Today marks the 70th comic (!!!!) in the series. Not bad for something I thought was going to run for a couple of dozen strips as the most, if I didn’t chicken out sooner.
I just realized today that I don’t have a copy of Return of the King. I’ll have to correct this soon, as we’re getting really close to the end of Two Towers. This is kind of frightening to me. I sort of thought I had more movie left than this. But of course I was thinking of the books, where Gandalf has his reckoning with Saruman, and the party joins up with the Hobbits. In the movies, all of this is moved to RotK. Dang. This means I’m closer to the end of the tale than I anticipated. I really covet all of that territory that I skimmed over at the beginning. The trip to Weathertop took one strip? Weathertop itself took one more? Then, poof! We’re in Rivendell. The way I work now, I’d squeeze a half-dozen strips out of that material, easy.
I plan to pick up the extended version of RotK. I had the extended version of Fellowship, and the added scenes were a rich source of screencaps. I don’t know that I actually used any shots from the added scenes, but that’s not the point. For Two Towers I had just the vanilla version, and all this time I’ve been wondering what I was missing. I have a strip coming up later where I couldn’t get needed shots of Aragorn facing Legolas on the parapet at Helm’s Deep, while the sun was still up. This frustrated the conversation I was trying to build, unless I wanted them to converse while Aragorn’s back was turned and he made excited faces at nobody. That wasn’t really an option, so I had to cut some stuff. While this was going on, I had this nagging anxiety that maybe the extended version would have those needed shots. Probably not. But maybe.
LATER: Okay, I ordered the extended RotK. Should be here in a week. I’m excited.
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