August 21st, 2003

Gneechtoon

Darn You Meddling Unexpected-End-of-Files!

Man, I was crankin' on through Orange Alert this evening like you wouldn't believe. I finished page 117 of the book, within striking distance of the end of the "Tiffarella" sequence, which would have set me up to finish the whole book tomorrow night (zowie!), when the high-res version of Tiffarella strip 22 (of 27) pitched an error at me!

D'Oh!

Unfortunately, the version on Scott's high-res archive isn't quite high enough for print! So I've sent Scott an e-mail asking him to resend the original.

Working "Tiffarella" into the book format hasn't been as difficult as I was afraid it might be, although it has had a cost here and there, mostly in the little details that have been lost. Color text on light backgrounds, suspiciously-shaped nebulae, and so forth just can't survive the transition. The giant "peace" symbol in the panel where Tiffarella fires off the Wave Milkshake Gun will probably be almost-entirely lost because there just isn't enough contrast there when converted to grayscale.

When I first started planning Orange Alert, I was unsure whether to put the Tiffarella sequence into the book for just that reason. Scott's work is so tightly packed with little references and inside jokes that you can stare at one of his mega-panels for hours and still not get everything. What readers of the books will see is just the very topmost layer, and to some extent, I think that does Scott a tremendous disservice.

At the same time, it was important to me that "Tiffarella" be addressed in the book somehow. Scott worked his tail off to keep Suburban Jungle running at a time when I just plain was not capable of doing it, and that meant a lot to me. Plus, it did become part of the SJ canon, because it dovetailed nicely with things I had planned for the future, and since the books are something of a hard record of the SJ story, I figured Tiffarella really should be in there.

Anyhow, so now I've got to wait on new files from Scott before I can finish. But that's okay, my nose is all worn off from pushing it against this grindstone all night anyhow ... think I'd better get some rest!

G'nite, everybody, and have a tomorrow you can be proud of. :)

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    various low-level humming noises
Boromir battle

Thwappwapp -- TWANNGGNGNGNG

Robin Hood, Robin Hood
Riding through the glen
Robin Hood, Robin Hood
With his band of men
Feared by the bad
Loved by the good
Robin Hood, Robin Hood
Robin Hood!

He called the greatest archers
to a tavern on the green
They vowed to help the people
of the king
They handled all the trouble
on the English country scene
and still found
plenty of time to sing!

Robin Hood, Robin Hood
Riding through the glen
Robin Hood, Robin Hood
With his band of men
Feared by the bad
Loved by the good
Robin Hood, Robin Hood
Robin Hood!
  • Current Music
    "Adventures of Robin Hood" -- main titles
Gneechtoon

Orange Alert!

I have just finished getting Orange Alert assembled! It will be delivered to the good people of Plan Nine Publishing at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, one week from tomorrow, and hopefully will see print in the not-too-distant future!

Also, the second edition of La Vida Panthera has finally gone to print! I don't know if it will be available for D*C/MFM, but it should definitely be ready by MFF or FC2004!

I'm mighty jazzed, I don't mind telling you!

-The Gneech
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    SET CHEER = WOOHOO!