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Second update on the Remaster project

First panel of Page 62 of The Rite of Serfdom, as redrawn by me in March of 2011 and coloured by me and Aggie Janicot jointly
First panel of Page 62 of The Rite of Serfdom, as redrawn by me in March of 2011 and coloured by me and Aggie Janicot jointly

The remaster project is continuing at a mostly steady pace. Right now, there are some delays as I am redrawing a seven-page sequence of pages and it's taking longer than I anticipated because of the dreaded Real Life Issues. Once we're past that sequence, I will return to adding remastered comics into the archive at a rate of two a day or more again, until I hit the next sequence that needs to be redrawn.

I am unexpectedly psyched by the opportunity to revisit my older work again and draw it the way it should have been drawn in the first place. For some reason, the sequence I am working on now was originally published at a rate of five comics a week, and it shows. The original versions are of noticeably worse quality than the ones surrounding them, and I'll be glad to see them replaced by comics that are noticeably better instead. I am also considering adding the odd page here and there.

Sometimes it does bother me that I am not working on the current story, Feral, but as I said above, the moment I start drawing new pages, delays start to happen, because I simply do not have the time right now to produce good-looking pages at a steady pace. When you add in the added complication of also having to script new material, it becomes even less feasible. Better to keep Feral on the back burner until I can give it my full time and attention.

This is also the reason why I have backed down from doing any special stories to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan this year, as I had considered earlier. Instead, my revised twentieth anniversary plan is to devote more time to fixing everything that is wrong with the ROCR archives. I won't just be remastering most of the artwork and redrawing part of it, but I will also track down all broken links in the archives; in the case of the two big crossovers that the comic has been part of, I will deal with missing comics by crossover partners by redrawing them myself based on their original scripts (if available) and inserting those new versions into the archives. Finally, by the end of 2011 I will modernise the site design itself, taking advantage of new navigation standards that have become common since 2005. Those things alone will keep my busy for a while.

Then, and only then, will I turn to creating new material for the comic. By then, my private life will be considerably more settled than it is now and I will be in a much better place to finish Feral than I am now. And the existing episodes will be that much more awesome.


Second update on the Remaster project The URL of this comic is http://www.rocr.net/?p=20110408



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