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Achewood => Achewood => Topic started by: spencersage on December 13, 2017, 12:31:19 am

Title: Preserving Achewood
Post by: spencersage on December 13, 2017, 12:31:19 am
Hey Chochachos!

I've got a fear.

I've got a terrible fear that Achewood is going to disappear from the internet without warning at any moment, due to Chris' (seemingly definitive, this time) conclusion of the project. I'm afraid that he could decide that the upkeep on the site is no longer worthwhile and access to the greatest webcomic ever will be rescinded.

We've already lost Assetbar, the subscriber-only archives, etc over the past several years. Achewood content has been forever lost to the sands of time.

The honor shop looked like it was going to provide most of the supplemental content to us, until it stopped getting updated. Lots of holes in the content available there.

To that end, I've decided to start compiling an archive of sorts. I'm emulating the style of the Dark hoss publications and picking up where they left off. Ultimately, I plan to print and bind these for personal use/addition to my library. I'll happily share them here when they're complete. To avoid any legal issues, I'm only including the freely available Achewood Archive content (no honor shop or old subscriber-only content).

I'm trying to be very particular with the style. I'm using the Blue Highway font and I'm meticulously copying the particulars of punctuation and capitalization from all of the titles and alt-texts (in my mind, punctuation/capitalization is an important element of the Achewood style/comedy).

I'm attaching my current rough draft of the archive (I've completed it through "Lyle wins Oasis") and table of contents for review by the biggest fans I know. If anyone has any suggestions or corrections for the style or current content, please let me know!


https://www.dropbox.com/s/fu0i714elto67uz/Achewood%20Archive%20Rough%20Draft.pdf?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/fu0i714elto67uz/Achewood%20Archive%20Rough%20Draft.pdf?dl=0)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/luo4uvn3h20x9ez/Achewood%20Title%20and%20ToC%20Rough%20Draft.pdf?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/luo4uvn3h20x9ez/Achewood%20Title%20and%20ToC%20Rough%20Draft.pdf?dl=0)
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: wombat on December 13, 2017, 02:50:44 pm
Since Chris is still making money by selling Achewood art on Facebook, it seems unlikely he's going to let the site go dark anytime soon. But life is uncertain and as long as you're not asking for money for this, I guess it's OK.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: robocop on February 22, 2018, 11:13:16 am
Hyper excited about this. Rough draft looks great! Please keep us updated. I've considered trying to save all the strips w/ alt texts in the past, but I wouldn't know where to begin, and it was all too daunting. I appreciate you.

...back into hermitude until it is time to bind
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: pmcd9 on April 07, 2018, 09:46:42 am
I too am interested in this project.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: spencersage on October 15, 2018, 05:38:30 pm
Hey all. Been a bit since my last update and I'm afraid I haven't made much progress in the interim, other than to make the decision to divide the archive into volumes. Naturally, I feel this will be more amenable to printing out and storing on the shelf, rather than the 800+ page monster it was going to be as one volume. Again, these are intended to supplement the published Dark hoss volumes, so my archive will not include any comics published prior to 05/07/2002, nor will it include The Great Outdoor Fight. They will also only include freely available material and nothing from any of the paid archives.

Attached are links to the Table of Contents/Title Page and the Archive itself.

The volume division does present the unique issue of requiring individual titles for each volume. I'd love for you guys to help me come up with titles, sourced from iconic dialogue, etc and such in the strips within. For those unaware, the Dark hoss volumes are:

Vol 1: The Great Outdoor Fight
Vol 2: Worst Song, Played on Ugliest Guitar
Vol 3: A Home for Scared People

My ideas:

Vol 4: A Sojourn into Destiny
Vol 5: The Martha Stewart of Condoms

Any suggestions to improve these, or ideas for future titles?

Thanks guys! Hoping to put in more work on the archive soon.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: Asherdan on October 19, 2018, 09:20:11 pm
Preserving Achewood is maybe worthy and all that, but somebody needs to pry this stuff (http://web.archive.org/web/20021207225408/http://www.dumbrella.com:80/cgi-bin/forumdisplay.cgi?action=topics&forum=Achewood&number=17&DaysPrune=30&LastLogin=) from r. stevens before it is utterly bye-bye.

Or maybe not.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: AugustWest on October 19, 2018, 11:27:52 pm
Holy Fuck, that was 16 years ago.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: Asherdan on October 22, 2018, 12:26:34 pm
Precisely my reaction to pulling that stuff up. I  just needed a dose of those old 'Stad lock posts.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: wombat on October 22, 2018, 02:15:16 pm
Oh wow, I didn't know that was possible. I could swear I once looked for that and none of the links to the actual threads worked.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: Asherdan on October 23, 2018, 03:40:43 pm
Some of them don't have the individual pages archived, but if you poke around you can find the days they ran the deep mining.

ALSO: jesus fuck, some of my 16 year old posts are still trying so so hard.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: AugustWest on October 25, 2018, 04:21:15 am
I share your consternation.
Title: Re: Preserving Achewood
Post by: AKKOLADE on October 26, 2018, 08:57:12 pm
Today, you are a genius.