I’ve got good news and bad news on Feral. The good news is that I’ve moved on from simply finishing up the pages I had lying around and am now writing and drawing new pages. The bad news is that in doing so, I discovered that I’d buggered up the scene planning, and the only way to fix it is to run the new pages starting next week instead of early in October as I’d planned to. DFG and I are on the case, and if all goes well, you shouldn’t notice a thing. The pages that are already uploaded will be bumped by the number of extra weeks this insertion will take. If I can’t get my stuff together before Saturday, there may be delays, though.
It’s a good thing I’d already decided to take a bit of a gamble on me getting that translation job, and spend some time getting ahead with the comics.
I’ve also drawn one page for Invasion, which I’ll probably run on the Webcomicsnation mirror when it comes back from DFG and I’ve done the additional computer work. I feel a lot more relaxed about scheduling updates on the various mirror/specialty sites than on the main site, which should update as predictably as possible.
Speaking of mirrors, the Drunk Duck rerun project is now well under way. On that new mirror, Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan will update daily starting from the very beginning. It’s a way for me to experiment with another comics management and social networking system while also introducing the comic to a new community. The underlying idea is that there is no such thing as a single webcomics community, but instead, a bunch of scattered communities and collectives that are mostly unaware of one another’s existence.
So far, I’m impressed with Drunk Duck‘s system. I spent far less time on settting up several hundred comics than I was expecting to, because Drunk Duck has good batch upload functionality. It only took a few hours to set up updates until the end of May, 2008. I also like the social networking and recommendation features, and the Trophy system. Giving people virtual trophies for activities ranging from the trivial (signing up, filling out a profile) to the fiendishly difficult (getting into the Top 5) or embarrassingly geeky (posting 2500 forum posts) is, of course, a very silly thing to do, but it does work to motivate people to take part in the social networking and community activities. I can’t imagine, say, Webcomicsnation adopting it because it doesn’t fit that site’s serious-about-comics image, but as a simple idea that works, it’s quite brilliant.