First off, sorry for the delay. We had unexpected technical problems in the form of a dying Surface Pro. We’re replacing it with a newer art tablet as soon as possible, but it’s definitely slowing down comic progress.
Second off — this is it. The last page. Let us know what you thought. We’ve already had enough good feedback and a big enough spike in readership that we know, for a fact, that we’ll be continuing Thieves Can’t — we’re tentatively titling book one “Thieves Can’t Kill Goblins.” But we’re also look at ways to make this comic sustainable. This means we’re going to be actively seeking out publishers for it in a way we haven’t done with Ramen Empire, but barring that, we’ll be self-publishing it in a way that generates income. Patreon is definitely helpful, so if you’re interested in having your character drawn, or seeing a behind-the-scenes blog about this comic, or if you just think it’s worth a little bit of money every month, chip in. It helps us keep making comics.
But we’re also going to be selling shirts and tabletop figurines, too — potentially custom ones for Patrons — so stay tuned.
In the meantime, please, let us know what you think of the new comic, what you liked, what you hated, and where you hope it goes (or doesn’t.)
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.