Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Collection Volume 3 Has Been Released - Blog Entry # 40

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Collection Volume 3 has just been released as an E-book and is available for download in PDF file format. The volume 3 release features the Punksters.net comic strips 101-150.

This release features even more new characters as well as the ones you have already grown to love, or hate, depending on how you feel about the strip.

Of course volumes one and two are still available as well as a specially priced volumes one and two combined in a single release that contains strips 1-100.

At this point, I am still enjoying the process of creating the comic strips. I am pushing ahead and before you know it, I will be releasing Volume 4. that's obviously my next goal and I accomplish one goal at a time.

You can go to the Punksters.net Merchandise Page to view all of the available E-books and other Punksters.net merchandise that's available. go ahead, drop on by.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

© R. L. Crepeau

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Meet the Fartin' Spartan - Blog Entry # 39

The Fartin' Spartan is another member of the superhero team called the Dysfunctionals. His super powers include a quick fart to stun his enemy and he then follows it up with a toilet plunger to the face. He's a little on the old side though. He may not be as quick as he used to be but he can sure rip a good one when necessary. Here, you can see him in action, heroically warding off an attacker with his trusty plunger in hand.

His addition to the team came in the Punksters.net Comic Strip number 100 and was a nice way to cap off the first one hundred comic strips. A special blog was added for the Dysfunctionals as well as their own section of the Punksters.net website. You can even view the first ten comic strips in which they appear. The first strip he appears in has also been included below. click on the image to view it at full size.




Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Playing Around With Punksters Animation - Blog Entry # 38

I have been doing the Punksters.net Comic Strip since January 25th 2015. At this time, I have released almost 100 comic strips. But I have been wanting to pursue an additional path with them and that is the wonderful world of animation.

So as a test, I have decided to try to animate one of the characters and that was Gerry "Bang" Bangston, the band's guitar player. he was also the first one of the characters that I had actually created for the strip.

I just wanted to try a couple quick animations to see how it would work and it appears that there may just be some potential. Therefore, you can reasonably expect that at some point in the future, there will be a video or two, or maybe even more that will contain some animations of the Punksters.net characters. I'm kind of looking forward to it myself. So just enjoy the animated graphics and try the new dance craze called the Bangston. Click on the images to view them at their full size.





Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Meet Moronye Jest the Rap "Artist" - Blog Entry # 37

Moronye Jest is a rap "artist" who kind of thinks a little more highly of himself than he probably should. Especially as it would pertain to his so-called musical talents. But who are we to burst his bubble or interfere with his delusions of grandeur? Sometimes, when you have a delusion, you should just run with it. What the hell, you only live once. Why not make the most of it?

The guys in the Punkster band don't mind knocking him down a peg or two every now and then though. And that's when the fun usually starts. besides, it helps him to keep it real. After all, modesty is not one of his better known traits. Talent either, for that matter. you can find out even more about our other characters on the Punksters.net website's Character Page.

I have included the first strip featuring him. just click on the image to view it at full size.



Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crpeau

Friday, October 23, 2015

Meet the Dysfunctionals - Blog Entry # 36

 This week I introduced a team of superheroes called the Dysfunctionals. A few of the characters in the team were already part of the Punksters.net Comic Strip but a new character was just added this week. The old characters were Super Crack Ho, Crystal Meth Man and Captain Tranny. This week, the Frequent Flyer joined the team. You can find out more about him by reading the previous blog entry. It also includes the first strip he appeared in.

I have a lot of big plans for these guys. I will be introducing new villains for them to take on. Eventually, I will be releasing a compilation e-book of strips containing just them. I just added a subsection withing the Punksters.net website that has more information on them. If you want to check that out, just CLICK HERE. I will eventually create some free desktop wallpapers featuring the characters as well. Also expect to see some merchandise eventually too. Oh, by the way, they even have their own blog called the Dysfunctionals.org Blog.

I have included the first strip of them below. Just click on the image to view it at full size.



Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Meet the Frequent Flyer (Superhero) - Blog Entry # 35

The Frequent Flyer is another superhero type just recently added to the Punksters.net Comic Strip. He is part of that wonderful team of superheroes called the Dysfunctionals. He is a bit of a deadbeat dad though. He has fathered a lot of children and doesn't hold down a steady job.

The Frequent Flyer will often do all he can to avoid responsibility, which is why he wears his trusty jet pack. With his jet pack, he can take flight very quickly whenever he feels someone is trying to force responsibilities upon him. 

Since just about everything in our society is being deemed as acceptable, I figure I'd add a character who is a deadbeat dad. And, hey, let's even make him a superhero. Besides, pretty much anything passes for a roll model these days. Why not have a superhero who leaves a trail of illegitimate kids behind? Below is the first strip he appears in.


Just click on the image to view at full size

If you want to find out more about the team of superheroes called the Dysfunctionals, CLICK HERE.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Meet Captain Tranny - Blog Entry # 34

Captain Tranny is a transvestite superhero. His super powers include flying and sprinkling fairy dust. The fairy wings depicted in the image are basically for the flying part and he also does some pretty magical and amazing things with fairy dust he sprinkles around. Oh, and he can even kick like a Rockette too.

Captain Tranny teamed up with Super Crack ho and Crystal Meth Man to form a team of superheroes called the Dysfunctionals. All we have to say is that you bad guys just better watch out! He's a hell of a lot tougher than he looks.

The last blog entry spoke about how our comic strip is not politically correct. So we wouldn't be surprised if someone out there got all upset over us creating a superhero that is a transvestite. the point is that certain things in our society have become more common and maybe even considered "the norm" now and we thought that we would just run with it and start to include things in the strip that are part of that new norm.

So now we have a crack ho, a crystal meth addict and a transvestite in the team of superheroes. There are actually a couple of more that will be added down the road. we're pretty sure someone will get upset when we add those as well. Below is the comic  strip that introduces Captain Tranny. You can click on the image to view it at the full size. Enjoy.


Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Politically Incorrect Comic Strip - Blog Entry # 33

Some of you may have already come to the conclusion that the Punksters.net comic Strip is generally not politically correct. I would obviously agree with that assessment and also state that it was never intended to be so and never will be either. 

For starters, if I worried all of the time about who I might offend, I wouldn't have any material to work with. Secondly, we live in a society now that any thing you say will offend someone, no matter how hard you may be trying to avoid that. So, to simplify matters, I just don't worry about it.

We often hear about how cartoonists are threatened for doing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Some will say that they are going too far by threatening someone's life and in some cases they actually follow through with those threats. However, mocking someone's religion is probably more offensive than anything else and yet it is often deemed acceptable. Whereas if you were to joke about other things like sexual orientation, drug abuse, sexual promiscuity or other things having to do with society, people are generally up in arms over it.

Now as bad as it is to threaten the life of someone for doing a cartoon of religious figures, some people will also do the same regarding other matters. Things like differing political views, different stances on social issues and etc. Some may not go as far as to want you dead but will certainly seek out to destroy you professionally or financially. In other words, they will seek out to ruin your life as a means of exacting revenge for your "hateful" or "offensive" jokes or remarks.

Recently, some famous stand up comedians have made public statements regarding how they don't want to perform at colleges and universities because of the excessively politically correct environment. They worry about how anything they say will be deemed as some sort of hate speech because someone will get offended by a joke.

Personally, I think that there will be a point in which there will be a backlash because some people just take things too far by trying to literally destroy people for saying something that offends them. At a certain point, people won't care what they say anymore because they know that whatever they say, someone will be offended. So, at that point, why should someone even try not to offend people anymore? After all, anything they say will do that anyway. And since that is the case, they could throw all caution out the window and really let loose.

My humor, or what I try to pass off as humor, hasn't gotten to that point yet. I don't go out of my way to offend people and I do take some things into consideration to avoid unnecessarily angering people. I also make no references to religion at all. However, I believe that I do have the right to poke fun at certain things without having to worry about being destroyed professionally or financially for doing so.

If I see something on the television that has a sort of humor used that annoys me, I don't try to contact the show's sponsors to have them pull their ads or try to get the show canceled. Instead, I simply turn the channel. I vote with my remote. I believe in the first amendment and the basic principal of freedom of expression. I believe that applies to views I disagree with just as much as the ones I agree with. I just wish other people felt the same way.

So if you are offended by a superhero who is a crack ho and another one that is a crystal meth addict, well then I am sorry. More characters that will probably offend people are going to be added in the future as well. So you should just get over it, vote with your remote and go seek your entertainment elsewhere.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Is It Worth It to Buy Social Networking Follows? - Blog Entry # 32

You may have seen some of the websites or some ads for those websites that sell followers for the various social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google + and so on. You may even be wondering if they are legitimate or just a complete ripoff. Well, to answer your questions regarding that: it all depends.

Some deals are better than others, some are just a ripoff and some are good for certain things. Some of those sites will not give you real followers. What they do is set up a bunch of fake, inactive accounts that they use to follow you from. 

One example is a site that I had gone to myself that gave me a number of Facebook followers that were fake accounts that they set up. The giveaway was the fact that many of those accounts did not have a profile photo. So if you really want to make a good impression by having people think that you have a lot of followers, you might not be so convincing if all of your followers don't have a profile pic. Shortly after I received those follows, they were gone because Facebook probably discovered that the accounts were fake and deleted them. So I was back to square one.

Now some will deliver real followers but not all of them may be active on a regular basis. Some might just send out a Twitter tweet once every week or once every month or so. So chances are, they probably won't be paying much attention to your tweets. However, it may help in some ways, in the sense that others are more likely to follow you if they see that you are already being followed by a lot of other people. This principle works regarding all social media sites, whether it is Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.

So let's say that you find a site that sells Twitter follows. Let's say that you purchase the package that gives you 1,000 followers. Let's also say that they are real followers. But how active are they? Are they on every day? The ones who are on every day are the ones who will see your tweets. The rest will only do so on rare occasions, since they are rarely logged into their account. 

So how do you prevent yourself from being scammed? First of all, check to see if there are reviews for the sites you are checking out. See what others are saying about it. Then, always purchase the cheapest plan they offer. See how it works out. first, check if they actually have a profile picture. Then, look at the accounts to see how active they are. If they are Twitter follows, see how often they send out a tweet. The same with Facebook. See how often they post. That will tell you how active they really are.

Now, you may find a lot of inactive people. However, you may also have a great deal of active people. But if as many as half are active, it can still be a good deal. Let's say I purchase 1,000 followers dirt cheap but 500 are fairly active. That's not too bad. Now if they are all fake accounts, that's a total ripoff, obviously.

So, those are some things to look out for. Always purchase the cheapest plan first to see how it works out. If it works out, then purchase a bigger plan. If it doesn't, never purchase from them again. Always start small to test them. Some you may not  even need to test if you can find some bad reviews of them online. Just do your research and test things out before you spend a lot of money on things that may not yield any real results. Good luck. I've included the latest comic strip with this post. Just click on the picture to view at its full size.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Collection Volume 2 Has Been Released - Blog Entry # 31

Today I finally released the second volume of collected Punksters.net comic strips. It features comic strips numbers 51-100. Some of you may recall that volume one was released about six months ago or so.

I have only officially released about 50 comic strips up to this point, so if you purchase these e-books, you will be able to view some of them before they were officially released.

To make things even better, I have also made available a specially priced e-book that has both volume one and volume two and feature comic strips 1-100. If you purchase that, you can save a bit. That's for you people who don't like to spend a lot of money unless you absolutely have to.


So, if you are interested, you can click on any of the following links:




I have also included the latest strip released with this blog post. Enjoy.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau



Click on the strip to view it at full size

 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Social Network Promotion for a Comic Strip - Blog Entry # 30

Doing an online comic strip is a lot of work. I know, some of you are probably saying something like "Oh yeah, how much work could it really be to just do a few comic strips a week?" And to that, I still say that it is a lot of work.

You see, most of the work associated with the comic strip is not on the strip itself but in promoting the strip through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, LinkedIn and so forth.

On Facebook alone, I post every strip on my profile page as well as three fan pages. I have a fan page for Craypoe.com myself, Bob Craypoe, and one just for the Punksters.net Comic Strip. I will post the new strip on each of those pages.

I also have three Twitter accounts that I will send a tweet out from that will have the latest strip or a link to something else related to the Punksters.net strip, blog or website.

I have two Google Plus accounts that I will post Punkster related stuff on as well. I will also post in some of the group pages for the groups that I am a member of. I sometimes do the same with my Facebook groups pages too.

On my Pinterest page, I have a board of the Punksters.net strip for the ones that have already been officially released.

Then, of course, there is this blog thing I also do for the strip and website. It's the one you are reading right now. After I finish it, I will post it on my various pages on the social networking sites I have mentioned.

So, as you can see, it's a bit of work promoting the site. I often check my statistics in Google Analytics as well as the analytics for my blog. Often, I check the stats after posting it on one of the mentioned sites to see how many people the post may have brought in. It's good to get some idea as to how effective it all is and I can honestly say that it does make a big difference in the amount of traffic I will generate for my comic strip, blog or website.

So, to sum it all up: Social network promotion and marketing does work. Obviously, the more followers you have on a social networking site, the better the results are. So if you have not actively engaged in the process of social networking promotion for whatever it is that you want to promote, you may want to reconsider. It is a form of advertising and it can not only be effective but cheap. The only real investment is time and effort.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau.

Monday, August 3, 2015

How to Understand the Punksters.net Comic Strip - Blog Entry # 29

With the Punksters.net Online Comic Strip, I try to do a couple of things simultaneously. One thing is to try to deliver a punch line and the other is to have a long term plan as to the direction where I plan on taking the strip. Some strips are merely used just to present a punchline but others are used to introduce characters and new scenarios on which to base future comic strips.

Obviously there is a balance to be maintained but if someone is not a regular follower of the strip and they see one that is new, involving certain elements that they have not been properly introduced to, they may not understand  some of the humor used.

So, for those of you who might not get what I am doing here, I will give you some clues that should help you to better understand the comic strip. For starters, you can view the first ten strips by CLICKING HERE. At the bottom of that page is a link to view the next ten strips. At the bottom of each of those pages, there will be an option to view the next ten strips. So you can view all of the ones currently released in the order that they have been released. Just click on each image to view it at its full size.

You can also be introduced to all of the characters currently appearing in the strips by CLICKING HERE.

I intend to release e-books in PDF file format for each set of 50 comic strips. Currently there is only one available for the first 50 and you can check that out by CLICKING HERE.  

Feel free to download any one of our free desktop wallpapers. they are available in a number of different resolutions. Please also spread the word about the strip, if you like it. So, until next time, see you all later.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Punksters.net Comic Strip's First 6 Months - Blog Entry # 28

As of the 25th of July 2015, the Punksters.net Comic Strip has been up and running for 6 months. the first strip was released on January 25th 2015. Over that time period, we have officially released 40 comic strips and have made available an e-book with the first 50 strips. So if you buy that e-book, you will actually have more than what has been officially released. But enough of my shameless plugging of my merchandise.

Anyway, at the time I am writing this, 21 characters have made their way into the strip. more will be added as we go along. I have included the most recent strip with this blog post. Just click on the image to view it at its full size.

With tomorrow being the first day of August, I thought it would be nice to mention that, starting in August, there will be three comic strips released per week. That's obviously good news for those who like the comic strip but not so good news for those who don't.

I am in the process of developing new ideas for the direction the strip will be going. However, I am also always open to suggestions from people who would like to offer them. Just CLICK HERE to go to our suggestion box to offer your ideas and/or feedback. Any participation is greatly appreciated.

Well that's about it for now. We have already made it through half a year. I look forward to completing that first year and hope you stick around for it. Thanks to all of you that have been so kind as to have taken the time to view the comic strip, read the blog and visit the Punksters.net website. We hope you return often. 

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Big Crystal Meth Man Controversy - Blog Entry # 27

So I posted a comic strip on this one online gallery website and they took it down. They informed me that it was taken down because it was one that involved a controversial subject that I had given my opinion on. Apparently, one is not suppose to offer an opinion or take a side on a controversial subject. I have included the comic strip with this post just so that you can see what I am referring to. You can just click on the image to view it at its full size.

I guess implying that people who take crystal meth or get addicted to it often look like total crap is taking a side on a controversial issue. Personally, I don't see how many people could take the other side and say that using it is good for your health and that people who are addicted to crystal meth are generally as fit as a fiddle or the perfect example of good health. Just look at some of the before and after pictures you can find online of people who use crystal meth.

Now, I understand how some may think it may be distasteful or insensitive to create a superhero character that is a crystal meth addict. But the idea here is to show how messed up our culture is becoming and to take some of those things that are now becoming more commonplace and kind of poke fun at the fact that they are becoming too acceptable. Don't get me wrong, I believe that drug abuse is a serious matter but some things in our culture are becoming more commonplace because the acceptance of those things have increased. Sure, I may be offering an opinion in the sense that I believe it is becoming too common but does anyone who is sane really recommend using crystal meth?

I just find it interesting that offering an opinion that something like the use of crystal meth may be hazardous to your health would be considered taking a side on a controversial issue, when nobody in their right mind should be advocating that it is not. It seems more like common sense to me and that it should be no more controversial than telling a kid not to put his finger in a light socket. Oh well, whatcha gonna do?

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Please visit: Punksters.net

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Meet Crystal Meth Man - Blog Entry # 26

Just when you thought that things could not get any worse or that we could not sink any lower, we have introduced yet another character inspired by tasteless humor. Meet our new superhero, Crystal Meth Man.

Hey, I've said on a number of occasions that this comic strip is not meant for kids and this just downright proves it.

Crystal Meth Man is a superhero that is the sidekick of Super Crack Ho. His secret identity is that of your friendly neighborhood grub named, coincidentally enough, Michael Grubbinson.

He is kind of down on his luck primarily due to the fact that he has totally screwed up his life with drug abuse and addiction. Often, he will be seen grubbing something off of someone like money or a cigarette. Of course, when he "borrows" something from someone, he never actually pays it back. I guess it kind of goes with being a grub.

Occasionally, we will add a new superhero character to assemble and amazing team of superheroes yet to be named. well, I already know the name but I'm just not going to tell right now. I don't want to ruin the surprise.

I have decided to be gracious enough to include the strip that features his first appearance.Just click on the image to view it at its full size.



Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Meet Mr Evil Thug Guy - Blog Entry # 25

That's right, I just introduced yet another new character this week. I call him Mr Evil Thug Guy. As you can plainly see, he is a rather menacing looking individual. Not only is he nasty looking, but he has also devoted his entire life to crime. Let's just say that he is a real meanie pants.

Nobody really knows why he turned out the way he did. Maybe his mother did not hug him enough. Regardless, he will be quite the evil nemesis for super Crack Ho.
 
This brings the Punksters.net character count even higher. I can also promise you that more new characters are on the way. I will try to mix things up a bit to try to keep things from going stale. However, if you feel that things have already gone stale, all I can say is: sorry.

The latest Punksters.net comic Strip has Mr Evil Thug guy holding our hero, Super Crack Ho, captive. Click on the image to view it at its full size.





To read about more of the characters, CLICK HERE.


Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Friday, June 26, 2015

Punksters from the Beginning, to Now and Beyond - Blog Entry # 24

I started the Punksters.net Comic Strip in January 2015. It all started with one character, the guitar player named Gerry Bangston, also known as Bang, for short. Not only was he the first character to be created but he also appeared in the first comic strip. I have that first strip displayed to the left.

As of this date, I have officially released 31 comic strips in the series. I have also done a compilation e-book of the first 50 strips, so that e-book currently contains some strips that have not yet been officially released.

I registered the domain name on January 14th 2015. On January 25th, I released the first strip. Before the release of the first comic strip, the website was already up and running and had some free desktop wallpapers available for download and some merchandise ready for sale.

Initially, I was only releasing one strip per week. I went to two strips per week in May of 2015. In August, I will begin releasing three strips per week. I started out slow because I was not sure as to what I would be able to commit myself to.

Not only do I do the comic strip but I have updates on the site and this blog to do as well. So it keeps me busy. I don't release the blog posts at regularly scheduled intervals like I do the comic strips but I try to do at least one or two a week. I don't really see the need to do any more than that, at this time.

Once I complete 100 comic strips, I will compile another e-book that will have strips 51-100. I will also have a specially priced e-book with strips 1-100. The compilation e-books will contain some strips not yet officially released. so the e-books will be somewhat ahead, which is great for those who are anxious to see where things are going.

As far as where things will be going is concerned:
More new characters will be introduced
More strange and new scenarios will be added
Three strips per week, starting in August 2015
A team of elite superheroes will be formed

So those are just some of the things you have to look forward to in Punkster land. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy creating them. Oh, if you want to start reading the the comic strips from the beginning, here is a link to the first ten strips: CLICK HERE. If you want to know more about the characters, CLICK HERE. More characters will be added that are not yet posted on that page. I don't want to give too much away and spoil too many of the surprises. Well, until next time, bye.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. l. Crepeau

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Get a New Site Up and Running - Blog Entry # 23

The Punksters.net website has been up and running for five months now. Things are going well but it took a bit of work and thought for it to get where it is at today. So I thought I'd give some advice to anyone hoping to do something similar or at least try to get a website up and running. There are a lot of things to consider.

The first item of consideration is content. Your site needs it. I have seen a number of websites that did not have much for content. The sites are loaded with images and they look very nice but, unfortunately for them, search engines really look more for text and if you don't have any text in your site, it just won't be search engine friendly. so I basically offer a commentary on each comic strip, even if it is a couple of sentences, it is at least something. I also have a Characters page where the characters from the comic strip are introduced and their is quite a bit of detailed text there.

Another thing to think about is Google Analytics. I add that to every website. I like to know the stats like the number of visitors, where they come from, what pages they visit and how many pages per visit. there are so many stats that you can get by using Google Analytics. it's good to know the facts. then you can make decisions on what to promote, what parts of the website you might want to add more pages to and so on.

Social media promotion is important. I do a lot of that for all of my websites but I have gone all out for the Punksters.net website. Every time I add a new feature or comic strip, I post it on the pages of my social media accounts. I use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. I use others but those are the main ones. I spend a lot of time posting on those sites.

I also do the blog for the comic strip as well, as you can tell by reading this post. in the early stages, I actually got more visits to the blog for the website than I did to the website. the website has since surpassed the blog but it is safe the say that the blog does work well for promoting the site.

My point here is that just building a site and waiting for people to show up is simply not enough. There are so many other things to think about and do. I listed just a few but they are some pretty important points of consideration. It should give you something to think about if you are getting ready to put a site together yourself.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

For the latest Punksters.net Comic Strip, CLICK HERE!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It's a Punkster's World - Blog Entry # 22

I was looking over the Google Analytics statistics for the Punksters.net website and it is interesting to see what's going on. I get stats like how many visitors I get and where I get them from. the image to the left is a map that shows where I am getting my traffic from, globally. the darker a country is on the map, the more traffic.

Obviously, since it is an American site that is in English, the United States is the darkest. that means that the site gets more traffic from the United States than anywhere else.But the second darkest is actually Russia, which is the country that comes in at second place.

As you can see, I still have not received traffic from some countries yet. they are the ones that are totally white. But since the website is only just short of 5 months old, I suspect that I will eventually get traffic from those other countries.

Google Analytics is great for obtaining all sorts of information. You can see how many pages per visit you get overall as well as how many per country. That gives you sort of an indication as to how well your site or content is being received in various parts of the world. The country that gets the most pages per visit is the united States but that's to be expected.

If you click on the United States, you can actually see a US map with the states that I get visitors from highlighted in the same manner as the global map. The states that get the most visits are darker than the others. The top ten states that I get the most visits from are: California, Texas, New York,Virginia, Florida, Oregon, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona and Georgia. However, the states that get the most page views per visit aren't even in the top ten. Maine gets more page views per visit than any of the other states besides New Jersey, my home state, but is in 46th place as far as the amount of traffic.

New Jersey gets more page views per visit but I promote the website on my social media accounts and I have more followers from Jersey than anywhere else.

Anyway, things are looking pretty good. I get a lot of traffic from all over the world. I think it will get even beter over time. so, while you are here, check out the latest strip:


Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Punksters.net Site Vs the Blog - Blog Entry # 21

I check the Google Analytics statistics for my various websites and blogs on a regular basis just to see how things are going. I am very happy to report that the Punksters.net website is doing well and this blog is doing well too.

I do a lot of things to promote the blog as well a the website. I have a number of social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and others. I post links to the blog and the website on the social media sites regularly.

The blog actually took off before the website. I am not entirely sure as to why that is but I do have pages on the blog site that have 10 strips each. It is easier to scroll through a number of comic strips on the blog site, I admit.

However, the website has a number of features that the blog site does not. One feature is the Free Desktop Wallpapers section of the website. There is also a Merchandise Page and a page where you can read up on the characters, if you want to get to know them better.

The two sites are actually meant to complement one another. The two sites also link to each other. On the main page of the Punksters.net Website, thee is an RSS feed for this blog. On this blog site, we have links to various features on the Punksters.net website. The two sites were basically created for the purpose of working together.

I have to admit that maintaining both sites, writing the blogs and creating the comic strip makes for a good amount of work but I do enjoy much of what I do. I hope the rest of you get some enjoyment out of viewing my work. thanks for visiting both sites.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Monday, June 8, 2015

Meet Super Crack Ho - Blog Entry # 20

This week we introduced a new character called Super Crack Ho. Super Crack Ho, safe to say, is not your typical super hero type. Sure, she has the cape thing going for her but beyond that, she is very unique. Among her unique qualities, she is a crack addict. But she does not let that slow her down in her crime fighting activities. In fact, she really gets going good when she's all wacked-out on crack.

Super Crack Ho is a mild mannered librarian by day, named Velvita Buttersworth, and by night, a dumpster diving, crack smoking crime fighter/ho.  

In time, Super Crack Ho will have a sidekick. But that's about ten comic strips or so down the road. In the meantime, though, you can click on the strip included with this blog entry to view it at its full size. And if you want to be the first on your block to have the free official Super Crack Ho desktop wallpaper, all you need to do is click on this link right HERE. The wallpaper is available in several different resolutions, just like all of the desktop wallpapers available on the Punksters.net website. Check them out.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Punkster Character Development - Blog Entry # 19

I've been doing this Punksters.net Comic Strip thing for about four months now. It's hard to believe, really, because I am actually pretty far ahead in the number of strips I have completed, as opposed to the number I have officially released. I have also already released an e-book that is a compilation of the first 50 strips.

I have introduced a number of characters already but I also have some new ones that will be introduced as well. As I create a new character, I like to think about things such as how I am going to develop the character and what kind of situations I am going to put that character in. I really enjoy the creative process. 

With a number of the characters I have already created and developed, I have basically written down ideas for future strips. I have created some long term plans and have mapped some things out. Then I try to come up with some comic strips that go along with the overall direction I am moving in regarding each of those characters.

I have a few different story lines involving different characters that I am working on simultaneously. So I might do a couple of strips in a row that feature a couple of the characters and then move on to strips that involve different characters. I try to make my rounds with all of them.

I probably have enough ideas written down to put me at about 20 comic strips ahead of what has already been developed. So it's probably fair to say that I have enough ideas at this time to really last me a while. It takes a lot of pressure off of me because there is always that fear that writer's block may one day strike. So if I have a dry spell of new ideas, I will at least have a number of old ideas still written down that have not been used yet. It's nice to have something to fall back on,

Whenever I develop a new character, I immediately try to think of the types of scenarios I will put that character in. I try to come up with as many ideas as I can at the time I am developing the character. this helps me to come up with some long term plans for the character.

I also try to make sure that each character is unique. Otherwise, what would be the point of adding that character into the mix? I try to think about the new character's interaction with the old ones as well.

I am very happy with some of the ideas I have come up with and I have plans on expanding the website to include a few more features. Right now, the website is fairly large. It's already over 100 pages. As I develop more characters and do more with them, I will be able to use some of those ideas to come up with more content for the website. I really look forward to seeing how far I can take this all and, with any luck, I will be able to keep coming up with new ideas. Wish me luck.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Friday, May 22, 2015

Meet Rob Farley - Blog Entry # 18

This week, in the Punksters.net comic Strip, we introduced a new character named Rob Farley. Rob Farley is a Jamaican immigrant who likes to smoke de ganja, mon. He is Bing's Co-worker and closest friend on the job. Actually, he may very well be Bing's only friend on the job. Since becoming Bing's friend on the job, he has also been introduced to the rest of the band and has become friends with them as well.

Even though his musical preferences are more along the lines of Reggae, he still likes to regularly attend the band's shows. Rob has a very laid back and relaxed style. He never sweats the small stuff.

I have a lot of things in mind for this guy. More specifically, I have a lot of things involving him and Bing together. I won't get into too many of the details now but let's just say, it will be interesting, to say the least. Not your typical comic strip stuff. Anyway, I have included the latest strip with this post. Click on the image to view it at its full size.


Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau
More is available on Punksters.net

Monday, May 18, 2015

Meet John Jerkinson - Blog Entry # 17

Meet John Jerkinson:
John Jerkinson is a bit of a jerk. Actually, he is more than just a bit of a jerk, he is a total jerk. He is the next door neighbor of the Punksters bass player, Boom. He is the neighbor from hell. He also frequents the restaurant that Bang, the band's guitarist, works at and can be quite the tough customer.

Jerkinson will soon become Bing's co-worker too. On the job, he will be one hell of a backstabber. It will be the one thing on the job that he will really excel at. John Jerkinson will definitely be the one guy from this comic strip series that everyone will love to hate. He is almost guaranteed to rub just about everyone the wrong way.

In the coming comic strips, I plan on doing quite a bit with this character. I can't really give too much away but let's just say that he might get what's coming to him, and then some. But just when you think you've gotten rid of this particular nuisance, you better think again.

John was first introduced in Strip # 16, which I have included with this blog entry. He made his second appearance in Strip # 18.


Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Latest Punksters Happenings - Blog Entry # 16

Just last week, the Punksters.net comic Strip began being released twice a week. they are now released on Sundays and Wednesdays. In august they will be going to three times a week.

I also released the first compilation e-book of the comic strip that features the first fifty strips. As of now, though, I have only officially released 18 of the strips. Strip # 18 is featured with this post.

The rather menacing  neighbor featured in this strip was originally introduced in strip # 16. you can view that one here on this blog site. In fact you can view strips 1-20 at this time from this blog. for the first ten, CLICK HERE and for strips 11-20 CLICK HERE.

I will be introducing new characters soon. Strips numbers 21 and 26 are just around the corner and they will be introducing new regular characters. I look forward to working in the various scenarios that will involve them.

If you have not yet visited the Punksters.net website, I would sure appreciate it if you do. Hey, it's at least worth a look. On the characters page, you can learn about each of the main characters. i have a little bit of information on each one so that you can learn something about them and hopefully be more likely to get the humor contained in the strips. so give it a look if you get the chance and I'll appreciate each and every visit. so until next time, take care.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau


Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Collection Volume 1 E-Book Has Just Been Released - Blog Entry # 15

Punksters.net and craypoe.com proudly presents The Punksters.net Comic Strip Collection Volume 1 e-book. It features the first 50 Punksters.net Comic Strips and is available for download in pdf file format. CLICK HERE for more information. It is an absolute must-own for any true fan of the comic strips and the characters that appear in them.

To learn more about it, you can read the Foreword of the book as written by the cretor, Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau:

"Foreword:
Thank you for buying this book. This book celebrates the completion of the first fifty Punksters.net comic strips. The first strip was officially released on January 25th, 2015. It initially started out as being just a weekly comic strip but has since gone on to have three strips released per week.

The first fifty comic strips feature over 20 characters. That can be confusing for some, I know, but I do have a characters page on the Punksters.net website that describes each character in detail and I also have a free e-book available that does the same.

I wanted to do what I could to introduce all of the characters and the various scenarios in the first fifty strips because I felt it was important to create the basic foundation upon which it all would be built.

This is actually my first attempt at a comic strip. It is something that I had been considering for a number of years but had not actually gotten around to it until recently. At first I wasn’t sure if I would be able to keep coming up with new ideas for strips. Luckily enough, though, I managed to at least come up with the fifty that make up this book and I have a number of ideas written down for future comic strips.

I tried to incorporate a number of different elements into the strip. I am a musician, so I have my experiences there to work with. I have worked in a corporate environment, so I have that element as well. I have also worked a number of other different types of jobs and met a lot of different people along the way that provide memories for me to draw from. Please don’t go thinking that I am just making fun of certain types of people because, to a great extent, I am really poking fun at myself, my experiences and how I used to be.

I would not recommend the humor contained in my comic strips for young readers. It is primarily adult humor. I would prefer that the reader be at least 16 or 17 years old. Some people have referred to the humor as being somewhat dark or cynical. Others don’t try to describe it at all other than to say that they think they are funny. Being the creator of the comic strips, I am glad that someone thinks they are funny. I just hope that you all get a kick out of it too."

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

To find out more about the e-book, CLICK HERE.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Punksters.net Comic Strip Will Be Released Twice a Week Now - Blog Entry # 14

There is good news for those who like the Punksters.net Comic Strip. The strip will now be released twice a week. A new comic strip will be released every Sunday and Wednesday. Of course, this will be considered bad news for those who don't like the strip. Oh well.

In today's comic strip, we introduce a new character, Mr. H.C. Harvey, Bing's boss. Even more new characters are on the way. Without giving too much away, I can say that the character count will exceed 20 characters by the end of the first 50 strips.

A couple of e-books for the Kindle are currently in development and I hope to be able to release them within a month or so from this date. One e-book will be free. That one will be the Official Punksters.net Character Guide. It will be designed to introduce all of the characters and give a good, detailed description of them so that it will make it easier for people to follow the comic strip. The other book will be a compilation of the first 50 comic strips. That won't be free but it will be reasonably priced, even though I have not yet settled on the price.

I am happy to report that this blog is attracting some readers. For that I am very grateful. I kind of slacked off there for a bit and didn't release a new blog entry every week. I will make more of an effort to do so. After all, they say one of the things that help a blog to grow is that it is released at regular intervals.

So the new schedule will be one new comic strip released every Sunday and every Wednesday and a new blog entry will be released every Friday. Eventually, there will be 3 comic strips released each week. But that won't be for at least a few more months. I already have a number of them made in advance. I am a few months ahead, so take my word for it, I will definitely be releasing 3 strips a week at some point. I know with absolute certainty that I can handle that schedule. At that point, there will be 3 strips a week and one blog entry a week.

So once again I would like to thank everyone who has visited the website, viewed the comic strips and read the blog. I don't take anything for granted, believe me. I just hope to be able to continue to keep your interest. Only time will tell if I will be able to do that. We shall see.


Monday, April 27, 2015

What's in the Works for the Punksters - Blog Entry # 13

I have been working on the Punksters.net Comic Strip, Website and blog since January 2015. During that time, I have released 14 comic strips "officially" but I have actually created almost 50 at this point. Just a few more to go and I will have 50.

Once I complete my 50th strip, I will release a compilation e-book to be made available for the Kindle. I have not decided on the price but I have also been considering doing a free E-book that will be the Punksters.net Comic Strip Character Guide. It will have a listing and description of all of the main characters, so that people can get to know them better and hopefully start to follow the strip.

It has been over a month since I have posted a new blog entry. I am sorry for that. I have been busy but, of course, that's no excuse. Well, it is an excuse, but it's a lame one. Anyway, In the future, I will once again try to post them on a weekly basis, as I had originally intended. I looked at my stats and noticed that people are actually reading the blog, so I thought that maybe I should give them more to read.

Some new characters will be showing up over time. I am pretty happy with them and I think they will add a lot to the overall diversity of the characters appearing in the strip. Some of the strips will be used to set up the premise for future strips and some strips will be used primarily for the purpose of introducing those new characters.

I don't want to reveal all of the details as to what lies ahead but there will be a couple of new superhero types that won't be anything at all like your typical superheroes. There will also be a guy from the islands, mon, and a certain jerk who will end up being a co-worker of Bing's.

The first 50 comic strips really serve as the basic introduction to everything; an introduction to the characters, where they work, what they do and so on. I look forward to elaborating on everything a bit more in the future. So please stay tuned.

Bob Craypoe, also known as R. L. Crepeau

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Some New Characters Are on the Way - Blog Entry # 12

Over the next few months, you can expect to see a number of new characters being introduced in the Punksters.net comic strip. This is something we are looking  very forward to. We can't wait to see what  the feedback will be like as we introduce the characters.

One character that is currently under development is Super Crack Ho. She will be a mild mannered librarian by day and by night, a dumpster diving, crack smoking crime fighter/ho. I haven't yet decided what her super powers will be though. But she may be so wacked out from crack that she will be able to take flight and may even have superhuman strength and stamina. At least until she comes down from the crack. She will be introduced in strip # 26.


Another character that will be introduced is Rob Farley. He will be a Jamaican immigrant that will be a co-worker of Bing's and will befriend the rest of the group. He likes to smoke the ganja, though,  mon. He will be introduced in strip # 21

Those will be the two main characters that will be introduced over the next few months. We plan on having a lot of fun with them. More characters mean more options as far as creating new scenarios for the comic strip.

We are currently officially releasing only one strip a week but after we complete our first six months, we will go to two strips a week. They will be released on Sunday and Wednesday of each week with a new blog entry released every Friday. At this point, we have only released strip # 8.

Going by our analytics, we have received traffic from over 90 countries and 41 states in the United States. We hope to reach more as our popularity continues to grow. I would also like to thank all of those who have visited the website as well as the blog. Thanks everyone. Until next time.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Answering More E-mails - Blog Entry # 11

We have been getting a few e-mails here and there, with some being good and others not so good. So let's answer the bad one first. So here's the e-mail and my response will follow.

THE E-MAIL:
"I have read your bio and you don't seem like you are a young guy. Don't you think it's a little strange for someone your age to start doing a comic strip? What's the matter, you can't decide what you want to be when you grow up?"

MY RESPONSE:
A lot of famous cartoonists did their comic strips right up until the day they died. Some of them lived to be a ripe old age. Of course, in their cases, they started their careers early and just continued on later in life.

I could probably credit my late start to procrastination. I had always thought of doing a comic strip but just never got around to doing it. The thing is that I have know a lot of people in my life that had certain things that they said they were going to do but never actually did them. At least I eventually got around to doing this.

If there is one quote that sums this sort of thing up it is one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis and it goes like this: "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." I love that quote because I think of how many people waste their potential in life because they are too busy doing this or that or maybe certain circumstances prevent them from doing so. Well, you don't always have to give up on things just because you are getting older.

I realize that some people are going to like what I do and others are not. That's life. I just hope that my efforts will pay off in the sense that there will be a significant number of people who enjoy my work.

NEXT E-MAIL:
"Hey Bob Craypoe,
I think it's awesome that you use Daz Studio 3D software to create your comic strip. I use the program myself for 3D artwork but I never thought of using it for something like a comic strip. I don't know if anyone has done that before but it's a great idea. keep up the good work."

MY RESPONSE:
Thank you for your nice comments. I don't know of anyone else using Daz Studio or other 3D artwork program for a comic strip. It's possible that someone else got the idea before me. But I took some of the strips and put them in my gallery on the Daz3d website and the response was great. I got a lot of encouraging comments from other people who use the program and it was nice to get that from my Daz studio using peers.

As far as the Daz Studio program goes, I love it. there are some who like Poser over Daz and you have the people who prefer Daz over poser and there may be a bit of a rivalry there. I started using Daz before I even purchased poser and I got so used to the interface in Daz Studio that I have not really gotten into Poser. there are some very serious differences between the interface of each program. So instead of applying myself to both programs and only being mediocre at both, I really went all out and learned Daz Studio while just tinkering with Poser. Eventually, I would like to learn Poser but i would have to find the time to dedicate to learning and experimenting with the program.


So that's pretty much my questions and answers for this week. If you are interested in checking out or finding out more about Daz studio just go to their website: Daz3d.com

Thursday, March 5, 2015

My Response to a Recent Hate E-Mail - Blog Entry # 10

I have asked for feedback on my comic strip and I got it. I have a nasty e-mail here that was sent in by someone who did not leave their name. I would like to respond to it though. So here it is:

"Hey Punksters,
I have checked out your comic strip and I find that it contains humor not suitable for younger people. I thought comic strips were supposed to be kid friendly. Obviously, your strip is not anything I would like my kids to read. I also won't expect to see it in the Sunday morning comics in my newspaper.

Personally, I think you should be ashamed of yourself for putting such garbage on the Internet where any kid can find it. Your humor is in poor taste and it makes me wonder what kind of loser you really are. You probably won't have the guts to post this either."

And now for my response:

Well, gosh, whoever you are. I guess I could safely assume that you are not a fan of my work. But now that you mention your kids, let's get down to that. First of all, the strip contains humor not suitable for kids. I freely admit that. But here's the kicker: it wasn't meant to be for kids.

You see, in my twisted little world, I assume that responsible parents keep an eye on their kids to make sure that they are not getting into things that maybe they should not be getting into; instead of allowing them to and blaming everyone else for that. You are probably the type that would let your kids run out into a busy street playing and would be the first to sue someone if they get hit by a car.

As to the humor itself, anyone who doesn't like it can simply not return to any of the sites the strip is posted on. I mean, damn, don't let it traumatize you. It's just a cartoon. As far as me not having the guts to post your drivel, you were wrong. You may be surprised at that or surprised at my response but it's obvious you don't like my work and I am not going to kiss your you know what just to get you to like me. So get lost and get a stinking life! There, that felt good. Have a nice day.

PS: I have included a strip with this post that I would like to dedicate just to you. It has humor that is in very poor taste. I hope you dislike it.  :)

Bob Craypoe

To see the first ten comic strips, CLICK HERE.
To read about the characters, CLICK HERE.