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Monday, April 09, 2018

Right Ho, Jeeves #2

Arkhaven Comics is very pleased to be able to announce the release of its first Gold Logo edition comic, RIGHT HO, JEEVES #2: Hungry Hearts. As of the moment, it is only available from Castalia Books direct, but you can already order it from your local bookstore, though not from your local comic book store... yet.

As for Amazon, at this point, who knows....

Anyhow, Right Ho, Jeeves #2 is 24 pages and retails for $2.99.

Now, I know some Alt★Hero backers are wondering if we're actually working on it, but believe me, we are. Every single day, including weekends. Precisely ZERO of the people working on these other comics are also involved with either the Alt★Hero or the Avalon comics. We're using these early releases to shake out the various bugs in the process and answer questions like "what paper can we use", "to what extent can we push the margins", "what retail price do we need to set in order to prevent the distribution database from discount-blocking us" and various other ones that literally no one could answer for us. Some of these things require experiments and we did not want to experiment with our primary products.

Which, by the way, is why I can tell you that both Alt★Hero and Avalon single issues will be published in the royal octavo size (same as Jeeves and QM) and will retail for $2.99.

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31 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Bendele April 09, 2018 7:07 PM  

Just heard from Amazon my first 3 copies of Issue #1 are arriving Wednesday. So something is happening!

Blogger VD April 09, 2018 7:26 PM  

Let me know if they actually show. I believe it when someone tells me it has actually happened.

Blogger Quilp April 09, 2018 7:27 PM  

I'm supposed to finally get my Jeeve's #1 from Amazon Tomorrow.
I think I'll take the time and set up an account on CH for further purchases.

Blogger James Dixon April 09, 2018 7:41 PM  

WRT Alt*Hero and Avalon: Just make sure it's done right, Vox, and everything else will take care of itself. We're not out to set any speed records here. So far everything has more than lived up to my expectations.

Speaking of, I realize Chicago Typewriter was a previously existing entity; but man that thing is a quality production across the board. Great work picking them up for publication.

Blogger CoolHand April 09, 2018 7:43 PM  

I ordered a copy of QM#1 and Chicago Typewriter from the Castalia Direct page middle of last week and they showed up today.

VERY well made little books.

I was leaning toward the small format/small price setup before to help with circulation, but now having seen the product in person, I'm certain that is the way to go.

QM#1 was excellently made, the colors are every bit as good as any of the recent comics I've bought (that would be probably ten years ago now, but still), and you don't notice the slightly smaller size (especially when you don't have a Marvel sized comic right at hand to make a direct comparison with).

I think you're gonna eat the competition alive with books of this quality at the $3 price point.

Keep on 'em Vox, don't let the bastards have a second to breathe or think.

Blogger Christopher Parent April 09, 2018 7:43 PM  

I ordered Right Ho Jeves #1 on February 16, 2018 at Amazon and got it 3 days ago, April 6.

Blogger tuberman April 09, 2018 7:48 PM  

Good news, and you people are well trusted.

Blogger Dave April 09, 2018 7:58 PM  

Which, by the way, is why I can tell you that both Alt★Hero and Avalon single issues will be published in the royal octavo size (same as Jeeves and QM) and will retail for $2.99.

Good call. Industry reaction should be interesting unless, of course, they attempt to appear oblivious.

Incidentally, is the plan to release the AH/Avalon digital and print versions simultaneously?

Blogger VD April 09, 2018 8:05 PM  

Incidentally, is the plan to release the AH/Avalon digital and print versions simultaneously?

More or less.

Blogger Cetera April 09, 2018 8:33 PM  

Where I am, all the bookstores have gone out of business. We have a Barnes and Noble still that is on its last legs, and they can't order the books to the store, only for home delivery. We do have a comics and games store that is open part-time that I would prefer to order these through, once we get to that point. I'm sure they'd be thrilled for the business, too.

Thanks for keeping us updated on the process and progress. I appreciate it. I'm looking forward to getting the word that we might be able to order these through a local comics store.

Blogger DJ | AMDG April 09, 2018 8:51 PM  

It’s been a very long time since I’ve received any comics in the mail. This will be a nice treat.

Blogger Quilp April 09, 2018 9:01 PM  

My #1 from Amazon was actually on the porch waiting for me.
Sweet. CH from now on though.

Blogger gunner451 April 09, 2018 9:24 PM  

Here's a thought for you. When I was a kid in the 60' and 70's MAD magazine was one of my favorites, but not for the actual main content (except for spy vs spy) but for the funny little doodles with topless women in the margins of the magazine. of coarse in the age of freely available Internet porn this might sound relatively tame but it just proves that sex always sells. The Janpanese use "fan service" in the same way with anime. In any case looking forward to the alt-hero books coming out.

Blogger Matthew April 09, 2018 9:49 PM  

Yes, pornifying things is always a good idea. We'll get right on that.

Blogger Jack Amok April 10, 2018 12:39 AM  

Incidentally, is the plan to release the AH/Avalon digital and print versions simultaneously?

Y'know, that's just cruel. First time I saw that, I thought maybe you gotten the rights to Panzerblitz or Afrika Korps.

Blogger Jack Amok April 10, 2018 12:42 AM  

...of coarse in the age of freely available Internet porn...

When your subconscious is your editor...

Blogger Thot April 10, 2018 1:01 AM  

Vox, just an idea. I know the subject of independent movies/ tv has come up. You have mentioned it regarding Alt-Hero I believe. Please correct me if I'm wrong. But I suggest maybe a crowd funded 30 minute to 45 minute, with advertising, "episode" of 'Right Ho Jeeves'. If possible in the style of the early 2000's style on A&E Nero Wolfe. I found that series 'fun' if nothing else. Once again just an idea. It just seems alot of fun could be had with this series.

Blogger Freddy April 10, 2018 4:27 AM  

Ha!

Blogger VD April 10, 2018 5:53 AM  

Bad idea, Thot. Jeeves has been filmed many, many times. If we're going to do movies, we'll do something new.

Blogger Duke Norfolk April 10, 2018 6:40 AM  

Matthew wrote:Yes, pornifying things is always a good idea.

Hey, he just wants to go back to the 60s-70s when the degeneracy was at all time lows.

Blogger gunner451 April 10, 2018 7:21 AM  

Amok, Matthew,

No was not suggesting to "pornify" the comics but just pointing out what was and is the driving factor in a lot of the purchases of comics. Comics are for the most part purchased by men and what they want is eye candy on one sort or another. If you're going to sell a lot of these then you have to have a good story line but also you need some eye candy of some sort or they won't put down the $3. This by the way is why a lot of the SJW comics fail since they insist on having over weight females or females with "proper body proportions" in them rather than ones with body proportions that appeal to male sexual ideals.

My original comment was concerning the Jeeves comic of this article which is similar to the MAD magazine style in a lot of ways but would not have interested me as a teen for the above stated reasons.

Blogger VD April 10, 2018 7:45 AM  

My original comment was concerning the Jeeves comic of this article which is similar to the MAD magazine style in a lot of ways but would not have interested me as a teen for the above stated reasons.

Jeeves is not a comic for the average teen. We have plenty of eye candy in Alt-Hero. See: Dynamique, Rebel, Ryu no Seishin....

Blogger Longtime Lurker April 10, 2018 9:29 AM  

Trajectory and Momentum look good!

Blogger Blume April 10, 2018 10:10 AM  

Ya, jeeves is silly but not aimed at teens at all. I love it just the way it is. The half naked women can stay in the hero comics.

Blogger gunner451 April 10, 2018 10:33 AM  

VD,

No disrespect but the art work looks geared to the teen and possibly pre-teen market. As an adult I'd have a pretty hard time getting past the cover on these.

Blogger VD April 10, 2018 11:47 AM  

No disrespect but the art work looks geared to the teen and possibly pre-teen market. As an adult I'd have a pretty hard time getting past the cover on these.

You just said that you would not have been interested in the artwork as a teen either. You're clearly not our market for these particular comics.

That's fine. And it's fine that you don't like the artwork. But we are not changing anything about them.

Blogger James Dixon April 10, 2018 3:40 PM  

> As an adult I'd have a pretty hard time getting past the cover on these.

No comic series is going to be everyone's cup of tea. If you don't like them, don't buy them.

Blogger Matthew McDaniel April 10, 2018 4:27 PM  

The artwork is great. Old fashioned cartooning at its finest.

Blogger Eskyman April 10, 2018 5:39 PM  

@17 Thot-

For an excellent TV treatment, have a look at "Jeeves and Wooster" (1990-1993) IMDB:tt0098833 which is available thru Amazon. It's beautifully well done, and worth watching just to see the cars, though Fry & Laurie are perfectly cast and delightful in their roles. Highly recommended!

Blogger Blume April 10, 2018 5:58 PM  

Gunner, that just seems an odd statement. Preteen comics would look more like archie. Teen would look more like anime or modern suoer hero comics. both have crisper lines and less ugliness than right ho, jeeves. The p.g. wodehouse stuff is more comedic in design.

Blogger Jack Amok April 11, 2018 12:43 AM  

Bad idea, Thot. Jeeves has been filmed many, many times. If we're going to do movies, we'll do something new.

Jeeves has been done a lot (Fry and Laurie come to mind), but I'd love to see a well done Uncle Fred. Blandings even cut him out, but he's the best character Wodehouse created.

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