Water -11-

20130616, 16:25 – I think this is the least revised page of the script. Last week, I mentioned I’d have more to say about Thad’s Utopia? shirt. I don’t, really. A ways back, James Burke blew my mind. Years later, that wisdom rose up through the creative compost heap – the shirt was designed on a vaguely industrial whim. Weeks …

Observer Effect -8-

Jason Whitehouse, wrapping up some AV work that will generate footage crucial to the events of DCR.1. Also Drugs Are Bad You Shouldn’t Do Drugs and the ease-in towards DCR.1 production values – more of that on the next page. Also Aeon’s first chronological appearance! Normally I set up and process scenes either all at once or in multiple pages …

Observer Effect -6-

Greg’s assignment to the Hemera is a direct result of Thad sinking a chainsaw into Beef’s neck. Voice Procedure is not exact. Given the overall quality of Heirotus signal hardware (they are a market leader in communications equipment) such language is typically used only when comms get hairy. Signal distortion in panel one, James is saying “Line of sight blocked …

Observer Effect -2-

A South Jersey punk, a genetically engineered man conceived on another planet and a former Soviet officer who’s now the head of the local chapter of a galaxy-wide secret society drive a couple of Urals into a lake bed in a parallel universe, and the South Jersey punk says… Long form of “A priest, a rabbi and a nun walk …

Target -20-

Some of what happened between 5.17 and King’s cameo is related by Raven during the events of The Dualist. As a chain of events it doubtless has a lot in common with Animal House, if Animal House was full of cyborgs and spacecraft and automatic weapons. Inferred, but not explicitly stated: when Beef loses his head, he loses a good-sized …

Target -16-

Mmmm… foreshadowing. Foreshadowing, backstory, and bullets. And part of a boob near Jason’s left shin if you zoom way in on the full-size file. THIS PAGE HAS EVERYTHING! Four pages left of the chapter and one page left of this scene – 5.17 is rendered and ready to draw and I plan to start work on it this afternoon. I’d …

Target -10-

Addicaine body armor works. Too bad they didn’t pack the helmets. I said I’d have at least another page up on the 4th, and here it is – complete with cordite. I ranted for a couple of paragraphs, thought about it, re-read the rant, and deleted it. To the extent that anything bothering me at the moment applies to ATC, …

Target -8-

2012 05 29, 02:33 – Rendered, though I may take another shot at panel six if it doesn’t sit well with me in the morning. 2012 06 16, 00:24 – Pencilled. 2012 06 17, 04:34 – Inking and cleanup complete; flat colors and primary assembly after I sleep. 2012 06 18, 01:15 – Flat colors earlier and initial assembly roughly …

Target -7-

2012 05 28, 03:51 – Rendering finished a few minutes ago. A righteous slog – roughly six hours to generate and tweak panels three through seven, and only done so I could wrap the page and start Monday with ATC off my plate for a bit. Plenty of work to do – most of it is stuff I’ve been putting …

Provision -21-

2012 03 16, 16:53 – Prepped in parallel with 4.20, ready for shading and mirror backgrounds. 2012 03 17, 15:48 – Prepped in parallel with 4.20; ready for shadow-matching and shading. 2012 03 18, 14:59 – Shadow-matched in parallel with 4.20. So totally ready for shading. 2012 03 29, 02:11 – Shaded after 4:20; will be finalized after 4.20. Probably …

Provision -20-

2012 03 16, 16:53 – Ready for shading and mirror background assembly. Rendered in late February, line art drawn late Wednesday and early Thursday; cleaned up Thursday and Friday afternoons. 2012 03 17, 15:48 – Created mirror backgrounds and word balloon tails. Bent the top left border a bit, may add some energy effects to finalize the “exit.” 2012 03 …

Provision -16-

20120220, 2000 – Line art creation, cleanup and integration between roughly 2100 yesterday and 0600 this morning. About to commence shading, still need Lang’s pad, still intend to draw it this week. Looks like I’ll be posting a few pages at once instead of a page every couple of days. Rendering of this page was completed January 30, after which …

Provision -7-

That took a lot longer than expected – next time around I’ll have to find a faster way to shade glass. That little bit was by far the biggest timesink. Previously when beer has appeared in the color portions of the comic it’s been in opaque plastic bottles – that was space beer, so the containers needed to compact instead …

Provision -6-

Renders on the 7th, pencils on the 15th, basic cleanup and page prep up to being ready for shading very early on the 16th. 16th and 17th in Baltimore on business, shaded slowly over the course of this afternoon and evening – with plans to at least pencil the next page tomorrow. It’s a tiny little two page scene and …

Leitmotif -31-

My sleep schedule is a tad borked. I slept from roughly 6am to 9:45am on Sunday, then woke up to go see the first Sunday showing of Cowboys & Aliens with a friend. Then lunch, then back home, then three hours of sleep caught up with me and I Finished Up, roughly between 4:30 and 9. I need to find …

Leitmotif -28-

VT100 is a cheeky little bastard of a font – it looks good at certain really specific point sizes and like crap at all the rest. “Looks good at print scale” happens to translate into “illegible smear” in this case, so: ICG 44E-NE37 HEMERA SENT: 598.08.21 – Repeat contact, HRV 4.18 in vicinity of GSV-368. Location exact. Initiating transfer to …

Leitmotif -26-

20141221, 11:18 – Since it looks like the Space Edit is going to be more work than anticipated (see relevant pages) I figure unlike the Charger edit and the Naomi edit I’m going to do it in order for once. Or rather, in the order as I see it now. 11:53 – Replaced panel two, moved the panel two dialogue …

Leitmotif -21-

Two pages in one day? How does that happen, you ask? Preparation, preparation, preparation. Oh, and getting all of the previous page done during the work session that began on the fourth. I wrapped that around 0500 and decided to go to bed rather than work up a blurb and post the page. Still, I managed to get another page …

Leitmotif -20-

Panel one could have been more breathtaking, I admit. It’s about as breathtaking as I can get it – two different shots comped together (railing and backdrop) plus the usual scrubbing and 1997ing. It’s not 100% accurate for perspective, but it looks better than the railing shot and matches up with panel three fairly reasonably. The challenge of this part …

Leitmotif -19-

Some minor scale/perspective issues, but nothing I can’t live with. Also fairly minimal on the line art, which ought to counter-balance the next couple of pages. Possibly the next seventeen. While a few pages ought to be fairly straightforward, the rest of the chapter is as uphill for work as it is downhill for pages. It’ll also be a bit …