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Title: Short attention span
Post by: Sultec on April 30, 2012, 11:49:20 am
Is a sub story ever finished? I see we are into a new story, the previous one is left hanging as usual.  Maybe this is a soap opera?
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: myrkul999 on April 30, 2012, 12:29:45 pm
Is a sub story ever finished? I see we are into a new story, the previous one is left hanging as usual.  Maybe this is a soap opera?

When authors go all ADD on us like this, I generally tend to give them the benefit of the doubt, usually all these sub-plots come together into a coherent whole, and the skipping around is to keep them fresh in the reader's mind when the big reveal is done. That said, another thread to follow, this late in the current arc, leads me to believe that they might be trying out a new way of interleaving the story arcs. We'll see.

And yes, sub-stories are finished, I'd say Neann's rescue is pretty much over.
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: SandySandfort on April 30, 2012, 01:17:41 pm
When authors go all ADD on us like this, I generally tend to give them the benefit of the doubt...

Sometimes my meds aren't enough.  ;)

Actually, the artists are dealing with other commitments, so they aren't getting far enough ahead to have much padding. Lee and Leila are working heel-toe to put up strips as they finish them. My job is no easier than their's, but writing is faster than drawing.

Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: myrkul999 on April 30, 2012, 02:01:13 pm
When authors go all ADD on us like this, I generally tend to give them the benefit of the doubt...

Sometimes my meds aren't enough.  ;)

Actually, the artists are dealing with other commitments, so they aren't getting far enough ahead to have much padding. Lee and Leila are working heel-toe to put up strips as they finish them. My job is no easier than their's, but writing is faster than drawing.

Ahhhh... Problem with the medium, and the schedule. I get you. So the jumping around is caused not by some great (or malicious) story plot, but Artist A not having enough padding to keep up, and Artist B having some work ready to go up, so it does.

Kinda shooting myself in the foot here, (I love reading this every weekday), but have you considered going M-W-F to ease the load on the artists?
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: SandySandfort on April 30, 2012, 04:49:13 pm
Kinda shooting myself in the foot here, (I love reading this every weekday), but have you considered going M-W-F to ease the load on the artists?

Interesting idea, but we try to run up to a Friday cliff-hanger, if possible. We have a backlog of stories and scripts, so that would require some monkey doodling.
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: dough560 on May 02, 2012, 02:34:24 pm
This works as is.  I don't doubt most if not all the readers have read several stories / books at the same time.  Keeps you flexible.
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: myrkul999 on May 02, 2012, 03:00:22 pm
This works as is.  I don't doubt most if not all the readers have read several stories / books at the same time.  Keeps you flexible.

I actually like it, and if you can set them up in the archives to flow smoothly and not jump around, you don't have to worry about confusing new readers. (and of course, in the book, they'll be in order). So, overall, I don't mind.
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: NeitherRuleNorBeRuled on May 03, 2012, 12:11:22 pm
Interesting idea, but we try to run up to a Friday cliff-hanger, if possible. We have a backlog of stories and scripts, so that would require some monkey doodling.

One thing I would find helpful and not particularly difficult would be to tag the page (not the actual comic itself) with some sort of text "flag" indicating when a new (sub) plot is started -- and perhaps the end of one as well (indicating whether or not the (sub)plot is finished or "to be continued").

Keeping it separate from the comic itself would simplify future tweaking  in the archives and/or for print publication.

BTW, I am still waiting to get back to the "dangling thread" from the very first arc regarding the sabotage to the 'ghetty' mining operation  (page 83).
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: SandySandfort on May 03, 2012, 12:50:02 pm
One thing I would find helpful and not particularly difficult would be to tag the page (not the actual comic itself) with some sort of text "flag" indicating when a new (sub) plot is started -- and perhaps the end of one as well (indicating whether or not the (sub)plot is finished or "to be continued").

I have mentioned it. I find it disconcerting too. However, you will notice that the first panel of the current arc has its name, Vesta, Massachusetts.

BTW, I am still waiting to get back to the "dangling thread" from the very first arc regarding the sabotage to the 'ghetty' mining operation  (page 83).

Well, there will probably be a reveal in another story, but the ghetty monster will only be mentioned peripherally.
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: NeitherRuleNorBeRuled on May 03, 2012, 01:33:48 pm
I have mentioned it. I find it disconcerting too. However, you will notice that the first panel of the current arc has its name, Vesta, Massachusetts.

True; however that didn't immediately make it clear that this was a new arc.  Since it was the same artist drawing this as the previous strip (and arc), I initially assumed that this was a continuation of the same arc, perhaps focusing on someone in the something to do with who or how the news leaked regarding the ISS, or perhaps some direct fallout of the news.  Only in the second strip of the arc was there evidence that it was taking place at a much later time (since continentals and the tanglenet was referenced).

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BTW, I am still waiting to get back to the "dangling thread" from the very first arc regarding the sabotage to the 'ghetty' mining operation  (page 83).

Well, there will probably be a reveal in another story, but the ghetty monster will only be mentioned peripherally.

I certainly hope so; that particular thread has been bothering me for years (so much for short attention spans   ;D).
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: Sean Roach on May 04, 2012, 09:44:40 am
Looks like we're seeing the lead-up to Guy's cousin entering the belt.
http://www.bigheadpress.com/eft?page=787

Maybe we'll see Guy's cousin, and all his employers "invited" to leave when it's over.  Inside a spacesuit or out of it.
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: myrkul999 on May 04, 2012, 03:10:30 pm
Looks like we're seeing the lead-up to Guy's cousin entering the belt.
http://www.bigheadpress.com/eft?page=787

Maybe we'll see Guy's cousin, and all his employers "invited" to leave when it's over.  Inside a spacesuit or out of it.

Yup. How not to run an anarchy.
Title: Re: Short attention span
Post by: Andreas on May 05, 2012, 01:40:31 pm
Maybe the moral of this part of the story is: "If not wanting to pay taxes is your only reason to want to live in an AnCap society, don't bother."
Or maybe it is "There is no try, there is only do"?