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Phoenix Down #40 – Flashback

Phoenix Down #40 – Flashback published on 4 Comments on Phoenix Down #40 – Flashback

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.

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On a computer, this looks A-OK. It didn’t occur to me that the panels were all vertical until I read the… commentary ? Blog post ? below.

I personally appreciate the longer pages, it feels more cohesive, so I don’t mind waiting longer between updates.

By the by, this page is great. Very dynamic, and with a more nuanced approach in the dialogues than just “bad brother/good brother”.

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Patreon Rewards & the Excusecast

Patreon Rewards & the Excusecast published on 4 Comments on Patreon Rewards & the Excusecast

I’ve got ideas for making future podcasts better, but Zach and I just wanted to talk to everybody kind of off the cuff.

We have some cool stuff up on Patreon right now, and it’s for Thieves Can’t, but I want my Ramen Empire readers to have it, because I suspect they might care about both IPs equally. If you’re supporting us at the $3 level on the Ramen Empire Patreon, here is a reward dump from the Thieves Can’t patreon page.

I think the reward I’m most excited about is our paper mini of Candor Dauntless.

We’ve also put up her character sheet, for people who are curious about the stats behind the character. This might also help people who are playing the “which Ramen Empire character is playing which TC character” game. It might not, though. Zach said I have to stop helping.

And last and probably least, our Thieves Can’t Podcast, wherein we talk about Candor’s alignment, why Zach is chaotic evil, and the Mousefolk Homebrew.

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