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A SLICE OF LIFE

06 June 2008

Reviewing the absence of outraged mail in my mailbox, I am forced to conclude that there weren't many of you who noticed that the previous August was different. It was 100% digitally made with my new Wacom tablet, as an experiment. The tell-tale signs were slight deviations from normal poses and proportions and a few goof-ups with line thickness. Apart from that, I was pretty pleased, despite it costing twice as much time to ink. It was never meant as a replacement for the normal procedures though; merely as a try-out to see how well I could match my analogue inking skills.

I've been gaming despicably little these last few weeks. After finishing Apollo Justice I haven't even touched Grand Theft Auto anymore. I really do want to finish it, heck, even just play it, but for some reason there's a barrier. I'd demand to be able to play every evening in the scenario of me picking it up again, but there is always just too much work to be done to negotiate with such outrageous terms. I had so many comics to make! I've really been quite busy. I've nearly finished a 9-page comic for the Openminded Summer Special, which is a spoof on all my other projects (August, Quelle Horreur and Der Ring des Nibelungen) and fandoms like Pokémon and Phoenix Wright. I'm also making a pilot for a comic I proposed to the [N]Gamer, which is in dire need of something good for its last page. And that's beside the neverending stream of Augusts. So you see, lots of drawing and inking to do.

Apart from that I'm having a great time at the moment. The small games studio I have a desk at just moved to a bigger and better location with high ceilings and bountiful windows. It's much more enjoyable working here than in the musty, cramped space we used to occupy. I've also started a most wonderful dance, filling me with rapture. (Finally, I'm very pleased Barack Obama won the Democrat primaries and is the official candidate for the Presidential office in November. A tentative victory for all the free-minded people of the world!) Good times.

Media I'm consuming at the moment: Season 2 of Battlestar Galactica (Adama!), Oil! (That's enough, H.W.) and Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei (So Long, Mr. Despair). Hopefully the second season of Heroes and Flight of the Conchords will be added to this list soon. See you next time... in the War Room!

Roderick.