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State Of The Comic, July 2009

State Of The Comic, July 2009 published on 2 Comments on State Of The Comic, July 2009

Hey, look, it’s still here!

Now, let’s be serious. Where are now?

  • Inkblot and Webcomic, the theme and plugin combo which drives this thing (on top of WordPress), have been updated (often, in Webcomic’s case). Things have settled down on that front, so now I can think about…
  • Site design! What you see here is, for the most part, the stock Inkblot design code. I want to play with button design and color schemes, and I really want a better-looking banner graphic. (Yes, I did just slap some text on top of part of one of my camera-test shots from… April? May?) And, by popular demand (combined with just plain common sense)…
  • Cast page! The Yamiyurikai aren’t the only faces folks may have a tough time keeping track of, admittedly. So, I’m putting this at the top of the To-Do list. All things considered I’ll probably end up doing the new banner at the same time, but there you go.
  • Last and most assuredly not least: You people rock. You keep coming back for more! You comment! You encourage! You laugh (and groan at the puns)! The site metrics tell me that while we may not be setting traffic records, the traffic is consistent and steady. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And that’s the news that’s fit… for now.

Pre-launch Jitters

Pre-launch Jitters published on 1 Comment on Pre-launch Jitters

I’m just a little bit nervous.

Which is silly, when you get right down to it: I’m probably going to go months, if not well into next year, before I pick up any kind of significant audience. My “buzz” right now consists of friends, the slightest dose of word-of-mouth, and the awesome might of Cleolinda Jones‘ fanbase. Well, those among her readers who are curious enough to take a look, anyway. If I end up with more than a dozen regular visitors by summer’s end I’ll be gratified amazed. And that’s okay. Yes, of course I’m doing this in part because I want people to love me. (Hi, have you met me?) The main reason, however, that I’ve gone to all of this effort is… it’s an outlet for my creative impulses.

I’m not an artist. To be brutally honest? I’m not a prose author, though I’ve tried that a few times. To trot out (ha, ha) a metaphor, I’m a sprinter instead of a marathon runner: Potentially great over short stretches of text, just don’t ask me to run the 15K.

So, this project gives me the ability to present jokes (and eventually some short stories) at a composition level I’m comfortable with, using tools and props at hand. It also gives me a chance to learn some new skills, which is never a bad thing.

At any rate… we “launch” tomorrow. I have two weeks’ worth of material in the can, queued up and ready, right now. We’re on a Monday/Thursday schedule for the time being. If I can streamline the process a bit more and inspiration really takes off, I might bump that up… but I intend to walk before I try running, so this schedule’s pretty much set, in my mind.

Thank you for visiting, and please enjoy the show.