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I'm actually curious about these, because these impact the readers the most. My images have got larger in both width/height and byte size as the internet got faster, but I still optimize the hell out of them, because my ideal is to have things be as immediate as if people were reading offline. Also, I have spent some time living in rural areas where the bandwidth was crap, so I try to keep readers in those areas in mind. Still, I'm sure there are many ways in which I could do better still.
I haven't done this, though it's been on my list of things to try for donkey's years. It may happen next year as I'm trying to learn to use synthesizers right now, while also immersing myself more deeply in my comics than I've done for a while.
My friend Daniel Østvold, whose comics I publish here on ComicFury on his behalf, has written and recorded a full-cast musical to go with the Chronicles of the Witch Queen story The Double and has started work on another one for Alcydia, though I haven't heard any of the second work. He also writes and draws comics specifically to accompany his other music and has made paper pulp sculptures to go with all of his projects (he is a fully-trained sculptor, but health problems made it impossible for him to work with the heavy materials that other sculptors use. He's made this work for him: his paper pulp works are easy to move and rearrange into new installations and if one of them breaks, he can just glue it back together).
Back in the days when Chronicles of the Witch Queen was first published on Webcomicsnation, I added short MP3 fragments of the songs from the musical to the relevant pages. I haven't done that with the ComicFury run, but it'd be fun to put them on SoundCloud or even on Bandcamp in case people wanted to purchase them to support our joint comic work.
I've just gone ahead and uploaded one track. This is a private link, for now, because I haven't discussed this with Daniel yet, and I will withdraw it in a couple of days. It's my first Soundcloud upload ever, but I think it should work.
This was made 20 years ago, with part of the tracks recorded in a professional studio at great cost to Daniel, over basic tracks he'd laid down even earlier on a portable 4-track cassette recorder using using his guitars and a drum machine. Check out "If Only Dreams Could Be For Real" from the musical "The Double".Edit, August 5: Link has been disabled.
From Abúi's Travels. Last page in a daily update challenge that kept me busy all month - this one had to be fixed several times post-update. Crossing over with Misfits of Mischief. Spoiler-cut for nudity and suggestive hand placements, as well as heavy drug and alcohol abuse.
I care quite a bit. I want the ratings to go up and for currently updated comics to have a healthy number of visitors. So while I don't do detailed analytics by choice (I increasingly like to think of my comics as a place where people's web behaviour doesn't get tracked, collected and sold, though a few of my comics still have Project Wonderful ads on them), I do check the CF stats for a quick feel of how I'm doing.
Another update: this is STILL on, and the comics that I drew back in March/April have run on their respective websites and are currently being re-run on Abúi's Travels. I am working on the third leg of the tour, which takes Abúi, Adrienne and now Aggie as well to the world of Misfits of Mischief. However, I got a bit stuck writing it. Right now, though, I have some vacation time and will get back to work on it shortly. The moment my queue of written pages becomes longer than five, OR when I've got my characters out of that universe again, I will start drawing. Next up will be Demoniac Verse, and I think I missed Shastab's response back in early May. I'll see what I can accommodate.
ETA: No, didn't miss it, gave a similarly non-committal response back in May. Well, here's where it's at: the more I improvise, the greater the risk of me writing myself into a corner. At some point, Aggie needs to go back to her own timeline, so that Abúi and Adrienne can return to the faerie village as if nothing happened. That may not be possible in the span of one trip. On the other hand, I kind of like this idea of an ever-growing group of naked dimensional travelers with each BR-ZOT. So we'll see.
That should be "Efteling", preferably with the definite article before it (English or Dutch, doesn't matter).
Latest in my recent pet project, a collaboration between myself at age 21 and at age 45. Er, that means I trace and fix pages I first drew back in 1993. Spoiler tag for nudity as per CF's general rules (I haven't checked if there were specific rules for this thread):
Light weight! I should be able to read it on the crappy Wi-Fi connection on the train (or my friends in rural Tennessee who are dependent on satellite Internet should be able to read it) without too many problems.
I think the default templates from CF are pretty good for this, by the way. While I use them, the only thing I have to worry about is optimizing my images. My image files have grown in pixel size and hence in file size, but I still run each PNG image through PNGout to squeeze another 15% out of them.
If you're up for drawing a heavily tattooed character, Abúi from Abúi's Travels is available and in the mood for a casual hookup. Comic canon (soon to be revealed) is that she hasn't been laid for a few years and that she only sleeps with other faeries; however, I've been soliciting alternate universe versions of the character and drawing some of my own, so it's OK to ignore canon and call it an AU.
Abúi is red-headed, pointy-eared, winged, covered in tattoos and about 5'3" when at full size but able to shrink down to about the size of a cat. I had some reference posted on an earlier thread:
[spoiler]A faerie who presents herself as a skinny, pale white woman with luxurious red hair and covered in tattoos. She has wings and very large pointy ears. She is in her early 30s which means she's about as mature as a human woman in her early 20s. She doesn't normally sleep with non-faeries, but she's ready to make an exception. Her real size is about 12 inches tall; however, she can scale herself up to human size at will, with the proviso that she's only about 5 feet all at full expansion.
I have a DA and I'm very active on it. Find it here: reinder.deviantart.com. I post WIPs, sketches, character art and finished comic pages, though lately I've been aiming more to get people to go from DeviantArt to my comics websites.
I'm a bit late requesting this, but I've only just made the decision to do this:
On May 27, the last of the old White House in Orbit comics from the early 2000s will run on its ComicFury site (with the exception of a Christmas story, which I'm holding back for December obviously). I've decided to also run the three guest comics that were made back then as well, by Xavier Xerexes, Srdjan "McDuffies" and Geir Strøm & Jim Byrt. So this may be a good time for people who are interested to submit some new guest comics!
Since it's a fairly unknown comic, here's what you need to know: White House in Orbit is the future, as imagined in the past, as seen through the eyes of today! Well, the early 2000s, anyway. It's the year 3030, an era of flying cars, fishbowl helmets and floating cities in space. The Orbital United States, a noble bastion of freedom and democracy (cheers, applause), faces many threats: dastardly Krauts from the Orbital German Empire (boo!), the Solar Nipponese (hiss!), Martian slavers (throw rotten tomatoes), homegrown drug runners with terrible fashion sense who can't keep their accents straight (heckling!), and his Plutocratic Excellency President Samuel Perkins's inability to keep it in his pants (start one Congressional investigation after another). Following in the footsteps of the legendary Lawmen of The Keystone, Special Agents X8.5 and Jane from the Seriously Secret Service put their lives at risk to keep all those threats at bay. White House in Orbit is both an affectionate parody of newspaper comics and science fiction movies and literature from before 1940, and a satire on contemporary mores and media stereotypes. Read it on ComicFury here: http://whio.webcomic.ws/
Comic is currently flagged for Nudity but nothing else. We are willing to accept guest comics that require extra flags, but discuss your idea with us first if that's what you're planning to do.
I'd like to do Misfits of Mischief next, but it may take a while. I have some significant deadlines coming up for my main comic, Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan and these are going to take a lot of my drawing time. But I will get in touch with Xailenrath about plotting and such.
He's made a dozen great records that stand the test of time. He's also made several dozen crap ones. I think he's at his best in the live prison recordings, where they caught a rowdy atmosphere on tape that you don't really find anywhere else.
The voice is an acquired taste, but it's not a million miles away from, say, Nick Cave. If you have difficulty getting into Nick Cave as well then it's possible the type of voice is turning you off and that's hard to overcome. I have the same issue with Lou Reed, whose work I respect but can never truly enjoy.
Not a misconception but just something that I'd never given much thought to: I had no idea until I was well past 40 what poaching an egg actually was - and when I learned, I was appalled that people did that to an egg on purpose.