Archive for July, 2012
Author after author pretends to be a lone voice, taking a courageous stand in support of the offline in precisely the moment it has proliferated and become over-valorized. For many, maintaining the fiction of the collective loss of the offline for everyone else is merely an attempt to construct their own personal time-outs as more special, as allowing them to rise above those social forces of distraction that have ensnared the masses. “I am real. I am the thoughtful human. You are the automaton.
Nathan Jurgenson, The IRL Fetish
It’s been bugging me lately how one of the main public roles for a ‘social media’ writer/commentator of my age seems to be the kind of wan, melancholy, supercilious hand-wringing Jurgenson skewers here. Balls to that.
What Jurgenson doesn’t talk about is how this constant discussion about the ‘death’ of offline completely neglects the still very significant minority of people who are permanently in this “blessed” state of disconnection, generally because they’re poor or old or both. Somehow I doubt they’re the lucky ones.
Both Tom Ewing’s post and the article it quoted irritated the snot out of me, but I can’t put my finger on why. Something to think about.
This midweek’s art harvest from the caravan. 3 Spun Off pages by me, plus a drawing of Neive in realistic style by Aggie Janicot. I also did a bunch of scripting.
I've taken the Markdown plugin off the blog again, because it was interfering with other blog functionality. Only a few posts ever used it, but these may look a bit wonky.
The Rite of Serfdom remasters are now done, at long last. All 342 existing episodes have been given a makeover, with new lettering, new more organic looking gutters, a size upgrade, a colour depth upgrade and more. "More" varies from little bits of touchup here and there to a complete redraw of a whole page or even a sequence of pages. One thing left to do is the addition of one page to a redrawn sequence, because upon rereading, the scene seemed to shift too quickly. That will get done in the next week or so.
And then it'll be time for the next stage of this big project! I will have 343 high-res, full-colour master files with lettering, plus one cover illustration done years ago that was never included in the archives. What am I going to do with them? Why, I'm going to make a book! With the help of Rona, who is now interning at a graphic design shop to bring her expertise on digital publishing and printing up to date, I plan to release The Rite of Serfdom in multiple formats, including both ebooks and print. We still need to figure out a lot, including such burning questions as "What's possible?" and "How can we make it work without breaking the bank?", and we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are pushing ahead with this, one way or another. If you want to read more as we work on this, and if you want to find out more about our other work in progress, join the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan Facebook page or follow RoguesClwydRhan on Twitter; both channels are updated very frequently with the latest news.