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Mandi and Adara Updates

08 Dec 2007 20:41 #11084 by Bully_pup
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This is long overdue, but here's the news on all that's happened in the Steeleverse.

As most all of you know by now, we've moved from Las Vegas, Nv to East Texas. I say "East Texas" because photo shooting and filming (Yes filming) is no longer limited to one city.
Some have already asked me, why Texas?
I guess the biggest reason is that I wanted to. This is where me and most all of my family are from. I always knew I was coming back. After nearly 11 years in Las Vegas, and at the beginning of my 40th trip around the sun, I decided that now was the time.

As for the future of the Steeleverse, well it's looking pretty bright.
I've discovered new talent, plus Mariah and Mojo will be traveling here to shoot. Also, with the access of many new locations, including a 70,000 sqf old Coca Cola bottling plant, we'll be able to get the ATHENA project back underway. More on that as we go.

Other questions I've been asked. "What happened to Mandi?"
Well, that's a long story and most of it I'd prefere to keep between her and I. The short version is that about a year and a half ago we had a couple of personal issues that eventually leaked into our working relationship. Things could have ended a little better, but she did stay on about 2 years longer than she originally intended to. With the all that she accomplished here in that time, her amazing photostories, and her roll as Lara in THE AWAKENING, I'm thankfull that she hung around. No matter what, I still think the world of her. I intend to see to it that as long as the Steeleverse exists, she'll never be forgotten.

Brantely, thanks for the vote of confidence, but the only troubles that I've had were getting a high speed internet connection out here. That was a mother and a half!!! But we're all good now.

bully_pup -- Kelly

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09 Dec 2007 16:25 #11085 by argonaut
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Hope this helps Zebra, and what ever you decide to do, I'll completely understand. I do have one question. You mentioned that the story panels were just pictures of the other 27. Would you rather not see the panels? Actually that question goes for everyone.
I don't want people thinking I'm trying to jip them by posting the same picture twice. As a standard I post the panels first. Then all the pictures it took to make the panels so everyone can see their favorite parts of the story in full size. However, if you want just the pictures and not the story panels..... Yeah, hit me with a show hands. I like doing them, but I'd hate to think I'm doing it for nothing. So, if nobody wants to see them, they are so f-ing gone! LOL


Since you ask ... I do look at the panel pages, but I wouldn't miss them if they were gone. I'd prefer to see the stories told one panel at a time -- which is pretty much what I get by skipping past the multi-panel pages anyway. So you're giving your subscribers a choice of format.

Regarding the size of the updates: I don't mind an occasional small uipdate. What bothers me more is the irregularity of the updates and the long intervals between them. Now that you seem to be settling down in your new location, I hope this won't be as much of a problem. I'll be a regular subscriber when you're a regular updater.

Have you considered adding narrative captions and dialogue balloons to your photostories? Maybe you could toss that question out to your subscribers.

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09 Dec 2007 16:50 #11086 by nextglobalcrisis
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Nothing wrong with criticism Zebra.
I'll try to address some of your points.
Small updates.. They're not all going to be 80 to 150 pictures. Mainly because on some chapters of a photostory it takes less pictures to tell the story. Yes, I could post some more raw images, but are reasons that I don't. One, there are usually serveral of the same pose and two, there are quite a few bad pictures. By bad I mean, bad lighting or exposure, model blinking ( or otherwise not prepared for the shot), and too many shots of background objects or of the Male talent.
A few years back, I did post up all the good pictures of the models, and got slammed by a couple of people in the yahoo group for trying rip everyone off by anouncing 100 pictures when there were only 40 pictures of the girls in different poses. It's not that I was trying to rip anyone off, I just liked all the pictures. So, I followed up, but by only posting the best of the bunch.
Zebra, sometimes there are going to be fewer pictures.
But it's only because I want to keep the quality level up. Now, if you want, drop me an email, and I'll send you all of the other pictures, but I'm not going to post them on the sites.
12/16 update..... Yes, it'll be 10 days intead of 7. The final chapter of CRY HAVOC is a big one. It's going to take me some time to do the effects and put together the panels. And, I'm traveling about 5 hours to Austin for a photoshoot mid week next week.

Hope this helps Zebra, and what ever you decide to do, I'll completely understand. I do have one question. You mentioned that the story panels were just pictures of the other 27. Would you rather not see the panels? Actually that question goes for everyone.
I don't want people thinking I'm trying to jip them by posting the same picture twice. As a standard I post the panels first. Then all the pictures it took to make the panels so everyone can see their favorite parts of the story in full size. However, if you want just the pictures and not the story panels..... Yeah, hit me with a show hands. I like doing them, but I'd hate to think I'm doing it for nothing. So, if nobody wants to see them, they are so f-ing gone! LOL




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This has helped. I can live with 10 day gaps between updates if there is a good pay-off at the end of it. I understand that you are in a state of flux, I was just concerned that there had not been a big update in a while and that this was a direction you had now chosen to take. All I would say to help things along is if you'd keep us well informed on this board - maybe I'm speaking for myself but I like to know when the update will be and a clue of what it is, maybe that would spoil the surprise for some but I'd quite like it here, I assume the vast majority of your subscribers are unaware of this board and/or don't post/read here.

One thing that would be really helpful is if you could give us some advance warning when you are about to take photosets down. I know you've said before that your host limits the amount of stuff you can have in the archive, so that being the case it'd be really helpful to know what is coming down to make space for new updates. I know that there are a bunch of early Mandi photosets that were in the members area when I joined that are not there now, I'd certainly have liked to look upon them one last time.

As for panels, I don't really mind, if you like doing it then you should probably continue because if you aren't having fun then the whole project will wane. One question I have about panels and pics with effects on them though: When downloaded you obviously get a thumbnail on your computer, now the thumbnails show the pictures without effects, and the panels seem to be placed on top of one of the pictures in the panel. I wondered how you do this? Is it layering of some kind and is there any program that can strip back the picture to it's raw state? A bit technical I know and you may have no idea what I'm on about, I just found it interesting.

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09 Dec 2007 19:15 #11087 by mo
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This is long overdue, but here's the news on all that's happened in the Steeleverse.

As most all of you know by now, we've moved from Las Vegas, Nv to East Texas. I say "East Texas" because photo shooting and filming (Yes filming) is no longer limited to one city. bully_pup -- Kelly


Filming? Great!! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the future :) Can I vote for a Cry Havoc video?!

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10 Dec 2007 08:24 #11090 by Bully_pup
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Argonaut,
That's fair. And I appreciate the input. Dialog? I tried man!
Photostory ideas I can do. Setting action posing, and effects... I LOVE IT!
But when it comes to wording out dialog bubbles, I suck! I tried a couple of times and hated it. Which is wierd because I've written truck load of scripts for short films that I intend to shoot sometime sooner than later, and I have the story outlined in my head when I shoot for most of these photostories. But, when the pictures are in front of me, I go blank or stupid. I have the same problem leaving voice messages. Most of the time I just hang up.
Another reason ( although this'll sound weak after what I just said ) is that I format the pictures so that the story is told without "written" dialog. This way everyone can imagine what's being said, and no two perspectives are the same. I think I'll just leave the dialog writing to the expert DF_Fan. Speaking of him, he's created his own version of DEMON SEED and it's Fracking awesome! I think his best work yet. It's so good, that I'm waiting til after I've posted the last chapter of my version. I took one look at his and thought "No way I'm following this!!"

Zebra,
All good points man! I'll do my best to keep everyone posted and up to date. From time to time, I'll give some advanced notice on what's coming next, but I do like surprises too. And yes, from here out, I'll give at least a weeks notice when an older set is about to come down. Is there any set in particular that you missed that you want to see?
On the panels, I used to create a templet panel, but I found it easier and faster to "Fill" an existing photo. Plus, I didn't have to screw with frame sizes. So yeah, it's layered. I'm guessing you discovered this after you downloaded and viewed them from you windows picture viewer. It tends to revert the thumbnails.
Yeah, only a fraction of Steele subscribers are in this forum, but this is where I listen. Not just by advise, but by what I read here in random posts and in stories. I come here because this is where the people who share the same interests and style of characters as me are. And let me tell you, in the superheroine genre, we are few. VERY FEW! The Steele's get thousands of requests every month that fall in the realm of the girls getting "ass raped" (And sometimes worse) by the villian. The superheroines in bondage/peril fans may be sickos but are legions strong. If I took half of the requests we got from those people, we'd be driving exotic foriegn cars and out picking our new island by now. But that's not us. The Steele's we're born from the imaginations of me and all of you.

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10 Dec 2007 11:36 #11091 by nextglobalcrisis
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I didn't know you were getting that many requests to do sexual violence shoots. Thats pretty amazing because if a thousand people are writing there are probably 100 times that amount that don't. I find it all pretty fascinating, either there are a hell of a lot of people who had distressing childhoods for one reason or another, or it's some kind of pre-conditioning which never kicked in with the people here. The trouble is, such appetites are always insatiable. If you did turn around and say; "You know what, I'd like to make some more cash, we'll do a month of ass raping stories", the second that month ended you'd get equal the requests for more.

The stuff I particularly love is the stuff you are doing now with Cry Havoc, because it's close to comic book action, the lines between good and evil aren't obvious and both Heroines are having to work at full force. Sets where Heroines just beat the crap out of some guy can be alright, but it doesn't greatly interest me because there is no real suspense and they are fighting well within themselves. A bit like asking someone to prove their amazing strength by lifting a milk carton. True strength, physical and mental, is displayed when times are hard. So, anyway thats an explanation of my thinking, I hope you found it interesting LOL.

As for sets that I missed or that are incomplete, well I went to the preview section and picked a few from there that should show you, rather than have me describe it. On MandiSteele.com:

153 + 154 (Same set I believe)
50 + 51 (dunno if it's the same set but looks like it)

There are also Adara pics that I have seen, like the one on the site itself where she is at the computer in a Classic SG costume with straight hair, not the 'Adara Unleashed' set, maybe this was never a set, just a few pics. There were also a couple of Kendall sets in Classic SG, not the one with the black background that you so kindly put up some time ago, but 2 others. Basically I love the Classic SG sets and if there are any that I missed then I'd really love to see them again. I know thats quite a long list now but of course you may not be able to get your hands on it after so long and/or you may not know what the hell I'm talking about!

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10 Dec 2007 13:39 #11092 by brantley
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Argonaut,
Yeah, only a fraction of Steele subscribers are in this forum, but this is where I listen. Not just by advise, but by what I read here in random posts and in stories. I come here because this is where the people who share the same interests and style of characters as me are. And let me tell you, in the superheroine genre, we are few. VERY FEW! The Steele's get thousands of requests every month that fall in the realm of the girls getting "ass raped" (And sometimes worse) by the villian. The superheroines in bondage/peril fans may be sickos but are legions strong. If I took half of the requests we got from those people, we'd be driving exotic foriegn cars and out picking our new island by now. But that's not us. The Steele's we're born from the imaginations of me and all of you.


Thanks for putting principle ahead of profit. I only wish that the kind of men who LOVE women were as active as those who HATE them. I simply can't fathom why there are so many men out there who want to defile what should be worshipped.

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11 Dec 2007 06:51 #11096 by Bully_pup
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Well, that's them and this is us! At the end of the day, that's all that matters.

bully_pup -- Kelly

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15 Dec 2007 14:15 #11114 by Sarge395
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I just finished looking at the Demon Seed 3 picture set from the Adara site. 60 pics in total. A grade A I give it. Some cool special effects. Mariah is the starlet once again in the old school Supergirl costume. Love the shorts. They really 'add' to the moment. My favorite part of it was the extended hovering of Mariah over the fallen bad guy. She appeared to be lecturing the dude a bit as she majestically floated above him. Nice work my man.

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17 Dec 2007 07:34 #11118 by Bully_pup
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Thanks Sarge,
And I'll pass along your compliments to Mariah.
Ok, it was a looooong weekend, and a LOT of driving, but I'm back from Austin and I have UPDATES UPDATES UPDATES!!!!!!
Alright, it's just two, but they're good ones!!

First, @ www.MandiSteele.com
Mojo and Mariah pushed each other a little too far in this series, and this last chapter is no exception. Check out the conclusion of CRY HAVOC! 105 action packed pictures!

@ www.AdaraSteele.com
Mariah gives a little rest from DEMON SEED and show us another beautiful view of her TRUE RED and BLUE. 50 stunning pictures of the goddess that is Mariah.

Ok, time for some past due SLEEP!!!!!

bully_pup -- Kelly

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25 Dec 2007 04:31 #11232 by Bully_pup
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www.mandisteele.com updated

Hey folks Merry Christmas, before you start opening your presents tomorrow, why don't you check out the new update tonight.

Hope you enjoy!

Adara will be updated December 26 pending approval from server admin.

Looks like we might be getting a newer faster server soon.....

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27 Dec 2007 01:06 #11248 by Bully_pup
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www.AdaraSteele.com Updated!

Mariah's quickly learning that Jason might be more than she can handle.
Check out part 4 of Demon Seed!


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27 Dec 2007 03:24 #11249 by CaptainIrishman
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www.AdaraSteele.com Updated!

Mariah's quickly learning that Jason might be more than she can handle.
Check out part 4 of Demon Seed!


bully_pup -- Kelly


uh
sorry to nag

but

The requested URL /preview/374.JPG was not found on this server.


and

The requested URL /preview/373.JPG was not found on this server.


so, um, can ya checkem out?

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27 Dec 2007 04:46 #11251 by Bully_pup
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Nag nag nag... LOL Just kidding.

I think when I loaded the preview pictures, I loaded the thumbs, then got hungry for leftover Christmas turkey, and forgot to load the actual pictures. In fact I'm pretty sure that's exactly what happened.
Sorry about that..

Try it now.

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27 Dec 2007 13:03 #11252 by brantley
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Just one minor complaint:

Love the cleavage.

Love the hot pants.

But you need to do something about the sleeves.

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27 Dec 2007 13:15 #11253 by DF_Fan
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Ahhh...I like the costume. :-) And with all the cleavage and hot pants, I barely notice the sleeves anyway! LOL!

Mariah is probably one of the sexiest heroines around. I hope she continues to help, long into the future.

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27 Dec 2007 14:20 #11254 by brantley
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Those hot pants are practically incandescent!

And those magnificent breasts....

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27 Dec 2007 16:32 #11255 by Bully_pup
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What's wrong with the sleeves?

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27 Dec 2007 16:55 #11256 by brantley
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They're too loose. They should fit snugly, like the ones in the leotard you used a few years back for Bedtime Blues. EVERYTHING a supergirl wears should fit snugly.

The rest of Mariah's outfit fits her like a glove. And it was actually a turn-on to see her PUTTING ON those hot pants. No prissy skirt -- no nudity, and yet between that and the cleavage, our imaginations are focused on the parts that drive us wildest.

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30 Dec 2007 03:08 #11270 by Bully_pup
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Well, this is it. The Final Steele Update of 2007.................

I could describe it to you, but seeing it is better.

Go to www.MandiSteele.com and check it out.

Happy New Year folks!

bully_pup -- Kelly

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