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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Marvel's vision of the future

So, Wolverine is a woman. The President of the United States is a woman. And a superhero. And a Muslim. It just keeps getting better... check out who is the President in the ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #33. Needless to say, the Comics-SJWs just love it.


As to what we're doing to take advantage of this nonsense, I'm pleased to be able to say that the first TWO issues of Alt★Hero are now illustrated, the first issue is colored, and we are rapidly approaching the print layout stage. So, here's the question: do we maximize the potential audience by using the smaller format and selling the single issues for $2.99 or do we go out with the larger format at $3.99?

If you're an Alt★Hero backer or if you're intending to buy the single issues, please share your opinion. I go back and forth on this one. Keep in mind that the graphic novels will be in the larger format regardless. And backers will receive the digital editions for free, of course.

We will have another print release on Monday. Possibly two, as a matter of fact.

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106 Comments:

Blogger Sun Downer April 05, 2018 1:03 PM  

I backed for the figurine. I think it's better to maximize the potential audience.

Blogger JAU April 05, 2018 1:08 PM  

Is one of the two illustrated issues an Avalon issue?

Blogger Helixfreak April 05, 2018 1:09 PM  

Smaller format. I can buy more copies to leave in waiting rooms that way.

Blogger L' Aristokrato April 05, 2018 1:12 PM  

Poe's law is real.

Blogger Teleros April 05, 2018 1:12 PM  

Backer here, and agreed on the smaller format.

Blogger S1AL April 05, 2018 1:16 PM  

Have to jump on the smaller format bandwagon. Larger version can be saved for a potential future collector's edition. Accessibility is the key.

Blogger Vaughan Williams April 05, 2018 1:17 PM  

Backer here. I'd go for the smaller format.

Blogger Joshua_D April 05, 2018 1:18 PM  

Backer here. What are the actual dimensions of the smaller vs larger format?

Blogger VD April 05, 2018 1:20 PM  

$2.99 = 6.14 x 9.21 (same as QM and Jeeves)
$3.99 = 7.0 x 10.0 (same as CT and EconComics)

Blogger Brian S April 05, 2018 1:21 PM  

is a $1 dollar difference really going to prevent people who are interested from picking it up? It wouldn't for me. Just my 2 cents.

Blogger Howard Stone April 05, 2018 1:23 PM  

I will pay the 3.99 per issue for the 7x10, just saying.

Blogger Daniel April 05, 2018 1:30 PM  

Yes, a one dollar difference makes a big difference. The fact that you could possibly buy a comic for $3 these days is major leverage for subscribing or going monthly in on a series.

Whatever you can do for $3 is what I'd be in favor of. I can't justify handing out $4 issues at Halloween treak or treat, for example. I do not care about the sizes.

Blogger jaericho April 05, 2018 1:36 PM  

I prefer the smaller format physically and financially.

Blogger Joshua_D April 05, 2018 1:39 PM  

I printed those dimensions out, cut them, and held them in my hand. I vote for the larger. But I won't be bothered if you got with the smaller.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2018 1:46 PM  

Backer, and I just bought Chicago Typewriter in the print edition.
I'd say use the larger format. I don't know that $1 is going to make a big difference in sales. People expect to pay that much for a comic these days. The smaller format would, I think, look cheap.

Blogger Bad Attitude April 05, 2018 1:46 PM  

As a backer, I think the larger format would have more store-shelve visual appeal, improving the possibility of an impulse buy. I don't believe the extra dollar is a significant impediment to sales.

Blogger Crew April 05, 2018 1:47 PM  

That must be the Bizarro United States, not the real United States.

Blogger Salt April 05, 2018 1:48 PM  

Smaller.

Blogger David April 05, 2018 1:49 PM  

Smaller individual, larger novels makes sense. Go for MOAB option and maximize the audience. They're waiting to discover this.

Blogger Duke Norfolk April 05, 2018 1:50 PM  

Where's her burqa?

Blogger SemiSpook37 April 05, 2018 1:50 PM  

Why not both? Have the larger format be a limited run, keep the smaller format for long term availability. What would keep you from doing that, production cost wise?

Blogger Volpack April 05, 2018 1:51 PM  

When I was a kid buying comics, I never paid attention to the size, just the art/story/character...and price.

Blogger Kat April 05, 2018 1:51 PM  

Backer and comics noob

I prefer the feel of larger sized print materials (ahem - Southern Living - ahem). The smaller size reminds me more of cheap booklets and pamphlets. However I recognize that I'm not in the target demographic.

Blogger RobertDWood April 05, 2018 1:51 PM  

Smaller. You can buy 6 for $20 rather then 4 for $20 (inferring existing sales tax)

Blogger SirHamster April 05, 2018 1:54 PM  

So, Wolverine is a woman. The President of the United States is a woman. And a superhero. And a Muslim. It just keeps getting better... check out who is the President in the ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #33. Needless to say, the Comics-SJWs just love it.

Previously, Muzz Marvel was brown-shirting teenagers for Internet bad-think and sending them to concentration camps. (Diversity & Comics spoiler)

SJW fantasy that Americans would elect the !American! fascist with creepy hands for president.

Blogger DJ | AMDG April 05, 2018 1:55 PM  

Go with the smaller size for the single issues. Standard bags and boards are 6.75x 10.5. My experience is the better stores that move a lot of newly published print bag and board all shelves items gratis. If new product doesn’t get bagged and boarded, it’s likely a free or discounted promotional issue. Marvel released a crap ton of those books this year with legends and the books are garbage not worthy of bags/boards. I know your books aren’t “floppies” per se, but bags/boards convey higher quality and still offer cover protection.

Blogger Dave April 05, 2018 1:55 PM  

We will have another print release on Monday. Possibly two, as a matter of fact.

April is shaping up to be yuuge.

I say smaller only if it's $2.99 not $3.00. There's a reason almost everything is priced that way.

Blogger dienw April 05, 2018 2:01 PM  

Marvel must have stopped using wood pulp for its comics and is now using the fiber from its left over marijuana consumption.

Who in Hell -- wait, there is no Hell -- is going to buy these comics in large enough quantities to keep Marvel afloat?

Blogger Crew April 05, 2018 2:03 PM  

And now the first woman Muslim Inhuman President of the Fake United States.

That's a pretty good match for Hillary. Just sayin'

Blogger Wynn Lloyd April 05, 2018 2:06 PM  

Ha. Definitely. Leaving them on university lounge tables will be so satisfying. Better than writing IOKTBW on chalkboards.

Blogger Freeholder April 05, 2018 2:12 PM  

Smaller Format. Price point matters in market penetration.

Blogger VD April 05, 2018 2:15 PM  

To be clear, an analysis of the two price points indicates that $2.99 comics sell 30 percent more copies than those priced at $3.99.

Blogger Longtime Lurker April 05, 2018 2:18 PM  

I was going to say that $2.99 will get you momentum on sales and earnings faster than $3.99. But you already know that!!!

Blogger S. Misanthrope April 05, 2018 2:21 PM  

Backer, personally I want larger but go with smaller. I will follow the idea mentioned earlier and buy extra copies to leave around coffee shops and such.

Btw, will it benefit Arkhaven if I go to my local comics store and request these comics?

Blogger VD April 05, 2018 2:23 PM  

Btw, will it benefit Arkhaven if I go to my local comics store and request these comics?

Yes, once we launch our mass mailing campaign. Most of them can't buy from Ingram yet.

Blogger Nate April 05, 2018 2:24 PM  

is there a group of folks who can afford 2.99 but can't afford 3.99? I don't see it being a big difference either way.

Blogger D. Bay April 05, 2018 2:31 PM  

Gah, makes you want to puke. Such politically correct social justice gestapo warrior crap. I've no issue with a fictional or real woman president. Even a non-honky one. But make her an agnostic, atheist, moderate Christian, Jewish, a Buddhist. Islam is NOT a religion of peace. Sorry, that's a recipe for Sharia Law electing a Muslim president or allowing more Islamic immigration which leads to more domestic terrorism, as we've seen throughout England and Europe. Marvel sucks so bad now, that female Wolverine looks like some lame Mighty Morphin Power Ranger or something. How can anyone be actually buying these shitastic, preachy, social justice gestapo warrior comics?

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener April 05, 2018 2:34 PM  

If Alt Hero is as unique in the current market as appears to be the case, then I would anticipate that its sales would be less sensitive to pricing than other comics have historically been.

Blogger Crew April 05, 2018 2:35 PM  

is there a group of folks who can afford 2.99 but can't afford 3.99? I don't see it being a big difference either way.

Well, the Chinese would go for $2.99 every time.

OpenID dreadilkzee April 05, 2018 2:37 PM  

$2.99 Means you can buy a Candy bar or drink with your comic purchase for $5. And remember we also have to include kids in the demographics. 3.99 means no extra. You're just stuck paying tax.

People who really want the larger format will purchase the novel if they really care that much. At this point you want market penetration.

Blogger DJ | AMDG April 05, 2018 2:40 PM  

Oh hey. One more thing. I’ve seen quite a few titles lately, still stapled bindings, but using heavy bond two side printed covers. They’re sharp. Prices at $4.99 and they seem to be selling well. DoomsdayClock and Metal Knights are two examples. And strangely, one of the more surprising books that sold out recently was a PowerRanger title that came sealed in its own all black bag with no markings or labels. Seemed odd for a Boom! title to do something gimmicky like that, but it worked.

Blogger DJ | AMDG April 05, 2018 2:43 PM  

Most comics sell as magazines/periodicals and are exempt from sales tax. At least in most states.

Blogger Cynic In Chief April 05, 2018 2:48 PM  

Backer, and according to my rabid comic fan friends, the $2.99 price would be huge. Many of them remember it when they were 99 cents and they're already annoyed at the price increases. It's another big way to differentiate yourself in the market.

For everyone who asks if a dollar makes a difference, it does. This makes it easier for children to purchase and keeps it in the impulse buy price range. Long-term, I'd see about getting some of these in grocery stores in the checkout aisles for kids to buy. If the content and story is good, the comics fans and the Ilk will buy them at almost any price. It's those on the margins you have to worry about, and the dollar will make a difference to them.

Blogger Ahärôwn April 05, 2018 2:53 PM  

dreadilkzee wrote:$2.99 Means you can buy a Candy bar or drink with your comic purchase for $5. And remember we also have to include kids in the demographics. 3.99 means no extra. You're just stuck paying tax.

People who really want the larger format will purchase the novel if they really care that much. At this point you want market penetration.


Backer here, and you've summed up my views well.

Blogger Dane April 05, 2018 2:53 PM  

I think we've reached peak Wahmen in fiction.
I was looking up whats new sci fantasy books on the web and 96% were all female protagonists. Even books written by men were about young girls or women.
They've left a huge gap for Castalia House and Arkhaven to exploit

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2018 2:59 PM  

> ...is there a group of folks who can afford 2.99 but can't afford 3.99?

Kids on an allowance. They can afford either, but they can buy more of the titles at $2.99.

Blogger The Deuce April 05, 2018 3:01 PM  

Personally, I'd prefer the larger one, but I'd recommend the smaller one. I think it's probably more likely to be picked up by new customers who aren't already invested in Alt*Hero's success like I am.

Blogger Cataline Sergius April 05, 2018 3:01 PM  

Duke Norfolk wrote:Where's her burqa?


She's really more of a pretend Muslim. SJWs really don't cope well with the real deal

OpenID bgkoranburner April 05, 2018 3:11 PM  

Smaller format. I can buy more copies to leave in waiting rooms that way.

I was thinking the same, also if it's too big boomers will be able to read it

Where's her burqa?

When she puts it on she becomes the Squatmonster Bomber, able to squat out suicide bombers in single bend

Ha. Definitely. Leaving them on university lounge tables will be so satisfying

We are looking for a tall handsome White man wearing a WHITE LIVES MATTER shirt for dropping off hate comics

Blogger Al From Bay Shore April 05, 2018 3:12 PM  

$2.99 is my preference. I like the traditional comic book formats. I'm finishing up Quantum Mortis #1. Definitely getting #2. Maybe I'm still in the "put it in plastic w/ a cardboard backing to collect" orientation. I'll definitely do the same with Alt-Hero in the comic formatting.

It's hard to explain but this was a preference and habit to which I'm accustomed - a holdover from the days when I bought comics regularly. Didn't get graphic novels. That's just my opinion.

Blogger Ray April 05, 2018 3:13 PM  

$2.99 - backer of digital.

Your purpose currently is to get as many readers as possible.

Blogger centexguy April 05, 2018 3:16 PM  

So, Wolverine is a woman. The President of the United States is a woman. And a superhero. And a Muslim.

Why am I not surprised they named her Kamala Khan? I wonder where they came up with that name?

Blogger David April 05, 2018 3:18 PM  

Backer here. I'd prefer the smaller format.

Blogger Jack Aubrey April 05, 2018 3:24 PM  

I would go with the smaller format.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd April 05, 2018 3:26 PM  

VD wrote:To be clear, an analysis of the two price points indicates that $2.99 comics sell 30 percent more copies than those priced at $3.99.

Sell more copies, have more impact, right? Do whatever maximizes impact. I backed for the impact, not to collect.

Blogger Daniel Bendele April 05, 2018 3:30 PM  

I backed for the Hardcovers, so personally I'd rather see this project reach as many people as possible. I'm definitely buying the paperbacks as well, but I'd buy more for friends and family at $2.99 than at $3.99.

Blogger Steampunk Koala April 05, 2018 3:31 PM  

I will be buying them as they come out. I don't see the size being a deal-breaker for many comic fans, so having more sales at a smaller size makes the most sense to me. For those wondering if there are people for whom 3 is affordable but 4 isn't, it really is more about perceived value than the actual cost. 2.99 feels a lot cheaper than 3.99, and most people don't intuitively understand the difference between 6.14 x 9.21 and 7.0 x 10.0 to have a point of reference to judge from. For attracting new readership, it's probably best to target the variable they can understand best, that being "these are cheaper than Marvel/DC comics and they are good to boot", yes?

Blogger TheMaleRei April 05, 2018 3:55 PM  

Marvel goes fuller retard, sales continue to plummet, and SJW's continue to NOT purchase comics.

At least She-Thor is dead.

Blogger Cetera April 05, 2018 4:04 PM  

I was on the fence, but with that info, definitely go for the smaller, cheaper. Digital and RPG backer here. I will attempt to oick up issues locally when that becomes an option. Please let us know when we can start pushing for that with local stores.

Blogger OneWingedShark April 05, 2018 4:19 PM  

Backer.
I think the smaller/cheaper one would do a lot better; I remember when I was a kid and didn't have money, but liked comics and then when I got older and a bit of income the new increased price meant I still couldn't afford it... especially when it took 4- or 5-issues to tell a story, sometimes across multiple titles.

If it's possible though, keep high-resolution proofs [drafts? working-copies?] in archive -- one of the nice things that I've seen somewhat recently is full story-arcs bound together in collections.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2018 4:27 PM  

Then smaller, by all means. I guess I'm wrong on the pricé point.

Blogger jimmy_the_freak April 05, 2018 4:27 PM  

As a backer, I would go with the smaller format. Maximize your audience.

Blogger David The Good April 05, 2018 4:29 PM  

$2.99 sounds like the magic number.

Blogger David The Good April 05, 2018 4:32 PM  

Also, why are they using quotation marks around "Washington, D.C."?

She's the "president" in the "White House."

Blogger jimmy_the_freak April 05, 2018 4:37 PM  

Marvel goes fuller retard, sales continue to plummet, and SJW's continue to NOT purchase comics.

We're to the point now where retards are whispering to each other that you never go full-Marvel.

Blogger Bobiojimbo April 05, 2018 4:41 PM  

Man, VD, as a backer, I don't know. I'll let the other backers decide.

Pretty strange Ms. Khan could even be elected. I didn't know she was even an American, but she is (sadly). Not only is she a super hero and a Muslim, but also she isn't human. So progressive!

Blogger tuberman April 05, 2018 4:45 PM  

Backer of all four hardbounds:

Either one is fine by me, probably $2.99 for reaching more kids and tweens, which I strongly hope Arkhaven does.

Happy these are getting done.

Blogger MJ Meyers April 05, 2018 4:52 PM  

As a backer and someone who doesn't have finished products in his hand to compare, I'll play devil's advocate and make the case for the $3.99 size. But this case assumes these comics are sold in stores as opposed to online only.

People might not classify the smaller size as a "real" comic if it's next to the other comics of traditional size on the shelf. Imagine going to the movies. Would you pay $7.49 as opposed to $9.99 to see a certain movie coming exclusively on a 25% smaller screen or maybe a 70 minute movie as opposed to 1 hr 30 movie for a couple bucks off? People might not consider it a "movie" in the same sense and skip it all together. It's not apples to apples, but it illustrates a risk.

The market isn't just us but people who enjoy comics that aren't into politics. The regular comic buyer/collector might avoid the $2.99 comics due to the size. Psychologically, they may feel they're not actually buying a comic when they see the smaller print.

I'm not saying this viewpoint is rational, but it's something to consider.

When buying "art," I think people are less concerned with price than they are with quality. Perhaps when people think "comic," they think of a certain size of print in the same way when they think "movie" at a theater, they think a certain minimum size for the screen they're watching. Maybe the $1 savings isn't as important as the feeling that their buying what they think in their mind as a "real" comic they can add to their collection and compare with other comics.

Ultimately, I'd be happy with either version. I just want it to be successful.

Blogger lowercaseb April 05, 2018 4:53 PM  

Between this thing and "Indiana Joan" I am in danger of pulling a muscle from laughing so hard. I know they are quadrupling down, but a part of me sees it as some brilliant meta satire aimed at itself.

Either way...I am entertained for free.

Now for my paid entertainment...make mine Arkhaven.

Blogger dienw April 05, 2018 4:58 PM  

What does that dark blue flag behind the fake president stand for?

Blogger Amigo April 05, 2018 5:04 PM  

The flag is for the President of the United States https://infogalactic.com/info/Flag_of_the_President_of_the_United_States

Blogger The Deplorable Podunk Ken Ramsey April 05, 2018 5:04 PM  

Backer here. Initially I'd go with the smaller format, to maximize the opportunity to hook new fans. That would be the most important goal at this stage, I'd think.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener April 05, 2018 5:04 PM  

For her sake, I hope one of her superpowers is re-growing lady parts.

Blogger freddie_mac April 05, 2018 5:05 PM  

do we maximize the potential audience by using the smaller format and selling the single issues for $2.99 or do we go out with the larger format at $3.99?

Smaller format and lower price point. In my comic buying days, the $$$ mattered most because that impacted the number of comics I could buy.

Blogger Cecil Henry April 05, 2018 5:09 PM  

All I can say is:

Their projections are showing, to their detriment.

Blogger Cubby8126 April 05, 2018 5:12 PM  

Backer here. Do what's best in terms or survivablility for the brand. So max the audience, i want this to last a long time so my kids can read it in the future. Kick some ass and make it good vox!

Blogger Lovekraft April 05, 2018 5:13 PM  

@ VD: mentioned Ingram in comment #35. Is this a new distributor other than Diamond? Never heard of them. Any info would be useful when I order from my lcbs.

I'd echo comment#25 DJ/AMGD. Although there are various comic bag sizes (Modern, Bronze Silver etc ages), the modern bag should be able to fit the book snugly.

D&C put out an insightful reflection of the difference between pre- and post-SJW heroes. The 'pre' heroes internalized their struggles, adapted and overcame with persistence and heroism.

The post- 'heroes' either never acknowledge any of their own shortcomings and instead blame outside forces, or the surrounding cast constantly affirms how special they are or makes excuses. Having a Muslim president in the context of me having a very hard time figuring out what would make her (and what she represents) worthy of my admiration (the thousands of terrorist attacks alone negate most achievements).

Blogger Starboard April 05, 2018 5:23 PM  

$2.99 = 6.14 x 9.21 (same as QM and Jeeves)
$3.99 = 7.0 x 10.0 (same as CT and EconComics)
Standard bags and boards are 6.75x 10.5, and sales numbers at $2.99 are 30% higher than $3.99.
It looks like the smaller size is the way to make the old guard happy and maximize new customers.

Blogger The Observer April 05, 2018 6:04 PM  

Reach as many people, grow the market share. $2.99.

Blogger Cynic In Chief April 05, 2018 6:12 PM  

Lovekraft wrote:@ VD: mentioned Ingram in comment #35. Is this a new distributor other than Diamond? Never heard of them. Any info would be useful when I order from my lcbs.

Ingram is the largest independent book publisher. They print and distribute books that aren't from the big publishing houses. They are also owned by a Christian family and are SJW-resistant.

Comics is a new field for them, but they have the equipment to cheaply publish them and the network necessary to bypass Diamond and sell straight to stores. They also have deals with Barnes & Noble to sell directly to bookstores and open the comics up to new markets that way. The reason the smaller size is the cheapest (besides paper and ink costs) is that it is the same size they use for the largest books they publish, so they can use existing equipment that can mass-produce them along with some of the books they sell.

Blogger Man of the Atom April 05, 2018 6:12 PM  

Backer; compact $2.99 package for the win.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2018 6:13 PM  

Lovekraft wrote:mentioned Ingram in comment #35. Is this a new distributor other than Diamond? Never heard of them. Any info would be useful when I order from my lcbs.
Ingram is easily the largest book printer and distributor in the US, probably the world.

Blogger Avalanche April 05, 2018 6:32 PM  

@64 "Also, why are they using quotation marks around "Washington, D.C."?
She's the "president" in the "White House."

It's post-apocalyptic; the muzzies took out the real D.C. with a smuggled-in nuke (smuggled in before Trump blocked the borders!) -- so the "D.C." this abomination of an unholy subversion is sitting in is the "D.C." in Disneyland. {disgusted}

(But hey, that MIGHT make a new thread for Alt Hero? Post-apocalyptic ... Berlin ... say? Oh, no, wait; they've already GOT Muttie Merkel... Still -- put HER in a burqa?)

Blogger Avalanche April 05, 2018 6:34 PM  

Oh, backer (digitals and novels): I like the idea of less cost, more issues to ... "carelessly" leave behind -- high school library; doctor's waiting room; auto dealer waiting room, Starbuck's?

Blogger Kyle Searle April 05, 2018 6:50 PM  

Given the original concept of entering the market at the low-end, as per Toyota and Honda, you should stick with the smal format.

Blogger Brick Hardslab April 05, 2018 6:56 PM  

Backer larger size. Go big or go home.

Blogger maniacprovost April 05, 2018 7:19 PM  

I would go with the small format, if the art is less detailed, as the smaller size will increase the dpi (detail per inch).

Otherwise it's hard to say.

Blogger Johnny April 05, 2018 7:27 PM  

Sounds to me like you are getting a price break on the smaller size and that is the whole point. The "big" size isn't all that much bigger. If it is going to be more I would want the big size to be bigger.

Blogger Bill Gable April 05, 2018 7:43 PM  

Backer here. Prefer the 2.99 price point.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira April 05, 2018 7:57 PM  

As a comics collector, I wouldn't mind spending the extra dollar on the large format. But the idea of selling more copies of a smaller format sounds like the right thing to do, strategically.

Although like Snidely mentioned, I worry that the smaller format would look cheap. Or perhaps, not like a comic at all.

Blogger CoolHand April 05, 2018 8:13 PM  

I'm a backer, and I say go for the little books at the lower price points for the single issues.

Need to widen the audience to take over the world, and every little bit helps.

I'm glad that the collections will still be in the bigger format though, makes the text easier to read.

Blogger VD April 05, 2018 8:18 PM  

Although like Snidely mentioned, I worry that the smaller format would look cheap. Or perhaps, not like a comic at all.

That has not been the reaction from those who have already purchased them. Quite the opposite, as it happens.

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2018 8:34 PM  

Oh, and my vote goes for the smaller $2.99 format, for all the reasons stated above. It just makes more sense at this point in time.

Blogger PastyWhiteBoy April 05, 2018 8:42 PM  

Backer Here
I am good with the smaller format for $3 thats a steal.

Blogger dtungsten April 05, 2018 9:35 PM  

Backer here. I backed at the level to get all the hardcovers, and paperbacks, and I still plan on buying whichever of the individual "floppy" size you release. I think I'd prefer the larger size, but it'd be worth producing the smaller size if it amounts to 30% increase in sales. These copies aren't for the backers so much as the new fans.

Blogger Man of the Atom April 05, 2018 10:13 PM  

Remember that the Alt★Hero detractors who dissed the Poser/DazStudio artist are perfectly fine with this rotoscoped (i.e., traced from photographs) artwork in an SJW-Marvel book.

Lame artist couldn't figure out how to 'shop the presidential seal on the flag.

Sad.

Blogger ace April 05, 2018 10:23 PM  

I would likely only buy Alt Hero in long form, but I don't consider myself representative of any target market.

Blogger Limited Blogger Profile #1985 April 05, 2018 10:34 PM  

Backer here. Was a comic collector for 30 years. The price point is major. I hated $3.99 as a price for ordinary comics. As for the size, I bought a lot of independent comics, and they can come in all kinds of odd sizes. For me it helps me notice the book while scanning the "new this week" rack.

Blogger Zeke OF Confettii April 05, 2018 11:00 PM  

Ingram has been distributing printed msyter for lomger than Boomertards have been alive. Lining them up was an example of our host THE SDL being the smartest man in this room.

Blogger weka April 05, 2018 11:08 PM  

Backer. Go cheaper. Get the books out there.

Blogger Bobiojimbo April 06, 2018 2:22 AM  

VD, having thought about it some more, I'd like to say I'm far more interested in your TPBs. TPBs have been my preferred method since my introduction to comics. I look forward to news on that end, but I won't expect any until you've published enough singles to actually put one toghter. Good luck, and God bless!

Blogger Azure Amaranthine April 06, 2018 2:26 AM  

I'd be inclined to go 2.99. If too many people have negative reactions to the smaller size, it's less loss than if you go the other way.

Gotta build that mass-foundation before reaching for the sky...

Blogger Alfred Genesson April 06, 2018 10:03 AM  

Backer and longtime comic reader. 2.99 format. Few comics readers read just a single comic. They go to the store and get a few. I had four this week, for example. Lower price means they can get more books, which is why alterna has made inroads with 1.50 newsprint issues.

As to perceived value, the fact that there are no ads(where a lot of coimics do cross promotion and supposedly make money), will go a long way. Larger formats, like Golden Age size are cool, but a collector(they will exist) would have to have a different bag/board and box for them. Different sizing on the TPB end, though, makes little difference.

Blogger kevmalone April 06, 2018 10:30 AM  

Backer here. Smaller format makes more sense.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf April 06, 2018 9:56 PM  

I'm a Baker.
I think it would be best to speak to the comics store owners to get their opinion as part of market research.
Smaller sized black and white manga are common in Japan. Being smaller makes them more convenient for reading on the trains. Larger comic books look more like what one thinks of as a "comic". I think we can assume the size has been arrived at due to some level of market preference in the West. I also think colored comics would look better larger while black and white may suite smaller.

I agree, it's important to be perceived as a "real" comic by both the industry and the market. Which is why I would speak to the dealers and store front owners to seek their opinion. It may be a big deal or a non-issue.

Personally I like to read iPad size.
I've probably been classically conditioned by Apple Inc 😅

Blogger Meng Greenleaf April 06, 2018 9:57 PM  

Note: I'm not a Baker 😂
LOL
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