Hari Seldon wrote: the guest art for Summer Update 032 shows a catapult pointed the direction Parson is going - away from the city.
This is absolutely the single most frustrating thing about having guest artists. I noticed this detail when I got the art. It is wrong; Parson and Banana fell on the inner side of the wall and did not leave the city. There was not time to have Eugene correct it. I knew someone was going to fixate on it, too.
It's ridiculously hard to keep a complex fictional world organized and present it in a totally consistent form. Every single guest artist except Onezumi has made a similar error in detail of some kind. A lot of them were serious enough that I held back the post until it was corrected. I have seen, so far: Update 22
(hasn't posted yet): The artist put a Jetstone royal radish on the wall of Gobwin Knob.Update 23
: Elddonnamar originally had a Gobwin chef standing in the doorway, but I have not said that there are still any Gobwins in the city. Book 1 says none survived the volcano.Update 24
: Originally, Sizemore did not carry the wineskin. Alisa gave me this corrected version, in which it is there but does not have a shoulder strap.Update 25
: The shadows are reversed from how the text says they are, which is important because of the time, the city's orientation, and the later discussion of shadows and the movement of the sun. Alisa offered to redo it, but I wanted to post.Update 27
: The impact was much more painful-looking than I intended, leading to a fairly pointless forum discussion about whether the previously-described cushioning effect applied to Parson. The cartoon basket physics was also discussed in reactions. Pat Jacobs chose to make the blanket checkered when I referred to it as gray in a later update. This was not his fault since he couldn't have read that update, but I changed the text to make it a checkered blanket, which caused a disconnect with Rykka who made it gray.Update 28
: Rykka originally intended this platform to be the top of the tower, but a Retconjuration made it a landing on the way up to the tower top. I am still not sure where on the tower's exterior that would go. She also forgot the wineskin, and put it back in on correction.Update 29
: Joe originally made Parson look absolutely livid with Sizemore. I bounced it back and asked for less-angry, more-WTF. Also the picnic has already been packed up for some reason, and I don't see the (apparently quantum) wineskin.Update 30
: Required substantial revision, because that sun was originally a moon and stars. Nathan interpreted end of turn to be end of day, which was just...too wrong to let stand.Update 31
: Chris' sketches had some weird object in Sizemore's hand, which I asked him to change to a cheese wedge wrapped in paper when he inked.
I am not listing these things to complain. All the artists are wonderful and I thank you all SOOOO much! I'm posting this because I want all the artists and the readers to understand how hard it is for ANYONE to draw for Erfworld. The readers are standing by to seize on any small detail as critically important, as Hari Seldon shows here (and Hari, I am not complaining about you, either...also your forum name is awesome). To pull off a universe this complex, I have to keep every single detail straight in my head. The artists are just not going to be able to do that, and I don't expect them to.
So just please understand, everyone. The text of Summer Updates is canon, but the guest art is not. The artists are contributing their time, talents, work, and imagination. Celebrate them for it, but please kinda put away the magnifying glasses and the Sherlock Holmes hats on the art until Book 2 commences. I am trying to make sure the guest illustrations fit, but I also want to keep the updates coming. If you knew how much work I am facing right now, you too would leave a pile of acidic battlecrap on the pavement. I know I have.