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When the end comes

2009/11/11 10:51 AM

I’ve mentioned this before, but within the next few months, Unity will be ending. I have decided that when it does, I will provide some options for a “collection” version. For various reasons that I won’t go into, it seems natural to me that it should be released initially as a DRM-free ebook of some sort. So here are the options I am thinking of:

  • A .cbz of all the strips as they appeared on the website, for $1
  • A .cbz of all the strips at my full working resolution, with the various text layout errors corrected, and with chapter title cards and extra “author’s notes” for $3
  • A .zip of all the strips' original .PSD files, as well as the previous option, for $15. This is for the obsessives who want to see all of the Easter eggs that I (mostly accidentally) buried behind foreground elements and speech bubbles and so on, or who want to make sprites out of the characters or parody strips or whatever else people can think of that would benefit from having the separated layers. (These would require Photoshop CS3 or later to look correct, but they’ll at least be semi-functional in anything that supports layers and the PSD format, such as GIMP, Pixelmator, etc.)

If there is enough interest in a print edition I’d probably go the Lulu route, although setting that up would be a huge amount of work and, if it’s in color (which is important to the story), it would also be enormously expensive, so that seems like something of a last resort.

Just to keep things simple for me, I’d probably use Dreamhost Files Forever, although its UI kind of sucks. If anyone knows of another digital file fulfillment system that lets me just set a price on files and have them provided to people when they pay money, I’d be open to suggestions (including something that uses the Google Checkout API or whatever).

I’d appreciate any feedback.