Patreon, Facebook and subscribing to the comic on ComicFury
by Reinder Dijkhuis
My last post in the blog said Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan was going on hiatus. I've been back for six months now, so it's past time to replace that post with something more up-to-date. And as it happens, I have a few things to say.

First, I have a Patreon now. For the time being, all content posted on it will be free to everyone, but if you want to support me financially, the option is there. Also for the time being, it is set to a per-post charging system, and that means that if you become a Patron, the charge will kick in the first time I set a post to "Charge Patrons". I will give advance warning to that, and if enough people tell me that won't work, I will change it to a monthly model. You can also simply Follow me on there, which means you will receive information about what I post and about changes to the Patreon, but you won't be charged until you decide to pledge. What you will get for free on my Patreon (For the time being!) is more reposts of Feral, posted daily, with extra commentary if I have something meaningful to say. You see, unlike ComicFury's tiny Comments box, Patreon has this big inviting box for me to type into, and it means I will run my mouth. Later on, when I do start setting up pledge tiers and goals, these will contain things like early access to completely new pages (starting some time in 2018), behind-the-scenes art and writing, critical essays about webcomics (first few of those will be free so I can establish a track record) and opportunities to review and critique completely new work by me before anybody else. Higher tiers may also include things like "Become a character in the comic" if people are into that.

Second, I've also been using the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan Facebook page to connect with readers. There, you will find larger images of some panels used to promote new updates with, occasional prep-art and behind the scenes stuff. I would love to see you there!

Third, a request for a favor. In the left column of each page of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan on ComicFury, there's a button that says "Subscribe". Please use it, if you have an account on ComicFury. For those of you who wonder what exactly the button does: it adds the comic to a list of other comics on a special page of Your Subscribed Comics, and on that page, you can see which of your favorite comics have updated the latest. That's all it does; it does not send email notifications, make beeping noises or use your personal data, except in one way: it adds you to the count of subscribers for the comic. Now, the difference this makes for me is as follows: many readers on ComicFury use the ComicFury front page to explore new comics. The front page, if you're not familiar with it, shows several tabs full of comic icons with the number of updates and subscribers underneath it. For quite a few readers, one way they decide which comic to follow is by looking at the ratio of updates to subscribers, and if a comic has many updates but few subscribers, they may decide not to give it a chance. As it happens, the ratio for Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is horrible! 37 subscribers for almost 1300 comics. I'm not ever going to manipulate or push people towards subscribing to Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan but I have been wondering if the ratio is worse than it would otherwise have been because I have more readers coming from outside the ComicFury system, and some of you may not know what the feature does for them. So, if you want to be conveniently alerted to new updates, or if you just want to make me look better in the eyes of people who don't know Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, please subscribe. This does require a ComicFury account, but I assure you, they're good people. I'd pet them.
ROCR reruns to end after this run of fillers
by Reinder Dijkhuis
I've come to a decision: after this run of fillers from 2005 ends, I will not re-run the unfinished storyline "Feral" here, and this re-run of the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan comic on ComicFury will end. The reason is simple: I have made no progress on "Feral" since I started the re-run three years ago, and I now believe that on top of that, the storyline as it is needs major revisions, which rules out continuing for another 100 days or so with the material I've got. So the plan now is to leave this site dormant for a while until such time as I am able to first revise and continue the story. This may be a while yet as my day job and family life continue to keep me very busy.

I hope everyone has enjoyed these (nearly) 1200 episodes and thanks in advance for your patience. "Feral" will get worked on eventually; I just don't know when.
New website on ComicFury: Pin Drop
by Reinder Dijkhuis
I'm rerunning my wordless comic series Pin Drop from the late 1990s on new ComicFury website. Right now, there's a piece of newly drawn cover art, and the comic itself will be updated daily until it's done.

Pin Drop was originally the title of a minicomic I published in 1998 containing 5 wordless stories. It's quite a nice collection - the five stories hang together surprisingly well despite covering a wide range of genres and settings. Some were autobiographical, others were pure fantasy. One was written by Geir Strøm; the other four were all my creation.

I've thought about putting out a sequel or an expanded edition. There isn't enough suitable material for a sequel, and an expanded edition would arguably be like a CD reissue with bonus tracks stuck in at random points, interfering with the flow. I have decided, though, to make the web version the Expanded Edition, because the added stories have to be sorted somewhere. In addition to extra stories by me, there's also one with a script by my good friend Barbara Stok.

Read Pin Drop here.
New vote incentive
by Reinder Dijkhuis
At long last, there's a new Vote incentive on Top Web Comics. Actually, there's three queued up. Vote for Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan in March and each week, there'll be a new page-in-progress for the storyline Feral. It will be a while before that story will run on the ComicFury version of the website, but it is the story that was running on the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan main site before my life got super-busy and I had to interrupt it a few years ago. The last fifty or so pages of the storyline were all in pencil, but Aggie Janicot and I are now inking and colouring them digitally so that the look of those pages will be more visually consistent. So vote for Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan on Top Web Comics to see what we're working on! New incentive every Friday in March.
I'm not David Bowie, but I can do campaigns, maybe.
by Reinder Dijkhuis
It has come to my attention that I'm different from David Bowie in two significant respects:

1. I'm not as cool, stylish or photogenic as David Bowie. Obviously.
2. Unlike David Bowie, I can't just drop a bunch of new product on people all of a sudden and expect it to sell or get airtime. I just can't.

To be able to drop a bunch of new product like a book, I have to first rebuild my audience. To do that, I have to create new work. To do that, I first have to fix the issues that make returning to Feral seem so daunting. All that is coming, but it's still going to be slow.

Starting in March, I will start posting works in progress for Feral as Vote incentives for Topwebcomics. These are inked and/or coloured versions of existing Feral pages in varying stages of completion. Some of these may also show up on DeviantArt, but the focus will be on posting them as vote incentives. This will help with rebuilding that audience and will also give me an incentive to work on the pages and immerse myself in Feral again. There's other remaster-related work that also needs doing, but I think I'll be able to carve out time for this now.