Being honest leaves less room for confusion…
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I apologize for not posting sooner after announcing I was ill. As of a few days ago I was past the bug that was going around and cleared out my lungs.
On top of that there are several pretty big news items that may be coming to a head in February (that I’m dying to announce but can not at this time) and I had to commit considerable resources to ensure their timely flourishion. As a result, Ralf the Destroyer’s buffer of new strips was depleted. I am in the process of trying to build that buffer of new material back up so I can ensure more timely Ralf the Destroyer updates in February and into the future. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you know that I have been adding Sunday strips that were missing from the archives. Why is that important? “Why”, indeed…?
Lastly, I haven’t really plugged my Patreon page in a while because I don’t like being a pest. However, January through March are particularly hard months for me and my family financially. If you’ve thought about contributing, but haven’t yet, even the smallest contributions can make a considerable difference.
The holidays and the newest flu have caught up with me, so I’ve been short on the updates the last couple weeks. I haven’t forgotten, I just took some of the holiday time to catch up with family, color strips, fill in missing Sunday strips, and build seventeen frames so that I can begin showing some of my original comic strip art at libraries in my area.
I am also hoping to have the website updated in the not too distant future. The regular update schedule will return, but a number of crucial things piled up at the end of the year, so please bare with me.
Thank you for your continued support, Scott Lincoln
Hey, just to let everyone know, the update is running late this week because I am having issues with my scanner. I’m not sure what I’m doing yet, but hopefully it won’t take too long to resolve.
I have set up a Patreon page with the higher goal of updating the comic on a daily schedule. Patreon lets fans support their favorite creators by becoming patrons. Unlike other fundraising services, which raise for a single big event, Patreon is for creators who create a stream of smaller works, like webcomics.
So to reflect this, the donations reoccur as monthly pledges but, are significantly smaller in amount. A pledge of only $1, $5 or $10 a month is not obtrusive, yet with enough people, could make daily updates possible! It’s NOT paying for the comic, the comic still updates for free (as it has been). Just think, if the internet is a digital marketplace, then webcomics are the street artists. Street artists offer their work for free and tipping them says you appreciate the work and helps to insure more and continued creativity in the world. Simply, you would be helping me reach goals to make the comic more often which means a better reading experience for you!
I am still working on the Patreon introduction video at this time, however, I have set up a Patreon page. Some of you have been generous enough to send Paypal donations but that Patreon seems to have a little better focus. If you have any experience with Patreon, I welcome any advice or suggestions and, of course, anyone who wants to support Ralf the Destroyer is most welcome to do so there, just click the logo or one of the other links.
Again, I want to say a “Thank you” to Joe and Jeff who have each helped to sponsor different convention trips (which is no small feat). I also want to thank those who have made Paypal donations (which were timely and a great help when I needed it) and those who sent the gift of art supplies.
Even if you are not in a position to make a financial pledge on Patreon, you can have a huge impact on the success of the strip in a few other ways. First is by buying and sharing the Ralf the Destroyer softcover books. I am so thankful for all the positive reviews and comments I have received. Why not buy one for a friend?
Some of the other ways cost you nothing but a little time. Please do share and post any strips (via social media) that struck a cord or you or you thought were particularly nice to look at. Get the word out, if you liked the books leave a positive review on Amazon, Tweet, Tumble and share it on Facebook. The hardest part about doing a comic is getting the word out.
Thank you all for your continued support!
I’m sure there are many readers who are wondering why the updates have slowed down as of late. I do want readers to know that my resolve in Ralf the Destroyer remains, but much has occurred to slow me down and the reasons are not capricious.
I often suspect that when many people see my art, they assume that because I produce high quality art and have a professional presence, I must be making a comfortable living. I would like to believe that too, but in the past it has not been so. For the most recent two years I have been working a low paying, third shift job (2am – 9am) that I took because our 96 Ford Taurus reached the end of it’s life expectancy and it was the only job in walking distance (20min). Even though I had taken different freelance jobs, very often the amount of work I put into them was superseding the income I required week to week.
Up to this time I had maintained my update schedule of three days for the comic strip but had to cut it back to once a week because I only had a few hours in the afternoon to do it and freelance work before eating and getting into bed by 5pm. Later, I managed to find a cheap car and re-procure my summer job as a caricature artist at a local theme park, which pays significantly better. While good news, my schedule has recently looked like this: wake up at 1am, get to work at 2am, work on my feet until 9am, go home change, drive for an hour, work at the park from 11am to 5-8pm, drive home for an hour, eat, go to bed by 7-9pm, lay in bed with my eyes open until 8pm-10pm, sleep until 1am, repeat…
This schedule was depleting the reserves of any energy I had left. While one might be inclined to imagine creative energy is always relaxing and fun, the truth is… it can be, but requires enormous amounts of mental a physical resources. This is why my online presence has been sporadic at best as of late.
The good news! I recently received some very encouraging feedback about Ralf the Destroyer and potentially another feature! I can not disclose much at this time, but either or both would be a game changer for us. To this end I am focusing on the day job, returning to a normal sleep schedule, formatting Ralf book 3 for Pittsburgh, preparing for what could be a monumental shift by years end or the beginning of next, and trying to finish up some long standing freelance jobs. Hopefully, this will steady the update schedule now and lead back to updating Ralf the Destroyer three days a week.
All this to say, although the internet is home to many abandoned webcomics, Ralf the Destroyer is not one of them! Though Ralf may disappear from the corporeal plain from time to time, he will always return to finish the mission and face his conscience.
Thank you for reading and your continued support!
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