Just posted on Twitter, but also thought I’d mention here that our Patreon backers, in addition to pages now a month ahead, just got a cool special look at an image from a page of the next comic Dex and I will be doing.
We’re also actively talking about how we’re going to do the comic, and would love insight. Even a buck a month gets you in on the discussion, and there are tons of reasons to check out the Patreon, including some forty exclusive sketches from Dex, along with benefits that will come in the future to those who actively support now.
As it stands, the next comic will more than likely be on Patreon almost exclusively, so those who get in now have a head start, an early-bird bonus if you will. I’m going to start planning rewards based on this support, make no mistake. This will include early looks at the work in question.
Beyond that, please consider, if you enjoy this comic, that it is not a profitable endeavor, not by a long shot. It is a labor of love, and any contribution you can make helps offset the some 35-40 thousand dollars Cura is in the red, and helps motivate me to carry on making on the darkest days, when all the sacrifices mount up and sit on your shoulders. I’m not making a grab for money when I hold out my hand, I promise. If this were about money, I’d have quit long ago. That said, it is a factor in continuing and making the next comic, as it will have color, and be more ambitious. Any help you could offer means a lot and helps ensure my future ability to create works like this.
I am in the process of updating the tags and SEO of Cura in general, prepping the comic for (gasp!) archive mode, when it finishes its run in a number of months.
Ergo if you go back and read the comic, the first 100 or so pages (as of this writing) have modified tags, some of which do not match up with the last 600 or so pages. It is slow work, but I am managing. It’ll probably take a week of poking in between other work.
There are three organizing schemes. TAGS, LOCATION, and CHARACTERS. I considered location and character, or just tags, but I decided versatility of use was better, depending on how one wanted to look back.
There is also a preliminary SEQUELS page I am at work on, where you can see all the versions of the pages with sequels arranged in order. I will post that link when it’s finished. It’ll probably be on the LINK page, which I have also cleaned up. I want to do ECHOES, too, but that is more difficult, because I’d have to comb and mine my own work without a handy repeating title to bring me back to it. I may do that later, or I may not be able to, but if any of you fine folks want to help, I’m game. Examples would include repeating dialogue tropes, like “No.”, “It’s complicated/not complicated.” along with repeated scenes, like Charlie suicides, the last week before he/she dies, etcetera. You can see how that would get tough fast, I’d guess, and I see it as time better spent on The Dysphoria, though my nagging need to catalogue makes me want to do it all the same.
In other news, the Patreon is now a MONTH ahead, and may go further, so if you’d like to read ahead, go on and check it out!
I rarely eulogize on social media. I prefer to do so in person, no matter how exceptional the loss, no matter how much the person meant to me. There is something hollow about it for me. I like to grieve like people are supposed to pray, in private, with the door closed, alone. What rare exceptions I do make are for people who have greatly impacted me, or for whom the loss feels like such a gut punch that I have to wail to the sky. Today is a fine time to do that, for Noel Neill has passed.
Most people know her as the first Lois. That’s a fine thing to remember her for. She also contributed to the World War 2 war effort, and cast echoes across time in every subsequent Superman project she took part in.
I remember her as a gentle and kind lady who, despite all of her contributions, treated everyone she met as if they were special, and that it was her honor to be in their presence. Because of that, it always felt as if you were, in fact, the one in the presence of someone special, and knew it, and that’s rare in a world so filled with selfishness. Everyone she met would tell you the same. I’ve met many people, and almost all of them have at least one person who didn’t like them in some way. I never heard a disparaging word about Noel Neill, and I doubt if I’ll meet anyone who could. She meant the world to many, many people.
I met her on the con circuit when I was wet behind the ears writing reviews for the Superman Homepage. She travelled with Larry Ward, another true gentleman. It was a strange few years, spending the money that would eventually bankrupt me on planes, trains, and automobiles trying to gain traction selling novels to people who wanted comics. People let me sleep on their couches and I got by. It was a hard time. There were few constants, much uncertainty, and a long line of people ready to step on your face and tell you your lack of worth. Noel was always the smile you could count on to cheer you when you were down, the encouraging voice in a sea of cynicism.
At every stop along the way, Noel was there as a comfort and as a blessing. She would always, no matter where she was headed, make the time to talk, be friendly and supportive, and just really make you feel as if you’d known her your entire life. It’s a hard quality to explain, and I am failing, but she really meant the world to me, and I am assured, having spoken to others who felt the same way, that she was like this with everyone she met. This is a huge loss.
Years pass and the people we love go away. Some lives you wish could have lasted longer, even in spite of the fullness of their existence.
We’ll miss you, Noel.
It is my distinct honor to congratulate Dex and his wife, Arlene, on the birth of their second daughter, Akeila “Twinkle” Wee!
She was born May 16th, healthy and happy, at 4:20AM.
All the best to Dex, Arlene, sister Bubbles, and every joy to the newborn! Woo!
So I have been working all week talking to people wise with the CSS and WordPress to find a way to make the four page thing work in typical fashion, and of course, it has not. The page is just smaller than it should be, come what may.
I even ended up turning to the awesome Frumph, the nice gent behind the interface you’re enjoying, who clued me in to the lightbox option, which is our best hope here.
Ergo, when the giant page arrives, on the 9th, you will have to click the page, and then it will appear in a new page, and you can see it in full glory. This will require using the navigation buttons for one page, if you’re a page clicker to get to the next, for which I apologize, but it’s the only option aside from detailed instructions on how to right click.
I am confident everyone will figure it out. The page is worth it, I think, as you will see.
Thanks for your patience!