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Star Wars Omnibus Comic Book Look

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If you are a fan of Star Wars, then you may want to take a look at this series of comic books. They are condensed into Omnibus versions, and will provide you with hours of entertainment.

The Star Wars Omnibus comic series is a collection of comics from over the years. I now have Early Victories, Droids, A Long Time Ago Volume 1, X-Wing Road Squadron Volume 1, 2 and 3, Rise of the Sith, Tales of the Jedi Volume 1 and 2, Menace Revelaed, Boba Fett, Shadows of the Empire and Emissaries and Assassins.

The reviews on Amazon for these are fabulous, so I didn’t hesitate in the least when ordering. I can tell you that I am very happy with these.

If you know of other awesome Star Wars items I should look at, let me know. I’m not quite a Jedi – yet. I’m working on it, though.

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iPhone Comics

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This is Ken Brady, who lives in both Portland and Japan. He’s a software developer who I think you’ll want to follow! He’s working on a few very cool things. One of these is a comic reader for the iPhone. You can change languages on the fly even, from English to Japanese! There are game-style elements involved, which makes it not only cool for people who like to read these types of comics. It’s also geared towards those of you who may want to create comics! This App is called Foxfire, and will be available soon!

Ken works with One Coin Comics. They have several excellent ideas floating about, many of which we’ll be seeing in the near future. In addition to Foxfire, Golden will be hitting the market soon. Golden is another comic series, focusing on the life and trials of abby – a self-assured musician who finds herself caught up in a mystery.

I ran into Ken a few weeks ago when I was attending the [re]Think Hawaii conference. I not only had a great time there… I met some awesome people, as well. Ken was one of them. Comics on my iPhone. Who knew?

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How Long Have You Been Reading Comics or Graphic Novels?

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Some of my fondest memories as a child happened to be reading comic books at my grandparents’ house. I’ve graduated to reading graphic novels. Ok, ok… I still enjoy comics, as well. They’re just very visual. I would much rather read a book that has pictures or illustrations than without! I received an email from Ed recently, asking me to check out his website. He is a graphic artist, and creates comics!

Ed is a hardworking illustrator based out of Pittsburgh Pa. He’s happy he gained some traction developing a cartooning career quickly after his tenure at The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic art. His best known work right now is his collaborations with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor. He and Mr. Pekar are currently wrapping up a graphic novel called “MACEDONIA” for Random House.

The comic itself has cool little labels on it. I am definitely looking forward to reading both Wizzywig Vol 1: PHREAK, and Vol 2: Hacker. These are seriously geeky! I love supporting independent artists in their ventures, and these are something I can totally get behind! They’re well done, and look to be fantastic!

If you’re looking to add to or start your own comic collection, be sure to check out all of Ed’s work!

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Site Advice: BitStrips

I believe BitStrips.com will be acquired quickly, if another site doesn’t come along and provide a better (cleaner) user experience first. Out of the gate, they grabbed my attention – it’s easy enough to use, but it could do more.

  • I understand the social experience, but it’d be nice to easily export my creations to Flickr, Picasa, etc.
  • Once you create a character, and a person claims it – that character’s identity should be transfered to the new owner, not remain in your control. As it stands, I now have two Ponzi’s – and a few abandoned characters.
  • I need a random character generator. There are times when I need to choose “someone” for a gag, but don’t want it to be tied (necessarily) to someone’s social profile on-site.
  • If you didn’t already realize it, usability is somewhat of a mess. Controls are a bit clunky, and not always accurate. This is acceptable for now, since you’re one of the first sites to do something so… amazing. Watch out if a design-centric team comes along and trumps your toolset!
  • If you don’t want me to export images, and since you’re already based in Flash, why not animate through the gags and export video to YouTube? Let the artist define stop / focus points, then output the sequence to an MP4 that looks as though one created an entire Flash animation.
  • Send much more descriptive emails – why do I have to come to the site to see where I’ve been featured? Embed the strip within the email itself – you’re sending HTML email for other things. It’s a small pet peeve, especially when most of the comics my avatar is featured in aren’t all that creative or funny.
  • Have you considered private labeling your comic generating platform? I’m guessing quite a few big names would be interested in what you’ve got – but only for their own marketing needs.

The toughest part of using BitStrips is… being witty enough (the onus is most certainly on the writer, not the software). I’ve been waiting for what seems like 34 years for a tool like this.

Addicted to Comics

I couldn’t find proper sponsorship for bLaugh – and because of that, I haven’t been able to do a lot of things I had wanted to do with it. Brad is such an amazing artist, and without financial support – the comic’s publishing schedule relies largely on Brad’s time. We have close to 10,000 subscribers for it, so… we’re just trying to figure out where to go from here.

What attracts people to comics – on the Web, or otherwise? Is it the writing? Is it the artistry? Is it a perceived value? Is it a combination of all these things, or something else entirely? Is it timeliness, is it relevancy, is it… what?

Maybe it’s different for everyone.

One thing’s for sure – comic strips aren’t going away. I’m gonna continue to love ’em, I’m gonna continue to embed ’em, I’m gonna continue to write ’em, I’m gonna continue to do something with ’em.

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Comic Viewer or Reader?

If you can look past our quirky sense of humor, bLaugh isn’t that difficult to understand. We’ve been trying to pump out a single comic every day for you to embed just about anywhere you darn well please. Our initial model was predicated on sponsorship, and that worked out exceedingly well – and we’re currently searching for a new sponsor who might be interested in tens of thousands of daily, distributed comic views.

Brad and I were on the phone last week talking about where we might take the site, and that includes opening the door to other great indie comic artists who are looking to get exposed to a much larger audience. What say you? As a comic reader – or as a comic artist – would that interest you?

Do What You Love

I’m applying a steep discount to the first person / company who signs on as the next comic sponsor. Inquire within. 😉

Comic Life for Windows Beta!

I’ve been waiting years for this moment! You can finally download the first beta of Comic Life for Windows.

Comic Life gives you a super-quick and easy way to create astounding comics, beautiful picture albums and enticing instruction booklets to name a few of the many possibilities.

Included are professional and fun templates, ready to drag and drop onto your page for instant attractive photo layouts. Or if you like to be in control, position your photos and panels how you like and save them for later use.

It’s one of those applications that you just… must… have.

My Favorite Portal: Protopage

I can’t think of the last time I set any site as my default “start page” (other than my own, or a local document of collected links and search fields). I was checking referral logs for bLaugh and noticed that Protopage and Netvibes kept popping up. I had visited each of them a while ago, but never really bothered to return to either – portal sites aren’t really my thing.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that our daily comic was toggled as a default widget on the primary Protopage tab! So, not only is Protopage the best designed AJAX portal, but it also has the best sense of humor. Okay, so maybe I’m a bit biased with the second claim – but it’s still incredibly thrilling to see just how many people have picked up on bLaugh since its launch a few months ago. Technorati reports that we’ve moved up to 831 (3,919 links from 1,353 blogs), though Hugh has been around substantially longer and has a insanely better numbers (and rightfully so).

Comic impressions are different than text impressions and/or video plays – just like most Web images (read: banners) have always been better played for branding purposes. For instance, there’s virtually no way of telling how many people read bLaugh on a daily basis through mass aggregation services like Protopage, Google Reader, Bloglines, etc. I can tell you one thing: I certainly welcome the use of our feed and/or API by any third-party. Brad and I have already been profitable with our madcapped adventure – without having to resort to venture comical capital. GoDaddy seems equally as happy! Move over, United Feature Syndicate and King Features Syndicate!

Comic Freeware

When we released the bLaugh API, I was hoping that some enterprising developer would use it to create something fun. Mike from Singer’s Creations just unleashed Comicazzi tonight. Essentially, it’s a desktop app that will let you drag and drop bLaugh comics onto your current wallpaper. If that doesn’t sound very exciting to you, I’ve suggested that the interactive comic viewer eventually include other Web comics – hence, the generic “Comicazzi” title. If you would like your comic to be included in the app, you’ll have to talk to Mike about it (and give him an easy way to access the images). I’ve also suggested that Comicazzi eventually call on the Flickr API to help people build dynamic wallpapers from Flickr iamges, too. Fun times! Download it!