Spelling it out
Submitted by Max Vaehling on August 29, 2008 - 09:50
Iâ€™m not a native English speaker. Most of Vol. 1 has been written in German and translated into English as a second step. Since texting is about the last thing I do when I produce a comic (right before lettering, obviously), some pages were translated as late as the day before they went online at Webcomics Nation. (Really, I hate lettering. Thatâ€™s why I put it off as much as I can.)
Which never left much space for proofreading. Sometimes Iâ€™d find an error, correct it and re-upload the page, but mostly I had to rely on what insight I got from staring at the page for two hours while I finished it. So far, nobody complained. Iâ€™m quite good at this (for a German), and my typing is actually much better in English than in German. But thereâ€™s one blind spot I have that I really canâ€™t see past:
Â American vs. British English.
Since both are equally foreign to me, I canâ€™t distinguish the two. I know some things (labour vs. labor, laboratory vs., no wait, thatâ€™s not in the spelling), but the finer differences escape me. Entirely. Totally.
In case you wondered, Iâ€™m aiming for American spelling. (Since half of my international readers are Americans, and since I think Iâ€™m most confident with that.) But the spelling I learned at school was British, half the authors I read are British, though some are published by American publishers. And donâ€™t get me started about all the Canadians in the mix! So whatever come out of me is bound to be a cross-cultural mess.
Itâ€™s okay for the webcomic to have an occasional mistake in it, and Iâ€™ve seen loads of printed comics, both independent and major, with lots of errors. (My guess is, theyâ€™re taking it into account as something they can do right once the trade is due.) But I donâ€™t want my book to be like that. After all, Conny should set an example for first-graders all over the world, shouldnâ€™t she?
Since I canâ€™t fix what I canâ€™t see, this is my call for you, dear readers. This is your chance to tell me where I suck! Anything you found while browsing through the comic at Webcomics Nation or Comicopia online, just drop a note in the comments section and help make this book a better one!
Or, if you know of a good web resource, Iâ€™d be happy to hear about that, too.
Thanks in advance.