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Second Life 4th Birthday – get your Met a Stranger while it’s hot!

Alex and Myg tweaking SL4B Exhibit

That’s us from last night, bitching nonstop at one another as we frantically put finishing touches on our exhibit for the Second Life 4th Birthday (SL4B) Thingy (Fair? Celebration? Exhibition?) event or whatever it’s called.

The thingy starts on Saturday, 6/23 and runs until the following Saturday, 6/30.

Come visit us! (SLURL) We’ll be spending most of our in-world time there that week to help drum up interest in Met a Stranger. While you’re there, do grab the whole box set of Met a Stranger on three Thincbooks with episodes 1-7! If you all like these, I’ll do my best to release the other *ugh* 25 episodes in-world. Nah, it’ll be my pleasure.

I’ll be doing a special “Meet the Artist” presentation on Sunday 6/24 at 9am SL Time. I’ll tell you where as soon as somebody tells me.

And hey guess what? Met a Stranger–Season 2 is coming . . . very soon, oh yes! Very soon indeed . . .

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Second Life comics

Sorry that I’ve been MIA the past two weeks. Having a crap-ass Real Job has been putting a major damn cramp in my fun, and what little down time I’ve had I’ve been working on this:

Met a Stranger Volume 1 Episode 1

This is the new front cover for the Thincbook edition of Met a Stranger, Volume 1 Episode 1. I have it now in pre-production with a couple of test copies. I’ll have it available for free at the Second Life 4th Birthday event, beginning June 23rd.

I have to tell you, the Thincbook delights me to no end. I never realized how much I’d love a virtual book. When I first considered it, it seemed totally silly. But the Thincbook acts just enough like a book to give my brain the same warm fuzzies I get holding a copy of Love and Rockets or Eightball. In fact, I actually prefer reading this way than typical web applications like .pdf or html. Makes me wonder why folks like the Avastar or Players Magazine aren’t using it.

For a frustrated graphic novelist (guess who can’t draw, like, at all?) having the ability to create this is a total score. It is, however, a huge pain in the ass. I have to lay the entire thing out in Photoshop into jpegs, upload every page as an image and then put them into the book. Then I use the Thincbook press which makes a copy I can then give away or sell. But while it is time consuming, I am stupidly pleased with the result.

I am not, however, the only aspiring graphic novelist or comic book maker in Second Life. I wanted to shout out a few others who are also doing some very cool things using Second Life photos to create works of fiction or comic-style art.

First, there’s the venerable CodeBastard Redgrave, who created Found: Injured Neko in April.

Found Injured Neko Comic Part 1

It’s breathtaking, I must say, in it’s look. I am still eagerly awaiting the next installment. Codie?! Hurry up! (She said, knowing that the pressure is beating down for Season 2 of her own work…)

Then of course, there’s Seraphine’s steady outflow of comic philosophy.

And I got an email from somebody new, Patou Dumont, who seems to hail from a blog called Second News! Brasil and has written a comic in PDF form.

What the hell does that say? Does anybody know? Heh, well luckily for us uni-lingual American types, the story itself can also be downloaded in English. So do it and give a read.

What else are you reading out there that’s fiction based on Second Life, or using Second Life images? Inquisitor staff want to know!

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