Escaflowne Compendium: the Writer's Edition
v1.0 completion - 12.23.03
This was the biggest, hairiest, scariest, and most bloody in depth project I ever plunged head-first into in my life.
So I decided to make my own Compendium instead, except for two differences: the first being that I was going to target it specifically for fanfiction writer's, meaning that I would focus purely on information within the show itself and none of the production stats behind it that author's don't care about. Secondly, I was going to take the content it did have a step further than what had already been done, by not only including all the same resources from the official site but being the first site ever to complete all the missing sections, flush everything out, and most of importantly, include all the information that the official site never covered -- in detail, all absolutely factual and completely canon. (Think the famous online Harry Potter Lexicon -- that's what this was going to be.) I paid money to have the entire Memory of Gaea artbook that I owned professionally translated into English to provide a wealth of details and content that the fandom had never had access to before and that I doubt anyone else even knew existed about everything from characters, locales, and items to maps, diagrams, timelines, guymelef mechanics, and answers to the most frequent questions I had seen people asking online that had never been resolved. It took me six months to collect all the information, and I got to the point of compiling it all on the site in point-note form, and that's where my energy drained and it was never picked up again.
From a design stand point it was pretty simple. Since it was for geared for writers I sort of tried to convey the color of parchment, used a kind of archaic-looking flowy font, and organized and divided information into the important Five W's of writing. The guymelef image at the top may or may not have made it to the final product, because it was taken from another site's cell collection and even though I fully intended to ask the owner's permission to use it if I'd continued with the site, I'm not sure she would have let me -- which would have sucked to a degree I can't even explain because I don't know where I would have found another image that worked so well in for the layout. The title probably would have been changed from "Escaflowne Compendium" to the "Escaflowne Encyclopedia" as well, since I didn't think it fair to steal a title someone else already owned; besides, I believe "encyclopedia" would have related more to a writer.
No fancy coding here, just simple table building is all this took to piece to together, other than the CSS for basic formatting through out. It was all about the content, folks.
The fact that I never completed this site still frustrates me, because I still see author's making up material and data because they can't find the information they need, and I know that I have it just sitting here unseen. Hopefully one day I'll plunge back in again, either way, it's probably the one I'm most proud of.