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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Check your email

 Alt★Hero backers, please check your email. And if you would like to discuss the upcoming release, please do so in the forums. A little general discussion is all right here, but please avoid any details or spoilers.

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42 Comments:

Blogger ÆtherCzar July 12, 2018 6:34 AM  

And it's on its way to my Kindle. Thanks for the heads up.

Blogger Pierre Truc July 12, 2018 6:42 AM  

The much higher resolution cbz format is excellent.

For example, on the first page of Alt-Hero #1, the previous low-res version made the masked policeman who says "you are go" about 1 pixel tall, since he sits on top of a building in the distant background. So I remember having trouble connecting the dialog bubble with his tiny silhouette (the bubble points to Dynamique, adding to the confusion).

The higher resolution makes it much clearer.

Blogger VD July 12, 2018 6:45 AM  

The much higher resolution cbz format is excellent.

Ironically, the two formats are not only the same resolution, they are literally the same files. It's just that the Kindle format is so bad that it seriously degrades the reader's experience.

Blogger pdwalker July 12, 2018 6:54 AM  

*spoiler* it's good. it's really good. go check your email.

Blogger Dave July 12, 2018 7:04 AM  

Yes, suck it EVS.

Those other covers for CDA #2 and QM #3 look fantastic.

Blogger wahr01 July 12, 2018 7:12 AM  

Speaking of alt hero and backers, freestartr has yet to update their progress on their processor issue. Have you heard anything through your channels VD?

Blogger VD July 12, 2018 7:14 AM  

Speaking of alt hero and backers, freestartr has yet to update their progress on their processor issue. Have you heard anything through your channels VD?

I think they have a few more days based on the last time I spoke to them.

Blogger artensoll July 12, 2018 7:37 AM  

OT and apologies for that but God Emporer Trump just flew over my house!

Blogger Azure Amaranthine July 12, 2018 7:58 AM  

Awesome.

Blogger Man of the Atom July 12, 2018 8:02 AM  

pdwalker wrote:*spoiler* it's good. it's really good. go check your email.

It's Dixon-level Good.

Blogger Pierre Truc July 12, 2018 8:07 AM  

VD wrote:Ironically, the two formats are not only the same resolution, they are literally the same files

In the CBZ I downloaded from Castalia, Alt Hero #1 is 1399x2048, but #2 and Avalon are only 800x1280.

The lower rez still looks OK but of course the high-res one is a lot sharper.

CBZ reader software can zoom, which fixes my complaints about not being able to read the text on my TV. Much better than kindle cloud reader which can't zoom.

Blogger GithYankee July 12, 2018 8:08 AM  

See, this is professionalism. CH is on top of the formats, including links to the best free readers.
One of the funniest tricks in business success is simply make it easy for people to give you money, and they often will. Very impressed with the Castalia House comics line, hopefully it will serve as a model for others.

Blogger Rocklea Marina July 12, 2018 8:36 AM  

The cbz format is excellent on the small screen, especially as you have the ability to flip and zoom. The story and art mesh well in this comic. Great work.

Blogger James Dixon July 12, 2018 8:52 AM  

Got it. I'll read it tonight. Will it be available via Kindle Unlimited too?

Blogger VD July 12, 2018 8:53 AM  

Will it be available via Kindle Unlimited too?

When it launches on Monday.

Blogger James Dixon July 12, 2018 8:54 AM  

> When it launches on Monday.

Excellent. No reason for me not to get it that way too then. That way you get paid twice. :)

Blogger SouthRon July 12, 2018 9:18 AM  

Wow. There's a lot packed into those pages. Real nice setup. Makes Netflix's Daredevil look like amature hour.

Blogger David The Good July 12, 2018 9:48 AM  

Heck yeah. Read it as soon as I got it. Chuck is a heckuva writer.

Blogger tuberman July 12, 2018 10:05 AM  

Going to have to get the CBZ reader, as I like the zoom feature.

Blogger Michael Riley July 12, 2018 10:41 AM  

I ordered Quantum Mortis 1 and Alt-Hero 1 via Amazon a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed them. Is there any way to subscribe to get new hard copies as they're released? If not, is there a schedule published somewhere that will let me know when the hard copies will be released?

Blogger VD July 12, 2018 10:57 AM  

I ordered Quantum Mortis 1 and Alt-Hero 1 via Amazon a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed them. Is there any way to subscribe to get new hard copies as they're released? If not, is there a schedule published somewhere that will let me know when the hard copies will be released?

Great, no, and no. Best thing to do is follow Arkhaven on Twitter and subscribe to the Castalia New Release mailing list.

Blogger The Deuce July 12, 2018 11:22 AM  

I really enjoyed this one. It was just pure entertainment from beginning to end.

Blogger R Webfoot July 12, 2018 11:22 AM  

The Kindle app has a panel-by-panel feature, but it's reliably unreliable in where the panel borders are and panel order. Do you have any input at all into this feature?

Blogger Michael Riley July 12, 2018 11:24 AM  

Thanks, I appreciate the response.

Blogger Ahärôwn July 12, 2018 11:35 AM  

Yes, very good.

Blogger Longtime Lurker July 12, 2018 11:45 AM  

Fantastic!

Blogger VD July 12, 2018 11:59 AM  

The Kindle app has a panel-by-panel feature, but it's reliably unreliable in where the panel borders are and panel order. Do you have any input at all into this feature?

Yes and no. Depends upon the comic and how well the auto-detect worked. On what page of CDA #1 does it go out of order? I have some suspicions in that regard; I may have to be a little more careful when editing the panels.

Blogger S1AL July 12, 2018 12:07 PM  

Not sure if you have any control over this at all, but I get an error on my phone when attempting to send the file to Kindle.

Blogger R Webfoot July 12, 2018 12:40 PM  

@27

"Yes and no. Depends upon the comic and how well the auto-detect worked. On what page of CDA #1 does it go out of order? I have some suspicions in that regard; I may have to be a little more careful when editing the panels."

I haven't seen out of order or skipped panels in CDA, although I turned off the panel-by-panel. There are many, many panels where the panel-by-panel view chops off the right fifth or sixth of the panel on my phone's Kindle app. (Have not yet tested on the PC.

There are some panels that get combined in CDA1; paging through it just now, I noticed page 6 panels 3 and 4, page 7 panels 3 and 4, page 10 panels 1 and 2.

The panel layout is pretty straightforward, so there aren't weird out-of-order issues like AH1, in which page 6 is out-of-order, and in page 19, the top of Shade's costume makes the autodetect combine the last two panels.

In QM1, I noticed that the first chapter heading was skipped entirely.

I don't know how extensive the issues are since I gave up on the panel-by-panel view entirely, but it is safe to say that the autodetect algorithm is pretty unreliable.

Blogger J Van Stry July 12, 2018 1:46 PM  

Backing Alt Hero is one of the best things I ever did. The return on the investment has been phenomenal! Lots of good quality comics of the type that I had thought were gone forever.
I really really want to see you guys challenge Marvel and DC and I definitely want to see Diamond and their distribution racket go out of business.

Blogger artensoll July 12, 2018 1:46 PM  

@28 S1AL "Not sure if you have any control over this at all, but I get an error on my phone when attempting to send the file to Kindle."

Email it to your Kindle address.

Blogger Edgar Abbey July 12, 2018 2:24 PM  

Looking forward to some good weekend reading material. I want to reread Alt Hero #2, too.

Blogger Tom Bridgeland July 12, 2018 4:12 PM  

Best one yet.

Blogger Tom Bridgeland July 12, 2018 4:18 PM  

The free caliber e-reader also works for CBZ files.

Blogger SirHamster July 12, 2018 5:28 PM  

Saw it announced on the Discord and devoured it. It's good.

Mildly related, Chuck Dixon is working with Timothy Lim on Trump's Space Force.

Making Comics Great Again!

Blogger Silly but True July 12, 2018 5:35 PM  

I really liked this. It especially reminded me of Dixon's 90's Batman. Griity, great fun.

There are two things I loved. Tge detail. The splash page is beautiful and captures the street feel.

The other thing is Mystic's colors. They worked much better for me here than in Alt-Hero #1.

Great job all around.

Blogger Unknown July 12, 2018 8:41 PM  

Please check why I'm not getting these emails.

Contribution Number: 56279

Blogger MJ Meyers July 12, 2018 10:56 PM  

What are people's thoughts about which series looks more promising so far between Avalon and Alt Hero? It was a cool idea to split it off into different series like this.

I like the vibe of Avalon so far. But I enjoyed reading the Alt Hero ones a little more.

Blogger Werekoala1066 July 12, 2018 11:11 PM  

Just read it - very nice! Kudos all around.

Blogger Michael Maier July 13, 2018 5:56 AM  

MJ Meyers wrote:What are people's thoughts about which series looks more promising so far between Avalon and Alt Hero? It was a cool idea to split it off into different series like this.

I like the vibe of Avalon so far. But I enjoyed reading the Alt Hero ones a little more.


The scope and scale are obviously quite different between the two. I like seeing the potential for both so far and I can't pick one over the other just yet.

Blogger Nate Winchester July 13, 2018 5:20 PM  

Hm. Nothing in my email.

Oh i see now. Wrong email i was checking. Now i wonder how many earlier emails I've lost in the spam folder. How many should we have received in relation to the campaign?

Blogger korbin ransley July 17, 2018 3:06 AM  

Nice. Thank you. 8^)

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