We're getting there, really! It's close, it's coming together; projectPlanet is a thing!
So as I get closer and closer, there's a decision to make; free or pay? Or pay and free?
Currently the following idea is buzzing around in my head; make a pdf that will be totally free and print a book that would (to off-set the costs of production) cost money. But then more questions arise; should the pdf and physical book be identical or have different stuff? Say, for example; should the descriptions / fluff text be in the book only but the stats are available in both formats? Or should the textual information be identical but the pdf is black&white and the book would be in full glorious color? What would be a "fair" difference between the two versions or should they be completely identical?
It is a lot of stuff to think about but what it comes down to is this - I want you to see my stuff.
I want everyone to have the oppertunity to experience my work on some level without any finance investment. The reason why is that I use to work at a lot of conventions and I saw what happens to an unknown artist who no one has ever heard of; their work doesn't sell. It seems like once a person's work is known and once a consumer can confidently say that they *know* it is worth buying a book, then everything goes along smoothly. Instead of waiting for the slow return I would like to "throw" my project at you guys so you know exactly what it is and then be able to determine if it's worth anything.
So with all of that in mind; what's the best way to go about this?
Sword Art Online - Fantastic! This is what happens when the people behind an anime about MMOs actually understand what they are talking about! It is very smart, cleaver and full of disturbing twists in a story about players becoming permately trapped in a fantasy RPG. Think of an "end of the world" or zombie senrio in terms of how being trapped in a hopeless situation affects the mental emotional state of the characters. Also, as a personal note; I hate romances. I hate them because they are rarely well-justified, it often feels like the writers had to stick it in. But not here; the romance that develops in SAO feels earned like the bond between two war veterns.
Madoka Magica - I will admit it can be slow in spots but I would still say it's totally worth watching. This is what happens when a Watchman filter is put over the Magical Girl anime genre; perfectly executed elements of horror and dread fused into ruffles and pink. This is a watch for both genders; although maybe not for young children. It can sometimes feel like a moment of silent hill while always shrouded in a cloak of Moe. (Best. Music. Ever.)