Hello again everyone,
We're looking for your input on this next decision. In my notes to Dave about the book, I asked him to consider allowing us to delete some of the extraneous captions in the book that were functions of the monthly publication, but out of place in the book edition. Specifically, the small "continued..." at the end of "Mind Game II" and the "Next: Hsiffies" that appears towards the end of the book.
Well, once the door was cracked, Dave ran with it. He has condemned virtually all of these "end of issue" captions to death. Should any of them be granted clemency? We're looking for your input. Some further discussion follows. (You'll notice Dave is also reinserting page numbers, I had requested that Mara leave off any page numbers that were on pages with graphic elements at the bottom of the page, hence their reinsertion when the graphic element is eliminated.)
To which I replied:
I am in agreement with you on all with the following exceptions--
I would spare the captions on 188, 208, 372, and 432. Mainly for visual reasons-- the pages are obviously composed with those elements in mind. And they look great! Well, maybe 208 is arguably disposable. And I will definitely correct the semi-colon on 188 regardless-- correct it and then delete it, if necessary... And from a thematic perspective, I think they're all (except possibly 208) useful in punctuating the inter-issue rhythms that are already present in the storytelling. Like the one on 372-- it's a visual "time to put the book down and get a snack before I read the whole damn thing." (Getting rid of Astoria's bubble on that one, though, is brilliant. Great idea.)
To which Dave replied:
So-- what do you say, AMOC readers? Give the axe to them all? Spare a chosen few?