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Did some tweaks to the HM archive (the chapter drop-down no longer opens in a new tab, among other things).

Portal page for the Kismet graphic novels. Done! Turned out I had one already, so I just had to tweak it a bit.

Locally hosted Sun-Cutter archive. Er ... getting there. I've done all I can do (basic layout, logo, landing page) before figuring out whether I want to use static, hard-coded pages, as with Hunter's Moon, or some sort of dynamic page setup.

It wasn't a hard decision to go for static pages with HM, because it's completed, so hard-coded pages and a table of contents make perfect sense. With SC, though, I'm going to be adding pages regularly, so I'll need to be rotating pages on a weekly basis from some sort of "new page" location into the archive.

More noodling under the cut )
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... in all its 340-page glory. \o/

http://www.kismetcity.com/huntersmoon/hmchapterindex.shtml

It's not linked from the main page yet; I'm still figuring out what that end of things is going to look like. (I think that I want a single front page for all the Kismet graphic novels, which then links to each novel's individual page. So I still need to build that.) And I might add another layer of menus at the bottom of each comic page with links to the main page and whatnot. But basically, this was today's project and I GOT IT DONE. I think this calls for a glass of wine. *pours*

Things I have learned today:
  1. Internet Explorer is DEMONSPAWN. (Well, okay, I already knew that, but I got to the point where I was so baffled at how to get some of my div tags to be compatible with IE that I just broke down and used tables. Shhh, don't tell anyone.)
  2. Linux shell scripting, on the other hand, is awesome. Once I got my page template and CSS in nice working order, the entire 340-page archive was generated using a single while loop (in batches, so that I could swap out different SSI menus).
  3. The Mac has tools to do a batch filename find-replace! How did I never know this before?

I've wanted to get the HM archive on my own domain for a long time, and now it's there -- ad-free, bare-bones, safe and permanent as long as I pay my web hosting bill. I don't know how to do a lot of fancy pro-quality things with HTML, and my general website design aesthetic is still stuck in 2002 -- but I can do basic functional web design and I'm pretty happy with it.

The rest of my July website To Do list, not necessarily in order:
  • Portal page for the Kismet graphic novels.
  • Locally hosted Sun-Cutter archive (probably based on the HM page template, except with a white background).
  • Finish getting Sun-Cutter up on Tumblr.
  • Downloadable versions of Hunter's Moon (PDF and HTML).
  • Some sort of gallery.
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Here's a question for all of you: where and how are people posting webcomics these days?

What I'm doing right now is posting pages to this blog, as well as (in Sun-Cutter's case) posting to Webcomicsnation.com, which as far as I can tell isn't really used very much anymore. However, I've been out of the loop on webcomics for a number of years, and I'm not really sure how it's being done nowadays.

When I first got into webcomics, central aggregate sites like Webcomicsnation and Keenspace were used by a lot of people. Are these still a thing, and if so, are there any new popular ones that I should know about?

I've heard of Comicspress, but don't know how easy it is to install and use (and you need a Wordpress installation underneath, right?).

What about banner/link exchanges and other ways of introducing new people to the comic? Do people post long-form comics on Tumblr -- is that even possible?

I am all ears for any suggestions that you have.

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