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

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!

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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Bah Humbug-Secondary Markets-4Month leave

First of all, Bah Humbug to all ya’ll!

Screw Xmas

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Second of all, as this year wraps up I’m preparing to go to school for 4-months or so depending on my level of success. So I most likely will not be updating as frequently as I would hope to. Which, if you’ve been following on Patreon you’ll know that I’ve only managed to get the back-end functionality for th P.O.G Tiers. So I’ll hopefully learn some new skill sets while I’m away. Meanwhile production on the book will continue, however it’ll just be a bit….harder…

Anyways if you haven’t been keeping up, I’m once again embattled in something stupid. The secondary market (ebay resells) I honestly didn’t have any problems or issues with, until they started selling Patreon covers there, and they shouldn’t have been. Also some twat posted the list of names that were receiving a certain variant. When requests to have the information removed fell on deaf ears, I did the one thing they didn’t expect; I tanked their market. I know a bunch of folks that disagree with this tactic, however the deal was: Covers will remain exclusive as long as they stay off of ebay. And I already see a number of “Patreon cover pre-orders.” Or some bullshit “investment copies for sell.” If you bought those, then you got scammed. While I don’t intend on printing any more than 500 copies of any one cover. Don’t think for a second I won’t actively undercut and tank the market value. Why? Principle.  Also one of our rules upon joining up on Patreon was “don’t leak shit.” Which is an all encompassing statement meaning: Don’t fucking leak a goddamn thing.

Flip the retail version all day. We don’t care. But the Patreon stuff should’ve remained there. Or at least until the end of our run. That would’ve been the smart thing to do. Anyhoo. Kinda over being combative so moving forward any copy bought directly from me will have this extra page inserted:

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For everyone that understands why I’m doing this, thanks again for your support. For those that don’t understand; the value of this book is NOT within how much money anyone can make from it. Its in the core moral of the story and I’d much rather put a book into the hands of someone who wants to read / collect. Than in the hands of someone who’s just looking to ride my coattails to make their next car payment.

Which kinda leads me into something I’ve been slowly realizing and the big reason why I’m probably gonna get out of the comics game. The face of comics is long overdue for an overhaul and the big two companies are failing at this. There’s a way to get your books out there, either through direct sales or with the help of a publisher. The cog that needs to be replaced is Diamond itself. I haven’t figured out a way to circumvent them, but if I do figure that out before we’re done…I’ll dump it here. There’s some things about the industry I simply refuse to accept, but like everything I won’t criticize something without at least bringing up an alternative. For instance, pirating. There’s 0 reason to pirate the work. I mean, its here on the website for free. And if you wanna buy it digitally, check us out on our store page we host both censored and uncensored there for digital sells.
Physical copies? Well retail, or Patreon (for now still looking for an alternative.) Can’t find it in stores? I will mail you whatever I have available at the time.

Anyway, I’ll see you guys in 4months. Wish me luck.

Patreon, and moving onwards.

Alright, so if you haven’t heard, Patreon has banned Sargon of Akkad and people have been leaving the platform in droves. We plan on leaving too. So, the plan is to attempt to convert this site into a paid membership subscription service, which honestly is going to take some time for me to setup as the back-end plugins for the site has become a bite more…complicated to Navigate.

I had planned to jump over to Subscribe star but they too were shutdown.

So, in the interim I’ve set up a donation button in the top right corner for the time being if people don’t wish to give Patreon Money. I completely understand. You can also donate to us directly here:

Tim Pool best says it here we he did not shut his Patreon down overnight and I’m in the same boat.
There’s also the issue of discord integration I’m still trying to figure out along with SSL and some other shit. Stay tune here as I work my best to transition away from Patreon and continue onwards towards issue 7