Saturday, August 20, 2011

Awesome didn't happen overnight

New week and a new comic upload to my comics site. And more changes to the web app. It's getting close, folks. The only thing I think I might add is a way to scroll the page by clicking and dragging (desktop version only). Haven't tested it on the iPad - much - and haven't tested at all on an iPhone (I've got a dumb phone still). Also, I will still be adding the rest of the stuff at the bottom of the site (ads and etc.). Thanks for the feedback on the project from all of the intoxicated idiots out there!

Update: Added click & drag scrolling, so if you click on the comic page, you can drag around. Helpful especially if zoomed in. Also, fixed some bugs - that's about the only thing FireFox and IE are good for and that's finding bugs (Safari and Chrome are WAY too forgiving). Also, tested on the iPad and works fine (maybe the buttons are too small for sausage fingered users). All of this fussing about is simply trying to make the web app as easy and simple to use as possible.

Update 2: Added better support for iOS - swiping to go to previous or next page (unless zoomed in, then it scrolls), tapping to go to previous or next page, double-tap to zoom in and out. Scrolling divs can use one or two fingers. There's still a couple of bugs to work out.


Blogger Hanger18shirts said...

I asked you this before, but now that you are back in Michigan. . . Any chance that you will be at DETROIT FANFARE, Sept. 24 & 25 ? ..
. . Please ?

8/22/2011 11:32 AM  
Blogger Marc Hansen said...

Not a good time.

8/22/2011 4:17 PM  
Blogger CryptoKnight said...

The webcomic looks ok. But the ink n' paper stuff still rules. Possibly this will allow for more time cooking the plot and humor, but for hardbound publication, paper and ink is what the folks are gonna expect.

9/13/2011 4:43 PM  
Blogger Marc Hansen said...

Doesn't matter what they expect, it's what they're gonna get. Print is a thing of the past. I love books, but they're slowly disappearing...

9/13/2011 5:05 PM  
Blogger Marc Hansen said...

If you need more convincing, read this

There's also this.

And you did hear about Borders shutting down, right?

9/14/2011 4:35 PM  
Blogger CryptoKnight said...

All I'm saying, is that some types like me WOULD pay to have a hardcopy of something they regard as art.

For example, look at the gorgeous work that is Weird Melvin. I bought many issues of the damng comic buyers guide just for that half page of art !

In regards to Borders closing, is it that books/hardcopy is dying, or merely that the means of distribution is catching up to the internet age ?

And even if hardcopy is right out, that does not preclude producing a better product, and then selling it in eBook form.

9/16/2011 9:56 AM  
Blogger Marc Hansen said...

The point was, there aren't enough types like you, that's why book stores, newspapers and magazines are going out of business. No demand, no supply!

From a publisher's POV, print costs a lot of money for rather little profit. After paying for printing, paper stock, shipping, storage and after the distributers and retailers get their cut, it's not worth it - the margins are too low. Then there's the headache of managing the print production and distribution, (trust me, printers and distributors are idiots and suck up too much precious time and require too much baby sitting) which lowers margins even more.

I'm also looking further down the road as hi-res displays (soon to be in mass production) and resolution-independent graphics proliferate (my books will eventually be in this format - maybe by next year). The fidelity of the digital images will then meet or surpass the printed images.

It'll then simply boil down to if a person can appreciate the exact same image regardless of whether it's shown on a digital display or printed on a piece of paper with ink.

9/16/2011 10:34 AM  

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