Hey please don't jump too hard on the posters who are saying they're not fond of the switch to prose. I want people's real reactions, and I was expecting this to be kind of a jarring switch for some readers.
It was a weird shift for me, too. Moving back to prose from comic panels, I gained certain channels of information at the expense of others. You might notice we never used thought balloons in Book 1. We kept it purely cinematic. Well, in the summer updates I am still avoiding something like: "I wonder if flying units have different altitude limits," thought Parson, looking up at the incoming dwagons. But I will use an in-head narrator voice like: Jillian was getting seriously sick of this topic. She scowled at Vinny to discourage any more discussion along those lines.
I can also do things that would be ridiculously hard to depict in the comic. In an upcoming update, I have Vinny reaching into his cape to feed and pet his remaining bats. This addresses the general question of bat storage and is kind of a weird/fun little Erfworld moment that I can do in one sentence, but would be really hard to show in panels.
When I started writing these, I wasn't sure I liked the medium, for a lot of the same reasons that some people are saying in the forums. I thought about ditching it. But since I have gotten into it, I have come up with some stuff I think most readers will really like. So hang with us.
Here's some more information about what we're doing this Summer.
First, don't expect a real story. At least not in the sense of "tension building to a climax and denouement." This is a series of snapshots in the interstitial period between the first two major stories. Think of it as "some conversations between Luke and Han and Leia as they had to move the rebel base from Yavin to Hoth." Interesting, but the real story began at the start of Empire Strikes Back, when the new base is discovered and there's dramatic tension again.
Second, we're cannibalizing the epilogues. There were supposed to be two epilogues at the end of the physical book, in the form of illustrated short stories. With the book not coming out any time soon (we're still hunting a publisher and may have to self-publish, rather than let that process drag on), we figured it wouldn't be fair to let these plot developments happen offline where nobody could read them. Everyone wants to know about Stanley's reaction to the events at Gobwin Knob. So we're showing them as the first of the updates. After that, we will break up the other epilogue, which deals with Jillian going to meet Don King.
Beyond that, expect little vignettes that hint at what's going on in the broader war, over about 90-100 turns' worth of time. There will be some interesting developments that I don't want to spoil, but there won't be a bang to end on. The first bang is reserved for the opening of Book 2.
We're doing it this way for a lot of reasons. It gives me time to script Book 2 and Jamie time to start on a buffer for that, so updates won't have to be as sporadic when we start it. We can answer a lot of basic Erfworld questions in these updates (like, how are cities rebuilt?) that would be clunky to do in dialog panels. We can show off more of the world, too. I mean how much did you really learn about Rivendell or the Mines of Moria from the movies, versus reading the trilogy? There's only so much a comic page can convey.
So take it in stride. Take it as a breather. It's like reading a travel book vs. going there. Real comics will start in a few months. Thanks, guys.