Monstar is currently raising money via Kickstarter to complete the action/horror comic. A homage to Hammer Horror, Universal Monsters, and Marvel's Legion of Monsters, RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS features a gang of monsters battling it out for a mystic ornament that contains the secrets of life and death.
When talking about RISE, Monstar said it contained "A lot of action. I want this to feel like a thrill ride. I knew If I were going to make any type of impression and get people talking, I needed to come out swinging. The first draft was overwhelming. I had to work on the pacing to instill more character development and give the reader a chance to breathe. But, yeah, issue one should come with seatbelts."
A war of monsters erupts in the first issue of this new series.
For Immediate Release: July 22nd, 2021
(HOLLYWOOD, CA) The Kickstarters campaign for RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS comic book launches on August 1st, 2021. Created by Alexander "Monstar" Raymond, the comic book will feature the world's greatest monsters at war with each other over mysterious relics known as the Life Creator and the Death Breaker, which can unlock the secrets of resurrection. The Kickstarter campaign will be to fund the first issue of the series. The RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS campaign will feature several pledge levels and incentives to encourage fan engagement.
Long-time genre fan Alexander conceived the comic, inspired by an admiration of Hammer Films and 70's Marvel horror magazines. The characters introduced in the first issue are Countess Dracula, Lady Frankenstein, Madame Beastress, The Banshee, The Queen Of Blood, Mistress Hyde, and Doctor Knowhere.
"RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS is a series that horror and comic books fans will enjoy," said Alexander. "The story has exciting elements like action and adventure, set in a dark and sinister setting. The Kickstarter campaign starts it all off with some fun pledge levels and incredible incentive rewards."
The trailer can be seen on Youtube here:
The RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS Kickstarter campaign begins on August 1st and will run for one month, ending August 31st. Those looking to back the campaign can do so on Kickstarter here: MonstarUniverse.com.
Backer levels include the physical and digital version of the RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS comic book, variant comic book covers, trading cards, autographed cosplay covers by influencer Tanya Tate, and more. Stretch goal rewards will include stickers, mini-posters, and other exclusive collectibles.
To encourage early pledges, those who commit to the physical or digital levels within the first 48 hours will receive a video thank you from cosplay and media personality Tanya Tate. While those that pledge $50 and above will get a special custom video shout-out from Tanya.
RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS is the inaugural title from the Monstar Horror Universe imprint. The line will focus on the world of super-powered monsters. Intended future titles include Countess Dracula vs. The Brides of Blood and The Death of Lady Frankenstein.
Witness the birth of Alexander "Monstar Raymond's horror universe with RISE OF THE FEMONSTERS! Pledge on Kickstarter to help bring this project to life.
For interviews - please contact: Alexander@MonstarPR.com 818-732-0191
The Co-Owner of Star Factory PR/Media will participate in the annual Wondercon panel to discuss media placement strategies.
For Immediate Release: March 25th, 2021
(HOLLYWOOD, CA)Alexander "Monstar" Raymond (https://twitter.com/monstarpr) will share methods creators can utilize on attaining press awareness on Wondercon's How To Get News Coverage panel on March 27th. Joining a group of entertainment professionals, Alexander will talk about techniques and solutions that new creators can use for media placement.
"I was honored to participate in the panel," said Alexander. "In the constantly evolving landscape of creating brand awareness, I look forward to contributing my experiences to the conversation. I believe even those not focused on the geek sphere of entertainment will find strategies to assist them."
About How To Get News Coverage panel: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage.
Alexander is currently working on multiple comic book/horror projects that will begin to come to fruition later this year. The first is a podcast tentatively titled Monstar Presents The House of Flesh and Blood, a show covering the horror genre, especially the gothic horror films of the 1960s and '70s.
Looking for techniques on gaining media attention for your projects? Join Alexander "Monstar" Raymond and other professionals on Wondercon's How To Get News Coverage panel on March 27th!
AVN has announced the Hall of Fame class for 2021, and I am pleased to see that one of the inductees is Mike Moz. Like many others who have achieved success in this industry, I owe a lot to Mike.
When I started in Adult Entertainment back in 2004, Moz connected with me, and after some time of conceptualizing, we created the public relations company, Star Factory PR.
For the next several years, we made it a point to imprint ourselves in everything related to this industry. Star Factory PR has gone on to become one of the most successful publicity firms in Adult Entertainment.
Moz has gone on to prove he is more than an unparalleled public relations specialist. From his work as an agent, producer, director, talent coordinator, strategist, and other titles, he has been able to work in all facets of the industry and do it successfully.
I have been fortunate to have a prosperous career in Adult Entertainment, and for starting all that, I thank Mike Moz.
While the days of drivin' and jivin' throughout the valley are behind us as these days Mike is busy running an empire, and I'm working from a reclusive state, this cat knows if he needed me, I'd be there in a heartbeat.
Congratulations Moz, I already knew you were a Hall of Famer; AVN just caught up.
On January 12th The Star Factory PR co-owner will contribute solutions and actions needed by talent for successful careers.
For Immediate Release: January 8th, 2021
(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Industry veteran Alexander "Monstar" Raymond (https://www.starfactorypr.com/) will participate in an XBIZ Show panel targeted at adult entertainment performers - "Strategies for Talent From Seasoned Publicists." On January 12th at 4 pm PST, Alexander will sit in on the virtual discussion with others to provide information, strategies, and tactics needed by talent to broaden their brand awareness. With 15+ years of experience specializing in adult entertainment publicity, Alexander is noted for not only the successful campaigns with award-winning performers but his work with industry consumer shows, talent liaison, red carpet management, and more.
"As the industry is consistently evolving, so are brand awareness solutions," said Alexander. "On the XBIZ Show panel, I plan to talk about the options talent have to elevate their stature in adult entertainment. For people that are serious about their careers, I encourage them to join in and participate."
The XBIZ Show is a multi-day online event that will bring together industry influencers worldwide for boundless business opportunities.
PR: Strategies for Talent From Seasoned Publicists Whether you are building your brand, promoting your charismatic personality or navigating controversy, balancing outspoken authenticity with measured wisdom is no small feat. Reputations, after all, are everything in today's social media-driven age. Learn how to speak your mind with optimal messaging in this workshop devoted to bettering communications skills and elevating your profile.
10 Year adult industry veteran and the co-founder of Star Factory PR, Alexander Raymond, will be one of the guest speakers at the 2016 XBIZ Show.
WHO:Alexander "Monstar" Raymond of Star Factory PR
WHAT: The publicist will be speaking on two panels - Social Media: Maximizing Reach & Engagement and Porn PR: Putting Your Best Foot Forward.
WHEN: Thursday January 14th, 2016. 12:00 PM (Social Media: Maximizing Reach & Engagement) and 1:00 PM (Porn PR: Putting Your Best Foot Forward)
WHERE: The XBIZ Show at the Andaz Hotel - 8401 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood.
Social Media: Maximizing Reach & Engagement From Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to Periscope and beyond, social media marketing today provides a bridge between brands and fans for an unbeatable connection — but it takes skill to build momentum on these platforms, which are notoriously unfriendly to adult. Join expert social media strategists for this executive workshop and learn the latest trends and best practices in social media marketing.
Location: Studio 2 (2nd Floor)
Porn PR: Putting Your Best Foot Forward Porn consumption may typically be a private affair, but porn promotion needs to be in the public eye — where beneficial on-target messaging, problem area mitigation, and traffic generation come together. From do-it-yourself social media, to the services of professional publicity outfits, learn from our panel of experts how to project the best possible image for your brand, to the widest possible audience.
Here is the number one tip for adult stars wanting to establish a strong presence on Facebook - it’s a waste of time. Sure, set up a page so you have some type existence on there. But at the end of the day, investing any time and effort to cultivate a following on it will eventually be a waste of time.
Why? The Facebook Team is notorious for using a separate standard for adult stars than the general populace. I am quite aware of the written Facebook rules violations and adhere to them. Meaning we never post anything more than what you would see on the Victoria’s Secret or Sports Illustrated official pages. But even then, you could are cited for violations. The Page that you have worked so hard on to propagate Likes, could easily be deleted, for no justifiable reason. It has happened before, it happens everyday.
Apparently, according to the Facebook Team, this image is not acceptable:
(Note: in both cases, the Pages are 'Verified' by Facebook)
I have no issue of beautiful women only slightly covering their nipples as they are holding their bare breasts, but the double standard is obvious.
So, you can be as cautious as you like, but as long as Facebook and its “Team” continue to use a separate set of rules due to the occupation that you have chosen, then it’s waste of your time. There are other social media outlets out there.
The good people at Ynot.com requested an interview from me about adult star publicity. Now, I rarely do interviews. In the ten years that I have been doing adult star publicity, I may have only done five. The last interview I did was for CNN about two years ago when I was still at Digital Playground. Mainly, because if there is an interview opportunity, I would prefer I get a client into the spot.
But I like Ynot so I thought I would answer the questions that they sent over. When the collection of interviews was posted some of my answers were not used. Which is all good, and up to their editors. However, being one not to let my work slip by I thought I would post all my answers here, in their entirety as supplemental info to the Ynot piece.
Enjoy! Alexander Raymond @MonstarPR Co-Founder of StarFactoryPR & owner of MonstarPR.com
1) Why does a porn star need a PR agent?
Short answer: because people are not going to know how great you are unless they have someone telling them. Long answer: it takes a team to cultivate and sustain a successful career. There are a lot of beautiful and talented people out there, so what makes one stand out from another? Creating awareness.
2) What do they pay you for your services?
3) But surely porn stars have succeeded without needing PR agents?
Anything is possible. There are girls now, who never had a publicist who are very recognizable names. Yes, they might be able to succeed without a PR agent, but they do probably had a solid support team - agent, manger, etc. Though, it makes you wonder how much further could they have gone with someone has a the contacts, the established connections to the media make more things happen for them.
For example, anyone can write a “press release” and send it over to AVN and Xbiz. But we have more contacts than that. Not only, look at the quality of a Star Factory PR press release. Look how much “meat on the bone” there is. We have an established technique that has succeeded for nearly a decade. We know what grabs people’s attention and draws them in. We know what angles to use, what media outlets are looking for. That is what we bring to the table.
Can someone succeed on their own? Sure. But that is an rarity. Why not stack the odds in your favor by hiring someone who is experienced in the ﬁeld of promotion?
4) What tangible extra income and opportunities do you provide to your clients?
That is a tough one to answer, because we are not agents. An agent’s job is to get people booked and put money in a client’s pocket. A publicist’s job is to promote the projects said client is working on. However, because of who we are and our established longevity, there are opportunities that present themselves, paying opportunities. Such as appearances or a “paid promotion” type avenues.
5) What opportunities might they miss without your help?
Star Factory PR has connections that go back 10 years. Our job, daily, is to strengthen the contacts we have and establish new ones. Client/Talent just cannot do that on the scale that we do. Can not dedicate the time or resources to seek out these opportunities. They are busy performing, staying in shape, formulating new projects.
6) Please name a porn star whose career has beneﬁted from your assistance, and what you have done for them?
I’ll give you the perfect example - Tanya Tate. In just the relatively short amount of time that she is been in the industry, ﬁve years, she’s been on the cover AVN, been on the cover of FHM Magazine in Turkey. Been in a theatrical documentary, The Aroused Project, photographed by acclaimed photographer Deborah Anderson. Seen on a nationally broadcast UK reality program. Taken part of panels at Comic Con, appeared at several conventions and won a slew of awards.
This is a perfect example of a symbiotic relationship between talent and a publicist. We are both on the same page as to how she wants to be promoted and has an open mind to the projects I propose. Because she trusts me to do the job that I do and she has the drive, determination and the wherewithal to aggressively pursue those avenues of publicity.
That quality is very hard to ﬁnd. A lot of people will pay a publicist money and sit back and expect magic to happen. It doesn’t work like that. There has to be that symbiotic relationship. A publicist is going to keep you busy, because that is what it takes to make a successful career.
7) How do you cut through the clutter of all the porn stars out there?
What Star Factory PR does is we meet with potential clients and look for that unique special trait that they have and we broadcast it. We try to go beyond the superﬁcial stature of performer, because there are hundreds of performers out there, and ﬁnd what makes our someone stand out.
8) What are the signs of a bad porn PR agent?
I think if someone tries to hard sell you, that’s a warning sign. If it’s too good to be true it probably is. If they are busy burying other PR companies in the initial meeting, that is a bad sign. I tell people to shop around, see who works better for you. A bad PR person doesn’t want you to shop around.
9) How do you shop for a good porn PR agent; what are the things to look for?
Do your homework. Look at a PR company’s track record. See what their strengths are and see what their weaknesses are. Don’t go by how much they cost because if you paying less for bad PR, you may as well spend nothing.
What is their turn over rate? Why are people leaving/staying? Look for more than just a weekly press release. Who are they pitching their clients to. I saw one “publicist” pitching their client to someone on Twitter who doesn’t even have a website yet. How is that a quality contact? I’m not going to waste my client’s time, have them do an interview somewhere, that is not going to have any traction.
You should be your own unique individual and a publicist should strive to feature that.