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Friday, January 22, 2010

West of Bathurst 636

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I'm hoping this page will appear eventually; it seems the site is down again. Sigh.

Of course, this just had to happen on the day I planned on making the following announcement:

Remember how I've never quite managed to get my act together and create a WoB collection? Well, that collection is finally underway. My plan is to collect the first two years of the strip and publish a print copy at some point in the spring, then to collect the next two years and publish a print copy at some point in the fall. Yeah, I should have done the first volume ages ago, but procrastination is a powerful force, my friends. I'm currently loading all the relevant image files into the main document; it's going to take a while, since there are nearly four hundred such files to deal with, and the colour ones need to be switched to black and white. (If all goes well, there will also be a special collection containing the colour comics colour, of course.) I've got ninety-eight done now, and it's taken me two days. After that, I'm going to have to deal with the actual publication process, and that will take even longer. Since I'm poor, I'll be using the print-on-demand service Lulu. It isn't a perfect choice, especially seeing as it's based in the US and is not always kind about international shipping charges, but I can't exactly afford the overhead for anything else.

I do sort of want to get a Canadian ISBN instead of going with one of Lulu's so that I don't have to pay American taxes (like...30% of each sale. If I'm going to be gouged, I would like to be gouged by Canadians. Gosh...that sounds dirty). However, I have so far been unable to figure out how to get a damn Canadian ISBN. All the information online is five years out of date and applies to a body that doesn't seem to exist any more. Any help would be appreciated.

Anyone with advice and/or snarky comments should feel free to post here.

Friday, January 22, 2010
Panel 1: Somewhere in Davies College, Rahim and Marie face Casey. Marie is falling asleep on her feet.

Casey: Talent auction go on a bit too long?

Rahim [very unfriendly]: Maybe.

Panel 2:

Casey: Oh, come on, Rahim...give me a chance to--

Rahim: Where's your cast?

Panel 3:

Casey: My...?

Rahim: Your cast, Mulligan. The one you should be wearing on your broken arm.

Panel 4: Barbara comes up behind Rahim and Marie.

Casey: The break healed.

Rahim: In two weeks?

Barbara: It's almost as if he has some sort of diabolical powers.

Alt-Text: I think Rahim would like to borrow Barbara's Sherlock Holmes outfit.

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