I just posted the first strip of Chapter 3. I'm not sure if the Chapter 3 templates are ready, or if there's anything I need to do to make them work right for a new strip -- what should I be doing when I post new strips?
I've been keeping a timeline of Broodhollow events (including historic events, events that happened before and during the books and summaries of the books) for my own reference. Do you think it'd be a good fit for the wiki? Obviously it's spoiler filled.
Go ahead. That's the kind of information that helps build the history of the series. I am also going through the visitor's guide to put together lists like residents, locations and businesses, and piecing together details about different things. For example, the Stillwood Forest is in there at least three times: as a creation legend, the legend of the Stillwood King, and some more general/geographic details.
I put what I have on the wiki, you're free to fuss with it so it looks better (and of course add anything I've missed!) In particular I'd love a better spoiler warning, since it really does spoil every bit of everything.
I've added the supplementary materials, and I believe that's everything that was on the old blog, except for some character writeups that Kris did that I didn't think to save. I haven't done anything to format them or to add the main page to any other pages, I figured I'd leave that to you.
The supplementary stuff is a little odd because it's not comprehensive and some of it is no longer available on the site, as far as I can tell. I think it's interesting, though.
Do you have the original address for each of these supplementary pages? Even if they are not available on the website right now, a copy may have been saved by the Internet Archive. I was able to retrieve the one for "Extra, The First Color Test" by going there.
I understood what you were going for with the changes to 104, but after talking with Zack I changed it back. When I'm describing, my hope is to convey the experience of reading the comic. In this case, the panels were presented to sighted readers in a comically repetitive way, and I think that editing out that repetitiveness blunts the effect. It reads in a more smooth way, but I don't think it has the same feeling. Put another way, I'm not trying to turn Broodhollow into a novel, I'm trying to capture what's in the strip in a fairly literal way so blind or low vision readers have a reading experience similar to the one sighted readers do.
I'm writing an essay on describing comics which will touch on this, but it's not done, so I just wanted to clarify that!
There may be times where we adjust the descriptions a little bit less literal. For example, in panel 6 of 076 Deliverance Day, we could probably drop the "in very large text" because the part that comes before and after it ("and screams", "to express his anger and loud voice") makes it clear Zane is yelling.
Other times, it will be mandatory. When Harker has Zane captive in his basement, trying to describe what he says and how he says it wouldn't work quite as well if we went for a novel or audiobook style.
You're picking up on details I've missed, and it's because you're paying close attention to what's going on so that you can describe it to your friend that I've become more interested in the story. I purchased the digital copies of Book 1 and the Ichor Falls Visitor's Guide, and will be getting the printed version and those reproductions of the letters and such. I am also mentally kicking myself for not helping out with the Kickstarter for Book 1. I wanted to, but I needed to put that money towards other things. Now I wish I had gone ahead and done it.
Oh, that's interesting -- one of the things I try to do with description is provide any information that's available to a sighted reader, so that sometimes leads to a lot of detail that, ironically, a lot of sighted people might miss. After all, I think sighted readers are used to thinking of comics as a sort of fun, pop culture medium and we read them fairly quickly. I actually described Watchmen for Zack, and each panel is packed with relevant things. From my own experience as a comics reader, I read the text and look at what's going on then my eyes slide to the next panel quickly to find out what will happen next. Because the described version puts all those little details out in the open, I think that Zack figured out a couple of the story's central mysteries before I or most sighted readers did. I'm really happy that presenting it this way is fun for you, too!
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