Archive for July, 2010

Call for guest art! Help me get swearing Kel off the front page!

July 18th, 2010 by Reinder

We're in the final stages of buying a house - we being me and my fiancee, who is coming over from the US in a month with the kids, dog and cat - and I'm finding, among other things, that the energy for drawing new art, any new art, simply isn't there. I now expect Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan to be on hiatus until October, as well as any and all side projects that I've been working on.
But I am also getting fed up with having Kel dropping that F-bomb on the front page, so I'm calling for guest art! Anyone want to draw something to put on the front page instead? As long as it's reasonably related to Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, I will run it as a front page comic, link to whatever you want it to link to, and move it to the guest art archives later. Your drawing, photograph, or whatever will be seen by hundreds of people and if you're really lucky, your artwork will be the last in line and stay on the front page until October.

Only condition: No more swearing (I'm really, really sick of that) or anything else that I find personally distasteful. My limits are fairly wide, but I do have them and I will know if they've been passed when I see it. Most people who read the comic should find it easy to stay within them.

Surprising results from the ad campaign that Mithandir and Alien bought me

July 3rd, 2010 by Reinder

The advertising campaign that Mithandir and Alien of Chasing the Sunset bought me for the tenth anniversary of ROCR online brought several hundred new readers in. Combined with the fact that I had been advertising a little bit starting the day before the anniversary, and with the changes I made to the places where the 120x600 skyscraper ad is displayed, this led to a huge spike in the number of pageviews on rocr.net and associated websites: over 20,000 on the second day of the campaign. This triggered an automated bidding war between two sites that like to advertise on larger webcomics sites, and as a result that skyscraper ad earned $6,50 per day in the US for most of July 3.

This is hugely motivational to me. Starting next week, I will be &eur; 120,000 in debt because I'm about to buy a house, and while I obviously cannot quit my day job for something that earns $ 6,50 a day, it would really help me out a lot if I could make that money on top of my day job for a few months. And the fact that it's earning that much without the comic being regularly updated, and with there being an F-bomb on the latest page (two big strikes against any webcomic; F-bombs turn off audiences very quickly), makes me wonder how it would have done if there had been regular updates around the time the campaign ran. I expect to see a drop-off in the next few days but am also wishing for the numbers to stay the same. Practically speaking, the house purchasing process is going to make it impossible for me to get back to the comic in the next week.

But I want to get back to it soon. And it will become easier if at least some money keeps rolling in.

Tenth anniversary of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan online

July 1st, 2010 by Reinder

On July 1, 2000, I started the English-language online run of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan with an introductory strip to the Gudrun storyline. That wasn't the first time I'd put the comic online, but it was my first proper go at it, in English and with the intention of making it primarily a webcomic.

Amazingly, ten years on, I'm still here even though the comic now goes for long periods without updates, Day jobs and life plans will do that to a webcomic. And what is there, the 1300+ updates, is still a huge archive that people nevertheless take the time to dive into, and I'm proud of having lasted that long. Next year, the comic itself will be twenty years old. Amazing.

This year, neither I nor Aggie got around to doing an anniversary comic. Too much going on in our lives. We did get an anniversary present though: Mithandir and Alien of Chasing the Sunset bought us a short Project Wonderful advertising campaign! And it's a good one, with a good range of websites, some of which show promising conversion rates - if you come from one of these sites, welcome! And thanks Mith and Alien. I'll return the favour when the right time comes.