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The netpaper about Elftowners, by Elftowners, for Elftowners.


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Issue 22, now published!


Current Issue: The Town Herald - Issue 22 -
"Cards"


The Town Herald - Issue 22

featuring cover artist [blu.nation]


Now Available for Download!


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Low-res: <URL:stuff/The-Town-Herald-Issue-22-lowres.pdf>



If you wish to peruse past issues of The Town Herald, please visit our archive: The Herald Archive


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Town Herald News & Updates



Currently working on Issue 23:
'Creation'



ATTENTION! To all writers:


We are always interested in featuring guest articles, reviews and tutorials on anything art, photography, writing, fantasy & sci-fi, or Elftown related!
Maximum 3000 words and all entries should be spell checked. Check out Herald Guest Submissions if you're interested! If you have art or poetry that you think fits our theme, you're invited to submit it at the Poetry Corner and the Art Corner! Or if you're interested in contributing to the Herald on a more permanent basis, check out Herald Hopefuls!


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Herald links:



Town Herald Public Forum: <joinforum:177:union> (Town Herald : Come one, come all) - chat with readers and crew

-Herald Hopefuls: For those who wish to contribute regularly to the Herald.
-Herald Guest Submissions: For those who wish to make one-off contributions to the Herald.
-Herald: Suggestions: For those who have ideas for the future of the Herald.
-Heralders: A list of our current staff
-Town Herald Honourable Mentions A list of our illustrious staff and helpers from the past.
-Herald Covers: Where you can see the wonderful Herald cover art!
-The Herald Archive: Here you can find all our past issues, so you can re-read them whilst waiting for the next issue!

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2011-03-03 [Akayume]: I shall. :D

2011-05-04 [Akayume]: Pssst! What's the font used on the old issue? The one you used to "sign" your name [Kaimee]?

2011-05-05 [Kaimee]: I'm so glad someone asked! x)
It's a variation of Liza Pro (by Type foundry http://underware.nl/) which has Liza Display Pro, Text pro, Caps Pro and Ornaments. It's one of the very few typefaces utilising the full range of type options available, including not only extensive ligatures (joint letters), but also something new called Contextual Alternates.
Each letter has contextual alternates, which means there are many different versions of each letter, which are used depending on which letters are used in conjunction with it!
Which means if you wrote something like "Ho ho ho", every single letter would look different.
My explanation was horrible, but there are some great examples at their site :)

It's huge fun to play with, and amazingly versatile :D It's not a free font though, and I own the full license through my design business, so I can't share it with you :(

2011-05-05 [Kaimee]: We'll be using it on our lovely upcoming cover too (a sneak peek will be posted soon!) so you can admire it some more :)

2011-05-05 [Akayume]: It's so pretty! I absolutely adore it! <3 Depending on how much it is I might actually pay to acquire it. >.>'' Yes, I like it that much. X3

2011-05-05 [Kaimee]: Well, if you use Adobe Illustrator it's well worth the cost, because you get the full range of amazing options available, which other programs wont have complete access to :(

2011-05-05 [Akayume]: Ahhh. I have paint shop pro *is oldschool* :P

2011-05-05 [Kaimee]: Oh wow o.o That is old school! :P Well, it will still work for you, maybe google "ligatures" and "contextual alternates" to see if paint shop pro supports them?

2011-05-05 [Akayume]: I could also wait until I update. XP I have the means to, but I am super lazy and have not yet. XD even though psp has a special place in my heart since I learned most of what I know on that program. :P

2011-05-06 [Kaimee]: Aww, I know what you mean. I started on Corel and opencanvas, and the switch to mac adobe software was sad, but made more sense for my work. Oh well! We should probably stop chatting on an official page now :p

2013-01-16 [Ravendust]: So... any news on when the next issue might make an appearance? It's been over a year, I'm mostly just curious at this point xP

2013-03-08 [Paul Doyle]: When an artistic e-community's own e-zine is dead, it's probably safe to say the entire site is dead, not just in traffic but also dead in creative spirit. What a shame.

At first I thought it was merely stupid ET drama (and talented yet overly temperamental personalities) that killed this e-zine (along with the ridiculous decision to reduce the "official" status of both this function and the Elftown Academy. If ET does get a full-fledged reboot (if it isn't, in fact, put out of its misery in the not-too-distant future)may this e-zine (along with the Academy) rise again. The right staffers + the right contributors + no favoritism + the right overall website direction = enduring awesomeness. It can happen, but will it ever happen? I'm not holding my breath. Neither should you. Elftown, shame on you.

2013-03-08 [Flisky]: Our editor actually had a lot of real life issues going on, so this is one of the items that is being revamped. Since it is difficult to redevelop something with so little help, it is taking some time.

2013-03-08 [SilverFire]: I'd like to point out that issues regarding the "official status" of both this and the ET Academy are more complicated than your comment would indicate, and I'd, perhaps naively, also like to think that favouritism hasn't played a significant role in deciding anything on ET for a rather long time.

Also, the Herald's publication has always been erratic, and barely holding on, so if we took that as the bench-mark for the whole health of ET then the site has apparently always been a rather sickly thing. :P

This website undeniably has seen better days, and it looks increasingly doubtful that it will ever see such days again. There's just too much incompatibility between the various groups and people trying to (or trying not to) do things. Trying to do anything on Elftown is a thankless task and rather stressful, and the amount of people who are both prepared to put themselves through that, and actually capable of constructively contributing is currently very, very small. </pessimism> <_<

2013-03-08 [Littlefinger]: *coughs loudly and hatefully*

Yep. Nobody willing or capable to help out. Nope, not a single person.

*goes back to reading his self-help book, Passive Aggressive Pick-up Lines, and sighs dramatically*

2013-03-08 [Littlefinger]: Wait...

"You know, a Datsun is pretty cheap and somewhat reliable. But whatever. It's not like you care about quality or anything."

Goddammit, this is Passive Aggressive Pick-up Trucks...

*tosses the book into traffic*

2013-03-09 [Paul Doyle]: From my perspective (historically, an often critical one and frequently correct despite the inevitable backlashes) the days of blatant Elftown favoritism in the contests and pretty much everything else, have long since gone by the wayside. Yet the evidence is still there, easily seen in most of the major official contests between about 2005 and 2009. That stuff came and went . . . but so did most of the people who really enjoyed participating in these events.

Yes, I personally stopped participating in these contests---originally BECAUSE of all of the rampant bullshit that was happening back then, but now it's because (1.) I stand by the statements in my year-old "mood update" as well as my diary . . . I'm here, I'm present, but stay mostly quiet in hope ET will be rebooted in a wonderfully vibrant incarnation that actively embraces and promotes the original artistic e-community feel (2.) Very few people actually enter these contests anymore, because they were either burned by past contest experiences or they don't care anymore or they left ET (3.) I'm way too busy with trying to get ahead with both my (ET-unrelated) real-life career as well as getting this huge ongoing writing/artwork (and possibly music as well, further down the road) project out of my system and into print whether it sells or not, before the day I die.

In the right hands, with the right publicity and the right care (and a drastic graphic facelift!) people might enthusiastically come to this website in search of creative inspiration, like they did from 2002 until we started pandering to kiddies and pedos and Myspacers and retards (thereby slowly killing this website's creative artistic core). The e-zine and the Academy might have new life, new purpose, and those people who left in a huff (or came up with some cozy excuse to get the hell out of ET) could be replaced by fresh blood, people with burgeoning talent . . . you know, kind of like the way Elftown used to be, way back in the day. 

People who say they have "outgrown Elftown" possibly didn't belong here in the first place, or they're making an excuse so they don't have to be present on this website anymore. The creative fire never dies, and it never abides by whatever's considered "appropriate" by the ignorant outside world.

2013-03-09 [Littlefinger]: I think I understand what Paul is saying. Elftown needs new people in charge of contests and stuff. People who are dedicated and knowledgeable and can bring new, exciting things to the site. The kind of person who runs successful wikis about Mazes and Diners and unrelated things like that. I agree wholeheartedly with this.

2013-03-28 [kians mummy]: God, it's been so long. :)

2013-08-31 [Slayer Chick]: I agree with Paul and Mortified Penguin ^_^

2014-07-13 [Freya's Eyden]: Is there ever going to be a new issue?

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