Page for December 13, 2003:


Commentary for September 16, 2018:

Oh, this page!

I love this page. Honestly, even the original still feels pretty good. It was, I think, the most tasteful and clever use of Photoshop that I managed. I used it to show the train speeding through the tunnel, the glow of the rocket engines as it lifts off. It was and still is pretty good, considering I was still new to Photoshop.

So why not just keep what was originally there and just replace the word balloons to the updated font like in some of the earlier pages? Well, I did want to tweak the dialogue, and dialogue tweaking necessarily means different shaped balloons. It's not a problem in most cases (at least, not yet), because I still have the backgrounds and sprites I used back then, so I can patch over the old word balloons easily enough. But not in a panel that included Photoshop effects. I don't have Photoshop anymore, and while I've become very good with Paint Shop Pro 8 (since I've been using it exclusively since 2004), not every effect in Photoshop can be perfectly re-created with it. So, panels 6 through 15 all had to be re-created with the original assets and their effects re-done in Paint Shop Pro. It is a faithful re-creation, but the use of simpler effects, I feel, has yielded a better result overall.

The phrase, "We cannot be defeated!" becomes the Echidna Empire's rallying cry over the next few years. Hell, it was even said as recently as Chapter 5 of Eon's World 2.0.


Original Character Credits

Echidna Empire soldiers - characters & sprites by Bethany Turner

Iago - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Sora-Ya - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Féro-Na - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

Brabanzio - character & sprites by Bethany Turner

 

Custom Sprite Credits

Rouge's plane - sprites by Bethany Turner

 


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