But then, that's because I assumed that those four months were being spent building up a comic surplus. That was, after all, what the hiatus between March and June was for, right?
I wrote a VERY long rant when Rob posted his initial "boo" message in the Reactions thread. I was LIVID at the idea that he could casually say that he was just going to not bother posting an update on Wednesday. But the site froze up as I went to post it, and although I had saved the text of that rant, my anger diminished just enough by the time the site started responding again that I rethought posting it. Rob's flippant middle-finger style News post, however, makes it clear that I need to step up and rant, so here's the initial rant in it's entirety:
balder wrote:There wasn't going to be an update at all this week, but I decided...
Methinks the holier-than-thou author has forgotten who's buttering his bread. Why should something like an upcoming convention hamper the publishing of a single strip that was, presumably, drawn months in advance? Isn't that why you took HALF A YEAR of hiatus? Because if it isn't, I'm going to have to start asking some hard questons. Questions like what you've been doing with my Kickstarter pledge money that you've been sitting on since March. The Kickstarter provided estimated April 2012 delivery on all swag, and it's currently August. That delay was acceptable when I thought you were building up a surplus all this time, so that you could deliver on your INCREDIBLY easy to hit once-a-week mark. But if you're seriously suggesting otherwise... the words "class action lawsuit" come to mind. Plus didn't you tell us in this thread that you were working on stuff we'd be reading in October? How can you already be out in August?
You're on thin ice, Mister Balder. We've had this argument on these forums before, remember? In which I told you to just pick an update schedule, any one, and stick with it? (By the way, it's kinda a jerk move to tell me then that my advice is worthless and then, one year later, go ahead and do exactly what I suggested anyway). That was almost TWO YEARS ago, and since then you've sucked up a bunch of money in a Kickstarter, launched ideas for a motion comic and released a ton of new merchandise, but have added only a handful of pages and little blurbs to your current opus. Yeah, you've had lows, and yeah, Xin went through some excruciatingly hard times, but reading a comment like the one quoted above makes me a WHOLE lot less sympathetic to those things. You've got time to go to Gen Con and unleash Party Rob, using possibly my Kickstarter funds as seed money to peddle off some more commemorative goodies, but you don't have the time to honor a weekly commitment to post the very thing that ENTITLES you to money for goodies and prestige at conventions?!?
I'm making an ultimatum, right now. If you EVER miss a Wednesday Book 2 update before the story is over, I will start actively speaking out against Erfworld in the strongest possible terms. I'll blog, I'll show up at cons with picket signs, I'll rally the troops. I will click on every single advertising link on this site and make sure the advertising executives in charge of funding those links are aware that they are associating their advertisements with a product that does not deliver. And if you haven't delivered me my stupid meal stuff by then, which won't even remotely be a surprise anymore, I WILL take legal action. THIS COMIC IS YOUR JOB, YOU CANNOT JUST BLOW IT OFF WHENEVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT. Stop seeing us as fans and start seeing us as EMPLOYERS, because that's what we are.
GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. NOW.
The thing that sucks is, the reason I didn't post it the other day is because I was - and am - pretty sure that my words are nothing more than empty bluster. Here's the sad truth: I mean everything I wrote there. I /will/ start actively working against the comic and it's creator. But I don't know if, at the same time, I would be able to actually stop reading it. He's just THAT GOOD... y'know, when he decides to actually do something. And he knows it. And I think that's probably the root of the problem. He's like that abusive boyfriend who stomps your heart and treats you like crap but you can't just leave cause the sex is AMAZING and you're hooked on it. Honestly, if we're slaves who really can't get away, why would he /have/ to treat us any better? Why not just blow off the comic completely and work on more profitable projects, or cut it off the web completely and just publish it? (Well, I doubt he could do that last part, no publishing company on Earth would put up with his production rate, not to mention how effective this trickle method is at keeping us hooked and talking - like providing people with just enough crack to keep them dependent. Sometimes I wonder if he does it this way on purpose, it's in his financial best interests to trickle and milk it as much as possible, so long as we're compliant about it).
I honestly am not even sure what my purpose is in writing this rant. I just can't believe, after years of screwing us over, Rob could be so FLIPPANT about letting us down YET AGAIN. I guess it's true what they say in Dogma, fear is what makes a human being decent, and he just has no reason to fear losing us.
How DO we deal with it?