GPF News Archive

First Post Previous Post Next Post Latest Post May 12, 2004

 

Quick Update: I've been meaning to post this for almost a week, but for various reasons I haven't had a chance. I'd like to thank everyone who helped correct some of our translation mistakes so far, and especially thank the many of you who have volunteered to translate future strips. I apologize that I haven't responded to you each individually, but with things being as busy as they are, I just haven't been able to yet. While I appreciate the offers for translations, at this point they are largely unnecessary, since the vast majority of the of the translations in this story are already over with. I'm also highly protective of this story because of its importance to the continuity, so I'm very reluctant to divulge any details, even to some of my closest confidants. So I hope everyone will understand if I take a break/fix approach to the few remaining translations. I think the surprises to come are worth making one or two more emergency fixes. I really do appreciate all the help everyone has offered. It means a great deal to me.

Of course, I did mention that I've been quite busy, so I might as well tell you why. Very soon, I will be starting another short-term programming contract for my old boss at IBM, much like I did back between October and December of last year. I'm trying to take care of a few comic-related things before I officially go on-roll, which has kept me hopping. As with the last contract job, I don't anticipate a direct impact on the comic. It will, unfortunately, impact some of the auxiliaries, most notably being our con schedule. This has basically killed any chance of reaching Comic-Con, Anthrocon, and DEXCON. My apologies to anyone who may have been hoping to see me there. However, the contract should end in August, meaning we should still make it to Dragon*Con (which is in September), and since it's local, we're planning to squeeze in a Saturday appearance at Trinoc*coN.

More news when I get the chance.


Howdy, gang. Sorry it's been a couple weeks since the last news update, but that's certainly better than it's been in the past. Not a whole lot to go into this week, but I do have some interesting things to mention that you might be curious about.

New Story: As you've probably noticed, this week starts a new story arc, and I'll go ahead and warn you in advance that this one's a doozy, the longest since good ol' Surreptitious Machinations, in fact. Don't worry, it's nowhere near as long as that monster, but long enough for me to still be drawing the same story in my buffer while you're seeing the beginning. This one has some major revelations and changes, so I strongly suggest that you try to keep up on it. I promise it will include some big surprises. ;)

I also want to offer some thanks and apologies in advance. My thanks go out to my sister Lisa and her friend Stephanie, who helped with some of the French translations you'll be seeing. The apologies go to all you native French speakers out there who will undoubtedly tell me how wrong thost translations are. :D Please keep in mind that none of us here are fluent in French, so if we totally butcher something (other than a time or two when we intend to butcher it), please politely point out our mistake so we can correct the strip before it goes eventually into print. We've done the best we can with the knowledge we have, so your understanding will be appreciated. This also goes for the smattering of German you'll also be seeing, which I'll admit comes largely from Babel Fish. (Fortunately, there shouldn't be enough of that to be too horribly garbled.)

GPF Store Update: I'm happy to announce that the GPF Store should be back open for business. The OS migration mentioned in the last news post was successful, and the Store server is now happily running Fedora Linux Core 1. I was also able to upgrade the storefront software to a newer version and tweak a few other things that will hopefully make the Store better overall. If you encounter any problems with the Store, please shoot me an e-mail ASAP so I can investigate it. However, I don't anticipate any problems.

GPF Books Update: As many of you have already noticed, it's been quite a while since our last book collection came out. Well, I just wanted to pop in a little note to mention that we certainly haven't forgotten them. We plan to have some really major book news in the not-to-distant future, so keep watching the news for it. Some of it you might be expecting, and some of it I promise will be a bit of a surprise.

That's about it for now, gang. Don't forget that the Fred plush dolls are still available, and that you can help me decide what to do with my Microsoft anti-trust settlement in this poll thread on the forum. While you're there, feel free to give me your thoughts on a little proposal I've made about a change to how the News Blurb on the main page works. And check out the Shows & Cons site for updates on where we're planning to be in the near future.

News Archives Main | GPF Main Page