::rolls up metaphorical sleeves::
The preview episodes of Clean Sweep will be available on Tapas tomorrow, 08/19. They will be putting a couple of episodes up for you to take a look. Then on 08/23 they will drop 10 episodes at once, so you can get the story started.
Tapas staff wrote a guide especially for us. You can find it here: How to Use Tapas. Remember, the episodes drop tomorrow, on Friday, not today. I’m stressing this because Mod R was bombarded with I can’t find it emails when we announced the webcomic. Tomorrow? Phah! BDH doesn’t wait for no stinking tomorrow, it storms the castle today, and that’s all there is to it. Hehe.
And now for some explanations.
Why Tapas? Why not Webtoon?
Our agent approached several companies, and Tapas jumped on the chance to produce Clean Sweep. It’s fun and different, and they thought their audience would like it. Webtoons didn’t seem interested.
How long was this in the works?
The initial offer terms were communicated to us on November 12, 2020. This project was in development for awhile.
How many issues will there be in a season?
I believe 52, but let me check on that. It’s one every week, so definitely at least 50.
How many issues are already done?
This is being asked by people who worry that this project might be abandoned for whatever reason. Right now we are on Episode 36 for colors and Episode 43 for script. So no worries about it being unexpectedly discontinued. I feel you, I was upset when I Belong to House Castielo was abruptly over on another app without explanation, but I don’t think this is something we need to worry about.
Can European Tapas users access it?
Yes. It is being released globally. Also, ta-da!
Spanish adaptation. How cool is that?
How much does Ink cost?
It depends on how much you are buying. You can get a lot of ink via promotions, etc, but here is what it shows me when I buy mine.
Price range table for those who can’t see the image. The second ink number after + is a bonus. The more you spend, the higher is the discount.
1,600 ink = $1.99
4,000+1,000 ink = $4.99
8,000+2,500 ink = $9.99
16,000+6,500 ink = $19.99
40,000+20,000 ink = $49.99
80,000+50,000 ink = $99.99
I read a lot, so I usually buy it in chunks of $10 or $20 and it lasts me for quite a bit.
How much each issue costs?
Short answer: 30 cents.
Long answer: This is a Tapas original, produced in-house, which works a little differently than when someone uploads their comic to Tapas. First 3 episodes will be free. You will not see a price on those. Starting with the Episode 4, the episodes will cost ink, Tapas internal currency. The cost of episodes typically ranges somewhere around 350-375 ink. I have never seen more then 375. You receive discount if you allow automatic unlocks, and that can drop it down to 300 or so.
So if you bought $4.99 worth of ink, you could likely read 16 issues, assuming 300 ink price after unlock.
Let me explain automatic unlocks: Tapas asks you if you want to purchase every episode. When they say “Subscribe,” they mean that when a new issue is posted, you will be notified, but you still have to manually purchase it. It’s not like a magazine subscription or a Netflix where money is automatically withdrawn every month.
Subscription means only that when you log into the app, Tapas will show you that a new issue is up. You still have to manually pay for it to read it.
Automatic unlock basically means that as you are going from issue to issue of the comic title you are reading, Tapas will stop asking you every time if you want to spend the money. It withdraws ink when you click Next Issue link, which allows for more seamless experience. I’ve attempted to demonstrate this in this little video and it was an epic fail.
To sum up: not a Netflix type of subscription, there is nothing to cancel, you buy ink in chunks and pay as you go.
How much of that 30 cents do you get?
So it’s a little bit complicated because Tapas needs to recoup production costs and we are getting percentage of the profit, etc., but I would estimate about 5 cents.
You did it for the money!
Absolutely. You found us out.
Why did you do it?
We did it because it’s cool. It’s a visual adaptation of our work. How awesome is this? It was a chance to return to Clean Sweep, expand the world and the storyline, and maybe get new readers who might pick up the novels after looking at the comic.
The money is important. We have bills and kids and kids and bills and all that, but we want to be read. We want our work to reach people, and this is a chance for Innkeeper Chronicles to reach a whole new audience. They might not like it, but we hope they will and we won’t know until we try.
Should we buy this to support you?
No. You should only join Tapas and buy the comics if you want to actually read them.
While I understand that some authors insist on a hard sell, we never demand anything from you. Right now promotion is heavy because we are juggling two releases and still writing, and we are trying to reach everyone. Some of you access the blog constantly and others once a week. We want to make sure we catch your attention. But you will never see a post that says, “My pet goat is dying and I need you to buy all the books right now, omg, or I will stop writing forever and ever.”
We are grateful for your support. We know that without you purchasing our work we will not be able to write full time. We appreciate you, but we do not write for you. We write for ourselves. If nobody would read us at all, we would still write for us, for our ideals, for our amusement. We have been incredibly lucky that stuff we write for ourselves also resonates with so many people.
Thank you for reading our work. You are the best. Please don’t feel obligated to pay for something you don’t want.
Will you stop writing books?
No. See 5 cents. Heh.
Will the book version of Clean Sweep be expanded to reflect the extra stuff in the comic book version? Will there be printed versions of the comic?
No. Or maybe better: not at this time. For this to happen, the comic would have to be outrageously popular, enough for fans to want to have a hard copy. You are seeing this with Solo Leveling, because that comic exploded. There is even an anime adaptation coming up. I don’t think Clean Sweep will get that popular.
This is not a challenge, BDH. Seriously. Even if each of you went and made 10 accounts and bought an issue, we would not reach the Solo Leveling numbers. Clean Sweep will either do well organically or it won’t. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, let’s enjoy it.
I don’t like it, I have a problem with Tapas, I don’t like the character design, etc.
None of this is compulsory. You don’t have to read it. You don’t have to buy it. You don’t even have to let us know that this is not for you. We still appreciate you reading us in other ways. :insert smiley:
We have done our due diligence. This is not a scam. It’s an opportunity to experience a fictional world in a new way. A lot of readers here enjoy Tapas and webcomics, me included. It is fun for us, it provides us with much needed relief from stress. Please respect that. Please don’t be the person who tries to smother other people’s excitement simply because they are enjoying something you personally don’t like.
And now, so we don’t end on this note, I bring you a little teaser of tomorrow’s Innkeeper, if Gordon and I can get ourselves in gear and finish it.
As the delegates filed out of the arena, taking the tunnels to their respective quarters, Kosandion leaned toward me and said, “I heard my aunt takes frequent walks.” I confirmed that indeed, Her Grace took frequent walks, to which he said “I should like to walk as well. It’s good to stretch your legs after so much sitting.” I nodded, stepped away, and let Caldenia know that Kosandion also liked walking.
Now Kosandion pondered our pond while Caldenia was moving through the inn toward us.
The backstory. It is coming.