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Basilisk #4

It’s Labor Day here in the US, but we have a packed day full of news and reviews for you. We’ll be back tomorrow for a full day but stay tuned as we still have a lot coming at you today. While you hopefully relax, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – ComiXology Submit will transition into Kindle Direct Publishing – Not too surprising.

Smash Pages – Substack will integrate their comics into the Panels app – Which makes the point of the whole email aspect… what?


That Hashtag Show – Basilisk #4
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Crime Comics Confidential
CBR – King Spawn #1
ICv2 – Pokemon: Sword & Shield Vol. 1
Laughing Place – Star Wars: The High Republic #9
Laughing Place – Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #8

Comic Creators Head to Substack Joining Transphobes and Alt-Right…

Numerous comic creators announced their shift to Substack today in what seems like a coordinated move to make a splash. Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ram V., Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Al Ewing, Molly Knox Ostertag, and more all had various splashes and approaches to the paid newsletter platform. Tynion is going so far to step away from his writing gig on DC Comics’ Batman. More creator announcements are coming.

Substack is similar to Patreon where subscribers pay for different tiers and in this case receive chapters of comics to consume. In Snyder’s case, he’ll be providing a Comic Writing 101 interactive class through the platform. Our understanding is creators will then publish the comics in print down the road though those details have not been released.

While new avenues for distribution and revenue for comic creators is great, each of these creators have a question they need to answer:

Why are they ok working on a platform that not only has allowed transphobia and alt-right indeology to flourish but also has possibly courted it?

In June, Substack’s move into comics was released where it was revealed that Nick Spencer would lead the project. Spencer himself has courted controversy in numerous ways with things blowing up when Spencer and Marvel turned Captain America into a Hydra fascist (aka Nazi allegory).

Substack has had a lot of issues being charged with enabling bigotry. It has become a haven for alt-right individuals and alt-right adjacent regressive attitudes. Any comic creator who takes part in this will should be pressed on the controversy. You can read about it here, here, here, and here.

To quote from one:

Substack denies that it plays an editorial role, maintaining that the writers are solely responsible for what they create — and declining to meaningfully moderate the content published by those writers — but it’s nonetheless begun to look very much like a publication, and that publication has a clear stance against trans rights.

The platform claims neutrality and that it doesn’t play an editorial role but it’s also clearly courting individuals for their editorial content and lets face it, controversy sells.

While the concept of “micro comics” through a newsletter is nothing new, Substack’s willingness to buy talent is. Creators will have to decide if they’re willing to accept money from a company that has so far built itself partially on hate.

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news from around the web.

Inverse – Substack’s Comic Book Problems Are Just Getting Started – Shitshow is the word you’re looking for.

Book Riot – 20 Must-Read LGBTQ Comics For Teens and Young Adults – What would you add to the list?

New York Times – 11 Summer Graphic Novels for Early and Middle-Grade Readers – What would you add to the list?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: BILLET-DOUX has 1920s style to spare – Free comics!


Substack Getting Into Comics with Nick Spencer Guiding


Business Insider via The Beat has the news that Substsack is expanding its pay newsletter model to comics with Nick Spencer leading the project. Substack is a newsletter service where individuals pay to be on lists and receive messages.

The plan would move into the comic space with and Substack is already experimenting with fiction authors. According to The Beat‘s reporting, the plan is to pay prominent writers a substantial upfront and take the majority of the subscription fees. The platform would take a 10% cut after a year.

Substack has had a lot of issues being charged with enabling bigotry. It has become a haven for alt-right individuals and alt-right adjacent regressive attitudes. Any comic creator who takes part in this will likely be pressed on the controversy.

The concept is nothing new and sounds not too different than Patreon or some webcomic platforms. There individuals pay for updates or to get comics in small chunks. Numerous platforms have experimented with “micro” comics with only a few breaking through with a scalable model.

We’ll have updates when the news is officially announced.

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