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Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)

Postby weex » Wed May 26, 2010 8:39 am UTC

Hello all. I'm starting a webcomic. I thought about using ComicPress but decided I'd code up my own xkcd backend-clone with php/mysql. If anyone wants the code and is fine running sql scripts and modding a few lines of php I'll post it somewhere. Enough words...here's the start:

http://davidsterry.com/webcomic http://www.simplepenart.com

More words. If it seems too much like xkcd starting out(check the title-text), Salvador Dali once said "Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing." Also, four comics isn't much to start with but, hey, another'll come out tomorrow.

Thanks for your comments.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby Zohar » Wed May 26, 2010 8:49 am UTC

It wasn't particularly funny, to be frank. Or maybe I didn't get the jokes. The "do people need to be needed" was not bad, and the best part in my opinion.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Wed May 26, 2010 9:39 am UTC

Thanks for checking it out and no, you're probably getting the jokes as much as there is to be gotten. I guess interesting and insightful are the highest compliments for me but I'll work on the comedy aspect as well.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby Dobblesworth » Wed May 26, 2010 12:35 pm UTC

4 - it's interesting data analysis, but I didn't find much humour in earthquake death toll, perhaps a pique of interest in how estimates speculating ricochets around in disaster zones
3 - Surreal, but not entertaining. Maybe if the other stick figure windowscreen decals were going Ohmigoshourfriendisgettingabducted in the third/fourth panel it would have merit, but otherwise fairly static
2 - I suppose a good philosophical point. I'd get pretty bored if society completely obliterated any need for active human professions and involvement with their lifestyle while being waited-on hand and foot.
1 - Perception altered by which country you view it in, resulting in potential "hang on, isn't that undertaking?" Would be made more entertaining if V_t was coming the opposite direction

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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Thu May 27, 2010 2:41 am UTC

Thanks for taking the time to review each post. I wasn't expecting that!
Dobblesworth wrote:4 - it's interesting data analysis, but I didn't find much humour in earthquake death toll, perhaps a pique of interest in how estimates speculating ricochets around in disaster zones

I can't say there's much that's funny about natural disasters but I've had this idea for some time and making the graphic was fun even if not very predictive.
3 - Surreal, but not entertaining. Maybe if the other stick figure windowscreen decals were going Ohmigoshourfriendisgettingabducted in the third/fourth panel it would have merit, but otherwise fairly static

I appreciate the suggestion to take it to the next level...there are so many possibilities that it shouldn't be hard to do.
2 - I suppose a good philosophical point. I'd get pretty bored if society completely obliterated any need for active human professions and involvement with their lifestyle while being waited-on hand and foot.

There's more to be said about this whole concept of productivity vs. the need to work so I'll probably touch on that in the future. This feels more like Serious Business but there's no reason comics can bring up the big issues.
1 - Perception altered by which country you view it in, resulting in potential "hang on, isn't that undertaking?" Would be made more entertaining if V_t was coming the opposite direction

I get the suggestion to heighten the drama and to clarify the scenario. I'll definitely try to see how future comics might be interpreted differently and modify accordingly.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Sat May 29, 2010 4:11 am UTC

Saturday comic now available: http://davidsterry.com/webcomic

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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:44 am UTC

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Alt/Title-text: If $#*! is profane, then what about certain more graphic references to $#*!?
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby mr_pathetic » Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:00 am UTC

No harm in trying new stuff as you develop it... it can take years to get a solid audience so don't let the criticism get you down....rather use it to improve where you see fit.

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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:15 am UTC

Thanks for the kind words. I'm committed to work on this for the long haul. I'm on a schedule and have only to resist the urge to publish things early. Got a new Bamboo Pen tablet yesterday so hoping to do new stuff using that and GIMP.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:38 am UTC

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Alt/Title text: The $ has two vertical lines to support the extra weight of all the extra awesome it's carrying.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:01 am UTC

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Alt/Title text: The best photographers also make the best psychics.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:29 am UTC

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Alt/Title text: This alt/title text contains as much as data as 0.000 000 000 006 2 LoC.
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A New Domain

Postby weex » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:22 am UTC

Wow, I'm going gangbusters here....this one is inspired by the many websites that are made and dreams that are put into motion in the world. My perl script that releases comics has now been enhanced with super identi.ca/twitter powers so follow @weex on either to get the update.

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Title-text: If Yahoo! Slurp doesn't show up within 48 hours, check your site on downforeveryoneorjustme.com
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:10 am UTC

And a couple more...

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Useful

Postby weex » Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:46 am UTC

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anyone who's here should get it
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:49 am UTC

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Postby weex » Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:41 am UTC

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Postby weex » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:10 am UTC

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\o/ my 50th post!
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby Sketch Country » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:40 pm UTC

'Chopsticks' and 'my normal approach is useful' are both great! Nice work.

Having been posting twice a week for almost a year, I've found I'm happy if one idea in ten turns out to be something I'm proud of. I think that's the reward for posting regularly, the law of averages means that after a year of effort you might have about eight *really good* comics : ) Keep up the good work!

I think even big hitters like xkcd acheive a similar rate (less so recently, but the 100-400 series have a good average), only Perry Bible Fellowship (for me) has acheived the gold standard of consistent greatness. It depends on time too; if you do cartooning full time then you can think of (and discard) maybe fifteen ideas a week. If you only do it as a hobby you maybe have fifteen ideas a month, and you have to post four\eight\twelve of those to keep your posting rate up.


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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:00 pm UTC

Sketch Country wrote:'Chopsticks' and 'my normal approach is useful' are both great!

Thanks. Doing comics is really turning out to be more fun than I imagined. So many possibilities...

Sketch Country wrote:...if you do cartooning full time then you can think of (and discard) maybe fifteen ideas a week. If you only do it as a hobby you maybe have fifteen ideas a month, and you have to post four\eight\twelve of those to keep your posting rate up.


At this point I have more ideas than time to draw them...hopefully that'll translate into quality comics but only time will tell. Thanks again for the words of encouragement.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:06 am UTC

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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:30 am UTC

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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby alden » Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:42 am UTC

Pretty good stuff! The art has improved spectacularly (or at least the way it is rendered has improved spectacularly -- the early ones are pixelated to the point of distraction) -- I think the alien abduction one would be good to redo -- I had no idea what was going on until I read the alt text but then I thought it was one of your best! I am also a big fan of referential/self-referential comedy :)

The stark design wins points with me as well, though as you noted elsewhere a next/previous option would be nice.

I look forward to seeing where you take it from here!

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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby weex » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:37 am UTC

alden wrote:as you noted elsewhere a next/previous option would be nice.


It is done and on the upper right. I started with a standard set of navigation links at the bottom but as an experiment replaced that with the rolling numbered list you see now. That numbered list may be a little complicated to rely on for all nav since the bounce rate increased from 72% to 90% in the 2 weeks after versus the 2 weeks before.

By the way, I've submitted the past several to reddit when they came out and #16 and #20 did pretty well for this stage with 1000+ views each. They only got up to +10 or +14 at their peak so I can only imagine what kind of traffic a +600 or +1000 gets.
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Re: As-of-yet untitled webcomic

Postby Omegaton » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:30 pm UTC

You should probably title this webcomic soon before you gain a much larger audience... It doesn't matter what it is, just make up something.

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Re: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)

Postby weex » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:57 pm UTC

Ok, I bit the bullet and chose a name and domain; I migrated the site and database and tested the redirects. If you find an issue, I appreciate your bug report.

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Postby alden » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:33 pm UTC

I like the name! Though I like literalness :) I have a dirty mind too so Pen reminds me of Penis -- Simple Peen Art :P

Do you put your comics in a specific "sub reddit"?

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Re: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)

Postby Omegaton » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:26 pm UTC

alden wrote:Do you put your comics in a specific "sub reddit"?

I would guess they'd be posted in the "comics" section.

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Re: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)

Postby weex » Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:36 pm UTC

Just comics. I noticed that pen* thing as I worked with the domain yesterday but it's subliminal enough that I won't worry about it. Now that the name is behind me, I'm looking forward to ignoring it completely by making things that aren't simple or don't come from a pen or aren't art.
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Postby weex » Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:40 am UTC

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Postby weex » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:14 am UTC

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And going a bit more conceptual...
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Postby weex » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:56 am UTC

Not to go all Ralph Nader on you people but...
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Postby weex » Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:05 am UTC

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Postby <nyssa> » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:31 am UTC

Hey some of these are pretty funny. Also, I shared the 'My Strategy:' one just posted with some people on Facebook, and it got a bunch of likes, so that's good, right? :)

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Postby weex » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:00 pm UTC

Thanks <nyssa>...I'm glad you find some of them funny as only now do I understand just how hit or miss this thing we call funny can be. The My Strategy(Shopping List) one did pretty well in reddit-funny which was really fun to watch.
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Postby weex » Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:42 am UTC

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Re: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)

Postby weex » Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:47 am UTC

Four more since my last post but here's just the latest which was inspired by far too much time chasing down memes.

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Postby weex » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:02 am UTC

Can't believe I've done 7 since my last post! This one was fueled by late night tv and was a lot of fun to work.
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Re: Simple Pen Art (was As-of-yet untitled webcomic)

Postby weex » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:19 am UTC

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:51 am UTC

^I like it, the newest one.
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