I swear this story-line was supposed to last two months, tops. Now it’s February of 2017 and the title of this book / issue / episode-thing has been referenced meaningfully. Hooray.
I think so, anyway.
Hey, since you scrolled this far down, check out our new shirt. It’s for the Thieves Can’t comic, but some Ramen Empire shirts will be coming fairly soon. Zach wanted to draw cute goblins, though, because cute goblins make everything way, way less stressful.
Shirt not your cuppa? Still want to show some support for the comic? Then consider a voluntary subscription over on our Ramen Empire Patreon. You’ll get access to the occasional book, podcast, and bonus art. It also helps us keep the lights on. Drawing in the dark stinks, so think it over!
Reference? What reference?
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.