Well, no one else is doing it, so I might as well. Grab a shirt and let the world know that the man did NOT kill himself!
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.
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
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!
*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:
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….
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.
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.”
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.
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’s Revenge: Coming Eventually.
Alright ladies and gents! Issue 5 is coming here in the next few days digitally and while we managed to fuck up the newer shit, we went back to the drawing board and until the print quality with the newer printer gets better we won’t be utilizing them any more.
In the mean-time; If you wanted to snag a REUP edition they are all right here. So grab them while you can. Meanwhile we will be announcing the winner of the Cover Art Contest next month, if things don’t get too jacked up. *fingers crossed*
So…. we have a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive (for those that care)
Which you can grab here:
Also we threw back up the ash-can sized (yeah I know I’m dumb cause I didn’t check earlier) books up because…people wanted them oddly enough. There’s about 50 left so once those are gone that’s it.
Grab them here:
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 there’s nothing for you to do. We took care of it already.