Wasn’t sure which blog to post this on, exactly, since NTO is the highest-trafficked, but this is mostly HC-relevent so I settled on here: a huge, slobbery thanks to Blaze, who donated a fat sack of cash in the name of the eventual continuation of HC.
Your support is always a huge deal to me, and I’d love nothing better than to throw my arms around your neck and shout “Of course I’ll resume HC! Expect a new page this Friday!” but unfortunately HC’s prettier, more successful big brother NTO, with its evaporating buffer, has my time in a chokehold right now, so I don’t want to make promises I’ll inevitably break. What I can tell you, though, is there is a rough, WIPpish Canto VI script partially finished. I’d love to make a return to the HC in the relatively short-term, and random flickers of fan support tip me ever further in my inclination.
TL;DR: Thanks again, Blaze! I’m sorry your money is, for now, mostly supporting NTO rather than the comic you actually liked!
Hey baffled NTO readers and HC revenants: want to catch up on this old thing or just belatedly express your appreciation for all the slaving I did for you back when but don’t want to spend $25 on a trade paperback that’s only going to slow you down when you’re running from the cops for smoking that joint in broad daylight out in front of the Starbuck’s?
Have I got a deal for you: a big, fat, high-res digital download of the collected Cantos and all the bullshit bonus materials for a mere, manageable $4.99. It’s a DRM-free, 158-page PDF you can gape at on your iThing and/or share with your mom. It cannot be beaten. Because it’s digital, and it doesn’t really exist.
The books are ready and they look fantastic! If you were an HC fan back in the day and never bought any of the print editions, now’s the time: the 158 page collection is fab, and loaded with self-important commentary and extras. You owe it to yourself (and to me, damn you, you cheapsmack) to buy it.
So the archive had to be totally re-imported to get the navigation working how it was supposed to; this meant we lost all the comments, etc.. But the archive is now eminently cruisable (you’ll notice First/Last in Canto nav buttons, along with what you’d expect).
The site looks right for me in Firefox, IE and Chrome, but my trusty sister tells me it looks completely screwy for her in all these same browsers and proved it with screenshots. I’m not sure if there’s something weird happening with server caching that I don’t understand or what; the site should have white Gill Sans, sickly pinkish link text, and said link text should use small caps. Let me know if it doesn’t, and screenshot it or it didn’t happen.
In other news, I’ve got about 10 hours of work into the anthology. So I’m definitely doing it; I’m just having a hard time finding the time alongside NTO and the holidays. And I still feel gross from that brush with death I never told you about because it was gross.
Oh, also: this will probably not happen at this juncture because of the dissipation of much of the fanbase but if you want to do a piece of fanart or anything and get it to me in the next couple of weeks I’ll stick it in the anthology. I think that’d be cool.
With traffic low due to, you know, being on unspoken hiatus again, now seems as good a time as any to implement a better archiving scheme.
I’ve installed ComicPress because it’s fairly easy to deal with, but it can’t correctly handle all the old posts unless I basically rename every single image file, manually, and re-upload them, but I’m pretty strapped for time and that sounds gross.
Apologies if the site is an unusable heap for a short while and for any weirdness or interruption in the feed; come back in a few days.