Recon -1-

New page! Point of fact, Recon 1-4 are all new pages – written back in The Early Days, when the second edition was just starting to build up steam. This new sub-scene partially restores (in concept) a chunk cut from the original outline for this chapter. The initial draft had featured a much longer scene on the Sabrosa flight deck, …

Incursion -5-

Finally indeed. Even if I am in the process of blowing continuity all to hell for the foreseeable future, this is the first page of new ATC linework since July. Fortunately, the QAR was already built – the hangup here was scheduling. Commissions, getting other bits of the Second Edition rolling, and a horrific spate of mental health problems have …

Incursion -2-

20141221, 13:48 – The Hemera edit. Reassembled and desaturated. Fiddled with the type a bit; matched the greyscale boxes to their appearance in Dead City Radio and changed “RECEIVED” to “SCHEDULED CONTACT,” which flows better with “NO CONTACT” in my opinion. Second Edition Metadata Shortest. Cameo. Ever. A lesser eternity of modeling, texturing, animation (yeah, the centrifuge spins), and… two …

The Operative -4-

20100120 (5) – Initial assembly from strips 137 – 140. Strip 140 was jpeg’ed on September 27, 2008 – sixteen months ago. Amusing (to me, anyway) that the comic with the biggest production gaps will resume before the “main” work does…. though like TD2E, it’ll be awhile before these pages are up, and more time before the comic resumes in …

The Operative -3-

20100120 (4) – Initial assembly from strips 133 – 136. 20100126 (2) – New line of dialogue added to panel eight. I mucked around with it for a good long while – leaned on, leaned off, tweaked, tweaked, tweaked… and eventually settled for keeping it. While it’s not strictly necessary, it does add a minor detail to the narrative – …

Earth -41-

Harkening back to the heady incoherence of guide, the disjointedness of clarity, the end of suction, and the aftermath of details. Oh, and earlier bits of this Chapter, of course. One of the funky problems with producing an ensemble epic at a snails pace is that threads take years to evolve into more than snips of fluff. The benefit of …

The Operative -2-

20100120 (3) – Initial assembly from strips 129 – 132. 20100126 (3) – Re-lettered with minor dialogue tweaks, now specifically referencing events of the previous chapter. A simpler time – when the bridge on sixth street was still known as the Sixth Street Bridge. 20101225 – Original strip metadata: Strip 129, 20080508 – End of pre-canned launch run. Every strip …

The Operative -1-

20100120 (2) – Initial assembly from strips 125 – 128. 20100126 (4) – Rewritten, re-lettered. Flows quite a bit better now, I think. Also, stripped the Highmark logo off of Fifth Avenue Place in panel eleven – it wasn’t there in 1997. UPMC getting ugly all over the USX also complicates the project – though that’s something I can work …

Earth -32-

20141223, 09:29 – Setting up this page and the next for re-rendering this afternoon. I’ve always hated how the original version of these two pages turned out, and after extensive editing of The Dualist got spacey and touched on Dead City Radio I figured it was time to give Transitional Voices a look. The line art for Earth is terrible; …

Earth -28-

At least it wasn’t Uranus. Those jokes just write themselves. The fact that Neptune is blue definitely helps with the aesthetics. In the original script draft made a million billion years ago, the engines didn’t rotate and the innards of the ship were designed to be functional on two gravity planes. I ditched that idea in the first revision after …

Earth -25-

Mastering notes, 2016.12.07 – Rewrote West’s first line in panel two. Also swept the rest of the metadata under the rug. In hindsight it was pretty unprofessional – ATC has its own narrative voice and it took me quite awhile to get to a place where I was confident about that fact. C’est la vie!

Earth -23-

Let that be as obfuscated as the story gets for the foreseeable future. One of those pages that had to be seriously adjusted to fit the script and original layouts to the bridge geometry. Not as dramatic as the last one, fortunately… though probably minor tweaks compared to the work I’ll need to do to get the next several pages …

Earth -20-

Twelve – count’em – twelve panels. Much nicer than the original layout, in which panel 9 was a horrible Sammy Hagar joke leadin, 10 was an eyeroll, and 11 was punchline. So, yay for linework and shading in one night – that’s the first that’s’ happened in awhile. The only real bottleneck was reworking the safety belts into the spools …

Earth -19-

Panel seven kind of makes a joke out of panel one of this page, doesn’t it? Things that can only be seen at 200x magnification in photoshop (or possibly with a magnifying glass on hardcopy): The totally faded out labels on the Mark 21 Jump Seats (a vicious play on words if ever there was), and the movie ‘BiCheese: The …

Earth -18-

2008.06.08.02:40 – Finally fixed West’s shoulder in panel four. There’s a lot of other stuff I’d like to tweak, but I’ll be saving that for after the chapter is complete. ============ A “break” of almost a month to model and light the bridge. Doesn’t look like much at the moment, does it? Almost all of the modeling work went into …

Earth -14-

20080708 – Minor fixes. I’d fix more, but I’d need to either redraw or commit to a serious repair slog. It’s Good Enough, I think. ========================== Looks like I finally figured out how to use Mental Ray properly. 23:00 < mdxi> that there is the best rendering i think i’ve seen yet in atc (no offense) 23:00 < mdxi> i …

Earth -13-

20080708 – Minor fixes. ========================== 20080531.19:43 – Replaced the “placeholder” Rec Area with a quick-and-dirty render of the actual rec area. =================================================== 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 …

Earth -12-

20080708 – Minor tweaks and dialogue changes. Who the fuck cares what a Cycom message pad is, anyway? ========================== The exposition, it burns. The bird head in panel five, it burns more. In my defense, I’m feeling absolutely ROTTEN. This is due entirely to a broad variety of impending (but, unfortunately, not immediately pending) life changes, all of which may …

Earth -11-

Damned Thems. Panel five was originally a closeup of the hatchway glass with West’s head in silhouette. I realized that there haven’t been many shots of the fore section of the cargo transfer lock, so I pulled the camera back to add context. The over-the-shoulder shots of Ornix and Val in panels two and three were also supposed to be …

Earth -10-

20080708 – Fairly non-minor cleanup. ========================== All glory to the science. And the boobs. In truth, I did some (shallow) reading on aircraft control surfaces, missile control surfaces (some neat stuff there), and related subjects while adjusting dialogue for this page. Technically, I’m sticking with the “super duper gyroscope combined with super duper RCS” theory. Let’s face it – the …