Ramen Empire is about college students who make movies at Alexandria University, with a touch of the fantastic and supernatural sprinkled on top. Its main characters are a Chinese exchange student, a woman rebelling from her super-Christian father, and a cadre of wanna-be film makers. At its heart, Ramen Empire is a serial drama who’s thesis statement is to model what healthy and healthful relationships can look like, even in bad situations and moments of awkwardness.
At the same time, it’s our way of being able to tell genre stories whenever we want, and to explore the interstitial space between artist and art.
Their first project was a movie called “Afterglow,” which is finished. They’re now making a film noir piece called “The Doll With the Tiger Teeth.”
Thieves Can’t follows a game of Dungeons & Dragons. It’s based loosely on our experiences as players and as DMs. Sera from Ramen Empire is the DM. Can you guess the other player characters’ identities?
Want to Contact Us?
We’re on Facebook and on Twitter, if those are things you do. Those are also the best ways to get ahold of us.
If you are trying to reach us privately, you can fire mail at our heads to ramen.empire.comic < at > gmail < dot > com.
Want to use our comics?
Feel free. We own all rights, but if you want to reprint or use one of our comics in your own work, go ahead. Here are the stipulations:
1) Let us know, so that we can link out to you on social media.
2) Link back to ramen-empire.com in some obvious fashion. I largely trust you, internet stranger. Here’s a good example.
3) These stipulations are for periodic uses, or one-time uses. If you want to republish our comics in some other way, ask us. We’d love to work with you, in all probability, but let’s talk stop first.
Who We Are
Zach Stoppel does the pencils, inks, and colors.
He got an art degree at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Check out his DeviantArt page.
His favorite web comics are Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Sin Fest, Wapsi Squared, Penny Arcade, XKCD, and Three Panel Soul, among dozens of other.
Zach is available for commissions.
Bartholomew Klick writes and letters the comic. He is also learning to lay flats to help the process go faster.
He studied English and Chinese at the same university. He lives under a bridge near the north side of town, and eats unfortunates who try to cross it on foot.
Bartholomew Klick’s fiction has appeared in the Machine of Death I anthology, the first Arcane anthology, Coyote Wild, and in Earthbound Fiction’s Sparks anthology. He edits Conjurings magazine, and is an editorial apprentice at Nightmare.
His favorite web comics are Girl Genius, Penny Arcade, Mangled Stare, PVP, & Short Packed. Obscure jokes pulled from these materials will make Bart giggle like a six year old girl in a pit full of kittens.
He’s started selling short stories, so buy one here.
Designer & Social Media Manager
Angela R. Slater handles the design of our e-books and runs a Tumblr and Twitter account for us. She is the person Sera is based off of.
She has a BA in graphic design and is currently working on a Masters degree in Mathematics.
The Ramen Empire logo is a design by our fantastic and magical friend Ratsel, who spends her time making awesome designs and playing World of Warcraft as her favorite class, the warlock. Follow her on Twitter over at @ArcaneRatsel.
J. E. González is our Spanish translator from Venezuela who is cleverly disguised as a functional adult. He enjoys telling people he’s a writer, except relatives in family reunions. They don’t buy that.