Issue 95 Creators’ Notes

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    • #10592
      ssbb-admin
      Keymaster

      This is a thread for the creators’ notes for Issue 95!

      Usually, we like to use the SSBB wiki to give authors and artists a chance to leave commentary, notes, links, and other useful information about their stories. However, since the wiki is down, this thread is intended as a temporary holding place for those things. Once the wiki is revived, any material left here will be transferred over there.

    • #10608
      The Burning King
      Guest

      Artist’s Notes for the Cover:

      There’s something very tantalizing about knowing you’re a piece of meat to be admired and fantasized over while enjoying the adoration. I had a very specific celebrity in mind when I settled on what I wanted the cover to be. If you recognize him, please feel free to scream at me? With me? I made sure to include alternates to the cover because I really love how he turned out and wanted to showcase him in all his well oiled, perfectly chiseled glory.

      Artist’s Notes for Afterparty:

      I had not intended to make a standalone illustration for this issue but while working on the cover, an idea gripped me by the metaphorical balls and I was possessed. This is definitely one of my fastest completed pieces, clocking in at around 4 hours in total. I’m particularly proud of the smudged and runny eye makeup. I sure hope that video doesn’t get leaked anywhere~

    • #10609
      Hiwaru Kibi
      Guest

      notes for “Even I want to be Cary Grant”:

      The title comes from a much longer quote: “Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant. I have spent the greater part of my life fluctuating between Archie Leach and Cary Grant; unsure of either, suspecting each. I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.”

      If there’s a halfway point between Celene Dion and Cher, that’s where Anaïtis lands. And yes, you should be thinking of the time Adele pretended to be an Adele impersonator.

    • #10612
      Etienne Telling
      Guest

      Notes for Mane Attraction:

      Tags: pony play, anal sex, orgasm denial, established relationship

      CW for mild body image issues, seen through the eyes of the character who doesn’t have them himself.

      The title is Whit’s fault.

    • #10613
      Iron Eater
      Guest

      Author’s notes for Dentes Sub Corium:

      Content Warning: This submission involves assorted material that may not be appropriate for all readers, including extensive discussion of torture methods, frequent instances of body horror (some more casual than others), violence, gore, stalking and harassment, intimidation tactics, class struggles, and the insistent use of words like “pharmacobezoar.”

      Once again it’s time for Ward & Wainwright to take the stage, and while this entry is certainly closer to the previous than usual (a mere three issues!), the theme this time around felt like the best fit for the story I wanted to tell.

      The Sauvageot Theater is a fairly obvious nod to the real-life Grand Guignol, both named for Punch-and-Judy-style characters; the Sauvageot itself is named for Alexandre-Charles Sauvageot, who donated an enormous amount of historical objects from his personal collection to the Louvre and is considered to have just blatantly made up at least some of the details about said artifacts. In the event things were unclear, everything Tabitha’s troupe does is simply a matter of very skilled stage illusions, though whether Tabitha or Lindy are capable of more than that is left intentionally more vague.

      Hugh’s commentary on far too many implements of torture is the short version, believe it or not. I did my best to trim things down and break them up so the piece wasn’t a solid wall of conversation, though it’s still quite a talky tale; the entire business with the letter-sending miscreant was added so there could be some more satisfying stakes and action in this thing than simply yet another conversation. I amassed a rather hefty bibliography during my writing time, and as a result had to do a lot of settings-shuffling with my Academia.edu account to keep them from emailing me every time someone posted so much as a mouse fart of a paper relevant to what I’d been reading. Turns out medievalists can be wordy! Who knew!

      Lindy referring to Mr. Ward as a “little chunk of lokum” isn’t meant as an insult, as the man is a bit of a human gumdrop. Lokum, by any other transliteration, is another name for Turkish delight; it’s unclear whether there’s a country named Turkey in this setting, but there’s definitely places outside the vague and British city in which most stories take place, hence the choice of names. It’s a lot better than certain Lewis-addled Tumblr posts might have you think!

      I hadn’t expected to bring up Hugh’s calling cards again (they first showed up in Mare Testimonii), but as things evolved they felt like a natural addition to the plot. Not that Hugh needs an excuse; he has downright Patrick Bateman opinions on having a good card ready to give to people at all hours of the day, though his are somewhat more colorful than a certain other axe murderer’s.

      This series began as a Bloodborne pastiche and Bloodborne pastiche it remains. When it comes time for the unnamed stalker to “comprehend the vast potency of Hugh’s ability in comparison to his own,” this is the literary equivalent of someone seeing a named boss bar appear on screen, and yes, I am very proud of that little detail.

      Hugh and Mr. Ward are absolutely not going to be misusing their society connections to provide the Sauvageot’s troupe with copies of The King in Yellow, because that would be irresponsible. I’m sure The Golden Banquest is something entirely different. It’s fine! Support your local performing artists.

      Alas, I didn’t have any appropriate metal lyrics to tuck into the prose this time, but Mr. Ward does manage a half-quote of Cecilia Condit’s Possibly in Michigan, which felt thematically appropriate enough.

      So goes another W&W story, and so the metaplot moves ever-onward. Barring incident, illness, or injury, we shall be seeing these two again in 2023.

    • #10628
      murasaki
      Guest

      Author’s Notes for “A Wizard Did It”

      Tags: noncon/dubcon, sex toys, anonymous sex, Long Distance Sex Enabled By Magic

      This is my second contribution to SSBB, and the first one that really “counts” imo since the first one was a fairly short rush job.

      I can’t find it on the internet now, but I swear I read the words “portal underwear” somewhere, as in underwear that you could stick things inside from anywhere due to hentai portal nonsense, and that was the initial spark that created this very dumb idea!

      You’ll notice that the main character, Owen, is rarely named throughout the piece: I think that was intentional, because I wanted to create a concept-/kink-first SSBB submission rather than character-first. There are plenty of extremely lovely SSBB stories with developed characters that you grow to deeply care about way before they have sex, and I hope I can write a story like that someday. This was not the place for it, lol.

      I basically wrote this story one scene at a time every couple of weeks and actually wasn’t motivated enough to finish it by the regular text deadline, but we hit the pinch-hit deadline and I pulled myself together enough to finish and revise it. I’m so glad to have it submitted! And as silly as this idea is, I’m glad to have it out there. Thanks to W2 for the tense and sex toy terminology advice :-) (One thing I learned during research is that 50 bucks is stupidly cheap for the kind of toy Erik is using, so no wonder he bought it used off FB Marketplace tbh).

      I have sooo many ideas and I’m hoping I can contribute to the next few issues!

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