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The Home Stretch!

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Hey guys! It’s finally here! The home stretch! Issue 7 is getting worked on right now and we’re hoping to get it inks done by next month. But it’s gonna be a doozy double issue.

The plan afterwards, is that this site is going to go away in favor of utilizing http://www.newageninjacorps.com. Then we’ll be continuing onwards with the series on Patreon so we can focus on putting out better quality content and better bonus things.

Meanwhile, enjoy this last Cosplay image of Regina and Operator!

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Another year down!

xmas promo art3Well now! Here we are with another year checked off the books and what a long wild ride its been from the beginning to end. We’re nearly done with Issue 6, just waiting on colors to finalize and after that its issue 7 and our wrap up.

For those of you not on Patreon, unfortunately that’s where the stories end. For those that are still on Patreon we plan on tackling next year with a bunch on new stuff. But most importantly….doing it the way we want to. Not rushed and very deliberate. While I DO have to apologize for how sloppy this year went, we learned from our mistakes, changed up some things and taught ourselves some new skills.

Not everything has gone smoothly for us, or in the directions we hoped but hey that’s the breaks. The only thing you can do, is simply take those lessons learned and do better. For those not in the know, RAGS was supposed to be a digital web series that somehow got picked up for print. That lead to a new set of challenges for the team. Some of the major things being, Print Design, proof formatting, actual deadlines…etc. We never set out to be pros. We set out to create something interesting while hopefully having a good time. There have been moments where this has turned absolutely nightmarish…but meeting people at conventions…that’s been…that evened things out a bit.

Anyhoo. Next year we’re tying our headbands, putting our heads down and working on getting this done. We’ve also updated and re-worked our Merch Storefront. So please check that out if you can and support us there. We’ve got a ton of neat stuff that we’re looking to start moving around.

As always we thank everyone for their patience, understanding and continued support as we stumble around trying to find our battle rhythm. We’re nearly there.

 

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Something on the Horizon

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Hey Everyone!
So apologies for not posting as much but things has honestly been busy on our end as we push to finally wrap things. This project started in 2016 and finally made some headway in 2017-2018 and we’re hoping to put the final nail in the coffin hear soon. I really can’t say much, but…something big on the horizon may happen. It also may not happen. It really depends on our luck. Can’t say much more, but if you can pray, sacrifice a goat, a virgin….whatever…I’d appreciate. And if this does go well…we might end up revisiting whether or not we’re staying.

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Blaqneto and Block Bots *Updated*

*Edited for clarification I wrote this frustrated*

So we ran a blockchain last week on twitter.

We were planning on doing a live-stream about it but shit has gotten super busy and ya know we’re just gonna put it out here:

Over the past year or so, we (feel as though we) kinda been handed the short end of the stick in regards to certain things. Comics Twitter, specifically Indie Comics twitterm hasn’t really been the nicest home for us, though we’ve done our best to try and generally be nice to people that were nice to us.

That was until the Mark Waid/ AP/ Jawbreakers fiasco of 2018 that drug us through the mud and had us:

  1. Wrongly connected to a certain internet hashtag movement, whos members haven’t always treated us the best.  And
  2. Urged us to drop our publisher because they were cowards….

There were a handful of people angry that were we didn’t drop our publishing deal immediately. Some came to our personal FaceBook Pages to let us know how  angry they were…But the question really was… should we dropped our publishing deal for an incident that had nothing to do with us? Were we obligated to link arms with a fellow creator? Not really. And while we can go one a long deep dive on that, we released a statement, which you can find here. 

The weird thing is Trent and I are comic fans ourselves and we know what its like to be treated like shit by creative teams….but here we were on the opposite side of it getting shat on for slights that didn’t have anything to do with us….into things never happened or were taken out of context….Or what OTHERS WRONGFULLY assumed.

Next dumb fucking thing we got dragged into was Mike S. Miller’s Comics Gate Alliance Poster. People, wrongly, on our behalf were upset that we were left off of this image, but the true fact was that we didn’t believe that we should be on it, since we were not Comics Gate. You can see our stance on the whole thing here.

But the other thing was, people thought it necessary to come out and speak FOR US or to tell people how WE felt….when they had no fucking idea because they didn’t fucking ask us. See this video Apology.

What followed next REALLY peeved us off. Some people took to using us as diversity shield to defend themselves against SJWS. Which, ironically is something that SJWs themselves do. Employ Minority Shields in order to defend their behavior. This was insulting on many different fronts because it ignored the work that Luigi, Trent, Liz and Capucine have done on the book and reduced Regina down to: “That Bi-sexual Character I support because some black dude wrote her.”. Which is also insulting. Eventually all that culminated in me telling people to go eat a bag of dicks out of frustration. But also…it really showed us who our friends were. Rather than DM-ing or messaging us….some decided that it would be better to be snarky….

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The best thing about friends is that they’re always ready to kick you while your down. This got old quick. We blocked this person soon after along with another. Funny enough, both would later assume (wrongfully) that they were caught in our block bot. Nope.
See the thing is about twitter,  you can block, mute and all that shit….but folks will still stalk you and shit-talk you to the point where you’re REALLY unsure where Comedy.com ends and real life threats actually begins. Thankfully, Trent and I have at least (I hope) settled at least one grudge. But there’s also something we learned from that: It’ll never end because people only have half the story but they’re fully angry.

Some people are upset about around November/December of last year I was mocking Comics Gate with: “Renfamous was right.” There’s a few out-of-context screenshots floating around with that, and people are upset…yet they don’t know why.Quick back story, VOX Day made a Comics Gate imprint, pissed off Comics Gate fans (rightfully so.) But the joke…the meme there was obviously, with Vox Day making that imprint they instantly became what Renfamous accused them of. Which, love her or hate her, Ren is a GRADE A shitposter who’s skills should be respected. Hell, I even tip my hat to War Campaign for their memes, though I personally think they should just use real dicks instead of dildos but that’s just me.

This same thing, though, is used to criticize us for being evil or anti-Comics Gate. The truth of the matter is: WE DON’T CARE. WE MAKE FUN OF EVERYONE.

Again some people don’t understand what neutral actually means. And when internet hashtag groups feel their above criticism or being memed…well…we’re going to criticize them and meme them.

That being said we’re not innocent beings here either. Nor are we above criticism. But there’s a difference between: Your lettering needs work. and you retweeted someone I don’t like 4 months ago. I’m never buying your stupid shit again.

Honestly all of this non-stop drama and shit-slinging seriously began to distract from one of the 3 three things I’ve been hanging around twitter for.

  1. Liz Finnegan’s football tweets
  2. Shit posting
  3. RAGS comic Promotion.

And eventually, it all came down to a boiling point to where both Trent and I decided that using a block-chain would give us a better semblance of peace. Rather than playing whack-a-mole with certain accounts, we’d just nuke everything from orbit and let god sort it all out. Also its easier to “unblock.” people than it is to hunt down accounts. Which is something other ‘pros’ wouldn’t do. But then again thats something we really can’t be proud of. Be angry at us for that decision, but when your friends that have absolutely nothing to do with this comic book twitter drama shit-slinging are having their faces used in memes….its gone too far.

So, there are people angry at us for using the blockchain, but not angry at those who pushed us into that corner.

There’s this excuse of: “You’re a professional, you should be able to take it.”

Well, no.

I’m not.

We’re not.

We are just fans, who’s (objectively) shitty fan-fiction got lucky and published. Trent and I never planned on turning this into a career, though I DO enjoy meeting fans and other creators at comic con (I got to meet Oh Nips!!!from Off Cells!) I honestly don’t PLAN on this being MY career. This was more of a hobby. And right now Comics is no longer a fun hobby to pursue fulltime.

The only positive about this, is we’ve turned our last meme into Blaqneto. And the fanart there has been fun.

Anyway, I know its the internet and people are going to only listen to half the story. But I will say this, everything really all just boils down to attitude. If you’re going to talk shit to creative teams, expect them to sling it back. We’re all human beings, not human punching bags. The real terrible crime here, is that my buddy Cody “Shane” has left twitter as our PR as he just got sick of the drama. Other’s have left too. Its a real shame that comics twitter is like this. Which, we’ll be leaving that platform and moving to Instagram if there’s anything else we do in the future. But for now, we got two more books to complete and we’re done. Gone.

And its sad to think, that all this dumb bullshit…was over comic books.

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Blaqneto’s Revenge

Hey everyone! If you weren’t aware Issue 5 is out and ready to be picked up here.
There’s no nudity in this one *gasp* so no need to buy two separate versions.

Secondly, people have often asked us why we plan on stopping after Issue 7. Reason being is because of “Jokers” like this. They have not only gone after us, but everyone on our creative team, friends and fans alike. The frustrating part is that we’re expected to become a human punching bag and just ‘ignore’ or ‘accept it’ because we’re “Professionals”.

Well as much as we try to be Professional, we’re also human beings with feelings. And I refuse to just sit and be a human punching bag for ANYONE. Period. That excuse of “Well, you’re a Pro! You have to deal with this!” is complete utter bullshit to me. This was a hobby we were doing on our off-time just for fun and the fun of it has long since passed. Had we not already been committed to telling this story and giving it 100% we probably would’ve quit. But we’re not the Coast Guard, so there’s that.

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So now, people have gone to making memes of myself and my friends (some enemies that I’ve been lumped together with but whatever.). So rather than give these asshole what they want, we’re monetizing it.

Enter: Blaqneto.
We already sold enough posters to warrant a sketch. If we sell enough we’ll do a script.
Even more and we’ll actually put it into production. The actual number we need to hit is 200.
So if  you’d like to see us stick around for one finally mini-story arc….this is your opportunity as fans to convince us.

The Pot of RAGS: Blaqneto’s Revenge:

Blaqneto is a renegade Negromancer of the Negromancer faction of Negromancy.
His power over Bra Wire and Dildos may seem innocuous or silly at best, but the way he utilizes his silly powers set to destroy his enemies is nothing to be laughed at.
Leader of the Brother Hood of Evil Niggas, Blaqneto has a grudge against Operator whom he blames for permanently damaging his hairline and making him “Nappy headed.”

Blaqneto’s Revenge: Coming Eventually.EByDrSyWkAAMl0T

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Final Cover Art Contest

Hey everyone! If you didn’t know, we’re having a contest for the final cover art for RAGS Issue 7 – Final Issue.

Due Date is NLT 01 AUG 2019 0600pst

Send your submissions to: Ragszombie@gmail.com

Winner receives: $350 and 10 Copies of the completed book.

Rules: Must be completed inks and colors (leave room for trade dress, logos and credits). Must have both Regina and Operator, must follow guidelines*. Cosplay Photoshoots will also be accepted, provided the name of the photographer is submitted as well. Must follow Character rules (see below)

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Good luck to everyone and we look forward to your submissions!

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RE:UP!

Hey guys! Its been awhile! First things first!
A few months ago a fan of ours by the name of Curtis Oster passed away. He was one of our first fans and one of our biggest supporters…so needless to say we took it pretty hard. So I’ve been keeping my head down to learn enough about photoshop to make this: UncleCurt

You will be terribly missed.

Now for some updates!

1) I’ve been back off of orders since March and dove deep into working on the stuff that was broke while I was gone. So, for everyone that hung around and was patient, we have a variant that we will be releasing publically for issue 4. It will go live for about a week, and then we will close it down.

2) For those that have messaged me about getting Uncensored versions of Issues 1-3, we have a mini-compromise. We’ll be release a ‘second run’ / second print of the first 4 issues until we finish issue 7 which will be double sized. Once Issue 7 gets released, we then will be killing those.

3) We’ve dropped pricing on the Uncensored digital versions from $3.99, back down to $1.50. I think our point was made. There’s seriously NO need to pirate our stuff when we’re doing our best to get it to you as cheaply as possible. Is it bad business? Sure. But I’m willing to eat that in order for others to enjoy. There should never be a barrier to comics and anything more than a $3 price tag attached to a digital edition is kinda…well…pricey.

4)Work on Mister Lister Sister Fister has begun. Stay tuned for that. Its gonna be fun!Mr. Lister no background.png

 

Alrighty everyone that’s it! Trent and I are also going to attempting to live stream more so follow us on our social media. Handles are below!

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