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    A Full Return and a New Direction

    Now I'm done with recovery and I'm back home, I am resuming my administrator duties full-time. (Or whatever you'd call it.) Having said that, I'm not ready to boot Zemekis off his pedestal just yet.

    Regarding my direction, one day many moons ago (I can't sodding remember) somebody suggested that I start a Patreon. Since I hadn't made anything from these ventures, I figured it would help finance some of my projects. The main one was Outlaw World, a sister site—the ultimate resource for anything regarding Outlaw Star. Unfortunately it was set aside nearly two years ago. For a long time I paused the Patreon because I hadn't fulfilled my goals.

    It was to be a web 1.0-styled site in a similar vein as sites that existed in the classic Toonami days. This was mostly accomplished, but during its small period of activity I only added a couple of articles that were revamps of what I'd already done on this very forum. One is about Sword of Wind. The workload always loomed over me. By that I don't mean the site itself, but rather what I'd have put on it.

    Every page of every art book and most doujinshi (or in some cases just the pages about Outlaw Star) were planned content. Based on what I've done so far it takes me an average of one hour for every page. A horrible habit of mine is that I am a perfectionist and always must ensure that my scans are at the maximum quality I can muster. I clean all the pages, removing all dust and scratches and cleaning every blemish, as well as a lot of colour adjustment. For all the books that reaches over 1300 hours, or over five months if I worked on them eight hours a day. However, it's worth considering that a lot of the doujinshi pages would take less time to finish, so I'd knock a few hundred hours off that to be fair. There are at least a hundred pages of concept art too.

    As you can see that is quite daunting. "Why not just provide crappy raw scans that most people would be happy with?" I dunno, it's just a habit. Raw scans are like a bad itch to me. So that's the art. Then there are the dozens of DVDs/Blu-rays I have and VHS, even LaserDiscs... or VCDs. I wanted to scan and document the quality and features of every one. I could list heaps of other content, but this already reads as a rather pointless rant. On the contrary, though, it's all a passion. These are things I want to do. Like a hardcore Trekkie may dedicate a myriad of time to Star Trek, as a big fan of Outlaw Star it almost feels like a duty. I do need to be realistic. I think the manga is a higher-priority task than this documentation of the universe and merchandise, etc. It's hard to tell what people want, because people just don't talk about Outlaw Star very often. I'd still consider the majority of these people fans of Outlaw Star. It just only seems to be those who take their interest a step further that ask about the manga, for instance.

    This was an essay, but that is why my most time-consuming project is on hold indefinitely. I'll need to alter my Patreon to make that clear. Right now my direction leads to the manga translation's completion. What about when the draft is done? Could I use Patreon funding to help hire somebody to scan all of the manga and assist with a tidy "final" release? Sure, I can scan art books, but manga's a different animal. Especially old stale manga from close to a quarter-century ago. (Then again, Future-Retro Hero Story turned out great and that's from the '80s.)

    Aside from the manga, my other focus is this forum. Activity has dropped a little during my absence. Weren't you going to do something about that, Zemekis? Ah well, can't blame ya. Well, everyone, let's mosey and make Nexus great again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Having said that, I'm not ready to boot Zemekis off his pedestal just yet.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I think the manga is a higher-priority task than this documentation of the universe and merchandise, etc. It's hard to tell what people want, because people just don't talk about Outlaw Star very often. I'd still consider the majority of these people fans of Outlaw Star. It just only seems to be those who take their interest a step further that ask about the manga, for instance.
    I don't think the issue is so much what people want, but rather that they don't even know what's out there. OLS has a wealth of supporting material as you've outlined in this post, but without first completing the manga I don't think there's any context for it for your run of the mill fan or even superfan. Would most people look at art books or read supplementary material for a series whose primary media they have yet to consume? It's difficult for you (and by extension myself) to see things from the outside perhaps because of how close to the project we are. We know how 100% legit and epic the supplementary material is and we want to get it all out there, but I think you've done a great thing by taking a step back and re-assessing priorities (as sad as I am to see Outlaw World take a back-burner position). From speaking with you as much as I have I get the feeling that you're too passionate to let Outlaw World go forever and hopefully I'll still be around to support you when the 100s of other obstacles between now and then are cleared.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    Aside from the manga, my other focus is this forum. Activity has dropped a little during my absence. Weren't you going to do something about that, Zemekis?
    Yeah, rather than making a joke or an excuse...I did say that and that was my true and honest intention but I did fail on that front. Activity went down a bit and I never got around to the things I had originally planned because once I looked at those plans critically they wouldn't have really increased activity. Life got in the way, i took a vacation for 9 days somewhere with no internet, and you semi-returned far faster than I had even dared to hope (that's a good thing!). I'll be posting more (as i'm sure everyone has seen today. With all my posts today I was afraid i'd get grabbed by bot detection or something.

    I've got a write-up about my recent vacation coming soon that should be fun to read because & I'll be dropping some more chapters of the LN very very soon to do my part!
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