroying Lord of the Rings fan fiction.  Anyway, the Arktoons Roundup is where I take a look at stuff that is new and interesting in the world of Arkhaven’s webtoons.

If you aren’t familiar with Arktoons, this is meant for you.  I am the Dark Herald; I do the blogging here at Arkhaven.  This blog is mostly pop culture news, reviews and opinion, in short, the usual.

But you aren’t here for the blog.  You’re here for the webtoons.  Arkhaven is different from other webtoon publishers.  While we have the kind of toons you would expect, like Chateau Grief we also have webtoons that are more like traditional comics, if you grew up reading comic books in pamphlet format, you’ll feel more at home here than you would at say for example.  

So, if you are new here, be welcome.  Stay a day. Stay a month. Stay a year. You’ve found your new home.

These days the Halloween supplies start showing up in craft stores in late July.  But the Lonesome October is when the season begins in earnest.  Halloween is the time of the delightful shiver, the time when horror dominates popular culture.  

Horror is easily the most despised species of entertainment there is. Low brow is frequently the kindest thing critics have to say about it. Yet horror is forever beloved by the masses who are in search of the “delightful shiver.”  No one knows for certain what the attraction is or why we seek out stories where a nearly inaudible sound of scratches from the attic of a house we know to be empty, makes our skin crawl.  Yet most people can’t help but seek it out from time to time.

Horror has been represented in art since at least the bronze age. Horror as deliberate fiction began life in the French Revolution with the Phantasmagoria.  The best-known American author of the macabre in the 1800s was Edgar Allen Poe.  Although there were a few others like Ambrose Bierce, even Mark Twain dabbled with macabre imagery. 

Universal Pictures’ monster movies of the 1930s probably did more to establish the imagery of the creatures of the night than anything else.

In the 1950s horror found its way into comic books.  And then found its way out again after a major blow-up caused by Fredrick Wertham’s book, Seduction of the Innocent. But comics fans never could forget about Vault of Horror of Tales From the Crypt. In the 1980s there was a revival in horror comics and then a much bigger revival in the 1990s.

Today, it’s webtoons turn.

Rebel Dead Revenge — The Devil’s plan to destroy America with an army of fallen rebels lacks only one thing to succeed… a general of genius to lead them. Then Stonewall Jackson dies. The real story of the Battle of Gettysburg can finally be told, and this time it has zombies!

Invasion ’55 — Chuck Dixon’s unapologetic homage to the 50’s movies he watched on the Early Show as a kid. He describes it as ‘A real labor of love and a ball to write. Bad guys from outer space versus the US Air Force.’ What’s not to love? It also “inspired” the “surprise” ending of M. Night Shaymalan’s movie Signs. Chuck is still waiting on his check. Lito Fernandez brings a real period feel to this limited series with his Frank Robbins/ Milton Caniff inspired artwork.

I remember Mars Attacks. This won’t end well for her.

Finally Our Arktoons Spotlight this week falls upon the fascinating world of Midnight’s War. A place where vampires who have been alive for centuries now rule opening and most expensive thing you can own is something you aren’t allowed own if you are human. Hint: Your veins are full of the stuff.

Midnight’s War — In the year 8466 of the Cainite calendar, in the aftermath of a catastrophic global economic crisis, the vampire tribes came out of the shadows for the first time in more than 2,600 years and revealed themselves to an unsuspecting humanity. With near-complete control of the media, the national governments, the global financial system, and most of the major international institutions, most of humanity was helpless to resist the vampiric bid for power. But drawing inspiration from the crusading orders of the Middle Ages, twelve young men joined together in a new military order, The Knights of Saint Michael and of the Catacombs of Rome. Armed with little more than their faith and blood that is poison to their enemies, The Knights of Saint Michael wage a desperate war against the vampire lords of the midnight world.

That’s it for this week’s Arktoons Roundup.

See you next week.

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