meta: help plan the triumphant return of HTTV

Submitted by Brian on January 27th, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Hello, folks. Maple Street Press exploded recently, taking Hail to the Victors and all their other mags down in flames. We are planning to take it indie this year. In order to defray some fairly intimidating up front costs we are starting a Kickstarter.

If you don't know what a kickstarter is, you can find out:……

One of the features of a kickstarter campaign is graduated levels of reward for donations. We have two certainties:

$10 - you get a copy of HTTV (probably priced at 12.50) when it comes out.

$10,000 - I show up at a kid's birthday party in a Terrelle Pryor jersey.

We are also likely to have a level at which you get a signed copy and a couple levels where there is a thank you page in the magazine. We need help pricing those and are soliciting ideas for other rewards. Fire away.



January 27th, 2012 at 7:24 PM ^

For donations from $10 to $1,000 give 10 Mgopoints for every dollar donated.  At $500 you have to bump something from them to the front page (you get 6 months to make good) and at $1,000 or more six-zero has to work the person into a Blockhams strip.

And you need to set a threshold you want to meet or exceed.  If he hit it you have to bring back the pos/neg votes like the good old days.  


January 27th, 2012 at 10:48 PM ^

I don't have the $1000 to throw around right now, but I'd be very tempted as a family gift to work my grandfather's time with the UM football team into a comic. I'm guessing I'm not the only one. 

About $30 would be my sweet spot on a signed copy.  I'd probably go $100 for some kind of standing "Sponsors Circle" type thing that let's you make a donation with your name or someone elses and stays on a permalink up there with the MGoStore, and Useful Stuff. I'd also go $100 to have a listing towards the end of the magazine, a la highschool football program, so that I could have a copy of the magazine with a dedication in the back.


January 27th, 2012 at 7:20 PM ^

I think you want to hit a sweet spot between a signed copy being cheap enough to be worth it for the buyer, but expensive enough so that it's worth your time and you (and the other authors, yes?) aren't signing thousands of mags. I'm thinking something in the $25-$35 range.

EDIT: At $30, I'd buy a signed copy. At $40, I'd be thinking about it, but most likely wouldn't.


January 27th, 2012 at 8:20 PM ^

I suspect that getting copies signed by all the authors is completely impractical since they don't all live in Ann Arbor or even Michigan and the only time they would have any chance of all being in the same place at the same time is during a Michigan home game.

Who wants jamie mac's autograph anyway?


January 27th, 2012 at 7:48 PM ^

... When asking for money, is to provide donation directions.

If everyone skipped one drink from typical Friday night drinking thread...


January 27th, 2012 at 8:06 PM ^

Yuri Wright/Lemon thing. 

EDIT-Wait. HTTV stands for Hail To The Victors? I always thought it was for Hot Topic TV, where they just played a bunch of My Chemical Romance videos. Huh.


January 27th, 2012 at 8:00 PM ^

fearless leader as my wallet is ready for the challenge!
<br>Idea- If someone contributes $50 or more they can earn a vote for special focus groups that will decide general things over the next year for the blog. I.e. how many points it will require to start a thread in and out of season.

Hardware Sushi

January 27th, 2012 at 8:08 PM ^

It's spelled HDTV.

EDIT: and for a $1000, you should get one of those Denard action figures. The Big Ten Offensive POTY 2000/1500 club one, not that early Heisman crap version.


January 27th, 2012 at 8:05 PM ^

you should surveymonkey this to see how much people would pay for a signed copy, etc.  i don't know what percent of this blog is post-college.  it used to much more than it is now.  obviously that affects what users can afford.


January 27th, 2012 at 8:15 PM ^

Definitely. I'd put in a $100 for that. Do it before a home game. As an added bonus, it would also be representative of the communal nature of the whole effort. You and the rest of the goddamn hippies on this blog could appreciate that

a non emu

January 27th, 2012 at 8:43 PM ^

I think you'll find that a lot of people won't post in this thread, but will actually pony up if the kickstarter goes live. What is your target to break even?


January 27th, 2012 at 8:53 PM ^

Maybe for $20 you get httv and a hail shirt. Then at $50 you get the signed copy. Maybe at $100 or some higher number those people get to party with the authors.

Blue Durham

January 28th, 2012 at 12:16 AM ^

Brian, my niece, for her bachelorette party (not really) would like to know at what dollar level would you personally appear with Pop Evil to sing I am a Big House Inmate and Brady Hoke has Just Made made Me His Girlfriend?


Fifty bucks?

Bando Calrissian

January 28th, 2012 at 1:43 AM ^

My signed copy is going to be worth so much money when Obama namedrops HTTV 2012 in a campaign speech.

1.  "Where's Brian Cook?  I hear your book's coming back, man."  

2. ?

3.  Maximum profit


January 28th, 2012 at 10:01 AM ^

I'm guessing from the lack of any response our dear leader found our suggestions a bit underwhelming.

I'm telling you though - tie the donations total to the restoration of real pos/neg bangs and you'll have enough money to start two magazines and have enough left over for a cushy expense account.