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Wednesday, June the 19th, 2013
1:40 am:
Blatant Capitalism

mood: accomplished
There! It's done! It's for sale! The Dementia of Magic: Chapter Two is ready to be bought! You can BUY A COPY OF IT! THIS IS A THING ON WHICH YOU CAN SPEND MONEY!

So go buy it!


...and thus, we proceed onward to Sunday, June the 2nd, 2013
2:35 am:
It's shiny and it's mine

mood: artistic
I has a proof copy of my book! There's my nifty cover artwork, splashed across it in glorious full bleed! And there's all my in-book artwork, with colors that look reasonably correct, given the medium! Man, that feels great to see it.

What feels less great is reviewing everything (this IS a proof copy, after all; that's what it's there for) and finding a few typos and layout tweaks I still need to fix. But I think I got 'em all, and a new proof copy will be ordered as soon as basic review is finished. Then, if all goes well, I'll put it up for sale.


...and thus, we proceed onward to Tuesday, May the 28th, 2013
9:42 pm:
Took long enough

mood: accomplished
There! A proof has been ordered.

And with any luck, there might be a book for sale soon...


...and thus, we proceed onward to Monday, February the 18th, 2013
1:07 pm:
Time to learn yet another new tool!

mood: determined
There! All 165 comics are now commentated! The first draft, at least. I've got a few friends looking it over right now to make sure it looks sane and isn't TOO egotistical.

Next, adding sketches and such. Then comes layout. And my weapon of choice for that is straight-up Scribus. Because if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing!

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...and thus, we proceed onward to Sunday, February the 10th, 2013
4:14 pm:
And then comes the NEXT step....

mood: determined
127 strips commentated. Getting down to the home stretch now...


...and thus, we proceed onward to Sunday, January the 13th, 2013
7:12 pm:
Now I never want to see Inkscape until the next comic needs text

mood: accomplished
There!  Phase one complete!  All 165 comics from Chapter Two re-texted!

Next phase is commentary.


...and thus, we proceed onward to Sunday, December the 16th, 2012
9:33 pm:
Retails for $2.20

mood: silly
So, the lesson is, don't mess with my KoL clan when we're in this sort of mood:

Emgani: I am doing okay.
Emgani: Knitting.
Bad A Mutha 4000: whatcha knitting?
Emgani: A toque
CaptainSpam: Guy could make a funny statement about "traditional cultural headwear" at this point. (note: Emgani is Canadian)
Bad A Mutha 4000: I was actually thinking of how funny it would be to make a toque that resembled a giant tick
Bad A Mutha 4000: but couldn't think of a clock joke/reference to pull the whole thing together
CaptainSpam: Well, you'd want the best of the best then. A tip top tick toque.
CaptainSpam: Also, keep it in best condition, too. A tip top ship shape tick toque.
Bad A Mutha 4000: You have any tips on tip top tick toques?
Bad A Mutha 4000: You seem like an expert
CaptainSpam: Oh, you mean some tip top ship shape tick toque top tips?
Emgani: Tick top toque flaps?
CaptainSpam: Well, best I can think of would be a checkerboard pattern. Black and white, of course, so you can sell it to ska enthusiasts as a tip top ship shape two tone tick toque.
Limb77: Is it purple and orange? Then it would be a tacky tip top ship shape tick toque
Bad A Mutha 4000: she also mentioned flipping flaps
Bad A Mutha 4000: on her tacky tip top ship shape two tone tick toque with flaps that flip and possibly flop as well

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...and thus, we proceed onward to Wednesday, December the 5th, 2012
2:47 am:
The Exception

mood: artistic
The idea was to switch to PNGs this chapter of the DoM. Would lead to higher-quality images than the JPEGs I usually use, despite the rather high quality settings I set on my JPEGs. The filesizes might be slightly higher, owing to how PNGs don't handle "noisy" images well, but all in all, should be for the better, and really, bandwidth has improved considerably over the years.

So then I sit down and make the most gradient-heavy strip I've made in a while with a larger-than-usual comic size to boot. The PNG version is nearly double the already-sizable size of the JPEG version.

Looks like it'll be JPEGs for a while. Drat.


...and thus, we proceed onward to Monday, November the 26th, 2012
2:22 pm:
Holidays of magic and steam

mood: artistic
Hm... I ought to do another holiday DoM wallpaper. Haven't done one of those in quite a while.

And, come to think of it, I think I may have an idea...


...and thus, we proceed onward to Thursday, November the 8th, 2012
9:49 am:
Boarding call

mood: cheerful
ATTENTION: Round-Trip Desert Bus service from Tuscon, AZ to Las Vegas, NV will begin Friday, November 16 at 9:00pm PST.

All riders welcome.



...and thus, we proceed onward to Tuesday, October the 23rd, 2012
6:01 pm:

mood: curious
So I had this idea to print out and make DoM buttons. Mostly because I think it'd be cool to have a small Nasal Fly button pinned to my bag alongside my Kingdom of Loathing set of buttons, and I'd have buttons I can pass along to people who happen to like my comic so they can confuse their friends wondering why they have a button with what appears to be a nose with eyes, feet, wings, and whiskers.

Then I started looking up button-making apparatuses and ran into an immediate problem. On one side, you have cheap, cheesy button makers geared more towards kids. The resulting buttons don't look like they'd last very long and they're freaking gigantic (2-1/4" is more than a bit big for my uses). But, on the other side, you have $300+ devices that appear to be designed for use with printed sheets of metal and geared towards mass production for commercial events. I don't exactly have access to a metal-printing service, of course, and mass production is not my goal.

The problem therein is that there's effectively nothing between those two extremes. Hm.

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...and thus, we proceed onward to Thursday, October the 18th, 2012
11:23 pm:
How to hurt an artist

mood: nauseated
I'm starting to go through Chapter 2 of my comic, redoing the text on each one so I have 300dpi versions of each (stupid Paint Shop Pro file format can't be read by GIMP), which can then be put into a printed book if I so desire. This does mean I have to read through each comic of the chapter, including all of my artwork and coloring from around nine years ago.

Everyone who reads this mess better be appreciative of all the pain I'm about to go through, is what I'm saying.

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...and thus, we proceed onward to Thursday, September the 20th, 2012
10:50 pm:
So that you're not kept up all night wondering

mood: accomplished
Answer: Made it just in time.


...and thus, we proceed onward to Sunday, September the 16th, 2012
3:48 pm:
Units of mismeasure

mood: silly
"Now, before we begin, Roger, I would like to remind everyone here that we are not redefining the Astronomical Unit to be any measurement in relation to anyone's reproductive organs, Roger."

*a single "aww" from the back of the room*

"Furthermore, anyone attempting to redefine the term 'Astronomical Unit' to be in any way useful in pickup lines will have their membership in the International Astronomical Union revoked, ROGER. This includes, but is not limited to, any permutation of 'Do you want to come back to my place and check out my Astronomical Unit', or anything similar, ROGER."

*from back of room* "Hee hee... he said 'membership'..."

"LEAVE, Roger."

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...and thus, we proceed onward to Thursday, August the 16th, 2012
6:21 pm:
Redoing pages like an Ent boss

mood: accomplished
Theeeeeere we go. I think I've got it.

Next DoM update should hopefully see a brand new site layout (one that, on the whole, is actually quite similar to the current one, but styled a lot better, and more flexible to styling if someone wants to make another stylesheet for it). Finally.

And THEN I can get to work on slapping together a physical book of Chapter Two. Maybe.


...and thus, we proceed onward to Wednesday, August the 15th, 2012
11:39 am:
Putting recent work experience to work!

mood: determined
Current status: All 32 cast pages are written (yes, 32 now; I forgot Simon). Next up for the DoM site rewrite is a few technical points (like styling the cast pages to begin with), writing a script to update all the footnotes, and then hopefully I can finally regenerate the entire site with the new HTML and then everyone can yell at me that it's terrible and it sucks. And then I can tell them to write their own damn CSS for it if they think they're so fancy.

Actually, that IS what I'd tell them, because that's how the new site's being designed, with the ability to hopefully restyle it by CSS more easily. I've thrown around enough divs on the durn thing, it better be restyleable...


...and thus, we proceed onward to Monday, August the 13th, 2012
2:21 am:
Life With Spam 7

mood: silly
Life With Spam:

Comic #7Collapse )

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...and thus, we proceed onward to Saturday, August the 4th, 2012
3:57 pm:
I've got a lot of things to keep track of in this comic, you know?

mood: busy
Current status: 15 out of 30 cast page writeups done.

That may be a bit misleading, given I'm starting with the easier cast members/locations first. So it's not quite that I'm halfway done yet, but I've at least got an established mood for things when I get to the main cast and have to reduce them down to a couple paragraphs or so.

UPDATE: Did I say 30? Oops. It's 31 now. Forgot about the Castle of Dreams (Roh'Lieris, etc). That might be important enough to warrant mention.


...and thus, we proceed onward to Monday, July the 30th, 2012
2:40 pm:
Now you'll finally know who these people are

mood: artistic
There! Finally! The last of the new DoM cast pics are drawn (characters only; not counting locations or phenomena)! Meaning tonight's mission will be cleanup and coloring.

Then comes updating the text on each respective page (and removing some characters and adding others), updating all footnotes/added HTML, and regenerating the entire site with a new CSSified layout. It took me long enough.

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...and thus, we proceed onward to Sunday, July the 29th, 2012
5:39 pm:
Your Olympic coverage is bad, and you should feel bad!

mood: displeased
Man, it's great being awake and at a TV around the time Olympic games are taking place, only to NOT SEE ANY OLYMPIC GAMES because it's not profitable enough at that time slot, and that no matter how many channels the network airing the games controls, they apparently simply can't slip the coverage in anywhere due to the importance of airing repeats and reruns instead! And that's not even mentioning the thrilling fun of commentators who, for instance, weren't informed who the inventor of the world wide web was despite him having a role in the opening ceremonies, as well as an entire segment censored because I guess it might frighten Americans to learn that terrorism happens to other countries, too, I don't know!

Oh, well, my parents can catch Windsor's CBC broadcast feed so at least THEY can watch competent Olympic coverage OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE CTV HAS THE CANADIAN LICENSE NOW?!?

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