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!
I apologize for not getting an update up this week. After managing to work two winters on third shift, coming home and working another day shift without getting sick, I finally caught something that knocked me down. Updates will resume next week on Wednesday.
Although I announced this on our Facebook page, Ralf the Destroyer made into the "Best Webcomics to Follow in 2014" list over at the website "The 100 Best Graphic Novels". This site's goal is to help old and new graphic novel fans to find something to new to read. Currently, listing the top 100 graphic novels of all time as a good starting point. There are also weekly reviews and recommendations based on what the author reading at the time. The article I was asked about being included in was "The Best Webcomics to Follow in 2014" and I am honored to be a part of it. The author listed a series of favored webcomics, gives a brief summery and reasons they believe they are worth following and finishes up with a few Q&As to get to know the comic authors a bit. They had some very positive and insightful things to say about Ralf the Destroyer (which is reason enough for me to check it out) but also a host of other great webcomics as well as some very acute recommendations and synopsis on graphic novels worth reading. I encourage you to go check it out and leave a comment or two.
Ralf the Destroyer books are now available on Amazon! The Z Store on ralfthedestroyer.com has also been updated to link to those first two volumes of Ralf the Destroyer (the third will be out a little later this year) which are available as both soft cover books AND Kindle editions on the main Amazon site as well as the UK and EU. I know there were some folks in other nations that found the former shipping costs prohibitive and I hope this helps. If you'd like to purchase one at Amazon, you can go there and search "Ralf the Destroyer" or just click on the Amazon cart button (above left) and enjoy the shopping experience you've come to know on the web. If, however, you'd like to pitch the artist (me) a higher royalty percentage you can pick up Volume 1 and Volume 2 softcovers directly from CreateSpace. Now, for those of you who have an Amazon account and have been avid readers of Ralf the Destroyer in book form (or even on the web) I have a very important favor to ask. When you have a moment, could you please swing by Amazon either through these links or by search and leave some good ratings and favorable comments on the Ralf the Destroyer book pages? So many of you have had really kind things to say in person and via the site, I'd love for the books to start out on the right foot on Amazon and your help in this would be tremendous. Thanks, Scott Lincoln