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pclips
2006-12-02, 02:58 PM
Hi, everyone! We're psyched to be here and hope you will enjoy our show.

Prior to launch there will be more preview graphics and information about the comic, so watch for that.

Erfworld will be a full-size, full-color graphic novel, which will wind up when it reaches around 80 or 90 pages (depending on some of Jamie's art choices). On launch day, you will get a full six-page bloc to help give you an introduction to the setting, the characters, and the action that's to come.

This project has been in development since March, and Jamie and I have been hard at work during that time building this story, these characters, and this world. We hope you will all enjoy it for what it is, and not judge it too harshly for what it is not (namely, it's not OOTS!).

Rich and I have been friends and mutual fans for several years now (note the Supercollider (http://unseenllc.com/supercollider/) project, and my quote on the cover of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools). Jamie and I started Erfworld with the intention of building it up as its own webcomic. However, around summertime, when we were making plans to exhibit at San Diego Comic Con with Sluggy Freelance (http://www.sluggy.com)and Fragile Gravity (http://unseenllc.com/), Rich mentioned a plan of his...

He said he was looking for a Fantasy story comic to run at GiantITP and update on days when OOTS does not, and to be a new property to include in his plans to keep expanding GiantITP. It's one of those bizarre coincidences that Erfworld exactly matched what he was looking for, in tone, genre, type, art style, and duration.

So, four more months of planning and preparation later, here we are! There may be more in store for the future of Erfworld, potentially entwined with the future of GiantITP itself. But for now, this is a story, plain and simple. We're out to entertain you guys with it, and we're happy to be able to do that by playing sideshow to The Giant's bigtop.

I'm sure Jamie will want to post a greeting, too. And I'll see if I can answer any questions posted here, as long as they don't involve spoiling the fun.

jami
2006-12-02, 03:42 PM
*waves*

Hi all! Thanks for the kind words regarding the art. We were nervous about the reaction you fine folks would have to what I've been drawing so thank you for the support. And for those who aren't such fans, just wait until you see some of the stuff Rob has come up with. The writing should make up for any of the flaws in the artwork.

I hope you guys give us a chance. I'm sure I don't have to tell you this either, but feel free to also blast away. Rob and I have pretty thick skins and can take criticism.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting Erfworld out there and hanging out here in the forum.

Thanks again!

InaVegt
2006-12-02, 03:45 PM
I'm looking forward to erfworld, the artistic style looks great and From what I've seen of PC Rob's writing is very good.

Gezina van den Vechte, robber of souls, slayer of celestials and future queen of the world.

Eldhrin
2006-12-02, 04:17 PM
It's good to have you here, Rob. I love PartiallyClips, and having seen the glimpse of the Erfworld art, I can't wait to see it. It looks great, it's a nicely different style to OOTS so you can quickly assert that your comic is different to OOTS. And having another great comic to read on the same site will be wonderful.

Hopefully Erfworld's association with GiantITP will be a long and fruitful one for both parties.

Diabhan
2006-12-02, 04:44 PM
I'm really looking forward to Erfworld...the art style looks awesome and it seems lik eit will mesh well with the giant site.

Welcome!!!!

Mr. Moon
2006-12-02, 04:49 PM
Wellcome to Giant in the Playground. Hopefully we'll see you in the SMBG some time, I look foreward to stabbitying you in the back. *grins*

We're all freindly here, most of us don't bite. (Although Bookman might...) Many of us stick to hitting you on the head with sticks! Or magic, in my case. ;)

Shhalahr Windrider
2006-12-02, 06:52 PM
Just want to say, "Welcome!"

I'm really looking forward to Thursday. Looks like a fun comic. :biggrin:

treehouse
2006-12-03, 12:58 AM
Awesome! Combining the mighty pens of Rob Balder and Rich Burlew will put us all in Webcomic Nirvana!

Seriously, OotS and PC are the only webcomics I check on a daily basis for updates. This is going to rule.

McDeath
2006-12-03, 03:04 AM
Looks pretty good. However, judgement will be reserved for the actual strip. Welcome to Giant in the Playground.
Hot Tip - Don't annoy the mods.

Krytha
2006-12-03, 03:23 AM
I have no idea what's going on, but I will likely end up reading anyway. That's probably the best way to find out the happenings around here...

DArKandEViL
2006-12-03, 08:53 AM
Good luck, now i get "comicy" goodness mon-fri (who am I kidding? tue-sat:)

Shhalahr Windrider
2006-12-03, 10:21 AM
Good luck, now i get "comicy" goodness mon-fri (who am I kidding? tue-sat:)
Well, that all depends on how Messrs. Balder and Noguchi's update practices stack up against those of Mr. Burlew. Might wind up being more like double-comics on Tues and Thurs with a single comic on Sat.

jami
2006-12-03, 10:40 PM
Well, that all depends on how Messrs. Balder and Noguchi's update practices stack up against those of Mr. Burlew. Might wind up being more like double-comics on Tues and Thurs with a single comic on Sat.

I can assure you all that updating regularly is foremost on our minds. We know that the success of a sequential story like the one we're going to tell depends greatly on regular updates. We're going to do our very best to get these pages out to you. We love doing them and we surely want to share.

Rob has a pretty decent track record with Partially Clips and he's way ahead of me in terms of scripting. For my part, at one point I was updating Angry Zen Master five times a week. Of course, the art is much more detailed on Erfworld, but I've worked in the comic book industry where deadlines are life's blood so I know what it takes to get things out on time.

Both of us work full time so the ultimate challenge for us is to get Erfworld done, maintain quality, and still get it out on time. We're up for it. If we miss an update, you can be sure we'll let you know why and when if possible.

Sholos
2006-12-03, 11:22 PM
Looking forward to this. I've seen your PartiallySluggy work and was impressed. Of course, this is nothing like that, but still!

Oh, and good on ya' for mentioning Sluggy! Especially with a link!

Maxis_IronForge
2006-12-03, 11:33 PM
Wow... this looks like a sensible conversation. Enjoy it whilst you can you two, once your new comic has an established fanbase the inteligent responses to anything you say will be hard to find amongst all the cries of 'OMG 1st!!!11!!"

And on that topic, it would appear that Gezina is infact 1st. 1st ever to be 1st to respond to a topic from our new artist/writer combo. It don't get anymore first than that.


I'm looking forward to erfworld, the artistic style looks great and From what I've seen of PC Rob's writing is very good.

Gezina van den Vechte, robber of souls, slayer of celestials and future queen of the world.

on a more serious note, I look forward to the new comic :)

pclips
2006-12-04, 12:24 AM
Rob has a pretty decent track record with Partially Clips

Well, I did. Until I started writing Erfworld. :smallredface:

Maxis_IronForge
2006-12-04, 01:03 AM
btw,

your work on supercollider rocked.

Though I must say it will be interesting to see what the style winds up like... since this sounds like Erfworld is going to be a protracted narrative story rather than a series of clips. I am eager to see what you can do with the new format

(well... new for you as far as I can tell... though I haven't read everything you've ever written so it's entirely possible you've done stuff like this before)

SDF
2006-12-04, 03:11 AM
Welcome to Erf</willsmith>

Shhalahr Windrider
2006-12-04, 08:18 AM
I can assure you all that updating regularly is foremost on our minds. We know that the success of a sequential story like the one we're going to tell depends greatly on regular updates. We're going to do our very best to get these pages out to you. We love doing them and we surely want to share.
Well, Rich updates regularly too. It's just whereas many authors try to say, "Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time" or somesuch, Riche's policy is, "Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, any time that day by midnight." For those of us with early bedtimes that often translates to, "First thing in the morning on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday," because, like most artists, Rich usually uses as much time as the deadline allows to get everything just right.

So it's quite regular. It's just that how you describe the schedule depends on your perspective. :smallwink:

(( Of course, the above statement is somewhat Ameri-centric, or however you want to say it. The Midnight deadline is a perfectly, easy to meet Noon deadline on the other side of the world. :smallbiggrin: ))

TheDocter
2006-12-04, 08:29 AM
"First thing in the morning on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday,"

So it's quite regular. It's just that how you describe the schedule depends on your perspective. :smallwink:

(( Of course, the above statement is somewhat Ameri-centric, or however you want to say it. The Midnight deadline is a perfectly, easy to meet Noon deadline on the other side of the world. :smallbiggrin: ))

I know that her in Europe it's always first thing in the morning.

And now it will be a feast to start up my PC every morning. I am really looking forward to your comic.

Erloas
2006-12-04, 10:16 AM
Its only 9pm here (or maybe 10 since daylight savings changed) when it is midnight for Rich and he is seldom getting them up by then, though he did great for a little while when he first went back to the 3 days a week thing, up until people starting crashing the servers for the updates. Most of his "comic is up" posts happen between about 2-7am Mountain time.

So we'll see how the alternating day posts things work out, probably end up being OOTS Tue morning, Erfworld Tue night, same on Thursday. But it will all be good either way.

As of right now I haven't read much of anything by either of you, but I'm not really a web-comic junkie, theres only 2-3 I read. I'll just have to wait and see how it all goes.

Ikkitosen
2006-12-04, 04:10 PM
I'm really looking forward to the day when all of my internet browsing needs can be met here on GiantITP (except Wiki - irreplaceable!). This is just the first (or maybe, like, the 10th) step on Rich's Global Domination plan! Go you guys!

Jacklu
2006-12-04, 05:08 PM
I can't wait for Erfworld to start up. I took some time and read through PartiallyClips and Angry Zen Master. This is going to be awesome!

Maxis_IronForge
2006-12-04, 07:46 PM
...
So it's quite regular. It's just that how you describe the schedule depends on your perspective. :smallwink:

(( Of course, the above statement is somewhat Ameri-centric, or however you want to say it. The Midnight deadline is a perfectly, easy to meet Noon deadline on the other side of the world. :smallbiggrin: ))

On a good week the monday strip is up before I leave work tuesday afternoon, so I figure his deadline is about 3pm in my country.

And I think it's probably safe to assume that since Rich will be the one actually posting erfworld, the deadlines will be fairly synchronous (though on different days obviously). Particularly since I have a sneaking suspicion the alterior motive to adding a new comic was to get us off his back.

Myatar_Panwar
2006-12-04, 07:57 PM
Cant wait till thursday.I have read a little of Angry Zen Master and Im starting PartiallyClips. Heh, I wonder how long it will take for people to start attempting to make erfworld avatars....

pclips
2006-12-05, 04:37 PM
btw,
your work on supercollider rocked.


Thank you! I had a lot of fun with that project. Hope there's another one someday.



Though I must say it will be interesting to see what the style winds up like... since this sounds like Erfworld is going to be a protracted narrative story rather than a series of clips. I am eager to see what you can do with the new format

(well... new for you as far as I can tell... though I haven't read everything you've ever written so it's entirely possible you've done stuff like this before)

A long, long time ago I tried writing a story comic. This was before the web. My illustrator and I tried to get it published with Antarctic Press and they said it was too violent. So I turned the story into a novel, which was never published. But at least I got 3 hours credit toward my English degree for it. That may be more than most first novels earn. :)

I am having a blast working in this medium. It's letting me try out all kinds of unfamiliar writing techniques and styles. I can't write physical gags in PartiallyClips, for example. But the main thing is: now I can finally create real characters who play out their lives in a real story. I haven't used my storytelling chops in seems like forever.

Cytherea
2006-12-07, 01:03 AM
Cant wait till thursday.I have read a little of Angry Zen Master and Im starting PartiallyClips. Heh, I wonder how long it will take for people to start attempting to make erfworld avatars....

Done and done. :smallbiggrin:

Darth Paradox
2006-12-07, 01:23 AM
Done and done. :smallbiggrin:

Indeed. I have a complete set of icons in 120- and 100-pixels-square sizes, mostly cropped from the cast page, here (http://www.chrisbattey.dreamhosters.com/icons/erfworld/). (I got some resized versions of Wanda from Rob, because the icons cut her hands off and it looked weird as a result.)

I recommend you upload them to your own server space - I'll try to keep them in place, but I may alter them if I get better images to work with, and I might rearrange my directories at some point.

drkdstryer
2006-12-07, 03:51 AM
Hi, everyone! We're psyched to be here and hope you will enjoy our show.


Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting Erfworld out there and hanging out here in the forum.

Thanks again!

Just read the first comic block, and it looks amazing. I'm having good visions of this being super-popular in the future and being able to say I was there from strip #1 : )

charles
2006-12-07, 04:58 AM
Hey Rob,

Any chance of having Rich, post that original novel of yours in the Stories section? Maybe a chapter a week or something?

We're just geeky enough that no matter how cr@ppy it is, we'll probably read and collect it anyway.

If it really is good, then thats just a bonus :smallbiggrin:

Shhalahr Windrider
2006-12-07, 08:21 AM
I'm interested in seeing that novel, too.

jami
2006-12-07, 08:52 AM
Me three! Come on Rob, if people can find my crappy first webcomic on keenspace, we gotta have access to your first works! Full disclosure! Full disclosure!

pclips
2006-12-07, 11:30 AM
No I won't post the original first draft because I hope to retell the story someday. When I have the time and freedom to pursue novel writing again, I want to salvage the core dramatic elements and some of the characters of that thing and put together something that a major science fiction publishing house might actually be interested in putting on shelves.

Five years ago I decided I had to make creative effort a big part of my life again. I thought about trying to break into novel writing, but I picked webcomics instead. I liked the frontier atmosphere, and the potential to reach a wide audience.

I'm convinced I made the right decision. But hopefully I'll live a long and productive life, and there will eventually be time to take up prose again. Just like in story comics vs gag-a-day comics, there are things you can do when writing a novel which can't be done in any other medium.

Besides, my college novel is science fiction. It wouldn't quite fit the site. But I might be convinced to finish my Fantasy novella, The Elysium Stone, in serial form. It was supposed to be doing that on my site, but I got hijacked by other projects. :smallfrown: