First of all, Bah Humbug to all ya’ll!
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:
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.
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
Holy cow WHAT A YEAR!
First off, I want to thank everyone who’s support this page via Patreon, you guys who’ve supported the retail version and this website! Luigi, Liz, Trent and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts! (Unless you’re a pirate but we’ll touch upon ALL that later)
So first things first. If you didn’t know, RAGS was never intended to be the commercial retail hit that it is. We always intended this to be a web comic with a small digital distribution as chapters were complete….but wow here we are on our 3rd Printing of issue 1 and a second printing of issue 2! Nut!
Speaking of buying, if you see any Patreon Exclusive copy of RAGS on Ebay, don’t buy that shit. Its a pump and dump scam. If you REALLY want those covers and don’t want to pay 5-800$ for a cover you missed out on, hit us up at: email@example.com and we’ll hook you up ourselves.
Anyhoo, if you missed out on it, we discussed our plans for the future and all of our lessons learned in the AAR below! Give it a listen!
And as always, thank you for your support! And if things go well, maybe we’ll stick around after issue 7.
Oh my shit people apologies for the lack of updates here but things have turned in a unexpected way and well…let’s get into it shall we?
Our retail launch back in September was fucking amazing! If you hadn’t heard, we legitimately sold out of every last copy ordered. Talk about mother fucking sleeper hit of the year right? This only took about a day and a half. The digital sales have been insane as well! Antarctic Press sold out within 5 hours of turning on the RAGS order page. There was a virgin print variant and those too, went sold like free bags of coke during a Burning Man fest. Seriously all of this happened in a matter of two days. TWO FUCKING DAYS! so yeah that was a fucking gnarly thing to experience! So now we’re getting a second print and those should be hitting shelves in the next few weeks. I’m kinda excited to see where this all goes. Who knows, maybe we’ll actually get a Season 2!?
PIRATES AND ASSHATS!
And now the sad part, unfortunately some lowly cunts have decided that it was completely necessary to pirate our work and re-host it somewhere else without permission or authorization. Spending time hunting down all these places is going to suck up time and resources that we just don’t have as a small team. So with that being said, we’re making a few changes on the back end that’s going to significantly impact future releases and I’m not going to say what those things are.
Well, anyway. If you pirate or steal this work, you’re pretty much a worthless piece of shit human being. You can read the work here on this site for free up til issue 2. Uncensored versions that have already been released are now at $3.99 (Since apparently $1.50 is too much for some people we might as well sell this at a normal price.)
Normal version of the work will continue to be sold digitally at 99 cents.
To everyone that has been supportive of the team and the work, thank you! Thank you so much for making this a HUGE rampant success, even if we’re still small time.
To everyone that’s pirated this work….Eat a dick. You’re a thief.
Hey everyone! We’ve been extremely busy pumping out Issue 2 which is available digitally here and here! And as always once we’ve crossed the 500 units sold threshold we’ll release the Uncensored version digitally. For those waiting on a physical copy, we’re a bi-monthly release from AP, but you can check us out at your local comic shop come August! Head down and pre-order today! Check us out in August!
And now, for the news and updates!
There have been a few questions in regards to whether or not the AP releases will be uncensored. The answer to that is simply: Not at this time. If the censored release is a big enough of a hit, then yeah we’ll go ahead and release the uncensored version in one nice large volume (maybe 2). And I’ll go ahead and say if this is a HUGE success we’ll release future editions of the comic uncensored for everyone. But just in case that people aren’t aware, the decision to keep the comic censored for store release, was so that we could actually be stocked onto shelves and not hidden away in the adults only sections. Some comic shops don’t even have these areas, so keeping that in mind, keeping the book censored gives us a wider release. Meanwhile Uncensored release will be exclusive to Patreon until further release.
So, um, I guess there’s some confusion as to this website being the storefront from which to purchase copies of RAGS. While we’re unsure of how that was misconstrued, we’d like to apologize for the confusion. The places to purchase (digitally) are our Shopify store: New Age Ninja Corps, or Comix Central. There may be a Comixology release sometime soon, depending on whether or not they kick back our PDFs again.
With issue 2 down, we have about 4 more to go! Issue 2 will be the last comic that’ll be placed here on the website so enjoy it for free while its still going. Also, the image above was created by: https://twitter.com/Azriel29665397 go check her out on twitter, or her merchandise store here She’s open for commissions and we like her art. Just check out that gat!
Anyway that’s it for the updates. We’ll try and keep up but with everything else, us continuing to move forward all depends on our level of success.
So, this is new for me. I’ve never reviewed a comic before. I don’t actually read a lot of comics, to be honest. I’m not sure why that is. I love art and I love a good story. I guess I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the sheer scale of the medium and the […]
So I’m sure you’ve heard the news like half a dozen times we’ve been picked up by Antarctic Press!
So what does this mean for us going forward? Well the best news is that our deadlines have significantly been shifted to the right and we’ll probably have to significantly cut or alter some content as, and let’s be honest and real here, some of the heavier shit we planned on doing probably won’t fit for retail and we’d rather adjust fire now than get shit for it. This mainly is going to affect the final issue and how that ending plays out, but I have a plan to ensure that the same themes plays at the end. You’ll see what I mean later on.
Now then the good news. For now, we’re reworking our patreon rewards and goals so that they’re now more in line to what we want to get to. I may now actually consider a kickstarter or an indiegogo campaign to help get us in the right spot.
For Patreons, though, I still will stick to my guns that this will be the only area to which you’ll be able to receive both Uncensored copies of the work and variant covers. And instead of doing the big budget thing, I’m fully committed to utilizing smaller artists that have amazing talents.
People such as: Mistah Mahvel!
Anyhoo, that’s all the announcements for now I think. We’ll get back to work and stuff. Take care battles!