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Tandra Page 979, April 13, 2008

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Not to put too fine a point on it, the new Galon synthetic may be gangbusters in bed, but he has his limitations as Kenia is discovering. There are times the reason you want to see a bed is just to sleep.

I’ve been creating Tandra since 1973 and the characters have always displayed signs of their age. The most obvious example is the birth and maturing of Dragonrok. But there have been other indications. The original Galon character had his hair begin to gray and lines appeared in his face that were not there early on. There was also wear and tear on the body. Galon took a spill on the Wizard Ring of the occasion he went to locate the kidnapped child Dragonrok and fell flat of his face. The result was a scar on his left cheek that never went away (at least when I remembered to draw it!) Age is part of life and it remains part of Tandra. Now that some twenty-five years have passed for the Tandra characters, I am having fun with characters that appeared early on coming back for a return engagement with their age on full display. Such things will continue to happen as the story allows.

The first of the Weekly Tandra Pages were coloured in excellence by Mister David Read, but the man had no experience with vector apps and was only able to provide jpeg images for the weekly download. When I began to render the colours myself, I created the colours in Macromedia Freehand, an app that no longer exists for practical purposes. Freehand is much similar to Adobe Illustrator which had a monopoly on the market and, when Adobe bought Macromedia to acquire the popular Flash application, Freehand was allowed to wither away for obvious reasons.

But I prefer some of the Freehand features and continue to use it for creating Tandra Vector Colour. Once the page is coloured complete, it is the click of a button to create a jpeg and a pdf image as well. You can create a pdf image from a bitmap image just as easily, but all you end up with is a jpeg imbedded in a pdf document. It is hardly to advantage.

Now that I have taken to colouring the Weekly Pages, it makes sense to go back and fill in the jpeg only pages with the pdf versions. This is being done as I type these words and will continue until all the backlog Tandra Weekly Pages have their corresponding pdf images.

I will also be finally adding colour to the Classic Pages as I can work them in.

Next week; Tandra Page 980 titled “The Flame Goddess.”

See ya then.

May the sun always shine on your parade.