Free Just Ain't The Same

An unlikely advertising campaign on Facebook is working in which Ralph Snart berates, insults and dares people to buy the latest issue of Ralph Snart Adventures. Since I don't care whether anyone even buys an issue of the digital comic series I've been doing for several years now, the campaign actually made sense to do. What's to lose? Plus it's fun.

Why don't I care? Well, I don't need the money, and I'm producing the biannual series for my own selfish enjoyment. If I have 100 readers, whatever. If there's 5,000, who cares. If some fans get a kick out of it, all the better. Although I don't need the money, the price (a pittance) weeds out the multitude of idiots that would just download something for free and not really care.

If a person takes the time to go through the motions of paying for the item(s) and then downloading, I figure they must actually want the comic. And really, most of the books are only a buck, and the new releases are only two bucks. Cheap!

The best thing about the campaign, is the bewildered fan boys who actually got upset by Ralph scolding and disrespecting them. They were genuinely confused who was insulting them; Ralph or myself. How dare me... or him! If you don't get it, you probably don't get Ralph Snart Adventures either.

Ralph Snart #11 Now On Sale

Ralph Snart Adventures Vol. 8, #11

Ralph Snart Adventures #11

Story & Art by: Marc Hansen
Price: $1.99

The Origin of Ralph Snart
Ralph Snart finally tells the whole story of how he came to be, and everything that led up to how he went totally insane. Part one of a three part saga. Color, 30 pages.

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Coloring Ralph Snart

Here I am coloring a panel for Ralph Snart Adventures #11 releasing this Spring. Adobe Illustrator is the software used. This issue will be part one of the Origin Trilogy.

Latest Poop #76

Almost done with RSA #11 -- four more pages to ink and 8 more to color. Need to give my hand a break from inking everyday before the tendonitis gets too bad. Not to mention the arthritis in my spine! During this break though, I'm back to writing the next issue #12 (part two of the RSA origin) -- about half done so far. That issue will feature Ralph's infamous cousin Bert (from Volume 3 issue 23) in his fantasy otherworld. In reality, Dr. Kreegon attempts to diagnose and cure his new patient.

Still More Inking Crap

Here I am inking a panel for Ralph Snart Adventures #11 releasing this Spring. Another different angle for the camera. This issue will be part one of the Origin Trilogy.

The Origin of Ralph Snart

Just finished pencils and lettering for RSA #11 -- the first part of a trilogy about the origin of The Snart. I also wrote an article on some of the influences that helped create RSA way back when.

This starts the beginning of the new format -- horizontal so an entire page can be seen on a desktop monitor. Part two is about halfway written.

If you want a missive about how Snart changed your life to appear in the next Rubber Room Gossip, now's the time to email them to me. I never grow tired of reading about how you found your first issue of RSA on a rack in a 7-Eleven and how your teachers beat you when they discovered you reading it in class and how your mom later threw all your Ralph Snarts in the garbage after you went to college and how your dad still won't speak to you because once you said Gangway, Fathead! to him. Ah, memories.

I should be uploading a new inking video on youturd relatively soon.

RSA tees available here (scroll to the bottom). Only two sizes left and limited quantities of each. Sorry, no more contests to win a free one (you cheap bastards).

35 Years Ago Today

FanGraphix #3
The first comic book appearance of Ralph Snart (as Ralph Snarf) in FanGraphix #3 published by Tony Caputo Publishing in December, 1985. This issue of the anthology series mostly featured the work of Tony Caputo and Allen Curtis, but also, had the two-page origin of Ralph Snart. By the time this had released, NOW Comics was already in the works, and I was drawing the very first issue of RSA (Vol 1 #1).
Detail from Ralph Snart Origin 1985
Ralph contemplates his miserable life.
Marc Hansen 1986
Marc Hansen at the 1986 Chicago Comicon

Ralph Snart #10 Now On Sale

Ralph Snart Adventures Vol. 8, #10

Ralph Snart Adventures #10

Story & Art by: Marc Hansen
Price: $1.99

Big Bully
In order to fight the local bullies, Ralph must become a strong and independent woman. Make sense? Yeah, me neither. Backup features Chuck Dixon's Captain Danger. Color, 35 pages.

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More Inking Crap

Here I am inking a panel for Ralph Snart Adventures #10 releasing in November. Just testing a different angle for the camera. Lighting sucks. Can you tell I haven't inked in a while? Using an old brush (from the last issue). Will be chucking this one in the trash and getting a new one. I can't talk, ink and chew gum at the same time so no sound. Lettering was done in software at the layout stage.

Buh Bye Bezos

Ralph Snart Adventures along with my other comics have been removed from ComiXology at my request. Those that made purchases already will still have access to their books. The reason for the removal was because I didn't like ComiXology's arbitrary sales, which undercut and conflicted with the prices of my own webstore. My books are already priced super cheap, so having a "sale" doesn't make any sense, and doing so without the publisher's input is just plain rude.

Almost all of my digital comics purchases are through my webstore, so no big loss. Must've been some Amazon initiative to trivially add to their billions. Besides that, all of my new stuff is exclusive to my webstore. So there, Amazon. Nerts to you!
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Marc Hansen
Marc Hansen
Cartoonist and creator of Ralph Snart Adventures, Weird Melvin and Doctor Gorpon. Hansen has done most of his work for NOW Comics, but has also done work for Marvel, Disney and Kitchen Sink Press.

Ralph Snart Adventures was published from 1986-1993 by now defunct NOW Comics, and was the longest running comic in the entire NOW catalog, selling an average of 50,000 copies a month during that nine year period. Over two million comics were published, and it was the first indy comic to receive the Comics Code.

Today, Marc Hansen publishes Ralph Snart Adventures as an ebook on a sporadic basis. Current issues are available on his webstore. Keep up with Ralph Snart on Twitter and Facebook.