Well 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.
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.
Hey guys! Oh mein gott! Here we are! Five down and two more issues to get drawn up and done. Can’t believe we made it all the way here after all this time. Such a crazy little adventure that this has been and in the next up coming days we’ll be working on winding down and moving onto other things. I can’t thank everyone enough for all the love and support we’ve gotten. But before we go for good I just want to leave a few things:
1) Issue 6 will be the last issue posted here for free.
2) For those of you waiting on this mysterious Trade Paper Back that’s apparently being made outside of Patreon…I hate to inform you that there are currently no plans for a Trade Paperback outside of what I’m planning to do for Patreon.
3) I’ve added Prints and Wall Scrolls to our Merch Store. For those that are into that sort’ve thing. And for now, Patreon Backers have their own exclusive (lewd) prints that they can get. These are going to be up for the remainder of the year.
4) Next thing in the works is a motion comic. Gonna be making that separately. You can view the test here
5) Oh yeah, Winner of the Cover Art contest will be announced shortly. My PC died and I’m trying to get it working again. In the meantime, I’m working off of a back up. Hopefully I’ll get things fixed up here soon.
And that’s it guys! Catch ya’ll later! Enjoy the latest piece by Luigi Teruel below!
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.
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.
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.”
I know we’ve been talking about overhauling our pages and what not for a long while. To be honest, me going TDY for the beginning of the year kinda put a monkey wrench in the works, but now we’re getting back on track to policing things up. So here’s what’ll be going on in the future.
Patreon itself is going to be overhauled and linked with our Shopify storefront. So if you enjoyed the digital uncensored versions, those will now be locked up and access via Patreon only. The digital uncensored versions will be available until the end of the month, so get them now.
Store Front exclusives: So, we tried this and it didn’t turn out like we hoped (read cluster fuck.) However, now that we have a general idea of how shit is going to be, we’ll be ditching lulu and executing a different method that will still incorporate the storefront. This will take some time to setup.
Patreon- As much as we’d like to escape that platform we know everyone hates, Subscribestar just doesn’t have the back-end tools that we need in order to make that into a successful venture. And as things wind down, we’re just going to reinforce what we have that works and try to get some normalcy going.
International Patrons- You guys have been getting the short end of the stick for a long minute, so I will be manually fulfilling orders for you guys. This’ll just eat up my weekends but I think its worth it.
Mini-Ashcans- So apparently these were popular. And I’d like to do more…however I think I may have a different method of executing these in a way that’ll please (most) everyone.
Issue 5: So I know you should NEVER change things in the middle of a run…but I’ve never been completely happy with how our book looked overall. So, Issue 5 is going to be the debut of a New-ish Logo; and tradedress.
Support: I have had a few folks ask what’s the best way to support us, and easily that’s buying and showing off our Merchandise. That extra revenue goes directly to us and helps the team out financially.
We are going to be shutting down our Teepublic storefront and refocus our efforts on our shopify store in order to bring in and design merch that we think people will like (and also get profits directly instead of waiting for a payout)
Anyway guys, thanks for the patience and we hope by the end of the run we’ve delivered something fun, cool and meaningful.
By the way, shout out to our Patron Freshy who just recently had a baby! Congrats! You’re receiving one of the last Prologues I have since you won’t let me send a care package. =D cheers mate!
We haven’t been happy with our old printer as of late and were looking for a new one.
We found one with Shopify integration and figured, hey we can finally release that second run everyone’s been asking for.
Well the short version is that well, they aren’t as good at Quality Control as our other printer. So, we’ve put a halt on those until we felt comfortable enough to get them up to code. So, for those that bought the ReUps and the Sailor Ragowski variants, keep them if you want, but expect to get a normal sized and better QA’d comic from us here shortly.
All of the Sailor Ragowski Variants will be signed by me. Personally. The REUPs are already on their way out to you, except REUP issue 3, which we’ll be working on here in a day or two.
Again there’s nothing for you to do. We took care of it already.
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:
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!
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!