Remastered Edition of GuÃ°rÃºn Ends Today
Submitted by Reinder on October 30, 2006 - 10:21
As far as I know, it's still very rare for any webcomic to be remastered, though reruns with commentary have occurred in a few places. GuÃ°rÃºn was the story with which I finally got serious about publishing Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan online six years ago. But that doesn't mean I immediately got it all right; the digital cleaning, lettering and resizing were done very clumsily and no high-res masters were kept from which I could re-do the work.
So I eventually bit the bullet and re-scanned the whole thing from the original art. The new version looks a lot better, even though, in many ways, it's "rawer" - there is less tinkering with the analog art than there was the first time around, simply because it's no longer needed to make tiny scans presentable or preserve bandwidth.
I'll still need to replace the image files on the Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan site. To do that, I'll go back to the master files, cut the pages in half and upload those half-pages at a width of 800 pixels (instead of 600-ish; getting a consistent width was one thing I did wrong at the time) so that the originally-intended presentation is left intact and any pages containing comments can be preserved. That's a bit of a chore, but I'll get around to it eventually.
Potentially the best thing about the project: I now have lettered master files that are suitable for print, if anyone's interested...