Behind the Scenes
The Robotic Tuna is here! Originally I was going to have it show up immediately after the first mention in Episode 6, but the "My Way" idea was too good to wait.
This comic should have gone quickly, the Robotic Tuna model was already there and I used one of the numerous open book models available from the internet. I spent a bunch of time tweaking Victoria's shirt, which is a combination of part of one product's vest (the D20 Gear top, from DAZ) and part of the Ultra Catsuit. For some reason I wanted more than the vest but didn't want the high collars that come with it. Victoria's jeans are from the "EveryDay V3" set. It's a fine product, but I honestly think the jeans make Victoria look fat. This observation, plus the sort of nitpicking for the D20 vest, are sure signs that I am on the final legs of a descent into madness.
Behind the Lobe
Originally the Robotic Tuna was going to be the Robotic Scrod. Scrod being the funniest fish name. (I actually read something like this, I forget where, but long after I adopted scrod as my default comedy fish.) Turning this obvious comedic genius into an actual model for DAZ Studio ran into a couple of problems. For one it turns out that there is no such fish as a "scrod," it's the name of some sort of dish served primarily in New England. Being a nutcase I wanted to use a model of an actual fish that could serve as a scrod (like anyone would notice or care), and was having trouble finding a suitable fish model. (Turns out there are quite a few fish models out there on the internet. Who knew?) I also worried that "scrod" might be regional and thus confuse people.
The scrod problems vanished when I joined the DAZ Platinum club and received a couple of fish models as part of a free package of about 50 older items. From this the tuna was selected. I think that also contained a Marlin, but that struck me as too obvious. The original tuna didn't come with the weird legs, of course, and has an actual fish texture. But it serves the purpose.
I also worried about the cuneiform being actual Sumerian as opposed to Babylonian or Akkadian. Or I should say, I wanted to make the correct reference to the cuneiform. I'm not even sure that the symbols changed a great deal for these different languages.
At least I didn't spend seven years trying to learn the actual language -- those are just random cuneiform characters -- in order to impress the Uruk-based web comic crowd.
Yes, in panel 6 that should be "Summerian-English" dictionary and not the other way around.
To be added!