Apologies this took so long. I did get Covid again.
Yes, AGAIN. For the 3rd time.
The price I pay for 4 kids in public school. I can only assume it was the Omicron Persei 8 kind since I already had Delta in September/October and then whatever dumbass version existed back in June.
Guys... they are the newest Pokemon and by God I gotta catch em all. I'm going to get them all graded and sell them on eBay!
Delta was definitely the worst. Omicron was easily the mildest, but it keeps and keeps and keeps. As a diabetic it wrecked my blood sugar for literal weeks.
Also, we did have a hiccup with the new computer. I was working on the next Patreon comic.. four days worth of work done on it.. saved it.. left it up like I used to do on the old PC (and old version of Photoshop) while I hit restart.
On relaunch my original file 'Rumors 8' disappeared and in its place I got 'Rumors 8 - copy.'
Opened it to get this:
Naturally I freaked out and looked everywhere for a back up maybe I had saved transitioning all my files to the new PC.
Nope. This was it.
Then I panicked and thought it was an issue with the new computer. Like oh great, here we go again. Claire, in tears, spends hours trying to recover all the lost work to no avail (and also thinking she screwed up somewhere in the new computer's assembly.) Turns out it's a common occurrence with the latest version of Photoshop which I now run. Red garbage at the top and all..
Some of you probably already knew this. I didn't. I've been living under a technological rock for 12 years. Apparently if Photoshop is saving during a crash this is what you get in return. My save WAS complete, so it must have been in some weird auto-save when the restart triggered a crash. I honestly don't know. I wasn't reckless with my save, but I obviously wasn't cautious enough either.
Anyway.. file lost. Had to start from scratch on some 20 panels, AGAIN. Huge setback on an already late edition but.. what else am I gonna do? I AM certainly glad it's not an issue with the new computer. I'll just have to save my own manual backups as I work and be ridiculously more circumspect.
Hope the comic looks okay. Been playing around with tons of brushes. Trying not to do too much, but also not too little. The gradients are way smoother in this version of Ps. This comic was done start to finish with it. Panel two was me putting myself through a gauntlet with detail to see what kind of results I could get with my shading.
I'm shooting for Friday with the next strip. Wish me luck.