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Monday, July 30, 2018

Winning: Arkhaven edition

An Arkhaven reader emails:
My son was recently punished, not allowed to play on his computer. I offered him some comics, because he is always allowed to read, no matter what; I offered him my World War Hulk, Dark Phoenix, House Of M, Decimation, X-Cutioner's Song (w/ Stryfe), Age Of Apocalypse, etc.

His response: But I Like Fazer!

From Avalon #1: The Street Rules.

That's winning.
That is indeed. And now it's time to call upon the Arkhaven fans in the UK. Ingram and Arkhaven are about to launch our mailing campaign to all the comic book stores in the UK, which will put the first two Alt-Hero comics, plus Chuck Dixon's Avalon #1, in the hands of the comic book store owners so they can see the quality for themselves. The idea is to a) convince all the stores to sign up with Ingram, and, b) convince them to carry Arkhaven's comics.

If you are a UK resident and you're willing to call upon a few stores, either by phone or in person, to help follow up on the mailing, please email me with ARKHAVEN UK in the subject and include the name of your local comic book store, if any, in in the body of the email.

I can also confirm that Castalia/Arkhaven Direct will begin shipping in the UK before December.

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23 Comments:

Blogger Darth Dharmakīrti July 30, 2018 9:09 AM  

OT but large swaths of 4chan (including /pol/) are down. Massive exodus to 8chan.

I've gone back and forth on Q, but neonrevolt said recently that 4chan was compromised and polacks should be on 8. Certainly looking that way.

Blogger The Observer July 30, 2018 9:18 AM  

Marvellous. Alt-Hero shall be to Gen Z what Marvel and DC were to prior generations of comic enthusiasts. Hopefully someday we'll get to hear playground debates over whether King Ace could beat up Captain Europa or not.

My best wishes to all UK ilk and VFM who are participating in the campaign!

Remember the ever-shifting goalposts:

*Freestartr will steal the money (X)
*Vox won't be able to deliver with his budget (X)
*Vox will abscond with the money (X)
*Alt-Hero won't be produced (X)
*Alt-Hero won't sell well (X)
*Alt-Hero won't have physical copies (X)
*Alt-Hero won't be in comics stores <- We are here
*Alt Hero won't appeal to normies
*Alt-Hero won't have live action TV and movies
*Alt-Hero won't be made into a video game

Blogger OneWingedShark July 30, 2018 9:34 AM  

VD:
I've really enjoyed Alt-Hero so far; thank you for doing the project.

Darth Dharmakīrti wrote:OT but large swaths of 4chan (including /pol/) are down. Massive exodus to 8chan.

I've gone back and forth on Q, but neonrevolt said recently that 4chan was compromised and polacks should be on 8. Certainly looking that way.

Remember a few days ago when HollywoodAnon appeared and did his drops? Then *BAM!*, all of the "Hollywood Pedophile Hunt" threads were taken down, and people who'd posted to them were banned.

Blogger Anno Ruse July 30, 2018 9:41 AM  

The best way to convince retailers is probably just to talk up the successful crowdfunding. Marvel is trying to convince these people to carry stuff they KNOW won't sell, and Arkhaven is a product already proven to sell. It wouldn't exist if people didn't want it.

Blogger The Observer July 30, 2018 9:52 AM  

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Blogger The Observer July 30, 2018 9:53 AM  

@4: If one's going with that angle, being armed with some stats and screenshots regarding how well it's selling on Amazon compared to the big names might help as well.

Blogger Tars Tarkusz July 30, 2018 10:46 AM  

Is the Arkhaven label available in American comic stores yet? If not, any word as to when?

Blogger VD July 30, 2018 11:01 AM  

Is the Arkhaven label available in American comic stores yet? If not, any word as to when?

That mailing will probably take place in 3 weeks. Chuck Dixon is signing copies of CDA#1 for all of them first.

Blogger Dave July 30, 2018 11:15 AM  

Oh wow, signed copies by The Legend Chuck Dixon! MAGA!

Blogger Tars Tarkusz July 30, 2018 11:16 AM  

Thanks VD. I'll be calling my local comic store and asking them to carry the Arkhaven label.

Blogger OneWingedShark July 30, 2018 11:28 AM  

VD wrote:Is the Arkhaven label available in American comic stores yet? If not, any word as to when?

That mailing will probably take place in 3 weeks. Chuck Dixon is signing copies of CDA#1 for all of them first.

I've talked to my local comic book store about it; definitely want them to carry it. Should I e-mail you their address? Talk to them about Arkhaven again (I see the owner semi-regularly)?

TL;DR: What's the best way to get Arkhaven into our local stores?

Blogger Al K. Annossow July 30, 2018 11:35 AM  

I hate birthday gift exchanges, the gifts to/from me that are from/to adults. But I'll put Castalia's direct store on the list of gift ideas in a couple months even though I backed Alt*Hero enough to get physical copies. Maybe it'll get others interested and I'll get some of the other comics.

I've already talked to a large local comics store. When I have physical copies, I'll take them around as show-and-tell. (The store is named Titan Comics but they say they're not associated with the printing label. Odd. And the store got the better version of the domain name.)

Blogger Vessimede Barstool July 30, 2018 11:45 AM  

I'm enjoying your darkstream on YT. I get that video is not your preferred medium but I think you'd be upping your subscriber count and views with a few tweaks. Don't link to offsite websites on your main account, the algo kills any channel that does this. Instead link to a secondary channel on YT and link your offsite accounts from that. Also consider mentioning your blog, business etc at the end of the video not the beginning. Ideal length for YT videos is 10-15 mins, again due to the algo, hit rate plus watch time. Depending on how seriously you want to take the YT channel you should be aiming for a 100k subs easily.

Blogger Dirk Manly July 30, 2018 11:59 AM  

@1

"I've gone back and forth on Q, but neonrevolt said recently that 4chan was compromised and polacks should be on 8. Certainly looking that way."

Any /b/tard could have told them 4chan.net was compromised YEARS ago, when Moot started dating some asian bitch, whom he allowed to replace all the mods ("janitors"), and they started IP-blocking people for non-PC humor.

The /b/tards migrated to 8chan within weeks of that event. It's also why Q NEVER posted in 4chan's /pol, only the /pol on 8ch.net, and why /cbst and /qresearch exist only on 8ch, not 4chan.


She's not just the cancer that's killing /b, she's the cancer that's killing ALL of 4chan.

Blogger Al K. Annossow July 30, 2018 12:59 PM  

Being that it's an early stage, it seems like marketing gimmicks might be helpful to get Arkhaven remembered in comics stores. For example, stuff like customized Post-It notes with Arkhaven and Ingram info would keep reminders visible on someone's desk. Plus it has that universal influence principle of reciprocity.

This suggestion very well may have passed into the realm of being a 'concern troll.' If so, apologies.

Blogger VD July 30, 2018 1:50 PM  

Don't link to offsite websites on your main account, the algo kills any channel that does this.

That's good to know, thanks.

Ideal length for YT videos is 10-15 mins, again due to the algo, hit rate plus watch time.

I'll give that a try; it would cut down on the time too.

Blogger VD July 30, 2018 1:53 PM  

Also consider mentioning your blog, business etc at the end of the video not the beginning.

Should I take the "voxiversity.com" off the cover image too?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 30, 2018 2:12 PM  

VD wrote:Should I take the "voxiversity.com" off the cover image too?
Maybe end with the same splash image. I can certainly see the fact that you will have more people watching the live streams at the end than at the beginning.

Blogger Dave July 30, 2018 4:07 PM  

I wasn't even sure what voxiversity.com was so copypasta on my browser takes me to Freestartr. Is there any point in sending people there right now?

In the search engines typically the first result for Voxiversity is the youtube channel.

You may want to append something to the end of the Darkstreams similar to what EVS does at the end of each of his videos. You've already got the producer and tools available. I don't know if he's doing it with live vids or adding it back in later. Would be trick if you could spool up a little video promo as you end the Darkstream and then it's already there for subsequent viewers. See here (@3:56 if it doesn't start there) https://youtu.be/KCs0uv69fRU?t=236

Blogger S1AL July 30, 2018 6:44 PM  

Yeah, to concur with the above - if I'm a new watcher I'm not interested in a link to your site until after I've sampled the content.

Blogger Avalanche July 30, 2018 8:25 PM  

@16 Ideal length for YT videos is 10-15 mins,
VD: I'll give that a try; it would cut down on the time too.

You'll make the Ilk cry though. (Still, some nice cruelty in it?)

Blogger Al K. Annossow July 30, 2018 8:54 PM  

I once heard that using the words "you" and "your" early in a YT video draws people in like magic, creates engagment. I guess it personalizes it. Many things can be switched from detached-writer-speak like "the book/comic/video contains ..." to "you can find in this book/comic/video ..." I suppose this technique is somewhat testable.

Blogger John Bradley July 31, 2018 1:24 AM  

“Make mine Arkhaven!”

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