Sieggy wrote:Look, I follow LOTS of webcomics that update weekly and/or sporadically. Some of my favorites are weekly, and it gives me something to look forward to. However, I take the attitude that it's free, and as a result, I'm simply grateful that it's there. OOTS, ferinstance, updates whenever, no schedule, and I'm just happy and pleased when a new one comes out.
Art can't be rushed - deal with it and quit griping. Personally, I'd much rather have a quality work that I can savor than something slapped together to make a deadline . . .
Please don't forget, OOTS fails to update frequently in large part due to the health of it's author. Rob is not half-infirmed with any debilitating diseases (anyone who's seen Party Rob knows exactly how much punishment that man's body can take). Also, Rich has never put out a subscription model for his business.
Just to add my voice to the ranks of the angered, Erfworld has been a disappointment for a long time now, ever since I ran over 800 miles down to Maryland because Rob promised this "unique opporunity related to the launch of book 2" only to find out it was just to get signatures from Jamie and Xin (not to disparage either of their work, but I'm not a signature collector, I'm a story fan). I passed him $50 at that party just for some silly drinking mugs, and I'll tell you right now - it wasn't about the mugs. Like many people here I was coughing up to support the cause (I actually tried to become a Tool once but Paypal had not yet added the functionality of letting one proceed without logging in, and therefore wouldn't let me proceed because they had a record of my card on file associated with an account I could no longer access. Prophetic, really, and hearing from so many Tools about what the so-called experience is like, I'm glad it didn't go through.)
The simple truth here? Rob sold out. If we're all anxiously clicking on the website daily, his site gets that much more traffic, which means he gets that much more money. If he stuck to a schedule, then traffic would taper off on the off-days and he'd make less. KEEPING US FRANTICALLY CLICKING IS FINANCIALLY IN HIS BEST INTERESTS. Not to mention that it's con season - who's got the time to bother with keeping online fans happy when there's another bunch of folks gathering with cash to buy T-shirts and another excuse to get drunk in a hotel room? Even the decision to concentrate on relettering Book 1 - and I'd bet anything that if he asked, 90+% of us would prefer to see the delay on Book 1 take longer in favor of having a regular and frequent update schedule
- is financially motivated. Get Book 1 on the shelves faster so that there's even more money.
It's fine to be financially motivated, to a point. But when it comes at the expense of the thing that got people interested in giving you money in the first place, it becomes WRONG. So I make this ultimatum, and I challenge the rest of you to follow through with me on this - I will purchase Book 1, Issue 1 of Book 2, become a Tool for a year, and buy some stuffed dwagon plushies from the store, and I will do it all in EXACTLY as many days as it takes to get from here (Page 42 Ink and Text Update 32) to Page 100 of Book 2. Until that day, I will not support the comic in any way - I will stop talking to people about it or showing it to people, I will ensure that it gets not a penny of my money, and until the update situation improves I will cease checking daily for an update, because as stated above, that generates revenue for the site on it's own. If the comic returned to it's original goal
of an ink update every 5 days starting tomorrow, it would reach Page 100 in 286 days, or on July 18th, 2011. At it's /current/ rate of production, it will only have reached Page 62 by then. Can you imagine that? Only 20 pages of progress in the next YEAR? At it's lowest, OOTS has never been that low, and the man is practically dying some days.
For $3000 a month, art can be rushed. Rob made the statement somewhere after the end of Book 1 that Erfworld had become his full time job and that he was no longer working a day job. That was supposed to make the delays prevalent in Book 1 DISAPPEAR, not MULTIPLY. I was patient for a few months. Now - and yes, not in small part because of that failed junk called a Duel in the Somme that took precious time away from Erfworld - I'm LIVID. I hope he doesn't recoup costs from that, maybe it'll teach him to remember where his bread is ACTUALLY being buttered.