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    The Transcription of the Stick
    A Labor of Love



    This project is designed to keep an up-to-date transcription of all the dialogue of the Order of the Stick comic into English text in a common format. Each Strip will have a translation of texts, such as Haley's babel speech, or Durkon's dwarven accent. This project has been attempted several times awhile back, but I 'm crazy enough to try it once more and hope it sticks!

    Any contributions are welcome!




    Translations:



    Should you like to see the Order of the Stick comic translated into other languages, there are several threads along that vein. Some of these are long abandoned, but should one of these projects be picked back up, let me know and I will update the link to the project that has translated the farthest within the comic. Please let me know if I missed any as well!



    Please be aware that the Transcription of the Stick and the translations listed above are not in any way an official version for the comic. Also know that this project has no plans to leave this website in any type of coding project, or for contribution to the Order of the Stick Wiki.



    Contribution:



    Please PM me your transcriptions, instead of posting on the thread, since I'll be posting the group posts and formatting the index to match them.

    Contributors:

    Aveline
    Bleak Ink
    Caerulea
    ChristianSt
    DaggerPen
    Darkid
    FantomFang
    Jasdoif
    Jaxzan Proditor
    Kwark Pudding
    Lira
    LokaSenna
    martianmister
    oppyu
    RMS Oceanic
    TheWombatOfDoom
    unbeliever536
    Zimmerwald1915


    Pending Transcriptions:

    1151 - 1200: Caerulea

    Unclaimed Transcriptions:



    We are also looking for people to review the project, to search for errors and things we might have missed!


    Format:



    Please write all transcriptions with the following format in mind:

    Spoiler: Formatting
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    [SPOILER=Strip #][URL=http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots(Number of Strip).html]Name of Strip[/url]
    List of speaking characters

    Dialogue (follow the format section). Make sure to bold the name of the speaker. [/SPOILER]
    Hence, Strip 1 would look like:

    Spoiler: Strip 1
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    Elan, Roy, Durkon, Haley, Vaarsuvius, Belkar, Goblin

    Goblin: Grrrr!
    <sfx> boing!
    Haley: What the hell? That goblin was gonna knock you on your ass.
    Durkon: I dinnae know. I jus' felt really...stable.
    (D): I don't know. I just felt really...stable.
    <sfx> POP!
    Roy: Uhhh...I think it's a chain shirt.
    Elan: Sweet!
    Vaarsuvius: I understand. I believe we are being converted to the new 3.5 edition.
    Roy: Well, I do feel more intimidating...
    Belkar: YES! I've been doing this ranger crap for 3 years now, it's about time for an upgrade. C'mon, c'mon, Daddy needs some new skill points!
    <sfx> waa! waa! wawawawa!
    Roy: Ooooo... Weapon shrinkage.
    Haley: Tee hee, it's so tiny!
    Belkar: DAMN IT!
    <sfx> ping!
    Elan: Ooh! Skill points!
    Belkar: DAMN IT!





    Make sure to bold any bolded speech in the comic, like so:

    Ian: Yeah. I probably would've. But three years rotting in that hole...



    Translated speech must be followed by:

    (Intial of Speaker): Translation to English.

    This would be for things like Durkon's accent, or Haley's cryptograms.

    Durkon: I dinnae know. I jus' felt really...stable.
    (D): I don't know. I just felt really...stable.

    Haley: Aqmd. Rmtdwx! Fqqj mx dow gwrrt! Fqgi FQGJ!!
    (H): Wait. Listen! Back in the cells! Back! BACK!!



    Thoughts must be preceded by <thinking>:

    Haley: <thinking> OK, think, Haley. If she’s a demon, she’s vulnerable to cold iron. BUT if she’s a devil, she’s vulnerable to silver.



    Whispery speech bubbles must be preceded by <whispering>:

    Elan: <whispering> Pssst! I think Hilgya likes you!



    Singing speech bubbles must be preceded by <singing>:

    Elan: <singing> Skill points! I love my six new skill points!
    Furthermore, should a music note appear in a speech bubble, use the ♪ symbol for it, such as when Tarquin or Belkar whistle. Any other music notes that appear, such as around a song text should be omitted as part of the art.




    Voice overs of characters who are doing a voiceover during a scene change must be preceeded by their name followed by <voiceover>:

    Julio Scoundrél: <voiceover> This is your adventure, Elan. My questing days are behind me. I've left Bandana in command of the Mechane for a while, but I've given her orders to take you wherever you need to go. Take my Chaos Sabre, too. You need a new sword, and it won't be much use where I'm going. I've decided to take a long overdue vacation to the Outer Planes. I hear Arborea is lovely this time of cenutry. I wish you the best of luck, Elan, and I can't wait to hear the tale. ~Julio



    Sound effects must be preceded by <sfx>:

    <sfx> Ping!



    Text that appears in the comic but is unspoken can be labeled as <(object) text>:

    <sign text> Cryptic Musings by Old Man 200 gp



    Cut aways should be preceeded with <cutaway>, and when the cut away ends, it should be followed by <cutback>:

    Elan: OK, perhaps, but look at all you’ve accomplished in the last few weeks here. You finally completed your father’s oath and destroyed Xykon once and for all.
    <cutaway>
    Monster in the Darkness: Man, this tunnel goes on foEVER!
    Redcloak: Stop whining. We’ll be out of the mountains soon enough, and then we can go to the surface.
    Xykon: And then I can continue my master plan…as well as plot vengeance on this ‘Greensword’ guy. Whoever he is.
    <cutback>
    Elan: you helped me defeat my evil twin brother and his nasty gang of mean adventurers.



    Flashbacks should be preceeded by a <flashback> and followed by <end flashback> when they end:

    Nale: I'm also unable to explain the apparent gulf in our mental faculties...
    <flashback>
    Elan's Mom: Nale! Stop hitting your twin brother in his soft undeveloped baby skull!
    <sfx> SMACK!
    <end flashback>
    Nale: ...And it certainly doesn't explain why they would never tell us about each other.



    Despite the number of bubbles and panels, a character's speech must remain on one line until interrupted.

    Thog: <thinking> puppies bark and play with thog.
    Roy: Blah! Blah blah blah blah blah blah!
    Thog: <thinking> nale won't let thog have a puppy. nale says thog not take "ree-spon-sa-blity" for puppy.
    Roy: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
    Not:

    Thog: <thinking> puppies bark and play with thog.
    Roy: Blah! Blah blah blah blah blah blah!
    Thog: <thinking> nale won't let thog have a puppy.
    Thog: <thinking> nale says thog not take "ree-spon-sa-blity" for puppy.
    Roy: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
    However:

    Start a new line whenever a character uses a different method of speech (like whispering, voiceover or others)

    Tarquin: And that has already been anticipated.
    Tarquin: <voiceover> Enter Queen Shvitzer and her handlers. After the so-called Free City of Doom has had a few months of brutality under the Empire of Tears, my final two associates in the Empire of Sweat will arrange for the "liberation" of the city.
    Elan: <whispering> Hey, that was a long time ago. I think I've grown a lot since then. This is really important and I understand that. Plus, now we're involved in complex and personal storylines instead of just cracking silly jokes.
    Elan: BESIDES, I GOT A 9 THIS TIME!
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    Areas of Discussion



    • What names should we give the reoccuring characters - Goblin Teen 1 and Goblin Teen 2, who first appear in Strip 93?




    • How should certain Dwarven words be translated?

      Lad / Lass / Laddie = Name of person who is being addressed
      Och = Oh
      Oy = ??
      Granpappy = Grandfather
      Pappy = Father
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWombatOfDoom View Post
    What about the format of how the transcriptions are done?
    Well, the main thing that comes to mind, is that it'd be much easier to follow the transcripts if speaker names stood out. Like....

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    Strip 151: Learning Experience
    Elan, Haley, Male Human Bandit, Female Human Bandit, Halfling Bandit

    Elan: Hey, look, some kids standing in the path.
    Male Human Bandit: Um, surprise! We're, um, bandits, come to rob you of your most valuable possession.
    Female Human Bandit: Hand it over.
    Halfling Bandit: Uh, what they said.
    Haley: Was that supposed to be an ambush?
    Elan: That was just lame.
    Haley: More sad, really.
    Male Human Bandit: Hey, I worked hard on this ambush!
    Haley: Listen, you look like a nice enough kid. What are you, 3rd level?
    Male Human Bandit: 2nd, miss.
    Haley: 2nd level, wow, I remember how it is when you're new. Everything is kobolds and copper pieces, and you get excited over a Potion of Barkskin. Good times. But let me tell you, we've been through a lot of ambushes, by some very professional monsters, and yours--well, it just doesn't measure up.
    Male Human Bandit: I was afraid of that...
    Haley: So in the interest of helping out the next generation of thieves, I'm going to offer you a few pointers.
    Male Human Bandit: Oh! Fantastic, miss. Yes, any advice you could give me would be most appreciated.
    Haley: OK, well, here's my #1 tip for archers, learned from years of adventuring. Never allow yourself to be led into the middle of the enemy's melee warriors.
    <sfx> bonk!
    Male Human Bandit: <sfx> ow!
    <sfx> thunk!
    Male Human Bandit: <sfx> OWW!
    Female Human Bandit: You gotta admit, it was a good tip.
    Halfling Bandit: Ask her if she has any advice on running away.

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    And we've launched at last! It looks fantastic! I'll get you the stuff I'm still on the hook for within a day or two now that the forums are back up.

    I think the current format sounds good. My main concern is simply with the character limit, something that has been my foe throughout our various PMs, so anything that lets us work around that is fine by me, and I think the proposed system works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalek Kommander View Post
    Heartless? Those flaming letters spelled ELAN! How many sons can honestly say their father has murdered dozens of human beings just to show how much they care?

    Tarquin's fatherly love is truly unique... or at least I hope it is!
    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    First, I'm impressed that this topic went so far off topic that it ended up back at The Order of the Stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    Well, the main thing that comes to mind, is that it'd be much easier to follow the transcripts if speaker names stood out. Like....

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    Strip 151: Learning Experience
    Elan, Haley, Male Human Bandit, Female Human Bandit, Halfling Bandit

    Elan: Hey, look, some kids standing in the path.
    Male Human Bandit: Um, surprise! We're, um, bandits, come to rob you of your most valuable possession.
    Female Human Bandit: Hand it over.
    Halfling Bandit: Uh, what they said.
    Haley: Was that supposed to be an ambush?
    Elan: That was just lame.
    Haley: More sad, really.
    Male Human Bandit: Hey, I worked hard on this ambush!
    Haley: Listen, you look like a nice enough kid. What are you, 3rd level?
    Male Human Bandit: 2nd, miss.
    Haley: 2nd level, wow, I remember how it is when you're new. Everything is kobolds and copper pieces, and you get excited over a Potion of Barkskin. Good times. But let me tell you, we've been through a lot of ambushes, by some very professional monsters, and yours--well, it just doesn't measure up.
    Male Human Bandit: I was afraid of that...
    Haley: So in the interest of helping out the next generation of thieves, I'm going to offer you a few pointers.
    Male Human Bandit: Oh! Fantastic, miss. Yes, any advice you could give me would be most appreciated.
    Haley: OK, well, here's my #1 tip for archers, learned from years of adventuring. Never allow yourself to be led into the middle of the enemy's melee warriors.
    <sfx> bonk!
    Male Human Bandit: <sfx> ow!
    <sfx> thunk!
    Male Human Bandit: <sfx> OWW!
    Female Human Bandit: You gotta admit, it was a good tip.
    Halfling Bandit: Ask her if she has any advice on running away.
    Thank you for the transcription! Will you be doing more? *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

    I tend to agree that making the names stand out might be adventageous, but it also might limit our character count a bit more, which is a concern. Anyone else have any input on this?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaggerPen View Post
    And we've launched at last! It looks fantastic! I'll get you the stuff I'm still on the hook for within a day or two now that the forums are back up.

    I think the current format sounds good. My main concern is simply with the character limit, something that has been my foe throughout our various PMs, so anything that lets us work around that is fine by me, and I think the proposed system works great.
    We have! I should have PM'd you a warning, but it seems you found us just fine! Are you still up for doing the small chunk we discussed, or should I put that back out for available transcription?

    Anything in the transcription format seem silly or needless? Missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWombatOfDoom View Post
    I tend to agree that making the names stand out might be adventageous, but it also might limit our character count a bit more, which is a concern. Anyone else have any input on this?
    Huh. Speaking as a reader, having the names stand out does make it a lot more readable... speaking as a transcriptionist, though, I'm not sure it makes it that much more readable. :P

    We have! I should have PM'd you a warning, but it seems you found us just fine! Are you still up for doing the small chunk we discussed, or should I put that back out for available transcription?

    Anything in the transcription format seem silly or needless? Missing?
    I am indeed! I got busy and let it lax while the forums were down anyway, but I only have like 10 strips left (I'm up to 688), so I can probably have it done by this time tomorrow, plus the most recent one?

    I'll admit that I'm not 100% sure that the Durkon translations are necessary - I always found them readable, personally, and with this upcoming arc we're going to have a lot more translations than our usual fare, almost certainly. (I am definitely glad that we agreed on the High Priest of Hel title, though, since we've got a Durkon/HPOH verbal distinction in this strip already.)

    EDIT: Wait a second. How long have we been including SFX and non-dialogue text?? Oh goodness, that's going to take some backtreading. Okay, I'm still on the hook, but I'm going to have to go back and add it in to... basically everything, so that may take some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalek Kommander View Post
    Heartless? Those flaming letters spelled ELAN! How many sons can honestly say their father has murdered dozens of human beings just to show how much they care?

    Tarquin's fatherly love is truly unique... or at least I hope it is!
    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant View Post
    First, I'm impressed that this topic went so far off topic that it ended up back at The Order of the Stick.
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    Sounds fun, I'll claim 751-800 and see how it goes.

    EDIT: Like this?

    Spoiler: Strip #751
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    Strip 751: Tree is Within 10-ft. Radius of Apple
    Elan, Tarquin

    Tarquin: I appreciate you gibing me a taste of what I missed today.
    Elan: What do you mean?
    Tarquin: Your childhood. You know, doing all those childlike things with me today.
    Elan: Huh?
    Tarquin: We did all of those little kid activities so that I would know what it would have been like, had I been there. Right?
    Elan: I'm not sure I following you, Dad.
    Tarquin: Never mind, just go wash up and get a bite to eat, the parade starts in two hours.
    Elan: Thanks, Dad!
    Tarquin: Wait, Elan - I just wanted to take a moment to say how proud I am of you. I mean, of how you grew up. To tell the truth, I've been going out of my way to prevent having any more children since I left your mother, on account of how Nale turned out. I was afraid any other offspring of mine would turn out as rotten as he did. But now that I've met you, and seen that you've grown up to be a hero, well...it makes me sad that I didn't get to be a part of your life.
    Elan: Dad, why...why did you leave? Just to go conquer a new country? Couldn't you have brought Mommy and me with you? Why didn't you ever come see me while I was growing up?
    Tarquin: Elan, that was - don't you know why? Didn't your mother ever tell you why we split up?
    Elan: No! All I know is that at Father-Son picnics, Mommy had to wear the fake mustache and it itched, Dad. It itched.
    Tarquin: Elan...your mother asked me to leave. It was her wish that I never see you - or Nale - ever again. I'm the one who took her to court for visitation rights, but she fought me every step of the way. Eventually, we reached a compromise where we each got one child. At that point, I was so tired of fighting that I agreed. I wrote you a letter telling you this when you turned 15. I guess your mother threw it away.
    Elan: Why - why would she do that?
    Tarquin: To keep you from seeking me out, I imagine. Women can be very petty.
    Elan: I can't believe my own mother lied to me!
    Tarquin: No sense being angry about it now, Elan. You found your way here anyway, and not a moment too soon - because one way or the other, the destiny of this nation lies in your hands!
    Elan: Wait, what do you mean by that?
    Tarquin: Don't worry about it. Just some ominous foreshadowing for later.
    Elan: Oh, OK. Is that why the lights went down back there?
    Tarquin: Yeah, I had dimmers installed pretty early in the construction. Totally worth the cost.
    Elan: Nice!


    Spoiler: Strip #752
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    Strip 752: Picking Locks
    Elan, Haley, Palace Beautician, Vaarsuvius

    Vaarsuvius: Are you certain they will be capable of evading their former captors in those mountains?
    Haley: Sure. My Azure City resistance was able to operate for months in the -
    Palace Beautician: Hello!
    Haley: GAH! Who are you?
    Palace Beautician: I'm - I'm the palace beautician.
    Haley: Why are you in my room?
    Palace Beautician: General Tarquin sent me. I've been waiting a few hours. He told me that you had been up late drinking, and you might want to freshen up before the parade. After all, you will be sitting next to his son in front of the whole city. He wants to be sure you look your very best.
    Haley: Tell him I'm not interested. You probably use, like, dead baby hair gel or something anyway.
    Palace Beautician: All of the spa's mundane and magical treatments are cruelty-free.
    Haley: Really?
    Palace Beautician: Oh, yes. The General's eighth wife had all of the cruelty cut out with a sword and sent elsewhere.
    Haley: Look, just because I bought one thing of make-up does not mean that I'm - wait. Did you say magical treatments?
    Elan: Haley? Honey, are you here?
    Haley: Over here, baby.
    Elan: Oh man, it was totally awesome. You won't believe how much fun I just squeezed into one - day.
    Haley: Really? Does that mean there's no more room for fun today?
    Elan: Well, there is still a parade tonight, but I think I can shove more in.
    Haley: Works for me. Get over here.
    Elan: <voiceover> You know, I had just assumed that your short hair was somehow symbolic of your character growth.
    Haley: <voiceover> Me too! I guess it was just a crappy haircut.
    Elan: <voiceover> Weird.
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    To making the speaker names stand out more:

    I don't think the general idea is bad, but I personally really don't like the italic.

    Spoiler: Strip #737 // Bold + Italic
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    Strip #737: Comparative Mythology
    Durkon, Dwarf, Hel, Malack, Thor, Xykon

    Durkon: - an' then tha orcs started worshippin' tha NEW puppet!
    (D): - and then the orcs started worshipping the NEW puppet!
    Malack: Heh heh heh. Amusing. I must say, it has been some time since I have entertained a fellow cleric of equal standing. Priests of the Western Gods are much like their flock: always feuding over one thing or another.
    <sfx> sip!
    Durkon: Really? Tha Northern Gods be pretty much all one big family.
    (D): Really? The Northern Gods are pretty much all one big family.
    Malack: Yes, the Western Gods, too, but that didn't stop the high priestess of Ishtar from peeing on my altar the last time she visited. I had to bleach the whole thing. Twice.
    Durkon: Ugh! Och, great drunken gods above! Wha in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods be thar upon yer altar? Over thar? Behind ye?
    (D): Ugh! Oh, great drunken gods above! What in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods are there upon your altar? Over there? Behind you?
    Malack: My master is Nergal, lion-headed god of Death and Destruction. His fiery rage brings the end of all things. His wife, Ereshkagal, goddess of the Underworld, stands by his side. You know, neither gods of Death nor their clerics are necessarily Evil. That's a common misconception.
    Durkon: Uh huh.
    (D): Uh huh.
    Malack: If anything, Neutrality suits them better.
    Durkon: Fascinatin'.
    (D): Fascinating.
    Malack: If the power of Death were truly Evil, it would take only the pure and heroic, wouldn't it?
    Durkon: Aye, well, after awhile, it starts ta seem like tha's exactly tha case. Only tha Good die fer good, they say. Anyhoo, I woulda thought ye'd worship Tiamat, on account o' bein' a lizard.
    (D): Yes, well, after a while, it starts to seem like that's exactly the case. Only the Good die for good, they say. Anyhow, I would have thought you would worship Tiamat, on account of being a lizard.
    Malack: No, Tiamat is a fine deity, but she prefers the kobolds to us lizardfolk. Plus she has little inerest in building a strong central government, like we're doing here in the Empire.
    <flashback started>
    [overlay] Malack: Her followers prefer to hang around in dark caves or hidden valleys, rather than get too involved with world politics.
    <text> The Oracle is OUT
    Xykon: Nuts.
    <flashback ended>
    Malack: Does not your own pantheon have a goddess of Death? Hel, I think?
    Durkon: Well, sorta, but nobody worships 'er, much less serves as 'er priest! She's keeper o' tha dishonored dwarven dead - those tha dinnae fall in battle, 'specially those dyin' o' sickness.
    (D): Well, sort of, but nobody worships her, much less serves as her priest! She's keeper of the dishonored dwarven dead - those that did not fall in battle, especially those dying of sickness.
    Malack: Wait. Do not dwarven souls rest on the Outer Plane that matches their alignment, asi it is with my people, or the humans?
    Durkon: Only those, tha die wit honor. Tha rest be lumped tagether an' sent ta Hel. Tha's OK, tho, since most sick dwarves'll just pick a fight wit a conifer an' die in battle. Also, thar be some grey areas.
    (D): Only those, that die with honor. The rest is lumped together and sent to Hel. That's OK, though, since most sick dwarves will just pick a fight with a conifer and die in battle. Also, there are some grey areas.
    <cutaway>
    Hel: He died of disease, that means he's mine!
    Thor: But the disease was mummy rot, and he contracted it defending an orphanage!
    Hel: Bah!
    Dwarf: ???
    <cut back>
    Durkon: Also, anyone dyin' o' alcohol-related illnesses be exempt. Na so much fer tha dwarf's sake as ta honor tha brave livers tha fought so long against tha inevitable. Cheers.
    (D): Also, anyone dying of alcohol-related illnesses is exempt. Not so much for the dwarf's sake as to honor the brave livers that fought so long against the inevitable. Cheers.


    Spoiler: Strip #737 // Italic
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    Strip #737: Comparative Mythology
    Durkon, Dwarf, Hel, Malack, Thor, Xykon

    Durkon: - an' then tha orcs started worshippin' tha NEW puppet!
    (D): - and then the orcs started worshipping the NEW puppet!
    Malack: Heh heh heh. Amusing. I must say, it has been some time since I have entertained a fellow cleric of equal standing. Priests of the Western Gods are much like their flock: always feuding over one thing or another.
    <sfx> sip!
    Durkon: Really? Tha Northern Gods be pretty much all one big family.
    (D): Really? The Northern Gods are pretty much all one big family.
    Malack: Yes, the Western Gods, too, but that didn't stop the high priestess of Ishtar from peeing on my altar the last time she visited. I had to bleach the whole thing. Twice.
    Durkon: Ugh! Och, great drunken gods above! Wha in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods be thar upon yer altar? Over thar? Behind ye?
    (D): Ugh! Oh, great drunken gods above! What in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods are there upon your altar? Over there? Behind you?
    Malack: My master is Nergal, lion-headed god of Death and Destruction. His fiery rage brings the end of all things. His wife, Ereshkagal, goddess of the Underworld, stands by his side. You know, neither gods of Death nor their clerics are necessarily Evil. That's a common misconception.
    Durkon: Uh huh.
    (D): Uh huh.
    Malack: If anything, Neutrality suits them better.
    Durkon: Fascinatin'.
    (D): Fascinating.
    Malack: If the power of Death were truly Evil, it would take only the pure and heroic, wouldn't it?
    Durkon: Aye, well, after awhile, it starts ta seem like tha's exactly tha case. Only tha Good die fer good, they say. Anyhoo, I woulda thought ye'd worship Tiamat, on account o' bein' a lizard.
    (D): Yes, well, after a while, it starts to seem like that's exactly the case. Only the Good die for good, they say. Anyhow, I would have thought you would worship Tiamat, on account of being a lizard.
    Malack: No, Tiamat is a fine deity, but she prefers the kobolds to us lizardfolk. Plus she has little inerest in building a strong central government, like we're doing here in the Empire.
    <flashback started>
    [overlay] Malack: Her followers prefer to hang around in dark caves or hidden valleys, rather than get too involved with world politics.
    <text> The Oracle is OUT
    Xykon: Nuts.
    <flashback ended>
    Malack: Does not your own pantheon have a goddess of Death? Hel, I think?
    Durkon: Well, sorta, but nobody worships 'er, much less serves as 'er priest! She's keeper o' tha dishonored dwarven dead - those tha dinnae fall in battle, 'specially those dyin' o' sickness.
    (D): Well, sort of, but nobody worships her, much less serves as her priest! She's keeper of the dishonored dwarven dead - those that did not fall in battle, especially those dying of sickness.
    Malack: Wait. Do not dwarven souls rest on the Outer Plane that matches their alignment, asi it is with my people, or the humans?
    Durkon: Only those, tha die wit honor. Tha rest be lumped tagether an' sent ta Hel. Tha's OK, tho, since most sick dwarves'll just pick a fight wit a conifer an' die in battle. Also, thar be some grey areas.
    (D): Only those, that die with honor. The rest is lumped together and sent to Hel. That's OK, though, since most sick dwarves will just pick a fight with a conifer and die in battle. Also, there are some grey areas.
    <cutaway>
    Hel: He died of disease, that means he's mine!
    Thor: But the disease was mummy rot, and he contracted it defending an orphanage!
    Hel: Bah!
    Dwarf: ???
    <cut back>
    Durkon: Also, anyone dyin' o' alcohol-related illnesses be exempt. Na so much fer tha dwarf's sake as ta honor tha brave livers tha fought so long against tha inevitable. Cheers.
    (D): Also, anyone dying of alcohol-related illnesses is exempt. Not so much for the dwarf's sake as to honor the brave livers that fought so long against the inevitable. Cheers.


    Spoiler: Strip #737 // Bold
    Show
    Strip #737: Comparative Mythology
    Durkon, Dwarf, Hel, Malack, Thor, Xykon

    Durkon: - an' then tha orcs started worshippin' tha NEW puppet!
    (D): - and then the orcs started worshipping the NEW puppet!
    Malack: Heh heh heh. Amusing. I must say, it has been some time since I have entertained a fellow cleric of equal standing. Priests of the Western Gods are much like their flock: always feuding over one thing or another.
    <sfx> sip!
    Durkon: Really? Tha Northern Gods be pretty much all one big family.
    (D): Really? The Northern Gods are pretty much all one big family.
    Malack: Yes, the Western Gods, too, but that didn't stop the high priestess of Ishtar from peeing on my altar the last time she visited. I had to bleach the whole thing. Twice.
    Durkon: Ugh! Och, great drunken gods above! Wha in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods be thar upon yer altar? Over thar? Behind ye?
    (D): Ugh! Oh, great drunken gods above! What in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods are there upon your altar? Over there? Behind you?
    Malack: My master is Nergal, lion-headed god of Death and Destruction. His fiery rage brings the end of all things. His wife, Ereshkagal, goddess of the Underworld, stands by his side. You know, neither gods of Death nor their clerics are necessarily Evil. That's a common misconception.
    Durkon: Uh huh.
    (D): Uh huh.
    Malack: If anything, Neutrality suits them better.
    Durkon: Fascinatin'.
    (D): Fascinating.
    Malack: If the power of Death were truly Evil, it would take only the pure and heroic, wouldn't it?
    Durkon: Aye, well, after awhile, it starts ta seem like tha's exactly tha case. Only tha Good die fer good, they say. Anyhoo, I woulda thought ye'd worship Tiamat, on account o' bein' a lizard.
    (D): Yes, well, after a while, it starts to seem like that's exactly the case. Only the Good die for good, they say. Anyhow, I would have thought you would worship Tiamat, on account of being a lizard.
    Malack: No, Tiamat is a fine deity, but she prefers the kobolds to us lizardfolk. Plus she has little inerest in building a strong central government, like we're doing here in the Empire.
    <flashback started>
    [overlay] Malack: Her followers prefer to hang around in dark caves or hidden valleys, rather than get too involved with world politics.
    <text> The Oracle is OUT
    Xykon: Nuts.
    <flashback ended>
    Malack: Does not your own pantheon have a goddess of Death? Hel, I think?
    Durkon: Well, sorta, but nobody worships 'er, much less serves as 'er priest! She's keeper o' tha dishonored dwarven dead - those tha dinnae fall in battle, 'specially those dyin' o' sickness.
    (D): Well, sort of, but nobody worships her, much less serves as her priest! She's keeper of the dishonored dwarven dead - those that did not fall in battle, especially those dying of sickness.
    Malack: Wait. Do not dwarven souls rest on the Outer Plane that matches their alignment, asi it is with my people, or the humans?
    Durkon: Only those, tha die wit honor. Tha rest be lumped tagether an' sent ta Hel. Tha's OK, tho, since most sick dwarves'll just pick a fight wit a conifer an' die in battle. Also, thar be some grey areas.
    (D): Only those, that die with honor. The rest is lumped together and sent to Hel. That's OK, though, since most sick dwarves will just pick a fight with a conifer and die in battle. Also, there are some grey areas.
    <cutaway>
    Hel: He died of disease, that means he's mine!
    Thor: But the disease was mummy rot, and he contracted it defending an orphanage!
    Hel: Bah!
    Dwarf: ???
    <cut back>
    Durkon: Also, anyone dyin' o' alcohol-related illnesses be exempt. Na so much fer tha dwarf's sake as ta honor tha brave livers tha fought so long against tha inevitable. Cheers.
    (D): Also, anyone dying of alcohol-related illnesses is exempt. Not so much for the dwarf's sake as to honor the brave livers that fought so long against the inevitable. Cheers.


    Spoiler: Strip #737 // No emphasis
    Show
    Strip #737: Comparative Mythology
    Durkon, Dwarf, Hel, Malack, Thor, Xykon

    Durkon: - an' then tha orcs started worshippin' tha NEW puppet!
    (D): - and then the orcs started worshipping the NEW puppet!
    Malack: Heh heh heh. Amusing. I must say, it has been some time since I have entertained a fellow cleric of equal standing. Priests of the Western Gods are much like their flock: always feuding over one thing or another.
    <sfx> sip!
    Durkon: Really? Tha Northern Gods be pretty much all one big family.
    (D): Really? The Northern Gods are pretty much all one big family.
    Malack: Yes, the Western Gods, too, but that didn't stop the high priestess of Ishtar from peeing on my altar the last time she visited. I had to bleach the whole thing. Twice.
    Durkon: Ugh! Och, great drunken gods above! Wha in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods be thar upon yer altar? Over thar? Behind ye?
    (D): Ugh! Oh, great drunken gods above! What in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods are there upon your altar? Over there? Behind you?
    Malack: My master is Nergal, lion-headed god of Death and Destruction. His fiery rage brings the end of all things. His wife, Ereshkagal, goddess of the Underworld, stands by his side. You know, neither gods of Death nor their clerics are necessarily Evil. That's a common misconception.
    Durkon: Uh huh.
    (D): Uh huh.
    Malack: If anything, Neutrality suits them better.
    Durkon: Fascinatin'.
    (D): Fascinating.
    Malack: If the power of Death were truly Evil, it would take only the pure and heroic, wouldn't it?
    Durkon: Aye, well, after awhile, it starts ta seem like tha's exactly tha case. Only tha Good die fer good, they say. Anyhoo, I woulda thought ye'd worship Tiamat, on account o' bein' a lizard.
    (D): Yes, well, after a while, it starts to seem like that's exactly the case. Only the Good die for good, they say. Anyhow, I would have thought you would worship Tiamat, on account of being a lizard.
    Malack: No, Tiamat is a fine deity, but she prefers the kobolds to us lizardfolk. Plus she has little inerest in building a strong central government, like we're doing here in the Empire.
    <flashback started>
    [overlay] Malack: Her followers prefer to hang around in dark caves or hidden valleys, rather than get too involved with world politics.
    <text> The Oracle is OUT
    Xykon: Nuts.
    <flashback ended>
    Malack: Does not your own pantheon have a goddess of Death? Hel, I think?
    Durkon: Well, sorta, but nobody worships 'er, much less serves as 'er priest! She's keeper o' tha dishonored dwarven dead - those tha dinnae fall in battle, 'specially those dyin' o' sickness.
    (D): Well, sort of, but nobody worships her, much less serves as her priest! She's keeper of the dishonored dwarven dead - those that did not fall in battle, especially those dying of sickness.
    Malack: Wait. Do not dwarven souls rest on the Outer Plane that matches their alignment, asi it is with my people, or the humans?
    Durkon: Only those, tha die wit honor. Tha rest be lumped tagether an' sent ta Hel. Tha's OK, tho, since most sick dwarves'll just pick a fight wit a conifer an' die in battle. Also, thar be some grey areas.
    (D): Only those, that die with honor. The rest is lumped together and sent to Hel. That's OK, though, since most sick dwarves will just pick a fight with a conifer and die in battle. Also, there are some grey areas.
    <cutaway>
    Hel: He died of disease, that means he's mine!
    Thor: But the disease was mummy rot, and he contracted it defending an orphanage!
    Hel: Bah!
    Dwarf: ???
    <cut back>
    Durkon: Also, anyone dyin' o' alcohol-related illnesses be exempt. Na so much fer tha dwarf's sake as ta honor tha brave livers tha fought so long against tha inevitable. Cheers.
    (D): Also, anyone dying of alcohol-related illnesses is exempt. Not so much for the dwarf's sake as to honor the brave livers that fought so long against the inevitable. Cheers.


    From those option I would personally only consider the both non-italic version.
    After seeing it, I would prefer the Bold version (though the question would be what to bold exactly and what not, for the moment I have only emphasized the character names).

    But the additional character count is something that has somewhat to be considered, too.
    I can't say if the strips I have are average (I personally think they are above), but from the strips I have transcript (59, mostly the batch from 699 to 750 and some random other strips for debugging purposes - I have transcribed them in XML and wrote a Perl script to get the post content. If there is interest in it I will figure out a way to share the stuff. Most likely I would look into github for it.) The averages are following:

    No emphasis Bold or Italic Bold and Italic
    Character Count per Strip 2240 2382 2524
    Average strips per post 22.3 21.0 19.8
    Minimum posts needed 41.9 44.5 47.2

    The "Average strips"/"Minimum posts" is most likely (hopefully only) a bit off. It doesn't factor in any lost space due to not cutting strips in half. I personally would assume that we have to move half a strip per post, lowering the average strips per post, and increasing the minimum posts. But since I can't even tell if the average character count is a good approximation, I haven't tried to get more realistic numbers related to posts. It also doesn't factor in any other stuff in the posts (like the linked list I used showed in post #3 - though I split my output in post-sized chunks automatically, where this gets factored in)

    EDIT: the content inside the Spoiler boxes in post #3 is exactly what my (post-sized) output was (and thus the strips I transcribed). I only removed the middle transcripts from each block (the first and last are still there) to cut down character size for PM'ing the stuff. The used links there are placeholders only, because I wanted to mimic the future character count as closely as possible, but since I don't have a list of usable post links, I needed to use fake links.

    EDIT2: One thing that we talked about that isn't mentioned: I think it would be best to start each book with a new post. First it allows that the Index can be easily grouped by books, and second it isn't bad to have some sort of puffer (though with a double linked list it is rather trivial to insert extra posts in between anyway). But reserving 50 or so posts (which is certainly not enough to store the complete comic, 100 would be a much better number to include future strips) in a row just isn't feasible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaggerPen View Post
    Huh. Speaking as a reader, having the names stand out does make it a lot more readable... speaking as a transcriptionist, though, I'm not sure it makes it that much more readable. :P

    I am indeed! I got busy and let it lax while the forums were down anyway, but I only have like 10 strips left (I'm up to 688), so I can probably have it done by this time tomorrow, plus the most recent one?

    I'll admit that I'm not 100% sure that the Durkon translations are necessary - I always found them readable, personally, and with this upcoming arc we're going to have a lot more translations than our usual fare, almost certainly. (I am definitely glad that we agreed on the High Priest of Hel title, though, since we've got a Durkon/HPOH verbal distinction in this strip already.)

    EDIT: Wait a second. How long have we been including SFX and non-dialogue text?? Oh goodness, that's going to take some backtreading. Okay, I'm still on the hook, but I'm going to have to go back and add it in to... basically everything, so that may take some time.
    Haha, I gotcha.

    Cool, I'll keep you up for those, then. Thank you!

    Me too on the high priest. As for the Translations of Durkon, I figured since the original thread did it, I'd keep it up rather than deleting them. I know sometimes it seems needless, but sometimes it's nice to have it too. It does add to character count, though. What do other people think?

    (Response to Edit) I added them into the list after your submissions. I'm going back over what I have and adding them in. I have the first book fully up to the current format (unless we add bold texting). If you want to go back with what you haven't submitted, by all means. But if not, just start from this point on.

    Quote Originally Posted by oppyu View Post
    Sounds fun, I'll claim 751-800 and see how it goes.

    EDIT: Like this?

    Spoiler: Strip #751
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    Strip 751: Tree is Within 10-ft. Radius of Apple
    Elan, Tarquin

    Tarquin: I appreciate you gibing me a taste of what I missed today.
    Elan: What do you mean?
    Tarquin: Your childhood. You know, doing all those childlike things with me today.
    Elan: Huh?
    Tarquin: We did all of those little kid activities so that I would know what it would have been like, had I been there. Right?
    Elan: I'm not sure I following you, Dad.
    Tarquin: Never mind, just go wash up and get a bite to eat, the parade starts in two hours.
    Elan: Thanks, Dad!
    Tarquin: Wait, Elan - I just wanted to take a moment to say how proud I am of you. I mean, of how you grew up. To tell the truth, I've been going out of my way to prevent having any more children since I left your mother, on account of how Nale turned out. I was afraid any other offspring of mine would turn out as rotten as he did. But now that I've met you, and seen that you've grown up to be a hero, well...it makes me sad that I didn't get to be a part of your life.
    Elan: Dad, why...why did you leave? Just to go conquer a new country? Couldn't you have brought Mommy and me with you? Why didn't you ever come see me while I was growing up?
    Tarquin: Elan, that was - don't you know why? Didn't your mother ever tell you why we split up?
    Elan: No! All I know is that at Father-Son picnics, Mommy had to wear the fake mustache and it itched, Dad. It itched.
    Tarquin: Elan...your mother asked me to leave. It was her wish that I never see you - or Nale - ever again. I'm the one who took her to court for visitation rights, but she fought me every step of the way. Eventually, we reached a compromise where we each got one child. At that point, I was so tired of fighting that I agreed. I wrote you a letter telling you this when you turned 15. I guess your mother threw it away.
    Elan: Why - why would she do that?
    Tarquin: To keep you from seeking me out, I imagine. Women can be very petty.
    Elan: I can't believe my own mother lied to me!
    Tarquin: No sense being angry about it now, Elan. You found your way here anyway, and not a moment too soon - because one way or the other, the destiny of this nation lies in your hands!
    Elan: Wait, what do you mean by that?
    Tarquin: Don't worry about it. Just some ominous foreshadowing for later.
    Elan: Oh, OK. Is that why the lights went down back there?
    Tarquin: Yeah, I had dimmers installed pretty early in the construction. Totally worth the cost.
    Elan: Nice!


    Spoiler: Strip #752
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    Strip 752: Picking Locks
    Elan, Haley, Palace Beautician, Vaarsuvius

    Vaarsuvius: Are you certain they will be capable of evading their former captors in those mountains?
    Haley: Sure. My Azure City resistance was able to operate for months in the -
    Palace Beautician: Hello!
    Haley: GAH! Who are you?
    Palace Beautician: I'm - I'm the palace beautician.
    Haley: Why are you in my room?
    Palace Beautician: General Tarquin sent me. I've been waiting a few hours. He told me that you had been up late drinking, and you might want to freshen up before the parade. After all, you will be sitting next to his son in front of the whole city. He wants to be sure you look your very best.
    Haley: Tell him I'm not interested. You probably use, like, dead baby hair gel or something anyway.
    Palace Beautician: All of the spa's mundane and magical treatments are cruelty-free.
    Haley: Really?
    Palace Beautician: Oh, yes. The General's eighth wife had all of the cruelty cut out with a sword and sent elsewhere.
    Haley: Look, just because I bought one thing of make-up does not mean that I'm - wait. Did you say magical treatments?
    Elan: Haley? Honey, are you here?
    Haley: Over here, baby.
    Elan: Oh man, it was totally awesome. You won't believe how much fun I just squeezed into one - day.
    Haley: Really? Does that mean there's no more room for fun today?
    Elan: Well, there is still a parade tonight, but I think I can shove more in.
    Haley: Works for me. Get over here.
    Elan: <voiceover> You know, I had just assumed that your short hair was somehow symbolic of your character growth.
    Haley: <voiceover> Me too! I guess it was just a crappy haircut.
    Elan: <voiceover> Weird.
    Looks good, though voice overs are more for disembodied voices, where those are more...gah, voiceovers...I see they might be a problem. Also, would you be able to PM me them as you go? Since I'll be handling indexing the posts and stuff, its just easier and less confusing that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    To making the speaker names stand out more:

    I don't think the general idea is bad, but I personally really don't like the italic.
    I'm also partial to bold or nothing...what about underlining?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    EDIT: the content inside the Spoiler boxes in post #3 is exactly what my (post-sized) output was (and thus the strips I transcribed). I only removed the middle transcripts from each block (the first and last are still there) to cut down character size for PM'ing the stuff. The used links there are placeholders only, because I wanted to mimic the future character count as closely as possible, but since I don't have a list of usable post links, I needed to use fake links.
    I'll emphasize more that that is only an example, not an actual working one.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    EDIT2: One thing that we talked about that isn't mentioned: I think it would be best to start each book with a new post. First it allows that the Index can be easily grouped by books, and second it isn't bad to have some sort of puffer (though with a double linked list it is rather trivial to insert extra posts in between anyway). But reserving 50 or so posts (which is certainly not enough to store the complete comic, 100 would be a much better number to include future strips) in a row just isn't feasible.
    I'm planning on separating the index by books. I'll be working on formating each list post to better space this out. Once we finish talking about format, I'll put the first book up in a list.




    Decisions to be made:

    Emphasizing speaker: Bold or Underline or Nothing? Underline would be interesting, because there isn't any other underlined text in the comic, the way there is bolded text. I don't think italics are different enough to matter.

    Voiceovers: What makes one, when should they be used?

    Flashbacks: Should we have a <flashback> before dialogue that might be a flashback, and then <end flashback> after it is over?

    Durkon Translations: I know they aren't generally needed, but at this point over 2/3 the comic is transcribed with it that way, is it unneeded enough to remove it?
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    Strip #737: Comparative Mythology
    Durkon, Dwarf, Hel, Malack, Thor, Xykon

    Durkon: - an' then tha orcs started worshippin' tha NEW puppet!
    (D): - and then the orcs started worshipping the NEW puppet!
    Malack: Heh heh heh. Amusing. I must say, it has been some time since I have entertained a fellow cleric of equal standing. Priests of the Western Gods are much like their flock: always feuding over one thing or another.
    <sfx> sip!
    Durkon: Really? Tha Northern Gods be pretty much all one big family.
    (D): Really? The Northern Gods are pretty much all one big family.
    Malack: Yes, the Western Gods, too, but that didn't stop the high priestess of Ishtar from peeing on my altar the last time she visited. I had to bleach the whole thing. Twice.
    Durkon: Ugh! Och, great drunken gods above! Wha in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods be thar upon yer altar? Over thar? Behind ye?
    (D): Ugh! Oh, great drunken gods above! What in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods are there upon your altar? Over there? Behind you?
    Malack: My master is Nergal, lion-headed god of Death and Destruction. His fiery rage brings the end of all things. His wife, Ereshkagal, goddess of the Underworld, stands by his side. You know, neither gods of Death nor their clerics are necessarily Evil. That's a common misconception.
    Durkon: Uh huh.
    (D): Uh huh.
    Malack: If anything, Neutrality suits them better.
    Durkon: Fascinatin'.
    (D): Fascinating.
    Malack: If the power of Death were truly Evil, it would take only the pure and heroic, wouldn't it?
    Durkon: Aye, well, after awhile, it starts ta seem like tha's exactly tha case. Only tha Good die fer good, they say. Anyhoo, I woulda thought ye'd worship Tiamat, on account o' bein' a lizard.
    (D): Yes, well, after a while, it starts to seem like that's exactly the case. Only the Good die for good, they say. Anyhow, I would have thought you would worship Tiamat, on account of being a lizard.
    Malack: No, Tiamat is a fine deity, but she prefers the kobolds to us lizardfolk. Plus she has little inerest in building a strong central government, like we're doing here in the Empire.
    <flashback started>
    [overlay] Malack: Her followers prefer to hang around in dark caves or hidden valleys, rather than get too involved with world politics.
    <text> The Oracle is OUT
    Xykon: Nuts.
    <flashback ended>
    Malack: Does not your own pantheon have a goddess of Death? Hel, I think?
    Durkon: Well, sorta, but nobody worships 'er, much less serves as 'er priest! She's keeper o' tha dishonored dwarven dead - those tha dinnae fall in battle, 'specially those dyin' o' sickness.
    (D): Well, sort of, but nobody worships her, much less serves as her priest! She's keeper of the dishonored dwarven dead - those that did not fall in battle, especially those dying of sickness.
    Malack: Wait. Do not dwarven souls rest on the Outer Plane that matches their alignment, asi it is with my people, or the humans?
    Durkon: Only those, tha die wit honor. Tha rest be lumped tagether an' sent ta Hel. Tha's OK, tho, since most sick dwarves'll just pick a fight wit a conifer an' die in battle. Also, thar be some grey areas.
    (D): Only those, that die with honor. The rest is lumped together and sent to Hel. That's OK, though, since most sick dwarves will just pick a fight with a conifer and die in battle. Also, there are some grey areas.
    <cutaway>
    Hel: He died of disease, that means he's mine!
    Thor: But the disease was mummy rot, and he contracted it defending an orphanage!
    Hel: Bah!
    Dwarf: ???
    <cut back>
    Durkon: Also, anyone dyin' o' alcohol-related illnesses be exempt. Na so much fer tha dwarf's sake as ta honor tha brave livers tha fought so long against tha inevitable. Cheers.
    (D): Also, anyone dying of alcohol-related illnesses is exempt. Not so much for the dwarf's sake as to honor the brave livers that fought so long against the inevitable. Cheers.


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    Strip #737: Comparative Mythology
    Durkon, Dwarf, Hel, Malack, Thor, Xykon

    Durkon: - an' then tha orcs started worshippin' tha NEW puppet!
    (D): - and then the orcs started worshipping the NEW puppet!
    Malack: Heh heh heh. Amusing. I must say, it has been some time since I have entertained a fellow cleric of equal standing. Priests of the Western Gods are much like their flock: always feuding over one thing or another.
    <sfx> sip!
    Durkon: Really? Tha Northern Gods be pretty much all one big family.
    (D): Really? The Northern Gods are pretty much all one big family.
    Malack: Yes, the Western Gods, too, but that didn't stop the high priestess of Ishtar from peeing on my altar the last time she visited. I had to bleach the whole thing. Twice.
    Durkon: Ugh! Och, great drunken gods above! Wha in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods be thar upon yer altar? Over thar? Behind ye?
    (D): Ugh! Oh, great drunken gods above! What in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods are there upon your altar? Over there? Behind you?
    Malack: My master is Nergal, lion-headed god of Death and Destruction. His fiery rage brings the end of all things. His wife, Ereshkagal, goddess of the Underworld, stands by his side. You know, neither gods of Death nor their clerics are necessarily Evil. That's a common misconception.
    Durkon: Uh huh.
    (D): Uh huh.
    Malack: If anything, Neutrality suits them better.
    Durkon: Fascinatin'.
    (D): Fascinating.
    Malack: If the power of Death were truly Evil, it would take only the pure and heroic, wouldn't it?
    Durkon: Aye, well, after awhile, it starts ta seem like tha's exactly tha case. Only tha Good die fer good, they say. Anyhoo, I woulda thought ye'd worship Tiamat, on account o' bein' a lizard.
    (D): Yes, well, after a while, it starts to seem like that's exactly the case. Only the Good die for good, they say. Anyhow, I would have thought you would worship Tiamat, on account of being a lizard.
    Malack: No, Tiamat is a fine deity, but she prefers the kobolds to us lizardfolk. Plus she has little inerest in building a strong central government, like we're doing here in the Empire.
    <flashback started>
    [overlay] Malack: Her followers prefer to hang around in dark caves or hidden valleys, rather than get too involved with world politics.
    <text> The Oracle is OUT
    Xykon: Nuts.
    <flashback ended>
    Malack: Does not your own pantheon have a goddess of Death? Hel, I think?
    Durkon: Well, sorta, but nobody worships 'er, much less serves as 'er priest! She's keeper o' tha dishonored dwarven dead - those tha dinnae fall in battle, 'specially those dyin' o' sickness.
    (D): Well, sort of, but nobody worships her, much less serves as her priest! She's keeper of the dishonored dwarven dead - those that did not fall in battle, especially those dying of sickness.
    Malack: Wait. Do not dwarven souls rest on the Outer Plane that matches their alignment, asi it is with my people, or the humans?
    Durkon: Only those, tha die wit honor. Tha rest be lumped tagether an' sent ta Hel. Tha's OK, tho, since most sick dwarves'll just pick a fight wit a conifer an' die in battle. Also, thar be some grey areas.
    (D): Only those, that die with honor. The rest is lumped together and sent to Hel. That's OK, though, since most sick dwarves will just pick a fight with a conifer and die in battle. Also, there are some grey areas.
    <cutaway>
    Hel: He died of disease, that means he's mine!
    Thor: But the disease was mummy rot, and he contracted it defending an orphanage!
    Hel: Bah!
    Dwarf: ???
    <cut back>
    Durkon: Also, anyone dyin' o' alcohol-related illnesses be exempt. Na so much fer tha dwarf's sake as ta honor tha brave livers tha fought so long against tha inevitable. Cheers.
    (D): Also, anyone dying of alcohol-related illnesses is exempt. Not so much for the dwarf's sake as to honor the brave livers that fought so long against the inevitable. Cheers.


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    Strip #737: Comparative Mythology
    Durkon, Dwarf, Hel, Malack, Thor, Xykon

    Durkon: - an' then tha orcs started worshippin' tha NEW puppet!
    (D): - and then the orcs started worshipping the NEW puppet!
    Malack: Heh heh heh. Amusing. I must say, it has been some time since I have entertained a fellow cleric of equal standing. Priests of the Western Gods are much like their flock: always feuding over one thing or another.
    <sfx> sip!
    Durkon: Really? Tha Northern Gods be pretty much all one big family.
    (D): Really? The Northern Gods are pretty much all one big family.
    Malack: Yes, the Western Gods, too, but that didn't stop the high priestess of Ishtar from peeing on my altar the last time she visited. I had to bleach the whole thing. Twice.
    Durkon: Ugh! Och, great drunken gods above! Wha in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods be thar upon yer altar? Over thar? Behind ye?
    (D): Ugh! Oh, great drunken gods above! What in Thor's unsanitary ear canal is in this - Uh, I mean, tell me, which gods are there upon your altar? Over there? Behind you?
    Malack: My master is Nergal, lion-headed god of Death and Destruction. His fiery rage brings the end of all things. His wife, Ereshkagal, goddess of the Underworld, stands by his side. You know, neither gods of Death nor their clerics are necessarily Evil. That's a common misconception.
    Durkon: Uh huh.
    (D): Uh huh.
    Malack: If anything, Neutrality suits them better.
    Durkon: Fascinatin'.
    (D): Fascinating.
    Malack: If the power of Death were truly Evil, it would take only the pure and heroic, wouldn't it?
    Durkon: Aye, well, after awhile, it starts ta seem like tha's exactly tha case. Only tha Good die fer good, they say. Anyhoo, I woulda thought ye'd worship Tiamat, on account o' bein' a lizard.
    (D): Yes, well, after a while, it starts to seem like that's exactly the case. Only the Good die for good, they say. Anyhow, I would have thought you would worship Tiamat, on account of being a lizard.
    Malack: No, Tiamat is a fine deity, but she prefers the kobolds to us lizardfolk. Plus she has little inerest in building a strong central government, like we're doing here in the Empire.
    <flashback started>
    [overlay] Malack: Her followers prefer to hang around in dark caves or hidden valleys, rather than get too involved with world politics.
    <text> The Oracle is OUT
    Xykon: Nuts.
    <flashback ended>
    Malack: Does not your own pantheon have a goddess of Death? Hel, I think?
    Durkon: Well, sorta, but nobody worships 'er, much less serves as 'er priest! She's keeper o' tha dishonored dwarven dead - those tha dinnae fall in battle, 'specially those dyin' o' sickness.
    (D): Well, sort of, but nobody worships her, much less serves as her priest! She's keeper of the dishonored dwarven dead - those that did not fall in battle, especially those dying of sickness.
    Malack: Wait. Do not dwarven souls rest on the Outer Plane that matches their alignment, asi it is with my people, or the humans?
    Durkon: Only those, tha die wit honor. Tha rest be lumped tagether an' sent ta Hel. Tha's OK, tho, since most sick dwarves'll just pick a fight wit a conifer an' die in battle. Also, thar be some grey areas.
    (D): Only those, that die with honor. The rest is lumped together and sent to Hel. That's OK, though, since most sick dwarves will just pick a fight with a conifer and die in battle. Also, there are some grey areas.
    <cutaway>
    Hel: He died of disease, that means he's mine!
    Thor: But the disease was mummy rot, and he contracted it defending an orphanage!
    Hel: Bah!
    Dwarf: ???
    <cut back>
    Durkon: Also, anyone dyin' o' alcohol-related illnesses be exempt. Na so much fer tha dwarf's sake as ta honor tha brave livers tha fought so long against tha inevitable. Cheers.
    (D): Also, anyone dying of alcohol-related illnesses is exempt. Not so much for the dwarf's sake as to honor the brave livers that fought so long against the inevitable. Cheers.


    Honestly I'm not sold on underline either (though strangle I think that underline+italic is better than italic).

    I personally would go with Bold or no emphasis (with small preference to bold). I would be ok with underline if it isn't paired with bold. The other options I don't really like that much.
    It should be rather easy to change that globally, too: I think the best approach would be a search and replace for "\nXXX:" to "\n[Whatever we want]XXX:[/Whatever we want]", with XXX one character after another (though since the cast of characters is pretty long ). I think there shouldn't be much if any) newlines followed by character names folowed by colons.

    On stuff like <voiceover> <flashback> etc: I generally like it, but if we get some inconsistency it isn't the end of the world .

    To Durkon: The thing that bugs me most about it, that we include translation for Durkon but not for other "dialects/foreigners" like Thog-speech/orcish. (And that it is more work, but since the whole thing is pretty much more work anyway more work isn't really a good argument.)


    If we do more layout changes I think the best would be if I resend you my stuff or something like that, since it should be pretty easy to chance my output to any wanted layout. (Maybe I will work to add more stuff in my XML stuff, though since I want to keep bubbles/panels separated it is still quite some work to add from the current format.)

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    Thank you for the transcription! Will you be doing more? *wink wink* *nudge nudge*
    The rest of the 151-200 block? Sure. Do you want me to PM them to you as I get them done, like you asked oppyu?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    To making the speaker names stand out more:

    I don't think the general idea is bad, but I personally really don't like the italic.
    I kinda agree, actually. Let me share what my overall thought process was....
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    • Hmm, that transcript is hard to follow with only colons separating speakers from their speaking. Some markup would be helpful.
    • Wait, just saying that isn't going to be enough; I'll need to demonstrate. With bolding. It's hard to believe no one else said something like this before, though.
    • I got it, I'll do an unclaimed transcript myself, so even if the idea's been turned down before I'm not completely wasting everyone's time.
    • (speaker) There we go, that looks good. Wait. There's bold in some of the comics and the transcription guides, that might get confusing. OK, italics.
    • (speaker) No, wait, the italics are too subtle; it doesn't actually stand out. Maybe let their powers combine?
    • (speaker) There we go, that's very unambiguous. Kinda bloaty on the BBcode though.
    • None of these are especially great, so I think I'll post it this way without expressing a preference for the exact markup used, let everyone else decide.
    • Boom. Done.

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    The rest of the 151-200 block? Sure. Do you want me to PM them to you as I get them done, like you asked oppyu?
    Yes, please. OP has been updated in that regard as well.

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    I kinda agree, actually. Let me share what my overall thought process was....
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    • Hmm, that transcript is hard to follow with only colons separating speakers from their speaking. Some markup would be helpful.
    • Wait, just saying that isn't going to be enough; I'll need to demonstrate. With bolding. It's hard to believe no one else said something like this before, though.
    • I got it, I'll do an unclaimed transcript myself, so even if the idea's been turned down before I'm not completely wasting everyone's time.
    • (speaker) There we go, that looks good. Wait. There's bold in some of the comics and the transcription guides, that might get confusing. OK, italics.
    • (speaker) No, wait, the italics are too subtle; it doesn't actually stand out. Maybe let their powers combine?
    • (speaker) There we go, that's very unambiguous. Kinda bloaty on the BBcode though.
    • None of these are especially great, so I think I'll post it this way without expressing a preference for the exact markup used, let everyone else decide.
    • Boom. Done.
    Yerp...that's why they are like they are right now - because I haven't liked any solution fully. Though I'm leaning toward bold right now.

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    I think that brackets would look kind of clunky. If the markup doesn't bloat things too much, I do actually really like the bold + italics combo. I suppose putting the names in ALL CAPS is also a possibility, though a few speech bubbles are actually in all caps. Perhaps ALL CAPS?
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    I don't really like italic, but all caps is imo even worse - especially considering some longer character names like:

    "EYEPATCHED RESISTANCE LEADER" (or whatever we should call him - at least that is the name used in the Number of Character Appearances thread)
    or
    "EMPIRE OF BLOOD GUARD"

    None of these look great imo

    and Bold doesn't make it much better imo:

    "EYEPATCHED RESISTANCE LEADER"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    I don't really like italic, but all caps is imo even worse - especially considering some longer character names like:

    "EYEPATCHED RESISTANCE LEADER" (or whatever we should call him - at least that is the name used in the Number of Character Appearances thread)
    or
    "EMPIRE OF BLOOD GUARD"

    None of these look great imo

    and Bold doesn't make it much better imo:

    "EYEPATCHED RESISTANCE LEADER"
    or
    "EMPIRE OF BLOOD GUARD"
    I agree, all caps just gets too jarring with frequent use.

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    Roy, Durkon, Haley, Belkar, Vaarsuvius

    HALEY: Roy, they kidnapped Elan.
    ROY: And your point is?
    HALEY: My point is we have to help him! He's a member of this team!
    ROY: See, now, that's where our views seem to diverge. I tend to see Elan more as an obstacle that this team overcomes on a regular basis. Traveling with Elan is kind of like, say, adventuring with syphilis. It can be done, for a while, but it's not easy and it's not pretty. So I say we all just thank the bandits for their allegorical penicillin shot and continue on our way.
    ROY: <sfx> *sigh*
    HALEY: ...them back to their camp, we should find where they've taken him.
    BELKAR: And then what?
    HALEY: And then we enact one of my cunning rescue operations.
    ROY: I can't believe you ALL want to save Elan enough to risk your lives.
    DURKON: He be tha heart an' soul o' the team, lad.
    (D): He's the heart and soul of the team, lad.
    VAARSUVIUS: He has proven his loyalty to you on several occasions, sir, and I would not discard my hard-earned friendship with him so carelessly.
    ROY: Et tu, Belkar?
    BELKAR: If anyone is going to earn XP from him, it's going to be me. Plus, he makes me laugh. "Roy has boobies". *snicker*
    ROY: Well, fine. Saving his useless ass from monsters or Belkar is one thing. Walking into a camp of armed bandits is suicide, though, and you can count me out. I'll keep looking for the starmetal on my own, then.
    HALEY: Well, that officially takes "Operation: Send the Meat Shield in First" off the table.
    BELKAR: Not to mention "Operation: Wait for Roy to Come Up With a Better Plan."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianSt View Post
    I don't really like italic, but all caps is imo even worse - especially considering some longer character names like:

    "EYEPATCHED RESISTANCE LEADER" (or whatever we should call him - at least that is the name used in the Number of Character Appearances thread)
    or
    "EMPIRE OF BLOOD GUARD"

    None of these look great imo

    and Bold doesn't make it much better imo:

    "EYEPATCHED RESISTANCE LEADER"
    or
    "EMPIRE OF BLOOD GUARD"
    Quote Originally Posted by Jasdoif View Post
    I agree, all caps just gets too jarring with frequent use.

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    HALEY: Roy, they kidnapped Elan.
    ROY: And your point is?
    HALEY: My point is we have to help him! He's a member of this team!
    ROY: See, now, that's where our views seem to diverge. I tend to see Elan more as an obstacle that this team overcomes on a regular basis. Traveling with Elan is kind of like, say, adventuring with syphilis. It can be done, for a while, but it's not easy and it's not pretty. So I say we all just thank the bandits for their allegorical penicillin shot and continue on our way.
    ROY: <sfx> *sigh*
    HALEY: ...them back to their camp, we should find where they've taken him.
    BELKAR: And then what?
    HALEY: And then we enact one of my cunning rescue operations.
    ROY: I can't believe you ALL want to save Elan enough to risk your lives.
    DURKON: He be tha heart an' soul o' the team, lad.
    (D): He's the heart and soul of the team, lad.
    VAARSUVIUS: He has proven his loyalty to you on several occasions, sir, and I would not discard my hard-earned friendship with him so carelessly.
    ROY: Et tu, Belkar?
    BELKAR: If anyone is going to earn XP from him, it's going to be me. Plus, he makes me laugh. "Roy has boobies". *snicker*
    ROY: Well, fine. Saving his useless ass from monsters or Belkar is one thing. Walking into a camp of armed bandits is suicide, though, and you can count me out. I'll keep looking for the starmetal on my own, then.
    HALEY: Well, that officially takes "Operation: Send the Meat Shield in First" off the table.
    BELKAR: Not to mention "Operation: Wait for Roy to Come Up With a Better Plan."
    Yeah, okay, that's fair enough.

    Anyway! I have finished the transcriptions of 661 through 698, sound effects and all and will be PMing them immediately! I am, however, going to hold off on the most recent one until we decide either way with regards to the dwarven accent translation, because it will affect basically every line of dialogue in the script but for the HPOH's final one.
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    This is great news, I immediately put this in my signature!

    I won't participate but I'll gladly use the transcripts for improving the german translation (most importantly harmonizing: the Durkon dialect and the sound effects, etc).

    Though, I don't get why you say that one shouldn't separate the uninterrupted speech bubbles, but then separate the sound effects. Shouldn't you separate the speech bubbles as well for as much "transcription" of the actual imagery as possible, also panel for panel?

    But anyway, I can't stress enough that I'm glad to see this great project on its good course!
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    Though, I don't get why you say that one shouldn't separate the uninterrupted speech bubbles, but then separate the sound effects. Shouldn't you separate the speech bubbles as well for as much "transcription" of the actual imagery as possible, also panel for panel?
    I think we should keep that information, too (and in my XML-source I have it, so I would have no trouble to change it), but mostly likely it is too late to change this . (Also it would further increase the character count. Though I think whether we need 54 or 49 posts or whatever doesn't really matter much anyway)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onyavar View Post
    This is great news, I immediately put this in my signature!

    I won't participate but I'll gladly use the transcripts for improving the german translation (most importantly harmonizing: the Durkon dialect and the sound effects, etc).

    Though, I don't get why you say that one shouldn't separate the uninterrupted speech bubbles, but then separate the sound effects. Shouldn't you separate the speech bubbles as well for as much "transcription" of the actual imagery as possible, also panel for panel?

    But anyway, I can't stress enough that I'm glad to see this great project on its good course!
    It's just a repetition of something to designate panel change that is unneeded. For sound effects, it makes sense, as they interrupt things and have a certain "order" to them, where as saying Roy: over and over when he's being long winded seems a waste of characters and needless, especially when it's mostly 2 sentences max per line. So a panel change is basically a period. I understand being loyal to the comic, but a transcript of lines from a movie would work this way as well. A angle change doesn't make a new line entry, a scene change does, or a sound does.
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    Well, I understand why there need to be formatting rules. It's important that you establish them early on, so Christan is probably right when he says it's to late to unpack that suitcase. Better get moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onyavar View Post
    Well, I understand why there need to be formatting rules. It's important that you establish them early on, so Christan is probably right when he says it's to late to unpack that suitcase. Better get moving.
    True, but one of the reasons I have this now is because as I go through, I'm editing them to match the format, so before I do so I wanted to get a approval in general on the format, hence the conversation.

    Also, folks! Looks like there's only one more group of unclaimed transcriptions! Who's gonna snag them?
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    Ahhh... I shouldn't, but what the hey, it's only like 49 scripts. I'll do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaggerPen View Post
    Ahhh... I shouldn't, but what the hey, it's only like 49 scripts. I'll do it.
    49? Hrm?
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    Whoops, forgot to include 350 itself in my mental math. Still, you get the point.
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    Another couple of questions from #753
    Roy: *GASP!*
    I put that as speech since it was in a speech bubble, but I could see it as a sound effect as well.

    Tarquin: Oh! Well, thank you very much, buy [sic] I'm soon to be married.
    Typos, [sic] or no?

    EDIT: Also, I'm tagging the off-panel voiceovers that aren't disembodied monologues as <off-panel> currently, but it won't be a problem to go through and change them if you want something different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oppyu View Post
    Another couple of questions from #753


    I put that as speech since it was in a speech bubble, but I could see it as a sound effect as well.



    Typos, [sic] or no?

    EDIT: Also, I'm tagging the off-panel voiceovers that aren't disembodied monologues as <off-panel> currently, but it won't be a problem to go through and change them if you want something different.
    I'd go with that since it's in a speech bubble, treat it as a normal one despite it being a kind of sound effect. Sound effects are limited to the pop! CLINK! and so on that don't have bubbles.

    For typos, I'm not sure what [sic] is, but I assume it's designating a correction? If so, that sounds like a good idea...but I could also see that to prevent arguement, leaving the text as it is shown. If it is corrected in the books, then we should probably go with the correction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWombatOfDoom View Post
    I'd go with that since it's in a speech bubble, treat it as a normal one despite it being a kind of sound effect. Sound effects are limited to the pop! CLINK! and so on that don't have bubbles.

    For typos, I'm not sure what [sic] is, but I assume it's designating a correction? If so, that sounds like a good idea...but I could also see that to prevent arguement, leaving the text as it is shown. If it is corrected in the books, then we should probably go with the correction.
    Alright, cool. [sic] is basically saying "This is really how it appears in the original; I'm not the one who screwed up." Link.

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    Here's some testing for different options for labeling.

    Most popular suggestion:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    Least amount of characters, but hard to see:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    Unwieldy, but it kinda helps:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    Looks good, but so many characters:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    3 Bracket attempts to avoid changing the text at all:
    [Tarquin] Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    (Tarquin) Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    {Tarquin} Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    And Bolding them to see if that helps their case:
    [Tarquin] Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    (Tarquin) Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    {Tarquin} Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    EDIT: Also, look at the bottom of the format rules, I have a clarification on new lines for speech bubbles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWombatOfDoom View Post
    Here's some testing for different options for labeling.

    Most popular suggestion:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    Least amount of characters, but hard to see:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    Unwieldy, but it kinda helps:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    Looks good, but so many characters:
    Tarquin: Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    3 Bracket attempts to avoid changing the text at all:
    [Tarquin] Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    (Tarquin) Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    {Tarquin} Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    And Bolding them to see if that helps their case:
    [Tarquin] Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    (Tarquin) Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.

    {Tarquin} Crap, the three prisoners at the bottom of the "E" burned out early. Now it looks like I just really like custard.
    I like the unformatted square brackets '[Tarquin]' or bold 'Tarquin', but I'm not the one who'll be going through hundreds of strips manually changing every line in every strip. If you're up for it I think those ones look the best. Otherwise the unformatted plain text that's already being used will be fine as well.

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