|And don't I look happy? No, not really - just beat.|
So, this is for my booth at the Edmonton Comic Expo this weekend. The map is at least large enough that its not possible to look at the whole thing at one time - but realisticaly, the place names are not readable. That would require a much larger image, one that's out of my price range. Next time I have this printed, it will be at least six feet wide. At the moment, it's 122 cm by 66 cm.
I need it until 5 o'clock on Sunday - and after that, I really don't need it at all. I figure by the time I would want a poster like this again, I'll have England added to it, perhaps more of Africa, perhaps I'll work on Sinkaing and Tibet to fill in the space between Siberia and India - actually fairly easy, since although its a big space there isn't much research to do. It is the research that slows down the making of this map.
So I was thinking, entirely from curiosity, if it wouldn't be practical to simply auction it off to the highest bidder, with the deadline being 5 pm, Mountain Time, September 25. Too self-serving? It's a partial map (and technically, no matter what map I eventually print to replace it, will always be a partial map), so I can't imagine the interest value being that high; I do expect it will impress people at the Expo, encouraging a few strangers to understand just how seriously I take the careful design of my world.
Incidentally, I finished the actual organization of Britain. Total number of settlements on the two islands: 374. Population of the English Commonwealth under Cromwell: 8,286,074. Population of occupied Ireland: 217,446. Population of lawless Ireland (Eire): 286,002. All of which has to be jammed into this tiny pair of islands:
Ah well, no hurry.