20141225, 08:55 – Rendered a fix for the back deck of the sedan in panel four. That fix then spiraled into a combination 3d rendering and image manipulation fix of the same area of the model in six pages of The Dualist, along with extensive checking of additional suspect panels to see if they necessitated fixes. A few did, a few didn’t. This page is by far the most obvious of the seven.

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2009.12.09 – Wondering why the Second Edition of The Dualist just disappeared off the front page? This chapter of Transitional Voices has just been rewritten, that’s why! Almost none of the art has changed, and there’s been nothing big enough to merit the Second Edition treatment that I’ve put The Dualist through… but in terms of production, this chapter follows that book.

There’s also the self-esteem angle to consider – the final page of The Dualist isn’t one of my best, and I’d rather be looking at Beef and Tantek and Greymalkin until I Storm The Covers and get Water (or DCR.2) into production.

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Aaaaaaaaaand….. that’s that. Finally. The timing, as usual, is spot on – Earth (and my bout with FFTA2) has wrapped just in time (or possibly months late, depending on how you look at it) for a major gear change.

Long story short, this is it for ATC for the next two months, at least. I should have the time to keep working on DCR, but there’s no way I’ll have the time or bar money for developing Water (3.2) until I’ve thrown out the crap left behind by four roommates, found a new place to live (or a replacement roommate, though I think for sure that much like Thad and Ornix leaving Sol, it is Time To Leave This House), probably sent stuff back home for storage, moved, and gotten resettled.

I’ve done all of ATC and DCR while sleeping at my current address, so this is a pretty big thing for me.

Along with the move, there’s a bunch of other changes on deck – a site redesign needs to happen between this chapter and the next, there’s a huge pile of 3d work that needs to be done, and I’m still thinking about remastering The Dualist for publication for real, as that obviously has yet to happen. It’s a hell of a lot of work but it needs it and it will justify some of the CG work that needs to be done. More on that in the news blog when and if it happens.

Earth is basically done. The one thing I intend to do during the moving hassle is to fix a lot of the problems I have with the earlier parts of the chapter – I’ll be redrawing a few panels and an entire page or two, and redoing the chapter cover to fit with the overall theme I’ve devised for the book. Like the earlier Edits of The Dualist, any editing work for Earth will get its own news blog post.

So, future production will probably go in this order: Earth repairs, branching into DCR and probable Dualist fixes in parallel along with a site redesign, then a breather, then Water. Hopefully around Pumpcon.

Further bulletins as events warrant.

Cast

  • A former United States Army Ranger, Tantek has been with Thule Garrison since the Waking God Protocols field trials of the mid 1990s. He works well with Raven Lockheart, typically functioning as muscle though...

  • A black ops field agent who – for reasons unknown – masquerades as a deputy from the fictional Antrim Police Department. Beef is slightly death-prone, and has been killed by Greg and Ornix. Beef...

  • A former Soviet military officer, Greymalkin disappeared in southeast Asia in the spring of 1968. He surfaced in late 1969 as an adviser and fixer for Michael West, succeeding West as head of Thule...

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