20100121 (12) – PPAC transplant over the old Bauhaus panels – seven and ten. If I were doing these as strips for the first time, I’d probably work it into panels three, five and nine…. but I think that a straight match-up is Good Enough ™.
20100131 (6) – Rewritten, and at a much faster pace than anticipated. In addition to other fixes, I changed the capacity of the DIMMs from 32 megs to 64, meaning Whitehouse has a whopping 256 megs of RAM in his hand. I don’t know if 64s were even available at this time or not – if you know for sure, shoot me an email and I’ll fall back to the previous capacity.
Also indicated over the next couple of pages but never seen directly – Whitehouse has an 8600. While these were introduced in February of 1997, they didn’t ship “in quantity” until June, so he either lucked out or very recently “acquired” his. The main reason the machine is an 8600 and not an 8500 is maintenance – you can upgrade the RAM in an 8600 (or 9600 or a beige g3) in less than a minute, whereas doing the same thing to an 8500 or 9500 requires the complete disassembly of the machine, the removal of the CPU card and all expansion cards, and ultimately the removal of the motherboard from the chassis.
Nobody’s idea of a good time, trust me.
A fun bit of story backtrace – this page sets up the guts of the Ceremony arc and forms the basis of the first couple of pages of the next chapter… which makes it a far more critical event than the laundry or lunch bits.
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Holy shit the foreshadowing. If you’re speeding through the chapter, you’ll get there in a matter of minutes… when you hit that point of the story, remember that it took around two years of working on The Dualist instead of DCR to get to that point.
Comics creation is not for the impatient.
2008.04.19 – Cropped and overhauled. Minor dialogue changes, fixes to glasses, and most importantly, a major continuity fix – I forgot Nameless Girl’s earrings during the Ceremony scene. It was easier to remove them on this one page than it would have been to add them to several panels later.
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Strip 023, 20051005 –
I blew my two-strip lead by working on ATC Sunday and doing the family thing Monday, so this was done only a few hours prior to publishing it… or rather, it was – it’s up a couple hours after my loose “Around Midnight” deadline fpr various reasons.
Whitehouse’s hair is all over the place. And Sean is a couple of inches shorter than he actually is. Oops.
The upside is that I wound up playing a bit with scale against a fixed backdrop. :D
Strip 024, 20051006 –
One more comic in the Sean scene, then it’s on to other bits. Would have had this in the bag sooner but I was distracted by a blood sugar drop and alien porn.
I’ve also been slipping in some Halo, since my sister’s mention that she owns an X-Box jogged my memory, and it’s a lot cheaper than giving in to my urge to get faced at the bar.
Also, Whitehouse seems to be channeling Q*Bert. You can chalk that one up to my general lack of experience with the cartoonier aspects of comic work.
For the curious, those are Viking modules- 70ns 168-pin DIMMs, still in the static wrap. This from a time in which 32 was standard and RAM wasn’t cheap by any measure.
Strip 025, 20051007 –
Holy shit a GIRL. A GIRL and a shot at some VGCats-styled chibi. Also the last we’ll be seeing of Sean and the smoke room for awhile.
Mastering notes, 2016.12.08 – Tweaked dialogue in panel five. Rewrote panels eleven and thirteen, and tweaked line art in panels eleven and twelve. This was the final story page to be mastered.