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5/27/08 10:43 pm - yeah, so i'm two months late. i guess i'm a webcomic.

So, it's taking me a little long to finish up the next comic. Well, finish up the writing anyways. But, i'm getting closer, so i figured it was about time to start taking an interest in the website again. So, i'm gonna tell you a bit about the new project.

It's called Cross Words, and it's about... a lot of stuff actually. Remember This Is:? While i was doing it, a lot of ideas crossed my mind as to how it could actually apply to more "normal" comics, with plots and stuff. Cross words is sort of the culmination of that thinking. It takes in interesting structural parts of this is:, shrinks the entire thing and tries to form some sort of coherent piece. The problem with plots and stuff is that i'm a terrible horrible worthless writer, and would like the writing in Cross Words to be somewhat decent. So, over the course of How the Dinosaurs Died, i got an outline and some writing done.

(Speaking of HtDD you can still buy How the Dinosaurs Died - The Complete Collection.)

Basically, instead of having hyperlinked sections, the entire thing gets laid out in a manner not dissimilar to a crossword puzzle. You can see the difficulties that lie therein - all the moving parts of This is: with none of the "screw it, i'll figure out something when i write the stupid paragraph" attitude that made the whole the so gosh darn nonsensical.

But enough about the structure. The plot revolves around... well, i'm not sure i want to give it away. If you email me, i'll tell you more, but lets just leave it at the following for now.

A writer and his book.
A girl and her life.
A couple and their curse.

Cross Words.

Man... that sounds stupid. I'm going to have to think of a better tagline thing. Actually, a lot more stupid if you imagine Don LaFontaine saying it over explosions.

3/8/08 04:48 pm - I'm gonna say it like i'll sell one.

Okay, it's finally finished - now avalible for purchase:

How the Dinosaurs Died - The Complete Collection.

It's available for $12.75 USD from Lulu as a 9x7 inch, perfect bound, black and white book. It's also avalible as a download for $2 USD. If you're feeling charitable, i'll also put it up in the contributor's area.

Speaking of which, if you do buy the book, you have access to the contributor's area - you just have to follow the instructions at the beginning of the book.

I thought i'd be able to finish faster, but unfortunately Lulu is exceptionally bad at simply telling you how to send them files. It's spread out over this gigantic mess of FAQ pages. A great example of this is why the book is more expensive than i planned. You see, i was originally going to use a different size, but after poking around the site for hours i found that the size i was going to use consisted of a cheap cream colored paper. I'm kind of obsessed with paper, so i went with a larger size with nice white paper.

So... yeah. I thought i'd be able to put up some kind of interim comic, but writing the next project pretty much takes up all my time - which is pretty absurd, since i started almost a year and a half ago. Hopefully it'll all be set by April - if not... well... i don't know what i'll do.

2/14/08 03:17 pm - and so ends another year.

And that's the end of How the Dinosaurs Died. As for what the next project will be, i have absolutely no idea. I do have some ideas for the site though. I'll definitely be simplifying the next layout - less rant space to never use, less wasted space. The one thing i want to get feedback on is the tagboard - i'll probably get rid of it unless there's some big outcry.

In a few days, the How the Dinosaurs Died archives will be moving to the "other comics" section, so be sure to update your bookmarks when that happens. That sounds like something you'd see on a geocities page from 1994, but just do whatever it is you kids do these days.

If you want a printed version of HtDD, i'm considering doing one on Lulu since i actually have all the high resolution scans this time around. Copies would be about $10 USD, plus whatever they charge for shipping and all that - and would include some commentary, possibly a making of section... and whatever else you guys want me to throw in.

In other news, i think i need a writer, because i've been reading through This is:, and it makes no sense.
How the Dinosaurs Died.

12/17/07 11:56 pm - i should sue them.

Okay, if you're an old timey reader, you'll remember This is:, and possibly you remember the one about the book. Here's the thing - it actually exists. Oddly, it is exactly as tall as i described, and presumably just as heavy. The only differences are really the cover and the contents. If someone made a cheaper, hollower one, i'd buy it.

I actually found it in my search for a good fountain pen that isn't priced as though it is made of solid gold. I finally found the Lamy Safari, which apparently is the least expensive "good" one you can get. But then there's Ackerman pens, which sound really cool because you can put india ink or paint or whatever the heck you want in them.

In other news, the archive and transcriptions updated, but no ones cares because i am a prophet.
How the Dinosaurs Died.

11/7/07 09:29 pm

No more brush pen for me. Well, in the comic anyway. It was just way too unwieldy. I don't have a lot to say, other than that the archive got updated, and that there's transcriptions for last month's stuff. Of other artistic note, i tracked down some skin toned markers - although it's a pretty funny set. It's a "multicultural" marker set. It has the "colors of my friends". It's a rather silly way to say, "nobody makes any skin tones but pasty white" to which anyone could simply reply, "well, the pasty white ones suck". Although really, all it makes me think of is how certain cartoons will occasionally have blue or orange or hot pink people.

On a more comic related note, because of the way the comic works out, there are two extra weeks to fill at the end of February. In case i haven't said it enough times, i'm only going to make 50 HtDD comics, then i'll take a month off (march) and start the next year's project. Here's the thing though - if i make 50, there will be two weeks in February where i have nothing to post. I'd feel kind of bad taking an extra two weeks vacation, so has anyone got any ideas what to put in it?

How the Dinosaurs Died.
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