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Home On The Strange



The Adventures of Very Strange People



Published: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:03:06 +0100

Last Build Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2008 21:00:06 +0100

 



Home on the Strange: Fluttershone

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Ferrett Says:

So, uh... hi.

It's been a few months since we officially ended the strip, and in the meantime I've started up a new one - My Name Is Might Have Been, a webcomic about rock, the end of the world, and tiny plastic guitars (and written with currently-slumming World Fantasy Award-nominated author Catherynne M. Valente). But the official ending to HotS hasn't been far from my mind.

You folks paid us good money to give you an ending for Branch. And it's taken a while, but we wanted to make sure it was worth it. You can look in the forums for my behind-the-scenes explanation of why it took so long, but the art on this one should tell you that Roni's been working her tuchis off. And God bless her.

Anyway. I don't want to blab too long. But Branch ended, surprisingly, in magic. And I'm happy about this.

Something very much like this happened a long time ago to me myself.

Roni Says:

It wasn't until we tried to do a stand alone strip that I realized just how long they take, as a whole. Previously, they've been staggered. We kick around an idea for a couple of months, and hash out the script while we're while we're working on another storyline, then really buckle down on the visuals over a few days when the deadline was looming. If we had a problem, we could throw in a few stand alone strips to stall. Not only were we doing this without any filler, it's The Last One, so it had to be just right.

The idea was obvious, to me at least. What happens when a geek disappears for several months? An MMO, of course! However this a left us in the awkward place of Ferrett trying to make a script for someone else's idea involving a game he'd never played. I myself haven't played in several months, so I had to do my research in a round about manner. And of course, being detail freaks, we had a lot of emails and links to work out the fiddly bits. We hadn't forgotten you guys, we just wanted to do it right.

A couple have you have asked when i was planning on doing a new project as well. I'm kicking around some ideas, but nothing seriously. I'm waiting for my professional life to be a bit more settled before embarking on anything new, but don't worry I'm not out of the game, and now that we're done here, I'm looking towards new things. I'm happy where we've left it, and I hope you are too. Thanks for reading.

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 18
Click here to see today's comic! If you click on this link and vote for us, not only will you be helping us out and raising our traffic, but you'll get to see a special preview sketch of the next strip! Ferrett Says: The early ending of the strip puts us in a slight bind; Christmas is approaching for everyone, and I'm going to a convention in January with no actual strip to discuss. And it puts you in a bind, too, since we never did wrap up anything with Branch, really (aside from establishing that at least Karla thinks she's still alive). So on this last official strip, we'll put out our first and last donation drive. We have a PayPal link. If the combined readers of HotS can get us $500 before Christmas day with various donations, we'll give you a short (one or two-strip) wrap-up on What Happened To Branch. Roni came up with a perfect ending, and I assure you it's right in character. And that strip would be posted before I go to the Con in January, just so we all have something to shill! The PayPal link is here. If you feel generous or curious for everything we've done, all the money will be going to Roni. A large fund may encourage Roni to, eventually, do her own strip sans me, which I think would be cool. So long, and thanks for all the fish. Roni Says: So here we are, at the end*. It's been a long, weird road. I hope you've enjoyed doing the strip as much as I've enjoyed making it. *Ish depending on the possibility of the Christmas Special For those of you who are looking to further your Home on the Strange cred, I'm auctioning off some original HotS art. So far, we have Karla taking over the world and the first appearance of Izzy. I plan to list a few more over the next couple of days, I'm just not done sorting and scanning. Keep an eye on my auction page for updates. As for future projects, who knows, I'm still sorting that out myself. However, I do plan to resurrect my art journal for those of you interested in keeping track (and don't feel like sifting through the chatter of my regular journal) Also, there's my web page, www.veronicapare.com Thanks so much, you guys have been great.Sponsored by Roni: For James, I\'m glad you liked it. I couldn\'t have done it without you. Love, Roni P.S. For Ferrett: I couldn\'t have done it without you, either.[...]



Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 17

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 16

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Roni Says:

This strip is the perfect example of why I find it so hard to say how long it takes me to do a strip. We first came up with this storyline in February, then significantly revised it in July, right before we started. Ferrett sent me this pack of scripts a few weeks ago. I critiqued them, and responded with some revisions. Ferrett sent me some re-writes, I altered the action in the first panel. Ferrett sent me the bubbles for the dialog. When I finally sat down and did the rough sketch, it was rather static and not worthy of the climax, so I threw it out and started again. He approved the rough, freeing me to go on to the final.

This one is a pretty involved strip; 5 panels, 15 figures, some action, it took me several hours, in and around work and a freelance piece. How long did this take me? 9 months? 8 hours? With our pattern of work, wait, approve, revise, short of keeping a minute by minute breakdown for many months, I have no idea.

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 15

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 14

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 13

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 12

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Ferrett Says:

I should add that the last advertiser on Home on the Strange - and no, we weren't kidding about the strip ending - is The Hathor Legacy, which discusses female characters in the media. If y'all have any interest in feminist issues and how it relates to your favorite TV show, I'd advise you to check 'em out.

In other news, it looks like we'll be wrapping up around "Wedding, Part 18." So you have a bit. Then, alas, the end shall be here.

Roni Says:

I wanted to point out that we're not dying, nor are we quitting the internet. We both have blogs for anyone interested in keeping up with future work.

For instance, here's a recent commission of which I am quite proud. A reader asked me to design this poster, in a style similar to HotS, for his wife's birthday. This project was a bit intimidating, I'd never done a poster-sized work (36' x 24") before, I tend to work in a fairly small scale. I really enjoy the process of drawing out what a client is visualizing and distilling that into a complete image. (I'd love to get into doing book covers, if anyone has a lead on that.) I worked closely with a great little print shop down the street and it came out beautifully. The reader was quite happy, and promised to send me a picture when it's framed and hanging on the wall. If any of you are interested in commissioning a piece, just shoot me and email, either through the HotS mail or me @ veronicapare.com and we'll see what we can figure out.

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Home on the Strange: Wedding, Part 11

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Roni Says:

Ferrett and I are sorry to announce that Home on the Strange is coming to an end. We've been trying to work out some creative differences and have decided to wrap up the strip at the end of this story. Please bear with us while we work out the best way to do that.

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