Monday's update is a no go - I am sick and David is traveling
Well, the Toolshed is definitely working to keep us on our update schedule (the backer stories notwithstanding). I was amazed that we were able to update on time despite Gencon.
But Gencon took its toll anyway, triggering a chronic condition of mine that I hadn't had any trouble with for the last 8 years or so. My struggling with that combined with David traveling this weekend, means we're just going to have to punt this one. We should have a full comic page up for you on Friday.
Ah, thanks for tellingus. Sorry to hear that you are I'll, though. Feel better. It doesn't sound like this is just convention flu, though. Someone always gets sick before a con and goes any ways, infecting the entire building. That's what happens you put hundreds of people in an enclosed space. I hope whatever condition you have isn't too serious.
Not to be a negative nancy, but don't you guys have a buffer? I thought that the idea of a buffer was raised early on in the comic's renewal for a book three. Does the host on which Erfworld currently resides not permit prescheduled updates? Or is the issue here that you have to manually come on and affix a new comic to the page each time an update happens?
Your health is more important than updates to the comic. If you can survive the financial hit from missing an on-time update, then you should absolutely take the time to get better.
If you can't survive the financial hit, then consider producing a buffer of filler art to post in lieu of a page (generating revenue from an on-time update, providing readers with bonus content, and knocking the occasional comment about not having a buffer on the head all in one).
Get better before you get back to work, dude.
"No matter how much you want a buffer to not have to miss an update, I can guarantee you Rob and the team want it more."
Clearly that's not the case.
"It's their livelihood. I'm sure that events like this just increase the desire for that backlog, but that doesn't make it any easier to produce."
I absolutely hope so.
For the record, ERFworld is my favorite webcomic. I'm not unhappy at the news (other than the obvious bummer missing an update). It just surprises me (for some reason) when artists throw money away with not running the business well (no buffer, paying for a new non-responsive/poorly responsive website, etc).
No buffer, no $849.50.
Get better soon Rob. I'm fully available for 'condition' advice, as I'm in the health field. My skillset is at your disposal.
I hope Rob gets better soon but I'm with the people who don't understand why there's no backlog. He hasn't updated the backer in ages so I'd imagine he's had more free time to create a backlog. We've certainly enjoyed higher quality work over the last couple months but is it at the detriment of efficiency? I won't assume that he's aloof about the backlog, but it certainly looks like he doesn't care enough about keeping his comic financially viable.
Rob and David
You have been doing an amazing job of keeping up with consistent updates. Thank-you for all the hard work. The art has been great (I especially liked the Charlescomm art), and the depth of the story and characters have been amazing. Everyone needs the occasional sick day. Don't worry about it. :)
All of us are just going to have to put up with the crazy theories that will be popping up due to extra time on peoples hands from the missed update. :p I have calculated that rampant speculation starts occurring at a rate of ( [hours since last update] /3) squared * [Cliff hanger coefficient]. All of the crazy theories forum goers come up with are going to put us through a lot of torture. But I think we can endure.;)
Now with that being said, does anyone want to discuss the possibilities of Charlie really being Parson in another timeloop? And the shock Maggie received in the last update was her finding out about it?
"Wow, the commenters here sure know a lot about running a succesful webcomic business. Must be from all the succesful webcomics they're running themselves..."
Or maybe it's because they run non-webcomic businesses successfully, and they realize that webcomic businesses operate under the same set of rules/principles as every other business.
For instance, without a buffer, without product already available in the que/on the shelf, a sick day results in a loss of income.
I don't want Rob to lose income.
A buffer doesn't magically appear just because everyone knows it's a good idea.
It's pretty simple. When Rob/David are able to make comics faster than they are posted, the buffer size increases. When Rob/David make comics slower than they are posted, the buffer size decreases. Buffer change rate = comic creation rate - comic posting rate. When the buffer hits zero, an update is missed.
The question Rob has to think about isn't "should I make a buffer" because the answer is obviously yes and always is and always has been. The useful questions would be "what can Rob/David do to speed up the rate at which they make comics". And I'm pretty sure nobody in this thread is really in a position to give very useful suggestions there.
(Well, there's one obvious way to make a buffer - decreasing the rate of comic postings would help Rob fill up a buffer. Somehow I don't think that's a solution folks in this thread would call for, though...)