Unexpectedly, Ralf the Destroyer is getting some press on two fronts. I was contacted by Todd McElmurry, who is a contributor for Webcomic Alliance, letting me know he had been reading Ralf the Destroyer and wanted to choose it for his "Pick of the Month". The article is up now on the Webcomic Alliance website and is a very well written and entertaining summary! The second interview has been in the chute for a while. Kurt Sasso of TGT Media had originally had me scheduled to do an interview with him on the TGT Media podcast in November but moved it up to September 1st! Kurt is a generous host and I very much appreciated the opportunity to join him on his show and talk about Ralf! This was my first audio interview, so of course there were some technical issues and I sounded like I'd been drinking Mountain Dew by the pint with Cappuccino chasers, but Kurt was great about it and I would not hesitate to be a part of the show again. The Ralf the Destroyer podcast (#269) is available on the TGT site and on iTunes.
Is it Ralf on pulp or is it Memorex? Hey I just figured out the coloring effect that I like for Ralf the Destroyer. Everyone knows that Ralf the Destroyer was designed for newspapers, which is why I and many readers seem to prefer Black and white vs color. However, I am a huge fan of newsprint and I even like the effect it has on color comics. I found some Photoshop tricks that let me convert my color files to a pretty authentic pulp look. I'm not sure when I might use it but I thought I'd run it by you (the readers) to see what you thought of it. Just click the thumbnail to see the full size image. Maybe I'll use it for the Sunday strips in the future, please comment and let me know if you think it looks cool or if it's not your cup of tea. Just for comparison is this would be the same strip, un-dithered: Just to be thorough, I'm throwing these two in as well.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that Ralf the Destroyer updates will resume Monday July 30th, so watch for them! There will be a Ralf the Destroyer ~ 2nd collection ~ Friend or Faux book out as soon as I can get a couple formatting issues straightened out, so be sure to watch for it! On the list, as well, are a few new items for the store and possibly some interesting prints soon after that. Also, I very much appreciate all of you readers and your commitment to the strip whether here on the RtD site or Sherpa/GoComics. Two things you can do to insure the growth and longevity of Ralf the Destroyer are to post about it on Twitter, Facebook or in forums and comic polls... I'm not that swift when it comes to social media (but I am trying to get better) so I can always benefit from the help of you who are much more savvy than I. The other is to just tell a friend that Ralf the Destroyer is what you're reading and why you like it. Lastly, if there is some way that I can improve the reading experience for you please leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I am always looking to improve the site and the strip to be the best that I can make them. Thanks for reading, Scott Lincoln!
Seeing as I'm taking a brief timeout to finish a job, Deb Wolf has leaped into action. Deb is a fan on Facebook and and regaled us with links, in a comment discussion here on the site, to her rendition of the falling whale that so often graces many museums. Well, timely as usual, Deb had some gags about Ralf eating that were burning a hole in her pocket. Deb is also busy working on a strip of her own called "The Frenetic Adventures of Fred Barlowe" over at Comic Genesis. I think she did a great job! And as a side note, there is always an open door to anyone itching to add something to the sightings gallery/section.
It looks like I need to push the pause button on Ralf for a few weeks. I'm much further behind on the RPG than I wanted to be. I am still hoping for Ralf the Destroyer to do great things (ie. getting syndicated would be great, but I'm open to other ideas) and am hoping to expand the site and the store later this year. So until then I wish you well, Scott