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.
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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.