Like the use of tropes to help id the characters: Father Jackey’s briefcase, LeGrasse’s mustache, Nan’s hair style, Luther’s bulk, Win’s cap, Harley’s glasses. Particularly useful in the all black & white bit here (very nice BTW). My father the English professor talked about the need to reorient readers as they rejoin a story, and discussed Faulkner’s use of such devices to lock you into a character if you had put the book down for a week.
Perhaps I should do an occasional recap, but my idea has always been that this is one long work, ultimately meant to be read as a whole, and that lots of recaps would get tedious.
Perhaps a page listing the principal characters would be helpful, as of the current page.
Now as to the etymology of the word “mahoofsky”, a google search showed up only three references to it: two are of Lovecraft is Missing for Today (clearly this site is attractive to google spiders), the third is on a site called A Rust Monster Ate My Sword; the word is no longer found there. So 100% of the world references to this word are on this site. Come clean; whence & wherefore?
I found it in Will Murray’s excellent book, Wordslingers: An Epitaph for the Western, about the history of western pulps. He quotes an editor talking about how clichéd the stories had become and promoted another angle, as he’d had enough of this “mahoofsky.” Beyond that, I have no idea as to it’s origins. But it’s a great word, isn’t it?
It’s the Mahoofsky, the whole Mahoofsky, & nothing but the Mahoofsky. Perhaps this is the word longed for those of us who have been hoping for a term more genteel than BS but less tepid than “rubbish”. Or perhaps that hope is mere Mahoofsky…
A little narration will go along way. Helps the reader hold the plot in his head.
People can always skip it, if they dont need it.
You occasionally take time off, as a reader coming back its easy to forget important minor details.
Also I’ve realized I misinterpreted some past events or just plain forgot.
( I had to go back to discover they DIDNT got to VT . )
and I forgot all about Wins trances, and their amnesia! )
I second a current character page. Especially the minor characters.
( wiki it ? Tvtropes? )
Sometimes the new style is much harder to visually interpret.
When I can find some time, I’ll put something together. Sorry about the new art style, but it won’t be around for much longer. It’s just intended for this one sequence, to give it a different feel. And it was a personal challenge, as it’s harder than it looks, at least for me.
Mr. Latham did make up a Dramatis Personae page for us a while back, though it could probably use a bit of updating now.
I think a link to it really should be added somewhere in the top menu as well. Right now you can only find it by searching through the archives.
I think I said something like this before, but art that is “harder to visually interpret” is quite appropriate when depicting an encounter with Lovecraft-type horrors. I’m all for a less concrete, more experimental approach when something wicked this way comes. I’ve enjoyed this sequence immensely (except for poor Ned…)
I for one, love the B&W its very well done. Also? I can’t stop saying Mahoofsky thanks for making one helluva comic for us
Visually it is stunning.
I was trying to convey that it strengthened the case for narration or recaps,
( and updated character lists ) . Novels contain a lot of information, graphic or otherwise
I certainly believe it is hard work. I hope I didnt insult you.
Many of the frames are complete works of art.
As a reader I simply also want to extract the information , plot, and clues you encode in the art , regardless of the style, that you intend me to.
I see that as my job, as a reader. If this includes mystery and confusion, so be it. My concern is that I don’t lose author intent.
( note: I am the same Adam that left the rambling request for more faces on character page way back )
I am in no way insulted; rather, I’m glad you feel strongly enough about what I do to say what you think. That makes you a good reader to have around. As much as I have spoken about how I am doing this to get my own vision across, that doesn’t mean I think I’m infallible. I try to avoid it, but there are some panels that aren’t even clear to me!
I will track down that character page and update it a bit as soon as I can.
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