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Comic language: English
Genre: Horror
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Last update: 6 days ago
Number of comics: 77
Number of subscribers: 25
Visitors: 3940 visitors (15204 pages viewed)
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Jeremy Ray
25th Sep 2016
Jeremy Ray
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This time around I decided to explain the subtitle of the book, "The Opposition of Buddhism and Sadomasochism," in the beginning instead of leaving it as a mysterious thing to be discovered later. It boils down to a devil's choice between letting go, or holding on at the cost of your soul. If you've got a soul, which one would you choose? It's easier for the Ninewise, who don't have souls, or at least consciences. The Ninewise Masters are the psychopaths who were revealed and expelled from the Nawa. Without a conscience, evil is not an issue for them. They are perfectly adapted to live in the created sadomasochistic Nagaverse. The Nawa know everything about who the Ninewise are and why. Because the Nawa have consciences, they abhor the idea of the Ninewise and sadomasochism. They can't treat other people the way the Ninewise do. Given the choice, they would rather have the cessation of existance. With the Nagaverse breaking apart and dying, they can eventually have it. But that was a decision the Nawa made before they started having children. The guru found he couldn't hold his baby in his arms and wish it didn't exist. He had to choose option C.

I've struggled with what value these books have, since this is likely to be the only contribution to humanity I'll be able to make. I think "The Dragon's Dreamworld" is worthwhile. If you want to build a house, and there's a guy who loves burning down houses, you need to find that guy and take him out. That's the first step. I haven't seen anyone else suggest that BDSM isn't just an odd deviant behavior, but a foundational aspect of human organization and even a basic principle of the universe. That's a point in TDDW's favor. The idea of the hard buy-in to group membership isn't mine, but I haven't see anyone suggest as strongly as I have that the people have to continously reach out and "touch" their leaders to keep the sadomasochism down. IMO "The Dragon's Dreamworld" is valuable in proportion to the difficulty with which it is swallowed. Most people can't handle it. I couldn't handle these ideas either, when I first came across them, but time has proven the hard buy-in to leadership a necessity.

The second step is to define the right path forward and know it is achievable. That's going to be the role of "REINCARRION." "The Dragon's Dreamworld" ended with the people facing an adversary they had no apparent means of fighting. Several months passed before I randomly stumbled across an obscure way that might allow the people to "fight" back. It's always possible. Things that get pushed to the fringe eventually have their time to come to the forefront again. Nature likes waveforms, nothing stands in place forever. Perhaps the waveform of society can be shifted in an enduring way if a movement is built on true wisdom, but movements have a way of turning into scenes; and when a new crowd shows up to make the scene wisdom is the first thing to go out the window.

I haven't given much thought to what the next major book will be, if I'm in a position to do one (see my Patreon or buy a book, survival is not guaranteed). I'm planning a short sequence of character development books (Spider Princess Haki is the first) which aren't intended to have any great meaning. They will be solely about developing characters for the next major book. I hope they get used!

On the business progress front, a couple more books were sold, which means I'll make 1/5th of my "might possibly scrape by" goal this month. Or would have if the battery cable for my car hadn't ate it all up. That nice little problem is still not solved, as GM had the brilliant idea of putting a sensor around the cable head at the battery (to measure the heat of the battery as the alternator charges it, and adjust the voltage the alternator sends accordingly). This sensor does not fit on the replacement battery cable. I haven't figured this problem out yet but I haven't given it much time either. It took me three evenings just to get the new cable in. It goes all the way to the back seat of the car, where the engineers decided the battery should be. The reasons are good but it does make for a job if you have to change the positive cable.

For some reason I lost three followers on SmackJeeves, but gained as many on Deviant Art and Tapastic. I was surprised to make any progress with the baby page. I predict/guess I'll get two or three more DA watchers on this page. since it's more of an action page.
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Jeremy Ray
17th Sep 2016
Jeremy Ray
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Hey, did you know this guy had a kid? He may have convinced Queen Hakidonmuya to go along with his plan by knocking her up! Well, it wasn't quite as bad as that, or at least the guru isn't. Anyway, the baby is Haki Treta of the "Spider Princess Haki" comic, which continues to update as a Patreon exclusive. The update schedule for both comics is weekly for now. It's taking me two and a half days to do each page. I'm trying to drop it down to two days but I haven't pulled it off yet. My goal is to spend eight days a month on "REINCARRION", eight days on "Spider Princess Haki," and then have the rest of the time for freelance (when that happens), concepting, or other story ideas. I think I can do it. I'm making progress with the idea that drawing is arranging black and white patterns and then accenting them until they look like something, as compared to outlining objects and applying hatching and shadows until it looks good. It's amazing that there can still be major advances to be had in drawing after a quarter century of it.

I've seen some small growth from the REINCARRION pg 1 line art. I've got one new follower on DrunkDuck, two on Tapastic, and three on Deviant Art; one new patron, and I sold two more books. That's three now! I'm getting close to my $50 Patreon goal, which is one tenth of my just-possibly-might-make-it-by-the-skin-of-my-teeth goal. With a couple more book sales or a couple more Patrons I might get over a $100 this month! One fifth of the way there! Unfortunately it all got ate up by a $100 battery cable for my car, but hey it's needed that cable for a decade now!

In a way it might be silly to set these little goals like I have been, but it feels better seeing goals accomplished than not accomplished, and nearly anyone can be the person who commits the life-affirming act of pushing me over the next one! $50 on Patreon! Can it be done?

BTW don't feel bad about PROMOTING XTIN anywhere that won't get me a visit from the cops. I am the absolute worst at self promotion. I end up spending all my time scratching out pages or fixing my broken old stuff.

Would anyone like to see XTIN:TDDW on Amazon? I'm hesitant to put it up there because the Kindle format is smaller than what I sell on Gumroad. Not by a tremendous amount, but the Gumroad .pdf is bigger. I'm not sure what other limits there are on Kindle, as I don't have one. I'm guessing you can't read your Kindle book anywhere else, and I think Amazon deletes your purchased books if they feel like it. Amazon also keeps a much bigger share of the sale, so I'd greatly prefer in every way Gumroad sales to Amazon sales.
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Jeremy Ray
12th Sep 2016
Jeremy Ray
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I sat down to paint the last panel of REINCARRION 25b and I couldn't get up for it. I've got a couple issues with continuing the painted pages. The greatest is that there's little desire for them. Some people like them, but as many or more would rather see the line art. My painting isn't as far along as my line art, so I understand but it sucks all the life out of my desire to paint. It takes so much longer than the line art. I end up with less story for my time, so the painted pages really have to perform to be worthwhile. They haven't.

The second issue is that the guru became a character that unintentionally takes over the story, like Rau did with TDDW. Taslim wasn't shaping up well enough to be a main character. He might have if I gave him more time, but his background is more depressing darkness than it would be wise to dwell on. I drew this one page to see what REINCARRION would look like if it followed the Guru as the main character, picking up with the beginning of the battle with the Ninewise, instead of after it. I think it's going to be a more engaging story this way. All the characters are immediately more sympathetic than Taslim and there's going to be kick-ass right off the bat. While it's not a good thing to throw out 24 painted pages, this is the way to go.

That may leave some people exasperrated, but it will be new material, and at this point I'm not sure it matters given the amount of involvement there is with the comic. I had a decent run of growth on Deviant Art a couple months ago but it's totally died. My best guess is new people came in through new groups, but as many as are going to come have and there's little point in continuing to post to the groups I'm in. It takes an hour or more to post to all of them. A lot of effort for no reward.

I've had one new watch on SmackJeeves in the last month, none on Comic Fury and none on DrunkDuck.

The analytics on Gumroad are interesting. I emailed or messaged around 50 people who had donated in the past or offered to buy a .pdf of TDDW after I took it down. So far I've sold one book, and talked with two other readers who'd like to buy it but can't ATM for various reasons. Gumroad's analytics show 17 views - 5 from Email, and four each from DA, SJ, and the Duck. I'm surprised to see that many from the Duck, since I only have 15 watchers there. I'm surprised not to have any from ComicFury, where I have 25 or so. Not sure I'll be sticking with CF.

After five days that may not be too bad. As it is, it isn't good, but I think things like "if they all bought a book, went over to Patreon, and signed up at the $10 or $20 level, and maybe a few more showed up, I could do XTIN and stop worrying about other work." My readership is tiny, but at the same time I've seen some very generous readers who were willing to support the comic to a greater tune than $10 or $20. My feeling is that XTIN does well with the people who actually see it, although without a doubt TDDW was too heavy on torture for most people to stand. REINCARRION and Spider Princess Haki will be different creatures entirely, and I'm sure they can't help but go down better. It's foolish to think I can make it with XTIN, but it isn't entirely blind optimism.

So buy the book and subscribe to my Patreon so I can definitely make REINCARRION and Spider Princess Haki and stop freaking out already. This situation is stupid.
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Jeremy Ray
8th Sep 2016
Jeremy Ray
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Jeremy Ray
7th Sep 2016
Jeremy Ray
Buy on Gumroad - https://gum.co/RasL

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Rewards are available at the end of the month, so you'll have to wait a month, but you'll get more stuff!

Here now is the point where the rubber meets the road - in the year since I took this book down, many people have asked if they could buy a copy. Will it actually sell? I've spent a month or so tweaking old material and adding new material and I think it is really a great read now. If you can handle a trip through the gory gruesome horrible shocking Kali Yuga. It's a rough ride and yet an awesome one, with plenty of big ideas to make it worthwhile. I doubt I'll write a story that's as on the edge of acceptability as this one is again, but I'm really happy with the way it came out.
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