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March 23rd, 2013

People in comics commonly tell you not to redraw. In almost every respect, including any tangible measure, they’re absolutely right. It’s true that it doesn’t provide a good return on the investment. It’s true that it sucks up a tremendous amount of time and energy. It’s true that readerships would usually rather see high-quality new content than see old content brought up to similar quality. I honestly can’t dispute any of this. And that’s why midway through the process, I had some strong doubts and anxieties as to why I was bothering at all.

But when I got to the point of completion, began uploading the new pages to replace the old, and compared the difference all over again… it was ridiculously satisfying. To me, all the sensible reasons not to redraw just don’t stack up to how good it feels to have done so. If this was a mistake, it’s a mistake that has made me much happier with my work.

Of course, there’s still a distinct gradient of quality that has occurred even during the redraw. I’ve still gone through phases in the process, flirted and broken up with visual elements like euclidean perspective and one-layer painting. The old page 1 was weaker than the old page 50, and that’s still true with their new counterparts. But this time it’s a page 1 that I don’t feel anxious or embarrassed about sending new visitors to. When you’re in it for yourself (and that’s always the case when you’re making comics without a fixed paycheque in return), that peace of mind counts for a lot.

So what’s different? Well, page titles are no longer present (they stopped making sense for the format very early on). Pages are now a consistent size (this is much more workflow-friendly and I don’t believe that it has damaged the way the comic reads). Some dialogue may be tweaked, and a new gag or two may have been added. Pages with alternate art styles are less common (I disliked most instances of this in retrospect for various reasons), although there’s a good chance I will retain them specifically for sequences involving the Colonel. Most significantly, Shadow’s outfit at the Hi-Volt has changed colour from grey/red to orange/yellow.

With that in mind, let me stress that I will not be going full George Lucas here; I won’t cut readers off from the original versions. I’ve prepared a zip file containing the original archive, if for any reason it interests you.

I hope readers will forgive me for indulging my neuroses over the past [no, I don't actually want to think about how much time this took]. I am very excited to be moving forward with the story once more, and I hope you’ll check in on a regular basis.