- Posted by Johanna on November 10, 2006 at 11:38 am
- Category: Comic News
AK Comics, publisher of Middle Eastern superheroes, has announced that they will cease publishing monthly comics, instead releasing graphic novels. One version of the press release goes like this:
AK Comics: Publishers of Middle East Heroes, is making the transition to graphic novels!
As of October 2006, AK Comics, the publishers of Rakan, Zein, Jalila, and Aya are making the transition from 24 page monthly comics to graphic novel format. These new graphic novels are slated to contain anywhere from 100 to 132 pages of high quality art, exemplary writing, and packed with spectacular bonus material!
Slated to hit stores in spring 2007, the first two of the graphic novels to be released will feature two hard hitting characters from the AK universe: The Lone Warrior, Rakan and Aya, the Princess of Darkness.
I’m guessing they’re hoping to draw more attention by spinning their decision as a positive and gaining attention from the growing number of sites and outlets that only care about book-format comics. However, if you visit their international site, the announcement has a different tone:
Dear Readers and Clients,
AK COMICS announces that it will halt monthly publication of its comics as of October 2006.
AK COMICS will revert to publishing a quarterly, large format comic book as of the end of the year.
The Company expresses its apology for any inconvenience caused to its readers. We hope that it has presented a good and honorable service over the past three years.
(The US site news section hasn’t been updated since July 12.)
I liked the optimism demonstrated in their mission statement:
[T]hose heroes are predestined to become global ambassadors, spreading peace and good will, creating a more optimistic and positive image of the world’s most turbulent and misunderstood region: The Middle East!
But I never saw any of their books on sale, and I had no reason to seek out another superhero line, especially with the art style they were using. They’re following in the footsteps of the departed Future Comics, so I think it may be time to put them on the deathwatch.
There isn’t any reason to launch a new line of superhero comics in today’s market. The existing audience is already getting what they need from the genre from the established companies, and any new audience is interested in other types of stories.