He’ll be blackberry

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Due to stuff going on at the moment, we obviously won’t have chapter 2 of the comic up this month. Hopefully normal service will resume in all areas of our life in the near future. Thanks to all for kind wishes.

New Fish Home

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Contrary to what I said in my last post, I have set Fish for Fish up with its own home. Oh and Page 2 of Chapter 2 is up as well :)

To the waters and the wild

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It’s not an ideal morning for running. Even the red-beaked demon swans of The Lough were hiding out under the trees as we splashed and spattered our way past. But fitness is slowly creeping in – by which I mean neither of us seems to be writhing in agony by the end of it. And I find it somewhat energising for the day.

Thanks to all for feedback on Fish for Fish. One of the things that was mentioned was the need to have a proper page for the comic itself, with links to “First Page”, “Last Page”, etc. This will be coming in time – and hopefully by the end of this month, but certainly not before.

Life Stuff should be starting to calm down from this month, and I may see my computer for more than 5 minute bursts between running from one place to the next.

I’m looking forward to starting project work in my course from next week, and once I (hopefully soon) have Adobe CS3 installed here, I’ll be able to work on getting the layout and text looking a good bit more polished. (Again, hopefully).

Now though, it’s time to hunt for breakfast rewards post a rainy morning run.

Fish for Fish – Chapter 2, page 1

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For those who want the early updates, Page 1 of Chapter 2 is up now.

As previously mentioned, the whole chapter will be up by the end of the month. In the meantime, there will be page-sized updates once/twice a week.

Thanks for reading!

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-sunlight and singing welcome your coming

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After an exhausting and fantastic weekend in London, I return to a house of disarray and an ever lengthening list of things to make and do.

We spent the weekend with friends of mytholder, who were consummate hosts – not only providing a comfortable bed, but oyster cards, directions and delicious lasagne.

Saturday evening – and the reason for our visit – a surprise HHGTTG themed party for the ever charming James Wallis. There were Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters to drink, Vogon poetry to recite, and the most delicious birthday cake I’ve ever tasted – all courtesy of the excellent party organizing and baking skills of James’ wife, Cat.

Since last Wednesday’s Design for Print class, I’ve been nurturing an expanding fascination with fonts and typography. I’ve always had an interest in layout and typesetting (which is probably a good thing, given the course I’m taking), but poor Gar is being driven to distraction as I coo and criticize every sign and poster I pass by. I have a little mini stack of books to read through to help me foster this new obsession, and hopefully the longer term will see me use my ligature-obsessed powers for good.

Fish for Fish will be updated tomorrow. It’s likely to be just a page update, with perhaps a second update by the end of the week. In any case, Chapter 2 will be completed by the end of the month.

Thank you to all who commented on both my and mytholder‘s blogs. You are all very kind, and please don’t hesitate to give harsher criticism. This project is being done both for fun and as a learning experience for the two of us. I’m quite conscious of some mistakes and issues, and am striving to improve on these as we move forward – perhaps by Chapter n (for a large value of n) there will be some noticeable improvement.

I thought I’d write a little about the “process” (such as it is) I am using to create the pages.
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