Comics in the exhibit (2)

Another comic that follows the “best practice” of having a Best Of archive and therefore deserves an early mention is Hans Bjordahl’s pioneering Where the Buffalo Roam. On the internet before there was a web, WTBR doesn’t quite have the polish of many modern-day webcomisc and takes little or no advantage of the formal possibilities offered by online publication. It’s simply a humorous strip, probably made with newspaper syndication in mind. And Columbus was just a schlub who got lost…

Comics in the exhibit (1)

One advantage of setting up a webcomics exhibit is that it’s a good reason to finally read the archives of famous webcomics that you know you should be reading anyway. One disadvantage is that you get to slog through huge webcomics archives in a short period of time.

This week, I’ll be listing some of the comics in the exhibit. I want to start off with two that distinguished themselves by having a “best of” page in which I could easily find their most-loved work:
Boxjam’s Doodle and Sluggy Freelance. Both are well-known (or should be) but deserve extra mention anyway for this good practice.

Plans for the future

Despite being as swamped with work as I’ve ever been, I want to, indeed have to, look at the future a bit – and at the past.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of my first webcomic. Back in November of 1994, I first put a Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan story online, in Dutch and with terrible scan quality. Since October I’ve been working intermittently to translate the comic into English and make those old, crudely-drawn episodes presentable for the web. Back then, I had no idea what I was doing; now, I have at least a vague idea. “The Stone of Contention” will run either exclusively on Modern Tales while a contemporary ROCR story is running as well, or it will run on ROCR.net and Modern Tales while the regular ROCR takes a hiatus. I haven’t decided yet. See a preview.

One series that will probably not run on ROCR.net is a collaborative series I’m planning with Geir Strøm and Daniel Østvold. This is a collection of stories that the three of us have been involved in since 1995, several of which I have published as minicomics. It’s called “Chronicles of the Witch Queen” and will also not run on Modern Tales but instead on a new Webcomicsnation.com site. It will probably be subscription-based unless we change our minds. We will start by reissuing the early stories (which will allow us to build a buffer of no less than six months!) , followed by new material including a sequel to Courtly Manners. Of this sequel, seven pages are drawn.

Here’s a preview, and Modern Tales subscribers can look at some sketches in the Book of all Things.

Taking stock

This blog is one week old and I still haven’t abandoned it! I must be on to something here.
It says in my tagline that I will blog about politics among other things. I haven’ t done so yet, but I will do so as soon as I get good and angry about something. In the mean time, i recommend Harry’s Place as my favorite political blog.
Moveable Type has been a breeze to work with. It’s easy to set up and the ability to make special templates has made it easy to put a simplified version of the blog on my main site, rocr.net. I’m still working on a php template to integrate directly with the Xepher mirror. And maybe a Javascript template for integration with other sites. Problem is that I don’t like working with Javascript much and have already forgotten most of what little I know about PHP.

I’ve invited three co-bloggers; they will keep me on the ball when work is swamping me or when I just can’t be bothered. So far I haven’t really needed them though.

I don’t know how many people read the blog, but it could be a fair number by now. Do give me a shout-out in the comments!

Config problems mostly solved

Update to my post on the configuration problems with my new machine: I have sound. I had some problems with the sound quality in XMMS, but that is probably just a case of XMMS not liking some sound cards. When I play the same music files in Kafeine, all is well (although Kafeine’s interface is not so nice for managing sound files).
I have tried to configure a cheap scanner I got from my aunt, but no luck with that just yet. It should work, it’s in the compatibility lists as a fully supported scanner, but somehow it doesn’t.

Pictures of an exhibition (1)

Here are some pictures I took of the workstation columns for the comics museum:




The columns, still in their wrapping.


A partially-unwrapped half-column, with artwork by Adrian Ramos.



Another one with art by Jesse Hamm.
The printed area on each column is 120 centimeters tall!
The black and white art will look a lot tighter than the color art because I could vectorise it and enlarge the vectorized version. There’s a bit of a trade-off though; up close, it no longer looks like the artist’s original linework. On the other hand, the color art, which was simply scaled in Photoshop, looks pixelated up close. From normal viewing distances, both look fine – quite impressive, in fact.

Home system upgrade!

I’m posting this from my newly-upgraded PC! Pentium 4, two Gb memory and lots of complicated specifications in the motherboard so it must be good. I haven’t put the new system through its paces yet, but will undoubtedly find some way or other to slow it down.
Because I run linux (SuSE 9.0), configuration is not entirely without problems. I’ve got the ethernet card (onboard) working after a few tries, but the sound (also onboard) is still giving me trouble. I had managed to get it to work by using the config tools as root, clearing out all the previous installations and failed attempts, re-doing the auto-probe and then double-checking in XMMS, first as root, then as my regular username. That worked like a charm, but after a re-start (as part of my latest attempt to get the ethernet card to work) the sound card and XMMS are once again not talking to one another. Can any of you linuxy types among the readership help me out with this?

I should learn to relax a little

Mars Gremmen posts a sketched comic on his weblog that Hello You have turned down. That sucks for him, and the story in question is every bit as great as the ones that have made it into the magazine so far.

However, I take great comfort in knowing that he is still submitting scripts for issue 8 (the April issue) of the magazine, whereas I’m all done with my work for issue 9. The moral of this is that I have even more slack in my deadlines than I thought I had.

Still, if I was as good as him, I’d probably have the confidence to just be late too.

Museum progress

Today I’ve been to the Comics Museum to pick up a computer to set up the digital exhibit on. Work on the Museum is now definitely progressing.

I caught a glimpse of the pillars in which the computers will be mounted! The artwork is looking really good; it should, for the work involved in the production of the files drove me nuts. I’ve taken some pictures which I’ll upload and post as soon as I’ve located the cable that came with my camera.