Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 9, 2010 - 16:29
So a lot of you probably read about the hack attack on Karl Kerschl's site last week as reported by FLEEN. Wordpress has come to take a fairly dominant position in webcomics publishing in recent years with good reason. Wordpress is a fantastic blogging solution with an active development team and it's not a tremendous stretch to leverage it for comics. So which comics-specific solution should you use for turning Wordpress into Webcomicpress?
First let's see what is out there. If there are other projects out there to include beyond what I list below, contact me.
1. Comicpress. Tyler Martin's Comicpress was
n't the first Wordpress effort. but it was the one that caught fire and is now in wide use in webcomics. It's gone through several versions and now has a few add-on plug-ins for additional features. Version 2.8 is stable and in wide use.
2. stripShow. I think Brad Hawkins' stripShow might have been the first working hack I can recall. Currently, it looks like Hawkins is working on version 2.5, so it's probably a safe bet to wait until that next version is released to try it out.
3. Manga+Press. I know the least about this one, having not had a chance to try it out. It also looks like the most recent version is in beta and the creator still working to finish a final release of what will be version 2.6.
4. Webcomic 2.1. This project has been around for a bit, it seems to have been inspired in part by the creator's criticisms of Comicpress.
5. Comic Reef. The very most recent effort I'm aware of seems to be a project born in the Webcomics Community forums.
What I think would be the most useful approach to comparing them is to create a list of features and see each package implements them. Some obvious issues are how it handles comic images, navigation, themes... again, let me know if you have any suggestions for key criteria. I'll be working on setting up each one of these packages in order to write up a comparison of them for later this month.
UPDATE: An email exchange with Tyler Martin clarifies that ComicPress was actually the first WordPress solution and that stripShow was a "fork" of ComicPress.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 28, 2010 - 10:10
I'm on the twitters sometimes if you're interested in smaller, faster updates (also to be honest, I don't always remember to post here what I've tweeted).
iWebcomics: iPad? While it doesn't roll off the tongue quite as well as the Jesus Tablet, it'll do. My quick reaction? I think this should be an excellent consumer device for consuming media; I don't love the content-type control Apple has asserted over it's app store and I think any potential reasons for such control are much less defensible for a device such as this. I also don't like Apple's failure to support Flash - this device should be open to complementary programs to the traditional browser environment. I'll grant you that version 2 in another year will probably be a better deal but I think this product meets my imaginary expectations for a webcomics tablet. Not sure still about the pricing but at least it's better than the pre-announcement rumors. As far as comic apps for the iPad, it looks like Comixology got the first press release out the door.
Code: Brad Hawkins posts some details on what will be in version 2.5 of stripShow, which is a add-on to WordPress to run webcomics. I can't remember exactly now, but the birth of the first version of stripShow either predates or is pretty close in time to ComicPress and has also continued to evolve - can't wait to see the new version.
Act-I-Vation Nation: Paul DeBenedetto interviewed comics/webcomic auteur Dean Haspiel last year at the Baltimore Comicon; he just posted the video though:
Around the World in 80 Blogs
A lot of Zuda news at Robot6: an interview with Josh Alves, creator of the webcomic Araknid Kid (started at Zuda, finished at Sugary Serials) and the new webcomic, Heropotamus; and interviews with all of the creators in the January edition of Zuda (aka Webcomic Powerball).
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 24, 2009 - 15:44
Man, in years ComixTalk is like a tween now... OMG!
We had an interview with Evan Nichols of the webcomic Dr. Eldritch. Plus, wow! Jon Morris' comic, Star Wars Versus The Batman. And Bomb Shelter's Webcomic Idol contest was down to the final three. (Doesn't look like Webcomic Idol is happening this year...)
A great thread on how much to spend on making a webcomic -- how times have changed (or not) since then!
Dave Wright's Todd and Penguin hits it's third anniversary milestone; an interview with Brad Hawkins and a review of his webcomic Monkey Law; and Dylan Meconis wrote a column on webcomic creator burnout.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on June 17, 2009 - 07:44
Brad Hawkins' stripShow is a plug-in for Wordpress that makes it uber-webcomic friendly. Along with Tyler Martin's Comicpress theme, it's the other long-running project to adapt Wordpress for webcomics. Now he's got another Beta version of what will be stripShow 2.0 out -- download it, check it out and let Brad know about any bugs you find or other feedback.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 12, 2009 - 11:47
IÂ have been tinkering with altertainment.net to be my personal "creative" site (a slight deviation from last year's "about" annoucement) and in doing so - make Drupal webcomic-friendly.Â Luckily it's almost there so I think with some pushing from me this could actually be a big year for DrupalÂ +Â Webcomics. Â IÂ just posted the call-to-action below at the ghost-town-like webcomics group at http://groups.drupal.org:
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 20, 2008 - 09:31
WordPress is a great blogging tool and I've seen two efforts to adapt it to comics (technically 3 as Tyler Martin has crafted two versions of ComicPress.): ComicPress and stripShow.
In years past (2004, 2005) we undertook the monumental chore of picking out the biggest headlines of the year. This year, I took another swing at it. So without further adu, here's the biggest webcomic headlines of 2007.
If I missed a story you think was key to this year, please post it in the comments to this article.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on November 12, 2007 - 11:30
- New feature articles up including interviews with Stephen Notley and Brad Hawkins as well as a new column on self-imposed "constraints" in the creative process from Derik Badman.
- I still need names and addresses from two of the Karas winners - if you're not Wes, JT; Joe; Lou; Charles; Elizabeth; Dave; or Frank email me your contact information! Thanks.
- New York Magazine has a good interview with Nick Gurewitch of Perry Bible Fellowship.
- Wizard talks to Cameron Stewart, the creator of the new webcomic Sin Titulo.
- Jennifer Contino talks to the creators of The Mighty Motor Sapiens, a webcomic that runs on the NASCAR website.
- The FLOG! has some video excerpts from Gary Groth's interview with Charles Schulz biographer David Michaelis. (h/t Journalista!)
- Blog@Newsarama has an interview with Wesley Green, who runs Ambrosia Publishing which hosts serialized webcomics.
- Richard Pachter has an article about the history of work-for-hire in the comic book industry. (h/t Journalista!)
- Paul Gravett has an article about graphic novels in bookstores. (h/t Journalista!)
AROUND TEH WORLD IN 80 BLOGS
- I predict all webcomics will be required to feature a Cory Doctorow costumed blogger reference next year in comics during Halloween. This year, Jack of All Blades picked up on the joke that started with xkcd.
- Anyone else reading the comic adaptation of 1984? Besides not being able to figure out who the creator is from the site (anyone know?) I also noticed that it was licensed under the Free Art license from artlibre.org. It seems to be a bit like Creative Commons although I didn't read the license carefully enough to be completely sure.
- Peter Bagge has a comic on partying with Dick Cheney. No shotguns were involved.
- Dirk Deppey picks up on the Wikipedia thread on deleting the new ComixTalk entry over there (and no I've had nothing to do with any of it). In honor of all-things-wiki here's a link to "the 8 most needlessly detailed Wikipedia entries".
There's an incredible wealth of articles in the ComixTalk archives: features and columns on craft, theory and business, insightful reviews and interviews with some of the most interesting folks in webcomics. We'll be taking a regular look back at past issues and catching up with creators we've previously covered.
Brad Hawkins is the creator of the progressively-minded, primate-populated webcomic, Monkey Law and the technical genuis behind stripshow the webcomic-focused plug-in for WordPress. I caught up with him via email last month.
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on July 24, 2007 - 13:31
I built a "library" of webcomics and creators back in the fall of 2005 which I put into beta before realizing it was too much editorial work to deal with and the same information could be better provided through the community edited webcomic wiki - COMIXPEDIA.
Nevertheless looking back on the assortment of names collected (some from me, some sent in from you) I wonder if anyone has any significant updates on these creators 18 months later. Maybe we should interview some of them?