by Reinder Dijkhuis
An episode intended for publication next Wednesday (Feb. 13) was accidentally posted today. It was rescheduled as soon as the error was discovered; apologies for any confusion. That'll teach me to upload comics in the middle of a migraine headache.
Like us on Facebook and elsewhere!
by Reinder Dijkhuis
A few regular notices:
Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is on Facebook! This is our page — like it for up to date info on the latest activity including remaster updates and the latest work on the book.
Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is also on Twitter! Follow it here for the same updates but with tighter character restrictions.
Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan is on Google+! Googleplus it here. We just like to give you choice in what social media to follow us and give us attention on.
We're not quite sure what we want to use our Tumblr for, but it is there and we do post stuff on it.
There's a DeviantArt page as well, which is often the first place new art gets shown.

Spun Off and Abúi's Travels have both updated recently.

The voter incentive at TopWebComics hasn't updated, but we still appreciate it if you go there to vote for us.
You can also Subscribe to ROCR here or at The Belfry to give the comic's popularity a bit of a boost. ROCR updates daily here, so there's no huge practical advantage to subscribing, but it's nice not to have to forget to visit, and it does help us improve our rankings, which draws more readers to the site, so if you do subscribe, thanks!

... that was it, I think.
Santa's Revenge
by Reinder Dijkhuis

SANTA'S REVENGE! Click to see the full story

It's the time of year again to highlight some of the Christmas-related comics I've worked on over the years. Santa's Revenge is the second Christmas comic I worked on with writer Geir Strøm, in 2000. It's a short horror story set in a cottage in the woods, long before Josh Whedon created his Cabin in the Woods, which I've not seen and hadn't in fact heard about before Geir mentioned it to me yesterday. I really like the characters in the three stories that feature them, and I think Santa's Revenge still holds up well.
Christmas At Blocksberg
by Reinder Dijkhuis

The war on Christmas is ON! Christmas at Blocksberg

Christmas at Blocksberg front page. Click to go to the comic and see the page in fullIt's the time of year again to highlight some of the Christmas-related comics I've worked on over the years. Christmas at Blocksberg is not my creation. I was involved in it as a translator and editor. The artist is Norwegian painter Daniel Østvold and the writer is Geir Strøm, also from Norway. It's a story from their Chronicles of the Witch Queen series, and featuring the regular characters from that series: Queen Elspeth, queen of the Witches; Countess Alcydia, her arch-rival, and the dim-witted Baron von Fieffelfalsfaffel. In the Queen's real, the Undercity, it's Christmas Eve like everywhere else... but where's Santa? Where is the replacement Santa? Where is the replacement replacement Santa? Will Christmas be canceled this year? And what's this giant scissor thing?

The comic was originally written in Norwegian in 1995. I first published a Dutch version of it in a fanzine I edited, the Christmas after that. Years later, in 2005, I did the English version for digital publication. Geir and I would later work together on two other Christmas comics (and I would also become the artist on a few Chronicles of the Witch Queen comics), but this one is still my favorite: a treat for people who like comics, who are interested in mythology and generally Scandinavian/pan-European things, or who believe that Odin is the reason for the season!
This is not my next book...
by Reinder Dijkhuis

...nor are these proper product photos of my next book. Instead, these are snapshots of the proof version of what will one day be the Rite of Serfdom book. We are pretty much learning how to do this as we go along, and there are many things that we still need to fix.

The cover of the book, showing Kel in front of the Grimborg. Click to see bigger

For example, the title font looked correctly aligned when we were looking at it on the screens. Turns out that when you cut off the margins, it doesn't always work out that way.

The interior of the book, with right and left pages flipped

We're working with a printer in Egypt. They can give us excellent printing quality for the price. The downside is that we won't be anywhere near them when they print the book, and because this is their first comics project, they don't necessarily always know the expectations. Here you see the interior, with extremely large outer margins and very small inner margins. The reason is that they didn't count the pages as we intended: they started with a left-side page instead of a right-side one, and so all pages that were supposed to go on the left side of the book ended up on the right, and vice versa. Lesson learned: make it really clear where your first page of content is going to go. This is our responsibility, not theirs. On the plus side: the colour accuracy is pretty good—see the first of these two pages on the website for comparison.

The thickness of the book

The book is not very large, but it is very thick, with 348 pages of content, making for an imposing physical object. We do need to double check with the printer that they're going to use a stronger binding than on this first proof, because we need to be sure it won't fall apart when the reader cracks it open.

The proof copy arrived with a larger shipment of printed goods from Egypt, which was held up at customs for a while. This is annoying but unavoidable as we do not have a huge budget for the book, though if we'd realized the extent of the delay in advance, we'd have ponied up to have it mailed to us instead. Another lesson learned.

This weekend, our original plan was to go through the book page by page to look for layout issues, typos, colour problems and other issues in greater detail. Unfortunately, Aggie was ill this weekend, which meant that we had to change our plans—she spent two days in bed while I did a modest amount of work on other ROCR-related things. At this point, I'm not convinced we'll have it ready for Christmas, especially if the final version gets delayed like that again (please note that the delays are unavoidable as we're doing this on a shoestring budget); however, when it does come out, we will probably be selling it at conventions and events for a year, so Christmas is just a blip in the schedule.

The last time I put out anything in print, it was black and white, photocopied and stapled, and only 48 pages. Even at this early stage, it amazes me that we can do a book like this now.