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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Alt★Hero update

Just a note to apprise the Alt★Hero backers of the current progress. I've now completed the script for Alt★Hero #1: Falls the Hammer, so between Chuck and me we have written 108 pages of the 576 pages required for Alt★Hero volumes 1-6 and Avalon volumes 1-6.

The first 24 pages for Alt★Hero #2: Crackdown / War in Paris are now sketched, and they are now being inked, colored, and lettered. We anticipate having at least 3 24-page books ready for digital publication by the end of the year. The digital publications will be provided to all the relevant backers, but we cannot say yet when the first trade paperback will be ready as that depends upon the artists.

Due to a number of inquiries from independent creators interested in working with Castalia, we have created a second imprint for publishing outside projects that are either complete or already in development, including a pair of black-and-white neo-Lovecraftian graphic novels as well as a color adaptation of a PG Wodehouse novel. The first 24 pages of Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted will be done by the end of the year as well.

Just in case any backers missed the email, I should mention that backers are permitted to add to their backing in the event they would like hardcovers instead of paperbacks, or paperbacks in addition to digital editions, or whatever. Just email me to let me know of any additions; those of you who have already done so will receive confirmations later this week. The current plan is to release 24-page versions in digital format when they are ready, then publish the trade paperbacks and hardcovers once the necessary six 24-page versions are complete. Each 48-page volume will consist of two 24-page books illustrated by the same artist.

We will also be sharing some more new artwork tomorrow as part of the launch of a major new site.

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Anonymous BD November 26, 2017 9:30 AM  

Remember how comics in the 80s had like comical interludes with cartoon characters like Spider Ham? It might be fun to include one or two page Adventures of Soy Boy, Boy Blunder, a total cucked and useless dunder hero (perhaps styled on a young Robin) who not only fights the wrong villains, but loses before he can even get his shoes tied

Blogger Jeff Wood November 26, 2017 9:42 AM  

A graphic P.G. Wodehouse? I am sceptical but fascinated.

Anonymous Sunderr November 26, 2017 9:51 AM  

Good to know things are running smoothly, I'm super hyped.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 26, 2017 9:51 AM  

In the words of an original Marvel Super Hero from the 1960s:

"So be it!"

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 26, 2017 9:52 AM  

...as well as a color adaptation of a PG Wodehouse novel.

Which one?

Blogger Matthew November 26, 2017 9:55 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:...as well as a color adaptation of a PG Wodehouse novel.

Which one?


PLEASE let it be Thank You, Jeeves

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 26, 2017 10:00 AM  

Jeff Wood wrote:A graphic P.G. Wodehouse? I am sceptical but fascinated.

This is so much more to Comic Books than just Capes & Capers. Let a thousand graphic novel creators bloom!

"Castalia House Classics" anyone?

Blogger Unknown November 26, 2017 10:02 AM  

More art please.

Blogger Michael Maier November 26, 2017 10:22 AM  

Dang it... I shouldn't spend more on this stuff...

Anonymous Roffles November 26, 2017 10:24 AM  

Yes, yes! How about some public domain stuff? No shortage of it!

Anonymous Roffles November 26, 2017 10:25 AM  

Wodehouse, awesome!!

Just the thing for everyone wringing their hands about the absence of apolitical material.
And for me; I admit I never did like the superhero genre but I backed the heck out of you anyway, because the barbarians laid waste to what was left of alternative comics. And for that they should pay.
In the name of Dave Sim, I salute you!

Blogger artensoll November 26, 2017 10:33 AM  

Holy mother of Pearl.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 26, 2017 10:34 AM  

@1 @4 @5 @6 @9

We're old.

It's official.

Anonymous Avalanche November 26, 2017 10:36 AM  

@7 "Dang it... I shouldn't spend more on this stuff..."

But of course you will -- and so will we all!!

Creating the new Alt Right world -- one cultural success at a... oh, no, actually multiple cultural successes at a time.

All hail our DARK LORD! Ave! Ave! Ave!

Blogger The Observer November 26, 2017 10:41 AM  

We will also be sharing some more new artwork tomorrow as part of the launch of a major new site.

Neat! Is the site running ahead of schedule?

I do wonder when the other three remaining backer heroes will be released.

We anticipate having at least 3 24-page books ready for digital publication by the end of the year.

Everything is running ahead of schedule, this is amazing. And with the other graphic novels, I don't doubt CH's scope will be reaching far beyond original expectations.

Blogger Cataline Sergius November 26, 2017 10:42 AM  

including a pair of black-and-white neo-Lovecraftian graphic novels

Given the horrors that the SJWs (Jemisin in particular) are inflicting on Lovecraft it's good to hear that someone who actually respects his work will be doing something with it.

I'm sure they'd be doing the same thing to Edgar Rice Burroughs for racist Badthink. Except these brave SJWs are terrified of getting sued down to their toenails by the ERB estate for trademark infringement.

A lesson for authors there. Make sure your estate will guard your IP after you are gone. Lovecraft didn't have one.

Blogger tuberman November 26, 2017 10:56 AM  

I'm getting even more aboard the Alt*Hero bullet train. Reading "Understanding Comics:The Invisible Art," to get me a seat.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 26, 2017 11:16 AM  

Can't wait for some Martel hammertime.

Blogger VD November 26, 2017 11:17 AM  

Neat! Is the site running ahead of schedule?

No, that will start design work in December, as planned. It is dependent upon the schedule of the designer we have chosen.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 26, 2017 11:20 AM  

"I'm sure they'd be doing the same thing to Edgar Rice Burroughs for racist Badthink."

Oh you better believe they want to.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 26, 2017 11:26 AM  

Are you going to be managing editor for the whole imprint or are you looking for someone? Is there any type of comic story you want but don't have planned yet like lost world, sword and planet, military team?

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 26, 2017 11:28 AM  

tuberman wrote:I'm getting even more aboard the Alt*Hero bullet train. Reading "Understanding Comics:The Invisible Art," to get me a seat.

Seeing is the beginning of understanding. Some recommendations from the master comic storytellers may help you understand the art form and how it related to animation, film, and today's movies:
    Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon, Terry and the Pirates)
    Wil Wisner (The Spirit)
    Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon, Rip Kirby
    Alex Toth (Zorro, Space Ghost, Hanna-Barbera Storyboard artist)
    Burne Hogarth (Tarzan newspaper comics, artist anatomy books)
And that old standby, from long before the Current Year Convergence:
    Stan Lee and John Buscema -'How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way'

Anonymous Killua November 26, 2017 11:32 AM  

Glad to be a backer.

Should I have gotten any email? I have not recieved any, other than the initial one wiht my backer number.

Blogger The Observer November 26, 2017 11:38 AM  

@21: You should have, I know I got my update email last week or thereabouts. Check your other tabs or your spam.

Blogger VD November 26, 2017 11:39 AM  

Are you going to be managing editor for the whole imprint or are you looking for someone?

We have a LONG way to go before we start hiring anyone or developing infrastructure costs.

Is there any type of comic story you want but don't have planned yet like lost world, sword and planet, military team?

Lots. But right now we're focused on developing the distribution channel. I expect once we've got that functional, there will be no shortage of indies wishing to utilize it.

Blogger The Observer November 26, 2017 11:50 AM  

Lots. But right now we're focused on developing the distribution channel. I expect once we've got that functional, there will be no shortage of indies wishing to utilize it.

All the people banking on Diamond to sink Alt-Hero by refusing to distribute it are going to be getting a REALLY nasty surprise.

Blogger Thot November 26, 2017 11:50 AM  

AWESOME! All the artists who had no place to go because, "Your drawing is to sexy, we don't portray women like that. Draw them fatter. Like normal women." Or " Why does this story only have straight males and females and all the street crime is by people of color? We cant use this its racist, sexist, homophobic etc..!" Or "The dialogue is to complex, just tumblrize it." Or "These concepts/ideas are to difficult to grasp. Are you trying to make our readers THINK?!?! DENIED!", I can see them coming Castalia Houses way.

Blogger Greg Hunt November 26, 2017 11:51 AM  

The last couple images of Rebel have had an unattractive face. Any chance the artist could return to the previous face design?

Blogger Dave November 26, 2017 11:53 AM  

Alt★Hero #2: Crackdown / War in Paris that does sound interesting. If it has Dynamique in it then it needs to be one of the three we see by year-end or early 2018.

I do wonder when the other three remaining backer heroes will be released.

Yes and the 10 Be a Villain backers. Will we eventually be informed which Villains correspond with which backer's online identity? Also any update on the community chosen Cameo?

Blogger Jail Cussox November 26, 2017 11:57 AM  

I cannot wait!

Anonymous Looking Glass November 26, 2017 12:17 PM  

@24 The Observer

SJW heads would probably explode if they had to try to understand "points of failure" in Systematic Risk analysis. Especially when Vox likes to build both useful Output and useful Systems at the same time.

Blogger cheddarman November 26, 2017 12:20 PM  

Is Rebel a ginger (redhead with freckels) or a daywalker (no freckles)? This could have YUGE implications

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 26, 2017 12:26 PM  

@cheddarman, I don't think I've seen any freckles yet, so I'd assume daywalker except for the tiny quibble I have that her hair may actually be brown rather than red. Seems to change back and forth (completely, there are no auburn pics I can recall) from one picture to the next.

Anonymous Korbin Ransley November 26, 2017 12:30 PM  

Great. Thanks for the post. Neat artwork.
8^)

Blogger Thot November 26, 2017 12:31 PM  

@cheddarman

It seems Azure Amaranthine and I disagree. I would assume she is a ginger(redhead with freckles) and if you pay attention they run across her cheeks and nose, numbering thirteen in total. And if you get real close you can see they are star shaped. *all of this is speculation, there is no evidence to back up my claim*

Blogger maniacprovost November 26, 2017 12:37 PM  

The last couple images of Rebel have had an unattractive face.

She's supposed to be from Georgia, right?

Anonymous Just another commenter November 26, 2017 12:54 PM  

On one hand the detail of the image is great. OTOH it appears to me to walk right out of the "uncanny valley" of realism. I'm not a professional art critic, but even I can see there is a huge variation in technique and style between the images; some I distinctly like more than others. Be interesting to see which artist / style they settle on for the long haul. I'll buy them for the story, of course; can't wait to ask for them at the local comics shop.

Blogger Matthew November 26, 2017 1:00 PM  

Gotta have freckles.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 26, 2017 1:10 PM  

Just another commenter wrote:On one hand the detail of the image is great. OTOH it appears to me to walk right out of the "uncanny valley" of realism. I'm not a professional art critic, but even I can see there is a huge variation in technique and style between the images; some I distinctly like more than others. Be interesting to see which artist / style they settle on for the long haul. I'll buy them for the story, of course; can't wait to ask for them at the local comics shop.

Everyone is going to have their favorite artist/style. The realism is because the artist is likely using Poser or DAZ Studio to generate their art, and maybe a touch of Manga Studio. Posed and clothed 3D models.

The artist featured here has skillz -- it is anything but a cakewalk to learn excellent lighting, staging, and posing techniques in these programs. Looking forward to these books among the others.

Anonymous Aphelion November 26, 2017 1:40 PM  

Looking forward to seeing the Quantum Morris comics. Any thoughts about a Selenoth Epic series?

Blogger Matt Robison November 26, 2017 2:07 PM  

Wodehouse?! I'll be waiting for that one. Those could make some great graphic novels.

Let us know if/when you want to expand to illustrated children's books.

Blogger Gordon November 26, 2017 2:28 PM  

Is it mandatory that comic book stars have to pose with a balled up fist? Seems they all do. Stressful.

The art is getting better and better.

Blogger Madame Ringading November 26, 2017 3:18 PM  

I have my Rebel all inked up now
https://anonimag.es/i/4e485a3ae267bc3bc23498e6ecb05854.jpg
And that has tempted Dynamique to break out the markers as well!
https://anonimag.es/i/1e71933dd06ce4e3530d7983d5f7e403.jpg

Wodehouse? Wow. *looks at public domain classics and gets thoughts*

Blogger Dave November 26, 2017 3:36 PM  

Has anybody been watching Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics on AMC? I've been debating catching up On Demand.

The fourth episode tomorrow night is described as: "Exploring how the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York fundamentally changed comic book writing and the portrayal of superheroes."

Really? Fundamentally changed comic book writing?

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 26, 2017 3:40 PM  

"The artist featured here has skillz"

Indeed. All they'd have to do is tone down the gamma or bloom a bit (not sure which) and it'd be practically photo-realistic.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera November 26, 2017 3:45 PM  

This is why we can have nice things.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 26, 2017 3:47 PM  

Madame Ringading wrote:I have my Rebel all inked up now

Rebel Image

And that has tempted Dynamique to break out the markers as well!

Dynamique Image

Wodehouse? Wow. *looks at public domain classics and gets thoughts*


Nicely rendered, Madame! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous Killua November 26, 2017 4:22 PM  

Great art Madame Ringadin! Do you have a deviantart?

I hope this major new site has a section for fanart ;)

Blogger Hauen Holzwanderer November 26, 2017 4:39 PM  

@41 Nice job!

Anonymous Ron from Up North November 26, 2017 4:58 PM  

Roffles wrote:In the name of Dave Sim, I salute you!

Once Mr. Day is introduced to Cerebus, he'll know how big a compliment that is.

Blogger ÆtherCzar November 26, 2017 5:07 PM  

If you're actively looking for great Lovecraftian material, I really enjoyed JP Mac's Hallow Mass. A college student must rise to the occasion when an unspeakable evil threatens, not just her campus, but also all of existence. JP Mac makes the Lovecraft mythos accessible in this brilliant, clever mix of unspeakable horror, ironic humor, and modern-day campus political correctness.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 26, 2017 5:23 PM  

ÆtherCzar wrote:If you're actively looking for great Lovecraftian material, I really enjoyed JP Mac's Hallow Mass. A college student must rise to the occasion when an unspeakable evil threatens, not just her campus, but also all of existence. JP Mac makes the Lovecraft mythos accessible in this brilliant, clever mix of unspeakable horror, ironic humor, and modern-day campus political correctness.

Hans, your series could be a great set of graphic novels. Get to turning your books into scripts for an artist team!

Much of Castalia House's library would make great graphic novel fodder.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab November 26, 2017 5:44 PM  

Can you see Ali Cheap-Cheap and his snake skin handbag?

Blogger bneville November 26, 2017 6:00 PM  

I say, Wodehouse?!? (Monocle plops into soup)

Anonymous Mike Rock November 26, 2017 6:53 PM  

Rebel needs the freckles...... a MUST have for me. :)

God bless her big Georgia heart.

Love it!! Madame Ringading sure called it with the shopping list.

Anonymous Causal Lurker November 26, 2017 7:06 PM  

Brick, I just snorted something hot and painful! It was the follow-on image of the mongoose at prayer for his feast, that really caused the spray.

I really have to get a keyboard cover ...

Blogger ÆtherCzar November 26, 2017 7:40 PM  

@50 The vote of confidence is much appreciated, Man of the Atom, but I'm not sure my novels would adapt well to a graphic novel format - at least, I'm having trouble visualizing how it would work out. Further, I'm not sure I'd be the one to do it. I'm more confident as a writer, working on my third novel now, but I'd have a new learning curve to climb to master a new medium. It would be like trying to adapt a movie screenplay from my novel. It's a specialized skill that requires some experience to master or a decent mentor to avoid dumb mistakes.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents November 26, 2017 7:48 PM  

@49
A college student must rise to the occasion when an unspeakable evil threatens, not just her campus,

Great! Because there's a gigantic shortage of strong, independent, ass-kicking Girl Power in fiction now.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 26, 2017 8:28 PM  

Madame Ringading wrote:I have my Rebel all inked up now

https://anonimag.es/i/4e485a3ae267bc3bc23498e6ecb05854.jpg

And that has tempted Dynamique to break out the markers as well!

https://anonimag.es/i/1e71933dd06ce4e3530d7983d5f7e403.jpg

Wodehouse? Wow. *looks at public domain classics and gets thoughts*


Those are pretty damn good. You have a talent for poses.

Blogger Thot November 26, 2017 8:39 PM  

See, I like the commenters in this community. They are encouraging to there fellow ilk. Good job Madame Ringading. Come join us in the discord group. Very few fanarts posted so far.

Blogger Madame Ringading November 26, 2017 9:35 PM  

Thanks, all. I just set up Discord on my ex-gaming desktop, I warn you I'm a broad slightly on the rainy side of 50, worked to develop comics skills over three decades (Will Eisner, Doug Wildey and Alex Toth were my main muses), damned PO'd at what infects the medium these days. To answer your question, I have a dA page, under an alternate identity for other work. I may set up another page for more overtly "alt" material. Being Canadian, I have to be careful.

Blogger The Observer November 26, 2017 9:48 PM  

@60:

Since the lovely Thot forgot to include the invite link, here it is:

https://discord.gg/mKR7xU2

We can always use more discussion and activity.

Anonymous Man of the Atom November 26, 2017 9:58 PM  

ÆtherCzar wrote:@50 The vote of confidence is much appreciated, Man of the Atom, but I'm not sure my novels would adapt well to a graphic novel format - at least, I'm having trouble visualizing how it would work out. Further, I'm not sure I'd be the one to do it. I'm more confident as a writer, working on my third novel now, but I'd have a new learning curve to climb to master a new medium. It would be like trying to adapt a movie screenplay from my novel. It's a specialized skill that requires some experience to master or a decent mentor to avoid dumb mistakes.

It's exactly like that, with some of your description becoming visuals. Usual method is to trade storyboard sketches between author and artist (penciller). In that phase, the author and artist wrangle what should be told and what should be shown. The author hammers on the key points that must be part of the comic and what could be condensed or left out. The artist then works the transitions and images.

Your first book looks like a four-issue, 24-page per issue book. Three-issue with sharp editing.

Anonymous Kizuna November 27, 2017 4:10 AM  

The last email I had from support informed me it cc'd my ticket request for additional backing to you. It was listed as a castalia house email without Vox Day in it - is that the correct one? Or is there a particular email I should be contacting with this instead? There was no response after, which is why I ask - I would prefer to square it away asap, especially if it's going to be done soon.

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