The story of creating this story is a tale in of itself. Suffice to say, it’s been a while since my last update and I need to address that.
I’ve been trying to get “Ralf” into newspapers since his inception in 2004 (over a decade now) and it has taken from me a great deal of time and effort. When I designed the comic, it was designed as though it were my full time job (because that was my goal) and I wanted to achieve that level of quality.
I have in this process spoken with syndicate editors and cartoon professionals. Nearly everyone has had great things to say about “Ralf the Destroyer”, sadly, everyone agrees that the process is long and “I shouldn’t quit my day job”. I often quipped, “But I don’t have a day job”.
This became a rather heavy stone to push over the last few years. I suppose people just assume if the art looks professional the artist must be doing really well. So, after a particularly soul draining bout of whatever bug hit me in May, I decided to go out and get a (non-art related) full time job, still keep up with my weekend job, try to finish up a few freelance jobs and not neglect my family at the same time.
That’s a lot of time, so, I want to thank those of you who have stuck with Ralf the Destroyer and encouraged me and the work through comments and sharing on various social media. In particular, those who have supported me financially either through one time donations or via Patreon have my gratitude since you’re generosity really did help us get through some tough winters and really did help keep the lights on.
All of this is to say, I’ve been super busy and exhausted most days with little energy to devote to new content. But! I have NOT given up on Ralf! I just may have to wait until my summer (weekend) job is over in the Fall to properly resume updates and reassert my presence as a cartoonist.
I still hope that I can make Ralf full time at some point and that you (the readers) can bare with me until then. As always, thank you for reading and for your continued support.