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Time:11:00 am
Current Mood:dorkydorky
Woo! Stupid play is over!

Sorry about post-poning everything. I haven't forgotten about the comic. But between randomly getting casted as lead in a show (and when I say randomly, I mean randomly) and my Mom getting sick...well...you can understand.

So, perhaps we'll be doing a summer thing instead. We'll see, we'll see. Robin, if you still have those sketches I'd love to see 'em. ^.^

I only read the first few comics (ya know, I have that class thing and all) but this is sort of the format I'd like for our comic. (Thanks Neeners for sending it.)


No fixed boxes or anything like that. Just the artist fitting text where she can and using as much space as she needs. ^.^

I have the first script. It still has the one blotch but I can probably work around it. When Robin and I look over sketches, we'll look over script too. But if anyone else wants to look at it, by all means, please do.

Woo! No more play!
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Time:05:33 pm
All is not forgotten. I've just been busy. Promise to update soon!
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Subject:Notes on Vampires
Time:11:48 pm
Current Mood:boredbored
Possibly taken from Jonathan Harker's personal notes, though at this time their origin is somewhat unclear ((In other words, I can't decide if this sounds like Harker or not.)) They could have also somehow been stolen from Dr. John Sewerd. I have no bleeding idea, as Christian refuses to tell me where he got them. My ((Casandra's)) additions are in italics.

They start off fairly disorganized. Was Jon-Jon just brainstorming for an I.C.O.V.H. handbook? I think so, even though Alex is being annoying and disagrees.

Vampire Facts:

· Humans can become vampires in two ways: through exchange of blood with a vampire, or through use of magic
· Vampires need to consume a certain amount of blood on a nightly basis for survival. Though animal blood can be substituted in emergency circumstances, it does not provide as much nourishment.
· Vampires do not need to kill humans in order to survive, but many choose to do so to increase their own power. This fact makes them even more evil, as consciously choosing to do wrong is worse than doing wrong out of necessity.
· Vampires cannot die of natural causes.
· They are, however, susceptible to several different methods of disposal, all of them violent. I will list them in the latter part of this document.
· Several objects and/or substances weaken vampires, also to be listed in the latter part of this document.
· Becoming a vampire enhances several characteristics, including physical strength and psychic ability (ex. Mina). The senses such as sight and smell are also enhanced.
· Contrary to popular belief, vampires do cast a reflection in mirrors and other reflective surfaces. The idea that any being could exist without casting a reflection and shadow undetected is preposterous.
· Also contrary to popular belief, there is no (for lack of a better word) living vampire powerful enough to change his or her shape that we know of. It is unclear whether or not vampires were ever capable of this, or if it is simply legend. As far as I know, it's entirely possible, but none of us (not even Luke) can manage it. We just aren't powerful enough.

From this point on, the author gets into a rather dry but better-organized (and very instructional-sounding) bit. This suggests it was all originally penned by Harker as a manual. Also, it's not nearly clinical enough to be Sewerd.

Recognizing Vampires
Physical Signs:

The most important physical trait is the teeth. Upper and lower cuspids are sharper than normal, and upper cuspids are slightly longer than normal, not noticeably so without close inspection.

Next in importance are the eyes. They commonly (but not always) are odd colours, including amber and even red. They are very sensitive to light, necessitating any vampire wishing to go about in daylight to wear dark glasses. Note: DO NOT EVER LOOK A VAMPIRE DIRECTLY IN THE EYES! Many can use their psychic ability to control the minds of humans and seem to find it easier to do so if eye contact is established.

The skin of a vampire is pale and burns easily when exposed to sunlight. Many vampires avoid direct sunlight for this reason, while a few utilize sun block, SPF 45 or greater.

Vampires are injured or weakened by symbols of Christianity and the garlic plant in addition to sunlight. For this reason, they avoid objects such as crosses at almost any cost. Anyone whose avoidance of these things appears to be abnormal (claiming to be allergic to garlic, etc.) is suspect, requiring further investigation.

The majority (though not all) of vampires revel in the dramatic and mysterious. They enjoy being legendary figures, and many like to enlist humans as servants (ex. Thomas Renfield, though recent research has uncovered that Dracula did not know about the power related to the Renfield bloodline at the time of recruitment). This has become increasingly common since the beginning of “the gothic movement” as many self-styled “goths” have a great interest in - and occasionally even worship for – vampires. This part was obviously written fairly recently. I want to say 1980s, but I really can't imagine either of our possible writers having picked up on this any earlier than, oh, 1997...

Vampires will never be seen consuming solid food. Their digestive systems seem to only be capable of processing liquids, and solid food would make them violently ill. Many drink substances besides blood, however, and it is said that a few even enjoy wine. Christian found this bit especially amusing. If I didn't know better I'd have thought he was drunk when he gave it to me.

Weaknesses and Disposal:
The main weaknesses of vampires, as previously mentioned, are garlic and symbols of the Christian faith. Crosses and the like, when brought into contact with vampiric flesh, will burn as if it was heated. I myself have seen a crucifix inflict 3rd degree burns on a vampire when brought into contact with her skin for an extended period. This bit here is the only thing that makes me think Sewerd is the author, as it implies that whoever did write it was there for Van Helsing's (completely uneccesary) "experiments" in the 1970s and 80s. Also, I'm somewhat disturbed by the complete lack of feeling shown in the writing. I'm pretty sure it refers to poor Honoria, who ended up dead. Bastards.

The plant garlic (both the bulbs and the flowers) also weakens vampires, though in a different fashion. A vampire’s reaction to garlic is similar to that of a human exposed to certain toxic fumes. It usually involves nausea, vomiting, sweating, faintness, and shaking. Note: the I.C.O.V.H. doesn’t rely upon garlic very often, as a vomiting vampire is not a pleasant sight.

Vampires can be killed in a variety of ways, the most common being impaling with a wooden stake through the heart. Decapitation and burning also work. It should be noted, however, that no matter which method is used, if the remains are not properly treated (ashes scattered, etc.) that the dead vampire can be revived through methods currently unknown to us. And it's going to bloody well stay that way.

After this, there were some brief profiles of "known dangerous vampires." Maybe I'll type that up later, if I can stop laughing long enough to read all the way through it.

((mourningdove suggested that I post anything I could think of that seemed relevant, and this has been rattling around on my computer for ages. Please comment and tell me what's complete crap and what should stay. Getting the basic "rules of vampirism" worked out would be a very good thing.))
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Time:03:59 pm
Arti, you are so frikken awesome for making this thing. <3. So much <3.

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! No, I haven't neglected this thing, I promise. And I even have some news!

Everyone saw the new website I assume. Thank Sara if you get a second to see her online.

Robin and I were in touch. She's got some time off from school, so she's working on some sketches. Once we get those, we'll go from there.

I think the first issue is as good as it's going to get. I was going to try and get as far ahead on it as I could but, well, I don't want to go any further until Robin and I can figure out the script process. What works for her, etc. etc. If anyone has any interest in reading the Prologue, feel free to ask.

Note: If Anyone can think of a job that would require world travel of both a man and his wife (she can be unemployeed) please let me know. It doesn't have to be high profile. But I need a reason for Mr. Hayes and His wife to always be out of the country.

Sara and I have been in touch. She had a great idea. Since a lot of our insiration from MLW comes from our Albany-city upbringing, Sara suggested getting pictures of some of our favorite locations to show Robin. I love the idea and I think finding cool places will help us think up some neat places for a fight scene. Sara suggested a church visable off 787 where our villians would chill. I mentioned how the first issue, I keep picturing the side streets off Lark. I also know we have based past stories in the lake house by the park.

Feel free to recommend any other places you can think of. (I was thinking of doing the mall under the Egg too.) Any hidden corner of the city you can think of. I would love to flesh out Beverwyck as much as possible.
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Time:11:33 am
There isn't too much for us to do right now, until Robin and I combine the powers of script and art together. We've gotten past the big step.

We can start setting up the website, maybe. How should the character forms be set up? Brief snippets? An online survey? What should be mentioned in "About?"

After we do all this, we need to advertise like crazy. Start thinking of places we can name drop.

So far so good. ^.^
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Time:11:00 pm

Yay for Sara and her new and improved kick ass website design!


Go look and be wowed.

And thanks for everyone responding. I know I was kind of hard ass about it, but simple explination is all I need. I just don't want anyone to do anything alone, especially when it's a big project like a website. Like I said, I want this to be a community. But in one simple post and one big step we're all back on the same page. ^.^ So I am really pleased.

Let's keep up the good work!
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Time:09:00 pm
Current Mood:frustratedfrustrated
So, no web site people e-mailed Sara. Which means Sara and I are working on the website lay out.


Knock yourself out on comments. I already gave her some detailed corrections.

I really don't want Robin, Sara and I doing this on our own.
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Time:12:37 pm
Current Mood:sicksick
Talked to Robin. We're both swamped with work and, well, life. So our progress with script and drawing are going uber-slow. :) My plans for doing a lot of work in January have sort have been dashed so, well, maybe Spring Break. If not? Summer, for sure.

Have either of you girls e-mailed Sara? Do it ASAP. I want that website up. Like, yesterday.
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Time:08:44 pm
No, the MLW project has not died so early one! We just picked a stupid time to try and pick it up. Hehe.

Have not spoken to Robin, but she is very busy. I don't blame her. But word on script + drawing is still at a stand still, needless to say.

Sara and I talked about the website design. I don't want her to do it along. Girls? E-mail her ASAP with any ideas or anything to get the ball going on the website. That's the first thing we need to get. Otherwise we have no place to display the comic. If you don't have her e-mail, get it from me.

MLW is definately going to be community based, I've decided. I don't want just one person running it and being in charge. It's too much and tha'd kinda suck. Also, I rely on so many people who aren't the original three. (Arti, Sara, and myself). Robin, Nina, and Matt for example. And that's an awful lot to put on a strip.

"Morbid Lil' World by Blah, blah, blah, blah and blah..."

So I figure we'd be much better off trying the communist approach. What do you think?
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Subject:Update on progress
Time:03:06 pm
Current Mood:exhaustedexhausted
Sara contacted me back. She said we can get a domain name for free because her boyfriend, Matt,can provide us with one. That would be uber-helpful, I think. www.morbidlilworld.com would obviously be the name. I won't leave her fully in charge of the site, though, since she works a lot on top of home work. I'll discuss with her some possibilities of sharing the responcibility.

The play is over so I have more time, but not too much because of mid-terms. Also, a big chunk of my January break will be taken away because of the Irene Ryan nomination for my performance. That'll be about a week off, though I don't think we'll be off the ground at that point. However I did get some signifigant work done on the script so all is well in that department. ...well. Except that I've never written a comic script before so it probably sucks some major assicles. We'll see.

Haven't talked to Robin so I don't know how character sketches are going. Saw some of 15 year old Lyddia. She's very cute.

Things I Must Do Now:
Discuss possible story line changes with other members
E-mail Sara and discuss the website.
Talk to Robin about sketches
Discuss script with anyone
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