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(Meta) The Long Way Home - annotated

8th July 2007 (12:28)

Since I've now finished this project, I thought it would be a good idea to make this summary post with links to all four parts, so that I can link to this summary and put it in Memories.

The Long Way Home - Act 1

The Long Way Home - Act 2

The Long Way Home - Act 3

The Long Way Home - Act 4

I wrote up the transcripts in the form of a shooting script, both for fun and out of familiarity with that form, but also because it helps to set out exactly who's speaking and where each scene is taking place - something that a few people have complained was difficult to follow in the comics format. For that reason, I did make more use of time indications in scene changes - the original Mutant Enemy scripts for the TV show sometimes include notifications like "TWO DAYS LATER" or "MEANWHILE", but more often they omit them. I was more conscientious in adding them because a big rason for writing these was to help people follow the action.

Secondly, my actual annotations also included recaps and summaries of the story, as well as reminders of plot points, who characters are, and so on. I even tried to explain back-references to events on the TV show when they cropped up. Secondly, I tried to point out the cultural references, in-jokes, and so forth - the one I'm most proud of was identifying Satsu's '"Speed Racer' lunchbox with only the letters "Sp- Rac-" and an outline drawing of a car to go on: that took a lot of Google Image Searching and a fair bit of trial and error before I identified the source!

I sometimes wondered if I was stating the obvious or even being patronising in some of the references I made - I means, does anybody not know that a "Get out of jail free" card is a reference to Monopoly, that piña colada includes pineapple juice, or that Ethan Rayne last appeared in 'A New Man' in season 4? But then I thought that everybody knew what "five by five" means too, and that turned out not to be the case; so I erred on the side of inclusivity and completeness in my annotations...

Comments

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 8th July 2007 21:01 (UTC)

Wow! The sum of work you did is really amazing. I'll try to read your comments even though I don't have the comics.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th July 2007 00:34 (UTC)

Thanks!.

(If you like the transcript, please consider buying the comics, to encourage Joss to write more of them! ;-) )

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 8th July 2007 23:59 (UTC)

I LOVE your metas about Buffy. Haven't gotten around to any of your fanfics other than "That Kiss" (loved it!). I'm glad that you friended me (hope you didn't mind me friending you). I'm new to LJ and the etiquette of it all. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 9th July 2007 00:48 (UTC)

Thanks - and also, hi!

I'm probably not the best person to ask about LJ etiquette, but I can't imagine why anyone would object to being added to someone's friends list. New friends are good. Also, if you don't want other people to read what you write, why are you posting it on a public forum? :-)

Posted by: A. (inperfectpeace)
Posted at: 9th July 2007 00:01 (UTC)
Forgot to sign in!
Buffy- why me?

Silly me. I forgot about signing in. The above post is mine.

Posted by: My dance is two steps forward, one step back (rainkatt)
Posted at: 9th July 2007 02:33 (UTC)
spike_punk by ruuger

I knew what all those things were, but it didn't bother me that you'd included them, because in several cases (not necessarily those), it helped me understand that they were significant, possibly in ways I wasn't getting before. For me, this has been very like learning to read a new language, and the more clues and examples, the better.

Posted by: selinde2 (selinde2)
Posted at: 13th July 2007 00:56 (UTC)
Oh thank you

i think you are quite right to spell everything out. After all, people will be finding this fandom for years, through comics or novels or fan fiction or even the original TV series (now, why would they do that?) so spelt out footnotes? Seriously of the good. On behalf of all of us who are graphically ignorant, I salute you with my feathered chapeau, in the middle of the lovely bow I can make in words but not in person.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: 17th December 2007 05:48 (UTC)
Thanks

Hey mate,

I am blind so can't read the comics themselves but your textual
description is great. Perhaps not your intended audience but yeah
great job.
Cheers.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th December 2007 12:22 (UTC)
Re: Thanks

Not the intended audience, no, but I'm very glad you enjoyed them anyway! Thanks.

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