There are things I don’t like about this comic and I value updating every Monday more than I value getting it perfect.
Ramen Empire is finally off of hiatus! We wanted to finish Thieves Can’t Kill Goblins first and then come back to finish Phoenix Down, but it turns out the TC series takes way, way, way longer to draw, and we didn’t want people to think RE was gone forever. Also, we’re academics (or married to academics) and summer is the time of year when we need to be looking for side work, which leeches into the time we have available to work on our comics.
Look for Ramen Empire updates on Mondays, except on the last Monday of every month, which will be a Thieves Can’t update.
The SCP is the most amazing thing on the internet, if you’re into creative commons projects and like horror. Comics where Skyler talks about or deals with the SCP are going to be (individually) released under Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 3.0), as is the entire (to my knowledge) SCP world. Skyler herself and Ramen Empire will remain all-rights-reserved — but expect a CC-BY-SA arc both because we love the SCP and because we want to experiment with not using all-rights-reserved just to see if it changes how people interact with our work.
So, first and foremost, we’re trying to Kickstart a paper copy of Thieves Can’t, Issue One. This might be the only shot to get this sucker in print, and it’s definitely going to be the only guaranteed way to get it signed.
The Kickstarter is about 1/4 of the way funded inside a day, so I’m very hopeful about meeting the $1000 goal. It’s an all-or-nothing campaign, so if we don’t meet the goal, the paper copy won’t happen. That said, we’re still going to go ahead with a PDF even if it fails, and this will be a Patreon reward that all of our supporters get once we hit $250 / month on that venue.
Speaking of Patreon, we’re changing up the rewards we offer. We had almost decided to nix the Art Commission reward, but then thought better of it. You may have received e-mails about this. Apologies for the confusion. We’re now offering a Patron-only monthly online hangout, an art raffle, a way to buy space beneath the comic to talk to our readers, and a way to inject yourself or your tabletop character directly into a Thieves Can’t comic. Check it out!
The Ramen Empire patreon is a bit lacklustre right now, and will be getting a similar brush-up later this month.
We’re now updating one of our comics every Monday, come hell or high water. This means Ramen Empire is off haitus. Thieves Can’t will update on the first Monday of every month, so you’ll know when to tune in instead of crossing your fingers and visiting the site.
I have announcements. They will go primarily in the blog, and they’ll happen a bit later today — but for now, know that we’re Kickstarting a paper version of issue one. If you want a copy of Thieves Can’t that you can hold in your hands and read on the toilet, go here and help us make it a reality.
Huge shout-out to all of our patrons on the Thieves Can’t Patreon. These are the characters we drew for May’s $35 tier. We’re gearing up for the next batch, so if you are a Patron at this level already and haven’t sent us what you want us to draw, get on it! And if you want to see your RPG character in Zach’s style, here’s where you go.
Cute mushroom people. Hags. No goblins. Did you think we were kidding with the title, or something?