In spite of his mission, Ralf is always ready to help a friend out…
So, here’s what has been going on…
I have been working with the good folks at the Ink Bottle Syndicate to get Ralf the Destroyer into newspapers. This has turned out to be an epic project (by epic, I mean it’s taken many years). My hope is that 2015 will be the year Ralf gets out of the “gate” because… I really need the strip to turn the corner on making an income and I truly believe it can really take off if it can see newsprint.
The Washington Post Writer’s Group has developed an App that will create a customized comics page for online newspapers. They were looking for material and Ralf the Destroyer was high on the list of choices. This would be a paying gig, but significantly less than physical newspapers. Many online papers have a print version as well so one could lead to the other. I am still in waiting as to when it will actually begin to publish.
Either of these situations would have been monumental tasks to initiate, alone, but they were in parallel and required color content as well. I’m told “color sells”, often and repeatedly. Fortunately, I’ve been unemployed since Christmas! <-- That would be sarcasm. However, the upside for readers (old and new) would be that many strips online are being replaced with color. It’s not fancy George Sellas color… it’s just plain newspaper color, but color none-the-less and I will be adding more as I go. So be sure to go back and check ’em out.
Even though I’m dreadful with social media, I will be ramping up my Facebook Fan Page posts a bit more by posting the color strips and an occasional post card. Those of you who follow me on Facebook please do me a “solid”, if you see something you like, “like it” but, also share it. “Share”s get Ralf in front of people who have yet to discover his story, it helps tremendously. If you’re feeling really ambitious, supportive and want to bring joy to my heart, be sure to visit my Patreon page and consider being a patron of the arts, because every little bit really does count for a lot.
Thanks for reading and your continued support, Scott Lincoln
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!