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Monday, June 11, 2018

Warning: Alt-Hero backers

Amanda Robb of Rolling Stone and Al Letson of NPR's Reveal are doing an "investigative report" on Alt★Hero. I have learned that they are now contacting the top backers who are listed on the Freestartr page. I am not talking to them - I previously spoke with Ms Robb concerning a story that was originally supposed to be about Castalia House before NPR got involved - and I would not recommend that anyone else talk to them or even respond to them when they inquire.

Based on their interview with Chuck Dixon, it's apparent that both the article and the radio piece are going to be generic SJW hit pieces about bad people who think bad thoughts creating bad things that all politically righteous people are morally obliged to ritually condemn and disavow. Which is fine, that has been the standard mainstream narrative about me for the last five years, but I have learned from experience that it's best not to give them anything they can fold, spindle, and mutilate into a kill quote.

In happier news, Alt★Hero #1 got an excellent review from an industry professional and it is going to be reviewed by a comic media site as well. And I can state with some confidence that the digital edition of Alt★Hero #2 will be out before the end of the month.

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55 Comments:

Blogger Warunicorn June 11, 2018 12:54 PM  

Starve the beast, as they say.

Vox, what if the top backers told them to go f*ck themselves and drink bleach? Could they use that as a kill quote? lol

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 12:57 PM  

Vox, what if the top backers told them to go f*ck themselves and drink bleach? Could they use that as a kill quote?

Then it would be quoted and utilized to demonstrate that only very bad people backed the campaign.

WHAT PART OF "DO NOT TALK TO THE MEDIA" IS SO FUCKING HARD TO UNDERSTAND?

Don't be clever. And don't think you can stick your hand into the rattlesnake pit without being bitten.

Blogger Lyon June 11, 2018 12:58 PM  

Not sure why I waited this long but I will order a hard copy of Alt Hero this week.

@1. The alternative to starving the beast is to feed those who fight our adversary. Thanks Vox, I am very grateful for your work here.

Blogger SidVic June 11, 2018 12:58 PM  

Good, stick it to them!

Blogger pyrrhus June 11, 2018 12:59 PM  

Speaking of which, when do the backers start receiving their copies? My apologies if I missed this info..

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 1:00 PM  

Speaking of which, when do the backers start receiving their copies?

You've already received the first digital edition. The second will be soon. The print won't happen until at least six are done and collected. The single-issue print editions were not part of the campaign, because we did not know we could do them in a cost-effective manner at the time.

Blogger Lovekraft June 11, 2018 1:06 PM  

@VD: not sure if you're aware, but this blogger (who's been hammering feminism for a while now) has directly quoted you and a darkstream in the past few days, in a respectful way.

His post today is on the Marion Bradley pedo/occult issue.

http://theothermccain.com/

Blogger Dave June 11, 2018 1:09 PM  

And I can state with some confidence that the digital edition of Alt★Hero #2 will be out before the end of the month.

You show us those sweet panels in the Darkstreams last week and now tell us we have to wait almost three weeks. That's just mean.

Is this backers only or everyone? And how much longer are you going to keep Dixon under wraps? We demand Avalon!

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 1:12 PM  

Is this backers only or everyone?

Backers get it first, but we'll get the Kindle and Comixology editions out soon after. Avalon had a slight delay due to a technical problem with the colorist. It's being resolved.

Blogger Resident Moron™ June 11, 2018 1:13 PM  

Vox

When I try to order alt*Hero hatd copy I get told to check a local distributor as they don’t deliver to Germany. Is there a solution to this other than waiting? I haven’t found a retail supplier here.

I have the e-version but I also want to support and own the hard copy..

Blogger VFM #7634 June 11, 2018 1:15 PM  

DTTTM means treat the media like a crazy stalker/ex. No contact. Shun. They'll latch onto any contact whatsoever, including negative contact.

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 1:16 PM  

When I try to order alt*Hero hatd copy I get told to check a local distributor as they don’t deliver to Germany.

Any bookstore with an Ingram account can order it for you. If you email me with your city, I can find a bookstore for you.

Blogger S1AL June 11, 2018 1:17 PM  

VD, if we didn't get a link for the digital edition, email you via sidebar?

Blogger Matthew McDaniel June 11, 2018 1:17 PM  

@resident I will personally deliver you a copy, but you have to pay my airfare & hand feed me strudel.

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 1:17 PM  

VD, if we didn't get a link for the digital edition, email you via sidebar?

Sure.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams June 11, 2018 1:22 PM  

How is the tshirt reward coming along? I see Crypto Fashion has Alt-Hero shirts, but if there was an email with instructions, I missed it.

Blogger R Webfoot June 11, 2018 1:22 PM  

How would they know who the top backers are? All but 2 of them are listed as "Private," and the two who have an account listed have no visible identifying information other than that.

Blogger Wild Ape June 11, 2018 1:34 PM  

An honest NPR interview is about as real as Trudeau's eyebrow.

Blogger James Dixon June 11, 2018 1:38 PM  

> I have learned that they are now contacting the top backers who are listed on the Freestartr page.

Well, then I have nothing to worry about, not even being close to a top backer. Not that they would bother contacting anyone in WV anyway, they "know" we can't read.

Blogger Dave June 11, 2018 1:42 PM  

excellent review from an industry professional

Not seeing anything pop up in search...link?

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 1:50 PM  

Not seeing anything pop up in search...link?

I received an email. It's not for public release.

How would they know who the top backers are?

They looked up the names, presumably.

Blogger Unknown June 11, 2018 1:58 PM  

@16

I asked about that a while back, and its going to be a while; from memory they will go out after the first six issues are done. If I am incorrect I'm sure VD will come along and set me straight.

I personally was asking because I am floating between two snail mail addresses while going to college, and want to make sure I can direct the shipment to where I will be at the time they ship.

Blogger eyeslevel June 11, 2018 2:04 PM  

It is so important to not just complain about the enemy or boycott them but to put out alternative media.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 11, 2018 2:08 PM  

What would be so hard to go to a person's blog and ask a couple of questions if you are an honest reporter?

Blogger James Dixon June 11, 2018 2:15 PM  

> What would be so hard to go to a person's blog and ask a couple of questions if you are an honest reporter?

An honest reporter seems to be rarer than a unicorn or leprechaun nowadays.

Blogger DeeJay June 11, 2018 2:17 PM  

So the article's scope has expanded towards the rise of alt-creatives, in general? I can already guess at the burning secret envy, as it was allllll about praising scrappy upstart artists, the punk DIY ethos, 'supporting your scene" and sticking it to corporations with this crowd, 25 years ago. Of course, they'll still be laughed off as a tiny, obsolete, disaffected fringe who Hate The Marvel/Disney Future anyway. Even as it also required Rolling Stone and NPR pooling their resources to publicly dismiss this complete non-threat. Funny, that.

Speaking of Arkhaven et al, is it pretty much flush with talent at this point, or are you still looking for contributors?

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 2:33 PM  

Speaking of Arkhaven et al, is it pretty much flush with talent at this point, or are you still looking for contributors?

It depends what you want to do. If you have new stuff in mind, we can publish it. If you're just looking for work-for-hire, we've already got our teams together.

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 2:34 PM  

What would be so hard to go to a person's blog and ask a couple of questions if you are an honest reporter?

The funny thing is they spent hours interviewing Based Stickman, someone I've never met, never worked with, and to whom I have no connections.

Blogger eyeslevel June 11, 2018 2:39 PM  

I think talking to reporters CAN be good if you 1) stay on message, and 2) make your own recording. You can compare your own recording to the hatchet piece the lying, fake media puts out and use that to discredit them. If you just run away from the camera, that makes you look like you have something to hide.

Blogger Al K. Annossow June 11, 2018 2:48 PM  

I'm glad they won't work their way down to my level of support, but I just don't understand why they would come after a cishet, 3D, white guy like me who is just trying to support the general community of 2D persons. If they don't let us support 2D's on our own, we'll have to include them into Affirmative Action programs; with all those tight costumes, they don't have any place to carry their documentation. It's not fair.

Blogger Nostromo June 11, 2018 2:52 PM  

Never talk to the media. Do none of you wishing to talk not remember how they darkened OJ Simpsons face? They won't just twist your words, they will twist you, and your family. Fuck 'em, and feed 'em fish heads.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 11, 2018 3:03 PM  

eyeslevel wrote:I think talking to reporters CAN be good if you 1) stay on message, and 2) make your own recording. You can compare your own recording to the hatchet piece the lying, fake media puts out and use that to discredit them. If you just run away from the camera, that makes you look like you have something to hide.

It's a good thing you are so special that you can outwit the media. They will never expect that! It's probably never been tried before, and you will totally blindside them and discredit them. Go for it!

Blogger pdwalker June 11, 2018 3:04 PM  

@29 eyeslevel

So what? The reach of their lies will be greater than that of your facts, or their retraction.

DTTTM.

Blogger Cynic In Chief June 11, 2018 3:04 PM  

eyeslevel wrote:I think talking to reporters CAN be good

Stupid idiot is stupid. Vox has covered why this is a dumb idea several times (you don't have the same reach as the media, etc). That said if you're dumb enough to play with dynamite, I'm fine with laughing when I see the explosion. As long as you just blow yourself up and you were given fair warning, have at it.

For everyone else, don't talk to the media. If you get a request for interview by a presstitute journalist, just use the return email address to sign them up for the God Emperor's campaign mailing list (or anything else you think they should get) and ignore it. Same deal with phone calls.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine June 11, 2018 3:13 PM  

Why don't talk to the media?

Why on earth would you talk to someone with a big megaphone who hates your face? That's definitely going to end well, for them.

Blogger Heian-kyo Dreams June 11, 2018 3:17 PM  

@22

Thanks! That is good to know. College: a time in your life where you have a new address every six months...

Blogger Scott Alfter June 11, 2018 3:50 PM  

>And don't think you can stick your hand into the rattlesnake pit without being bitten.

Not that we're yet at that point WRT the converged media, but even a severed rattlesnake's head can be deadly:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/06/severed-rattlesnake-head-bites-texas-man-nearly-kills-him.html

Blogger RobertT June 11, 2018 4:18 PM  

If you want to be famous, hire people to trash you. Controversy sells & Ayn Rand is the proof.

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 4:56 PM  

I think talking to reporters CAN be good if you 1) stay on message, and 2) make your own recording. You can compare your own recording to the hatchet piece the lying, fake media puts out and use that to discredit them. If you just run away from the camera, that makes you look like you have something to hide.

I think you're naive, foolish, and totally devoid of actual experience with the media. Your cunning little strategy isn't at all new and doesn't work.

Blogger Sentient Spud June 11, 2018 5:19 PM  

eyeslevel wrote:I think talking to reporters CAN be good if you 1) stay on message, and 2) make your own recording. You can compare your own recording to the hatchet piece the lying, fake media puts out and use that to discredit them. If you just run away from the camera, that makes you look like you have something to hide.

Let's do a little basic math.

Media industry's reach > Individual Alt-Hero backer's reach.

Just admit the truth. That promise of 5 minutes of fame is too damn sexy to ignore.

Blogger Rickey Johnson June 11, 2018 5:19 PM  

Used Kindle Unlimited to pick up Crackdown; great job! The way iPhone/kindle handles the panels was great actually liked it better than the hard addition.

Blogger VD June 11, 2018 5:33 PM  

Used Kindle Unlimited to pick up Crackdown; great job!

Thanks! Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed it.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener June 11, 2018 5:42 PM  

Methods proven effective for dealing with the media:

1) Don't talk to them
2) Spend so much money on ads that they say whatever you want them to ($$ billions)
3) Cartel tactics

Blogger The Observer June 11, 2018 6:35 PM  

excellent review from an industry professional

Not seeing anything pop up in search...link?


No evidence whatsoever, but I suspect the industry professional is EVS; he tweeted in the last 24 hours that he was reading Alt-Hero.

Blogger MJ Meyers June 11, 2018 7:17 PM  

If I'm a casual observer of the media, I'm more likely to buy into the narrative if they get a quote or two from the target of the hit piece. If they do a regular hit piece without the kill quotes, it looks one sided, and I might be curious to investigate further or dismiss the piece as being unfair.

That said, none of our audience subscribes to Rolling Stone or listens to NPR. So, what possible good could they do for us? Their audience will hate us without the kill quotes. They'll hate us with the kill quotes. So why give them a pretense of objectivity in their hit pieces? They've already written their story. Let them run what they've got.

Blogger Brick Hardslab June 11, 2018 8:19 PM  

They interviewed based stick man for alt hero?

Blogger James Pyrich June 11, 2018 9:03 PM  

Never talk to the media. If you must, become your own media, but never grant interviews to those scum-sucking filth. Let them write whatever they want about you *without* your help.

Blogger Dire Badger June 11, 2018 9:12 PM  

eyeslevel wrote:I think talking to reporters CAN be good if you 1) stay on message, and 2) make your own recording. You can compare your own recording to the hatchet piece the lying, fake media puts out and use that to discredit them. If you just run away from the camera, that makes you look like you have something to hide.

You are wrong. Insanely wrong.
"why do you want to keep your personal information private if you have nothing to hide?"
"Go ahead and talk to the police without a lawyer if you are innocent."
"You don't NEED a gun if you are not a criminal."

Blogger Dire Badger June 11, 2018 9:16 PM  

James Pyrich wrote:Never talk to the media. If you must, become your own media, but never grant interviews to those scum-sucking filth. Let them write whatever they want about you *without* your help.

Even if you are confident about your ability to handle the media (You are wrong) Why give them free content? They are your enemy AND the competition.

Blogger Ken Prescott June 11, 2018 9:29 PM  

Once upon a time, back when I had more follicles, I was a young and foolish Marine PFC.

There'd been a YUGE story in the local media over an episode of fraternization. The Usual Suspects from The Local Fishwrap had gotten ahold of it, distorted or just simply ignored Inconvenient Facts, and generally made a nuisance of themselves.

Well, one of The Local Fishwrap's reporterettes--a solid 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 10--comes up to me as I am waiting to cross the street outside the main gate on a Friday afternoon, and asks if she could have a word with me about said event.

Monday morning, the squadron Sergeant Major is saying to me, "PFC Prescott, the approved response for dealing with the press is 'no comment,' not 'f*** off, wench.' Consider yourself officially counseled."

He was trying to give me a "serious talking to," but the beatific s***-eating grin on his face kind of spoiled the effect...

Blogger Troushers June 12, 2018 3:23 AM  

Limit your statements to FOFN (F*** Off Fake News) unless you have Cernovich level media savvy.

Blogger tuberman June 12, 2018 8:54 AM  

Although, through backing I'm getting all of Chuck's and your comics in hardback and two sets of six in paperback, I'll start buying extra comics to spread around in paperback as money allows (the backing comics are mine).

I need to do more for the culture Wars as this is critical.

Blogger James Dixon June 12, 2018 9:45 AM  

> Although, through backing I'm getting all of Chuck's and your comics in hardback and two sets of six in paperback

Nine high quality digital comics for a measly $15? The original deal was worth backing. This was the steal of the decade. And it's only going to get better.

Blogger James Pyrich June 12, 2018 8:35 PM  

Dire Badger wrote:James Pyrich wrote:Never talk to the media. If you must, become your own media, but never grant interviews to those scum-sucking filth. Let them write whatever they want about you *without* your help.

Even if you are confident about your ability to handle the media (You are wrong) Why give them free content? They are your enemy AND the competition.


Ah, that was poorly written on my part. "If you must" modifies "become your own media", not "talk to the media."

Blogger thubar2k June 12, 2018 10:48 PM  

VD,

I backed Alt-Hero, but dimwittedly didn't check my email until long after the email for volume 1 was sent out. Could you please include the link for #1 with #2?

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