Cultish Manners has launched

I was going to create a third post on my NaNoMango Project, following up on Part One and Part Two. But then things happened and I didn’t post much here for a while. Since then, I’ve decided to start publishing what I have of the project.

Cultish Manners is a one-shot that may become a longer series if people enjoy it and I have time. In this story, Tess, a baby Goth, goes to a darkwave show with her friend Aideen, a seasoned Goth, and she learns more than she bargained for. It’s set in a world that owes a lot to that of The Cosmic Beholder1 and can be presumed to be the same universe until I decide otherwise. Indeed, Tess was initially Beholder’s Jung-La until I decided that that was not the kind of foil that Aideen needed. The character Aideen is on loan from James Damaged, Cyberkitten01 on DeviantArt. Beware: Cyberkitten’s work is considerably more erotic and explicit than mine.

At the time of writing, there are six live pages on the site and I’m working on more. As with all my other comics, it will appear on an irregular schedule until done, though there is sort of a pipeline of pages that are at least partly done. I created Cultish Manners for NaNoMango in October 2018 and resumed work on it in May of this year.

The webdesign is an attempt at creating a super-minimalist webcomic template for Comicfury that works well on phones. Here it is on iPhone 6:

Test page on iOS, iPhone
Screenshot of the site in development, with a placeholder image, as it looked on iOS.
Screenshot of the website with a real comic image on iOS
Screenshot of the Cultish Manners website on iPhone 6, this time with a real comic image.
Bottom half of the front page of the Cultish Manners website on iOS, with a long text comment. This was taken at the same time as the screenshot with the placeholder image, when the site was still in development.
Screenshot of the bottom half of the front page of the Cultish Manners website on iOS, with a long text comment and a user comment. This was taken at the same time as the screenshot with the placeholder image, when the site was still in development.

What it lacks in visual pizazz, it makes up for in speed and compatibility. Indeed, it’s so fast that while I was working on it, whenever there was a change to the HTML code that had no visible impact, I could not tell if I had reloaded the page or not. Some small issues are still unsolved (see the user comment? The “Post a Comment” link under that is not aligned correctly) and I will eventually want a graphical header if I can spare the kilobytes – I am trying to keep the full load of each page under 300 kB.

For visually impaired readers, there are transcripts available that are hidden from computer screens but that a screen reader should be able to pick up. Let me know if this does not work. This is reflected in the way the page is displayed in Lynx:

Screenshot of the Cultish Manners comic in Lynx
Screenshot of the Cultish Manners comic in Lynx, showing the transcript, because Lynx ignores both CSS and images

Screenshot of Cultish Manners in Lynx
Continued: this is how the end of the transcript and the Author Notes look

Screenshot of the Cultish Manners comic in Lynx
Continued. No lay-out issues with the bottom of the comments section here!

Consistency in the design was helped by the use of the Vanilla CSS stylesheet which sets reasonable defaults for all major web browsers.

Footnotes:

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Link goes to The Beholder’s DeviantArt page. I like his Blogspot but today I’m in no mood to link to Google-owned properties.