Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy today’s strip. We’ve been looking forward to reaching this strip for a long time. Additionally, today sees the release of the final podcast episode for 2012. Episode 4 is a holiday special, so naturally we talk about the 1978 CBS Star Wars Holiday Special (which we watched together immediately before recording), J.J. Abrams, Star Wars Weekends and Bon Jovi. We drank plenty of alcohol to get us through this episode, and we encourage you to do the same while listening. The sound clips alone are enough to make you wince.
Direct Download: Episode 04 (right
Although we hope to get podcast Episode 5 released in January 2013, there will be no regular schedule for future episodes of the podcast. This is due to our focus on the webcomic and the fact that ALL of this is a non-profit hobby. We’ve been criticized for not updating enough, blah blah, but this is not a professional project and if it were we would work our asses off to be as consistent as possible. Because this is a hobby, and often an expensive one, we have to simply do what we can at our own pace. More than once, we contemplated stopping BMS altogether because it has, at various times, encroached upon our daily lives and sanity. Fortunately, it is also a project we have a blast working on, so the middle ground between us and the readers, is to simply do what we can. Something is better than nothing.
A few facts and figures. It takes about a solid day of work to produce a BMS webcomic strip. We are full color, with cartoon style shading, which is a more complex style than many black and white, stick figure comics out there. I’m not taking a shot, I’m just highlighting a difference in the workload for a hobby project like BMS. The podcasts also require a LOT of editing and have so far taken between one to two days of solid work. Recording around an hour or more of material, often means a lot of post production clean up work to fix sound problems, insert clips (which have to be recorded and edited) and mixing the final version. So remember, I have to fit both the webcomic and podcast editing into my weekends and weekdays that revolve around an 11 hour day job. The only reason the webcomic and the podcasts even happen is because I’m insane.
So, for the critics out there that think our effort is “just passable”… Thank you.
Oh, and I loved the Hobbit even more on my second viewing. We are toying with the idea of seeing it a third time. I say toying… it seems pretty die hard to see a film more than once, but three times might actually be a first for me. I definitely liked all three of the Lord of the Rings movies more than this first installment of the Hobbit, and Return of the King is one of my favorite movies of all time, but the only one of the three I saw more than once was Fellowship of the Ring. So, how many times I see a movie doesn’t necessarily mean how much I love it.
I think with the Hobbit, it’s just easier to process such a long movie and get the most out of the scenes to give it multiple viewings. I’m also looking forward to Part 2 with great expectation. Given that not only Leanne and myself, but BMS reader Maxwell, and Leanne’s friend in Finland all enjoyed The Hobbit MORE on our SECOND viewing, I think a third might not be such a crazy idea. Anyone in Southern / Central Maryland want to join us? Let me know.
Leanne and I have become Gandriel shippers!