In the wad of metadata attached to the previous page I mentioned Taking My Time and Doing It Right and all that. At the time I found the prospect of a sizable volume of linework to be daunting. Today, it came easily – roughly six hours on the art end, all told. Which is about how long it usually takes – go figure!

Strip 195 – He is tall – a full head taller than everyone else in the room, though there’s no direct basis for comparison for quite awhile.

Strip 196 – The fact that Whitehouse is completely white makes him a bit of a Sore Thumb in this scene, for good or ill. Everyone else has a full proper color palette, converted to grayscale. Jason may eventually get one – if he does it’ll happen at an appropriate point in the story.

Strip 197 – Ladies and gentlemen, Judas Lang. If you’ve read The Dualist and put together the puzzle pieces strewn throughout ATC-to-date, then “sixth of seven” ought to mean something to you. If you haven’t, don’t worry about it – it’ll become clear eventually. And by “eventually” I mean “within DCR,” not “in a decade or two, depending on the pace of production.”

Strip 198 – I’m so glad I decided to leave the display screens static for this scene. Which is all I have to say about this strip, really – it went together fairly easily, and at this point I’m more concerned with getting the next batch of renders set up than I am with documentation.

Which is not to say that I don’t care, obviously – when I re-started production on DCR earlier this year, my thinking shifted from “strips” to “pages,” my assembly approach changed, and my documentation approach shifted a bit as well. Nothing major, mind you – but I’ve come to think of strips the way I think of page panels. Some have some bit of noteworthiness attached to them, some are Just Panels (Strips), All Told.

Nine pages left of the chapter, approaching strip 200. I’m out of dummy hardcopy, two more pages are fully rendered and the last panel of a third is chugging away now. Barring some kind of unforeseen something, production has shifted from “man, I hope I can get this done this year!” to being well ahead of that ‘schedule.’ Huzzah!


Mastering notes, 2016.12.07 – Straightened Yang’s finger in panel one. Rewrote panels three and four.

Cast

  • Brandon James

    Brandon James founded Heirotus in order to put his doctorate-equivalents in Xenoarcheology and Anthropology to use without academic interference. After a crucial (and highly classified) discovery by Heirotus contractor Judas Lang, James branched the...

  • Judas Lang

    A renowned psychometrist with years of experience working for the court system, Judas Lang was been contracted by Heirotus founder Brandon James to perform a “read” of the stellar artifact known as MBO-2. Some...

  • Jason Whitehouse

    The king of social engineering, the crown prince of noise, and a self-described “Post-American Electro-Snob.” Jason has a deep interest in industrial, electronic, ambient, metal and gothic music, and a well-researched interest in radio...

  • Michael Yang

    An Army special forces verteran, Yang served as the Chief of Heirotus Corporate Security from shortly before the time of the first MBO-1 Encounter until his near-death in January, 1968. Some time after that...