Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rorschach reviews Alt-Hero #1

From the transcript of the video review:

The story is seen through the eyes of this lady here. Who is she? A new recruit to the organization, Dynamique, an attractive young lass who you will not be seeing in the pages of an SJW Marvel comic book. Of the artwork beyond this, the unique characters are better than the backgrounds, the backgrounds are sometimes lacking in detail. The story was funny, it wasn't preachy, it was entertaining, and so, so refreshing... this is the kind of comic book that's really going to force change onto the industry. The industry is not going to change, it's going to change from outsiders like a Vox Day. Arkhaven Comics, this is the change that we need, this is the change we've been long calling for.

The Witchfinder General gives it 8/10:
Vox Day’s comic series has started well. The script is good and the art is colourful and vibrant. It is by no means perfect – in particular I would like to see the beautiful model better drawn especially in her large and full page images. The smaller panels are good – the colourful and more comedic style used is appropriate for much of the dialogue – such as Dynamique’s rage at Captain Europa over cigarettes. The cover illustration is ok to good, not great. The Castalia House Imprint that produces Alt-Hero is nearly new, but its products are surprisingly polished for a small Indie publisher. The story is interesting and satirises current events. For now, Vox is delivering on his promises and it is only likely to improve. Alt-Hero is good – let us hope it will become great.
Not a bad start. One step at a time....

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Blogger Wolfman at Large May 24, 2018 9:31 AM  

bit of sarcastic review from the Alt-Right DM. (Still a good read.)

Blogger Crew May 24, 2018 9:49 AM  

And, after spending some time at #1 in various categories, it is still #2 in those same categories.

Blogger Aeoli May 24, 2018 9:51 AM  

I'm still mad at you for something OT, but I had a good idea here: background art is the sort of thing you can improve iteratively and chaotically by crowdsourcing, if you're willing to offer guidance to the community. Here's your basic method and value proposition:

0. Don't get black pilled by the average quality of human(?) on DeviantArt. There is a lot of serious talent in the rough just going to waste. If you can't handle it, delegate.
1. Release a panel on DeviantArt and say you're looking for people to improve it.
2. Foster discussion by saying the type of background you would like. Something like "We want it to look like an outdoor cafe in a high-class area of France, drawn with the style and techniques of Watchmen (or whatever). Here are some pictures of French cafes to draw from."
3. Offer feedback on drawings. Say "this one here is exactly what we want, and this is why, now it would be nice to improve it further by fleshing out this negative space back here with a fountain or statue..." Also say, "this one here is good work but we can't use it because we want such and such style, which has qualities x and y to reproduce the feeling of z."

You get free labor and a filtering process for artists you can work with, the artists get attention for their work (don't underestimate how important this is to skilled amateurs), portfolio pieces, resume fodder (contributed to real professional project!), and a chance to impress and get a real job with you.

Blogger Aeoli May 24, 2018 9:54 AM  

Also, you might want your pros to do a couple of livestreams or livedraws or whatever they're called.

Blogger Crew May 24, 2018 9:54 AM  

background art is the sort of thing you can improve iteratively and chaotically by crowdsourcing,

I think that is a bad idea. ArkHaven will spend too much time coordinating, winnowing etc, the crowd of crap that is produced.

Blogger David The Good May 24, 2018 10:02 AM  

I don't like the creative crowdsourcing idea, as there are a lot of lousy half-wits out there, but it may have its place for some. If you're not good at something or are refining your skill, I recommend you find someone who is really good (and successful) and ask them to give you their brutal opinion on what's wrong. Then absorb that input and work on it without letting your emotions get in the way.

Blogger David The Good May 24, 2018 10:03 AM  

And practice, practice, practice. Force yourself to produce on insane self-imposed deadlines. Do a small oil painting every day, or write 2,000 words a day, every day for a month, or do nothing but draw faces in pen and ink for two hours a day. You get better fast.

Blogger FUBARwest May 24, 2018 10:05 AM  

I really enjoyed Issue number 1 and am looking forward to number 2. You guys did a good job leaving me wanting more and anticipating the next story.

The art was good and I enjoyed it but it could be improved upon. I'm not sure if you were trying to make Dynamique with a super model fantasy body or a more realistic portrayal of a beautiful woman's body with her art in her costume in the mirror.

The biggest problem I had with it was some of the text bubbles placement and ordering. Reading it the way I insticntively wanted to based on previous comic book reading experience left me reading it out of order.

Overall I agree with the 8/10. It's a really good start made all the better by the competition you are going up against. Looking forward to Issue #2 and Rebel's introduction. Is this a monthly release window or biweekly?

Blogger VD May 24, 2018 10:20 AM  

We don't have a release schedule. Probably second week of June for AH#2.

We're working on the lettering. We have a number of issues to resolve there, including finding a good font with European accents.

Blogger S. Misanthrope May 24, 2018 10:20 AM  

Legendary comic-hater Sig. Other loved it. Carry on.

Blogger The Observer May 24, 2018 10:23 AM  

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Blogger The Observer May 24, 2018 10:27 AM  

background art is the sort of thing you can improve iteratively and chaotically by crowdsourcing,

Castalia cut its slush pile submissions a long time ago.

Why would one think they would open up the art equivalent of a slush pile?

Blogger electricsheeple May 24, 2018 10:27 AM  

I'll pick up a copy of Alt Hero 1 when a print version becomes available on Amazon. Looks like a good story.

Blogger Brick Hardslab May 24, 2018 10:43 AM  

Balloons and lettering were harder than you think back in the day with a pencil and brush but I imagine computers have made it much easier.

Placement is important because one balloon should lead the eye to the next like the art should move you to the correct panel. However the art is far more important. Look at the dissonance between what Claremont wrote and Byrne drew. Claremont could throw up a wall of text and Byrne would slice to the heart (and sometimes beyond) with the illustration.

Blogger Sam Spade May 24, 2018 10:46 AM  

Congratulations for the successful launch.

Blogger Brick Hardslab May 24, 2018 10:51 AM  

Just listened to the video. Imagine my disappointment, with a name like Rorschach I was expecting a Lee Marvin growl, instead I got a Brit dude. Oh well, he said nice things.

Blogger Eli May 24, 2018 11:22 AM  

"There's no mental illness haircut here in this book." That brought a smile to my face. Making female characters feminine again is reason enough to pick it up.

Blogger Crew May 24, 2018 11:37 AM  

Somewhat related: Christian comic writer Adam Ford announced he had sold the popular satire website "The Babylon Bee,"

Blogger Elijah May 24, 2018 12:32 PM  

the only negative concerning the first "alt hero" is that we have to wait too long for the second. i need my "alt hero" fix!!!!

Blogger SDaly May 24, 2018 12:54 PM  

Glad to be a backer.

Blogger Bogey May 24, 2018 1:16 PM  

Picked up a copy and left a positive review on Amazon. Looking forward to Chuck Dixon's take in this new universe. I can be pretty negative by nature, but I'm feeling pretty positive about this series already.

Blogger Bogey May 24, 2018 1:21 PM  

...and BOOOOM! #1 new release in Mystery Graphic Novels.

Blogger Paul M May 24, 2018 11:33 PM  

Crowd sourcing? If they are so great, why aren't they doing their own comic?

The story was preachy as all hell. ot that that's a bad thing. Alt*Hero is definitely a polemic with a point of view.

I found the offer of a "first-rate healthcare package" in a comic set in Europe to be a little tone-deaf.

Blogger VD May 25, 2018 4:45 AM  

I found the offer of a "first-rate healthcare package" in a comic set in Europe to be a little tone-deaf.

I live in Europe. Do you really think the elite use the same healthcare options as everyone else? Do you really not know there are differences between public room, double room, and single room hospital options for which you pay?

Blogger SouthRon May 25, 2018 6:31 AM  

Are there any open source comic fonts of reasonable quality? Or commercial ones with source available?

I have a bit of experience tweaking and accenting fonts. I'm may not be fast and my skills aren't up to creating a font from scratch, but I can adjust something preexisting.

Blogger Avalanche May 25, 2018 7:27 AM  

@3 "crowdsourcing, if you're willing to offer guidance to the community. Here's your basic method and value proposition:"

So, Aeoli, you're actually suggesting, in essence, that Castalia/Vox Day set up a comics artist school?!?! With assignments, proctors, reviewers, and grading!? Oh my! Is our Dark Lord not already carrying half of our future in his massive brain?! Let the man get some SLEEP!

Blogger Avalanche May 25, 2018 7:28 AM  

(Of course, if YOU are offering to set up and run the school - cool idea, man!)

Blogger Avalanche May 25, 2018 7:31 AM  

@19 " i need my "alt hero" fix!!!!"

Try what I'm doing; re-read and carefully, deeply, closely study each frame. Try to figure out (anything a non-illustrator can) why this-or-that color was picked, this-or-that movement was hinted at... LOOK for the secret messages in every one. Or, study each alt-hero sequentially in close detail. Do ANYthing you can think of which each frame! (Keeps you 'in' it for longer!)

Blogger Stephen St. Onge May 25, 2018 7:20 PM  

A good first issue. The balloon placement needs a little work, but that was about it.

Oh, I loved the bit about the excellent health plan. Just hilarious.

Looking forward to issue 2.

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