I've been a bit inactive here for a while - this is because I am devoting every waking hour to pasting up and fine-tuning the artwork for the Venna's Planet: Volume One. I thought it would be a simple case of stacking up the strips and dashing them off to the printer, but, because we've decided on this square format, and I need to fit three strips onto a page, and because the aspect ratio I settled on would mean big margins and reduction of size, I am having to add fragments of scenery to some of the panels in order to make them reach the ends of the allotted space. With 200 strips needing this treatment, it's taking a while. I know that some people would just stretch the artwork, which would take seconds rather than hours. But people who stretch artwork to make it fit the page are worse than the worst person who ever lived, and Hell's flames await them.
There are, in fact, several installments which nobody here will have seen, and they now appear about a third of the way into the story. They were created to justify something that happens later. Those who have been following the story may know that I was unhappy with the name of one of the secondary characters. So, Hazel has become Shelly. It's possible she may yet undergo another name change, but once it's in print, that's it forever. The Baroness is now The Countess...it's not explained if she ever was a countess in an earlier part of her life, but the point is, she can't be The Baroness since I discovered that this is the name of a character from G I Joe. She's still known personally as 'Galo' (which may be a shortened form of a longer name) and formally, as Commander GC112. I've dropped 'Corman', as I want the characters to have only given names. Except for Phileas Knullius, but that's a name he's given himself.
I was also seeking another name for the Krogs - partly to avoid possibly annoying the South African jazz singer, Karin Krog, and to avoid confusion with a person who shops for dry goods (yes, I googled the word!) However, there's hardly any arrangement of letters that doesn't form a known word of some kind, according to Google. I considered 'drogs' but that's a thing, too. So I suppose I might as well stick with krog, and if Karin sues me, it will be publicity.
I've altered some of the dialog so that it makes more sense, and flows better, so even if you've read the story, there will be a few new things to see.
The publishing company is currently running a print test, and once I've seen that, and made a few more adjustments, I'll have to let go of my baby, and wait for the results. Needless to say, as soon as it's available, I'll be announcing it very loudly on here...and commencing with Book Two, complete with name changes and new strip aspect ratio.
Wish me luck!