Way too much time passed between updates because of technical problems, but we’re back in the saddle, now!
My images are exporting from illustrator with this strange extra line of pixels on the top and right-hand sides. I’d love to make that go away, and can’t quite figure out where it’s coming from, or why.
It turns out that telling Illustrator to have art in a decimal-place-holding position in the file forces the program to estimate that pixel out all the way to a full pixel. Mystery solved.
Yep. They’re all vertical now. I’m working on a fix that will make this look nicer on desktop computers, but I’m gearing up to make our comics something more easily read on phones and tablets. I also think this format gives Zach and me a lot more room to show the kinds of scenes we want to show — this has always been an issue with the horizontal strips.
The upshot is that we’re cutting Ramen Empire back down to once a week. Our Patreon goal of “$100 a week and we’ll update twice a week” was fool-hardy to begin with, and now that our subscriptions have dipped back under the $100 marker, we’re going to rethink our goals and rewards for this comic on that platform.
For long time readers, this means you’re getting more of this specific comic overall, at a bit of a faster pace, but once a week instead of twice. The strip today would have been three or four horizontal strips, with strange forced jokes at awkward points. If this feels disappointing, I apologize.
For our new readers who came because of Thieves Can’t, that comic is definitely going to continue updating. We’re currently writing our first big story for it, tentatively titled Thieves Can’t Kill Goblins. We’re going to try to sell the concept to a few big comic publishers first, and use the Thieves Can’t space to give supplementary (but stand-alone) content if we manage to get a contract with someone. The most likely future for Thieves Can’t, though, is that it will continue being a web comic.
Drawing fire trucks takes a long time, and then we had some things we needed to correct before we uploaded this comic, and those were overlapping with our (scheduled for four weeks and therefore not movable) D&D character creation party today.
We’ve got a vampire-hunting shifter monk, a pirate airship captain Bard, a Cleric and a Gunslinger who sniff glue, and an artificer named Corporal Cuddles for completely valid and awful RP reasons that involve a sugar glider. Looks to be I’ll be DMing for a fun group of lunatics.
This could arguably be in its own chapter, the way we’ve been organizing it, except for the ending. Which is a thing that will come and then we’ll be in chapter four, and it’ll be great. It’ll be the best chapter. It’s going to make Ramen Empire Great Aga– oh god, too much facebook politics. Get it off me. Help. ._.
Zach put a lot of extra effort into drawing this comic because he’s avoiding his very last commission as hard as he possibly can. Once this commission is done, though, we’re going to be able to make more comics, more often, and I am excited about that.
God, I watched the US presidential debates while I was lettering this. What a tirefire. It was two-minutes of an interrupting word-salad followed by two minutes of a person making sense.
I don’t like what Clinton did to Bernie’s campaign, and I don’t respect those tactics at all, but she’s got to win this election. She has to. Trump has demonstrated tonight that he’s barely capable of understanding a question, let alone answering one and acting upon it with policy.
Anyone who is willing to risk letting that man-child become president has been blinded by hate.