Overhaul Incoming!

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Hey everyone!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

 

~ Vagabond 6

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…and then we fucked up…

So, short version.

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 apologies.

Again there’s nothing for you to do. We took care of it already.

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

Bah Humbug

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:

I don’t bluff

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.