Oh, all right, I'll pin a useful toot:
Some amount of this account will refer to my comic, The Dementia of Magic, at https://dementiaofmagic.net. Others may refer to nothing really at all.
"Introducing the new AMD 6969 XTXTXTX-C! It has a gajillion rendering cores and eleventy bazillion TB of RAM! It's so powerful, your entire life up to this point has been retroactively rendered by one! Wheeeeeeeeeee!"
"Sure, nice, when will consumers be able to buy one, or anything else AMD's made in recent years? Will supplies be improving so that-"
"I SAID WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE."
There! The *physical* versions of the second editions of The Dementia of Magic, Chapters Two and Three, are now available for purchase! They're $15 each for a standard-quality-color paperback and $55 each for a premium-quality-color hardcover!
And PDFs are still available for free regardless!
The one last problem I'm going to have with the books is pricing. I mean, I had a solid idea of the prices already... in USD. Lulu has you specify the price in USD, GBP, EUR, CAD, and AUD. Problem is, the minimums for each don't convert correctly, and the USD prices I had in mind convert to less than said minimums.
I'm guessing there's processing fees going on (Lulu is a US company without a mega global presence), but that's still kinda going to suck for international folk.
Going on memes I've seen for many years regarding digital art, I humbly offer the following bit of advice:
Make your sketch layers something like 40% opacity or so and just draw on them in plain ol' black (or whatever color you're using for lines). That way you'll immediately know if you're drawing on the sketch layer or linework layer and won't get an unpleasant surprise when you turn off sketch.
The new editions of the books have been nearly ready to go. But just to compare, I ordered copies of the premium color versions again. It really is better, but man is it expensive.
Since Lulu gives me the option, I looked into maybe hardcover premium color versions to make it more worth the cost. To that end, I added extra wrap stuff to the covers and placed an order to test.
Then I found that those versions would be around $100 USD each on their store. I don't think I can justify THAT.
Hm... yes, yes. I think these versions of the books should do nicely. Much less overly dark, now that I've done some color correction on some of the more shaded parts.
I'll give them one more look-through just to make sure I'm not missing anything really bad, but I might be ready to get them up for sale in due time.
One of the more impressive things about Worms: Armageddon, the 22-year-old version of Worms that many still hold up as the peak of the series, is that it still gets updates, not just to force it to run on modern OSes, but also for QoL stuff and new features regardless. Plus, given how it's developed, if you've even got an old 1.0 WA CD sitting around, you should be able to get it upgraded to 3.8.
Or rather, my copy WOULD be upgradeable if my external CD/DVD drive could read it right. Arrg.