Sunday, January 16, 2011

Drinks and Glasses

I think people are pretty much used to the idea of webcomics as "comics on the web". Which they are.  But webcomics are different than print comics. They're easier to distribute, cheaper to color...and oh yeah, they have about eighty billion more options for presentation.

For people who know what they're doing, I bet that feels freeing. For me, an art gonk who's just about figured out how to post pics on LJ, it's mostly panic inducing. When a page doesn't load, or looks too big, or is all fuzzy,  I have to check every variable I know-- and that leaves eighty billion minus five reasons the pic might still be screwed up.

So if, for example, all my pictures are wretchedly fuzzy over on Smackjeeves? I got nothing.

There's no getting around it- my pictures are loading all fuzzy on Smackjeeves. I have no explanation, no reason, no solution for this. I fear it may be because the original files are Painter-based; if all other options fail, I may have to print, scan, and re-digitalize my digital art. Stupid, but if my work's going to fail, I want it to fail on its own merits, and not because of a platform/file dispute I'm not even wholly privy to.

In my search to get around the problem, though, I've rediscovered Webcomics Nation, my first hosting site, now much improved! I'll be working on prettying the site up over the next month, but in the meantime, if you want to go look at my work in a rather nicer package, it's at

And I'm happy with it if only because I can use my chosen background colors. Hurrah!

Granted, the fuzziness issue remains. But at least I'm posting my images in 1980 for some reason! Yes, that's right, I'm sending back comics from...  THE FUTURE.

I'm totally telling 1980 Carapace to invest in Google.

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