Gaia is online!

Gaia: Cover

Our new comic Gaia is online!

The release contains the cover and the first 18 pages of the first chapter “The Red Hall”. Starting on 2 December, Gaia will be updated two times a week, on Tuesday and Friday 0:00 CET.

Gaia is a fantasy comic about the odyssey of Ilias Oter and his friends in the self-created world of Gaia. Ilias is a student at the “Academy for Arcane Studies and Material Arts” which is located close to the capital city of Cania. In recent years, tension has grown between the emerging Cania and Midgard, the leading nation since the two big wars at the end of the First Age. Ilias, though, is much more interested in his classmate, the beautiful and talented wizard Lilith Caillean, than in politics. There is just something magical about her… At the beginning of the story, Ilias and the other students face the first serious test in their life, the final exams of the Academy.

Artwork: Steampunk Sandra

Hofarts: Steampunk Sandra

As part of our feature “commissioned artwork of our characters drawn by other talented artists”, the Bulgarian artist Georgi Markov (Hofarts) drew the picture you can see above. It is one of several steampunk related pictures that will be published over the course of the next months. I made the background, by the way.

Supporters can download the image in its original size (1232 x 2133) and as a wallpaper on the special page for donators.

I’m open for suggestions for subjects that you’d like to see drawn in color. A new picture will be posted every second Saturday.

Santa vs. Dracula – The clock is ticking

Santa vs. DraculaThere are only three days left to pledge for the Kickstarter project for the comic book titled “Santa vs. Dracula” by Ed Power and Melissa DeJesus, the former creators of the entertaining newspaper comic strip My Cage. Unfortunately, their project is only 77% funded at the moment and Kickstarter requires that every project is 100% funded or they don’t collect the raised money.

Note that it’s not just an altruistic donation, you actually get something in return, for example a copy of the comic book including a sketch if you pledge $35 (like I did myself). I think giving some money to indy comic creators whose comic is not just yet another superhero comic is always a good thing to do. So I want to thank all of our readers who already supported Ed and Melissa when I first posted about “Santa vs. Dracula” a month ago in the description of our comic [0321] Children.

Update: The project is now 100% funded, just a couple of hours before the deadline!

Gaia and Sandra and Woo Chat

Gaia will be released on Monday, 28 November 2011, so it’s the right time for another chat with Novil and Powree. The chat is scheduled for Saturday/Sunday, 3/4 December 2011. This time we want to talk mostly about Gaia, but of course you can also ask questions about Sandra and Woo.

Chat time on Saturday/Sunday, 3/4 December 2011:

  • US Pacific Time: 17:00 (5:00 p.m.) – Saturday
  • US Eastern Time: 20:00 (8:00 p.m.) – Saturday
  • Greenwich Mean Time: 1:00 (1:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • Central European Time: 2:00 (2:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • Western Indonesian Time: 8:00 (8:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • Australian Eastern Time: 12:00 (12:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • more countries

Our Flash based chat can be found at:

As cool as a massacre-proof chainsaw…

According to the latest issue (December 2011) of the Popular Science magazine, the FARO Focus 3D laser scanner is as cool as a massacre-proof chainsaw. Well, at least both of them are featured prominently on the cover as one of the 100 best innovations of the year:

Popular Science, December 2011

Since January I work as a software developer for the research department that developed the Focus 3D laser scanner. In essence, the Focus 3D laser scanner creates panoramic photographs of the environment that contain depth information so that you can measure distances or create point clouds that represent the environment.

I myself am mainly working on the Flash software SCENE WebShare which displays the panorama images, which were previously created with our main application SCENE, inside a web browser. With the help of some colleagues, I implemented several new features this year, the most important of them is certainly the measurement functionality which is now also available in WebShare. Here you can see a screenshot of the program:

SCENE WebShare

You can even try it yourself on FARO’s official WebShare server. However, WebShare is meant for the intranet of companies since it has a very high CPU and memory consumption, so I can just hope that this link from Sandra and Woo does not result in a server crash because too many users want to use the program at the same time. 😉