panels as seperate images vs. one large image
Submitted by Al Schroeder on November 14, 2003 - 18:32
I do something a little different from most, and do my panels as seperate images, and use html tables to create the "gutter" between images. I usually do four images/panels a page, a la Tales of Asgard.
I do that for several reasons---
It enables me to have the page reform and resize if you change the browser size on your web page...
It enables me to link from individual images, so I don't need to do flashbacks, etc. Just link to the previous part of the storyline in a particular image.
I've also done things like linking between seperate "realities" in the story, by clicking on one image in one "world" to take them to another.
Today, I realized another advantage. I love to do things in color---a superhero comic in black and white misses the four-color pulp feel that makes it such an enjoyable excess of absurdity---black and white is too subdued to get the superhero "feel" in my (American-centered) opinion.
But that takes too long for a daily strip. (I know Clan of the Cats comes close. And I bow in admiration for that strip.) But I just realized....
I almost always have a new panel every day, just not a new page every day. I can put it out on my front page as a "teaser" on days I'm not updating---or make it a "reward" for voting for me in various lists---so they can see what's coming---something that those who scan the entire page can't, unless they finish one part of the page, scan and upload it, before another.
Very much like Scott McCloud's MORNING IMPROV, which adds one new image a day, I could make it an everyday thing to have new art out there, even though I need two days to finish a new page.
Those are the pros of doing each panel on a page as a seperate image.
It requires some basic knowledge of html and tables. Not much, but a little.
It's okay to vary the size of the panels, but it does make it harder---not impossible, but harder---to have one panel in the foreground of another.
The larger panels will load slower.
Nevertheless...I'm surprised more comics do not load the panels as seperate images, rather than wasting the bandwidth loading the "gutters" and the page as one giant image.
Comments?---Al of http://mindmistress.keenspace.com