20080708 – Minor fixes.

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20080531.19:43 – Replaced the “placeholder” Rec Area with a quick-and-dirty render of the actual rec area.

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14:23 < waltman> In panel 1, why are the shadows only on the left? It looks like the lighting is overhead.
14:24 <@solios> west is standing right under a light. ornix and val are standing right in front of lights.
14:24 <@solios> (the corridor has four overheads and two sidemounts)

That’ll be more obvious later, when the corridor is shown from the other side. The shadows are also on the right, but are completely obscured by the dialogue.

A two week wait – featuring hardware upgrades, software upgrades, The Holidays, etceteras – for one page. One. I finished the corridor and hit a point where I needed to do More Modeling – the wardrobe (where the next few pages are set), and the rec area (where the end of the chapter is set), and the idea of spending ten to fourteen days on each of these just to make one page made me pretty grumpy. The rec area was the kicker, which is why the camera is at the angle it’s at in panel one. The original layout was more of a head-on, shoulder-height camera, which would have entailed modeling more of the rec area than the small chunk of floor that this shot demanded. Working around the present lack of a wardrobe environment was easier, fortunately.

That part of the ship shouldn’t take too long to do, I think – with any luck, it’ll be done by the second week of January – which means I’ll get to spend most of February modeling The Bridge.

As for everything I emoed about in the previous chunk of metadata – things are a bit more focused now. My sister ships out for Recruit Training in March (far enough away to breathe but too close to actually save up any amount of money for moving), and Job Weirdness will hit For Sure in August or September. So that’s as “taken care of” as it’s going to get for the time being. With any luck I should be able to bust out at least another five to ten pages before my meatlife becomes Grossly Inconvenienced.

I typically hate webcomic artists who whine about The Pain Of Real Life – I hate it because they’re usually asking for money, or talking about Why The Comic Is Late. Money isn’t an issue here. Maybe it should be. Scheduling has always been “as often as possible,” and that will never change. The aforementioned Points Of Angst aren’t just things that will inconvenience comic production – they are things that could potentially annihilate my ability to produce the comic. Since that’s never been an issue before, I think it bears mentioning.

Fortunately, the Previously Unknowns are now More Or Less Knowns, so the next anyone will read anything about any of that will be when the shit goes down.


Mastering notes, 2016.12.07 – Rewrote West’s first line.

Cast

  • Thaddeus Gallahad

    A traumatic Awakening in the summer of 1997 was just the beginning of Thad’s emotional problems. The disappearance of most of his Pittsburgh friends a few weeks later compounded his issues and, while he...

  • Ornix Khan

    Ornix doesn’t let trivial things like ethics and morality get in the way of his loyalties or sense of reality. A longtime friend of Thad and a fellow “victim” of the Templar Waking God...

  • Raven Lockheart

    A South Jersey punk with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Templar-forged Master’s degree for field work, Raven posed as a high school guidance councillor during the early stages of the Waking God...

  • John West

    The first extraterrestrial human to be born on Terra. Home-schooled by Templar, he left the organization in 1997 citing management issues and took the Daedalus with him. John is an incredibly talented Navigator, having...

Glossary Articles

  • Compartment A3

    Compartment A3 – the rec area – is the living room and kitchen of the Daedalus. The compartment provides access to the bathroom, the spacesuit locker, the cargo transfer lock and the central corridor....

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