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What are your favorite quotes from movies, books, comics, etc.? Here are a couple of mine:
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.
– Rutgar Hauer as Roy Batty, from Bladerunner
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
–from Douglas Adams’ The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Gustafson. Gus. Taf. Son. Three little syllables, pronounced pretty much exactly as they are spelled, and yet it confounds people daily. It seems easy to me, but then I did grow up with it. Gustafson is a common Swedish name. There are a lot us in North Dakota and Minnesota. And in Sweden, I assume. But outside of those areas, it’s a strange alien expression, apparently unpronounceable by human mouths. People stare at it and try to sound it out as if it contained letters they’ve never seen before.
I wouldn’t really mind, if it were just a matter of stressing the wrong syllable, or using a long vowel sound instead of the short. But the most common mispronunciations involve extra syllables, or letters being transposed. “Gust-a-fa-son” is typical, as is “Gufstason,” for some reason. And then there are those for whom the mere sight of the name seems to disrupt verbal communication entirely. The grocery store clerks who look at my receipt before handing it to me, saying, “Thank you, Mr. G… G…”
It was a year ago today that Al and I brought this site into the world, red-faced and squalling. We really didn’t know what we were doing, and there were a lot of things that we probably should have done differently. I don’t think we realized that a year later, we’d just be wrapping up our first chapter, having only introduced a fraction of our protagonists. But after those first tottering steps, I think we’re finally getting our feet under us.
Thanks so much to all of our readers, and especially those who have been with us from the beginning. Your support and comments have really meant a lot to us. We look forward to our next year with you and the years after that!
Al here. I’d like to take a few moments and add a little to what Shawn wrote. I look over what we’ve put together over the last year and I’m immensely proud of what we’ve accomplished. At one point, when The Specialists was still mostly just ideas and some concept drawings, I said to Shawn that I had become very fond of the characters we’d created and that the story was one worth telling. I felt that–given the chance–others would come to like this world we were creating as much as we did (and still do). And it’s immensely gratifying and humbling to discover that there are indeed others who like and appreciate this story we’ve put so much time and energy into.
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