Looking to progress things using leonardo on my ol Surface Pro (1). Getting time to work on PC is now proving problematic no matter how much it is my preferred approach.
Going to mix it up between Leonardo (tablet) and PS (PC). Pity leonardo doesnt currently import PSD yet. Still should be workable.
Base art for next update done. Colour + Words to come.
Not much but I’ve set-up the secondary machine, installed the apps found the serials/logins for them, reworked the inital set of pages. Feel the need to get something down.
Part 1 of the tower is now online for reading. Sat on it for a while. Last 3 months of the year were pretty demanding which meant it was easy to fall out of the zone.
Fingers crossed that I can adjust the balance a bit and stay ticking over.
Have reworked the CMS and comic engine to incorporate a dedicated mobile layout. This means formatting and uploading a new set of pages but the result is a story that is easier to read on mobile.
Only Death Note is available – and I need to finish the interface / chapter navigation / chapter content loading / tweak content / update ALL the other pages before going live.
Preview here – https://www.theblackgates.com/comic/mobiletest/
Want to look at how art pages display on mobile. I think the tapastic approach of vertical scroll will work the best based of a quick question/ poll Amelia of KINGS CLUB <– check it out held. Where it was the favoured approach over full pages.
I love widescreen desktop, sliding fullpage content and hi-res sharp text etc. Taking in a page in one hit. But plenty of people digest on mobile, which by default lends itself to vertical scroll on portait mode (how you read page content) Breaking down the panels might destroy page flow, but can allow each panel a chance to hero. And readers can still read at their own pace.
How to make it work without making a lot of extra work. One to stew over.
Rather than pushing on with Art I was busy reconnecting the DISQUS comments engines and links, and working on a greatest hits post for imgur – check it out here.
Just updated the link to GOLEM – looks like the old player no longer works. If you’re interested in a strictly pulp monster tale where the Art starts off looking really awful but improves as you go – check it out https://www.theblackgates.com/comic/golem-small-town-massacre/
Have put down the first lines on part 6.
All very well pumping up the res of images, and adding SVG text but there are issues with loading out of order, showing future content while loading the current page. to be addressed.
Coming back to this I *(&n hated the old site. What a dog to use. Ported across the comic engine, added new drag-drop, resize approach and SVG support. Should be sweet please let me know if any issues.
Stripped back content, haven’t put back many stories other than an colourised version of SOUR.