Tools of Procrastination: Webcomics

August 21, 2006 at 1:27 pm (web stuff)

There’s something very special about web comics. I used to think that part of the excitement of reading alt.comix type stuff was that they were difficult to get, the paper was a certain (usually cheap) kind, and the ink slightly smudgy. Rather like a die hard LP maniac tilting against CD’s, I thought comics on the web would be a sad and clinical affair – or just plain pointless. My first contact with webcomics was at school, must’ve been around 1995, when I found somebody’s bizarre art project about burning witches. I was not convinced.
Later I’ve come to love looking through comic artists’ webrings and collectives, because more often than not you find something interesting – check out KeenSpot or Blank Label Comics. Some of the comics, like Wapsi Square or the delightful gaijin-manga MegaTokyo, maintain that classic pen-on-paper look that can be so endearing (you can actually imagine the artist swearing and erasing and swearing and white-outing and swearing and scanning and swearing and tweaking). Others are unabashedly computer-generated, like retro-pixel creation Diesel Sweeties.

In my opinion, some webcomics work as paper versions, but somehow few paper comics work on the web. Take my beloved Too Much Coffee Man – it just isn’t the same! Ditto Red Meat. Also they try to guilt you into buying the books which kind of ruins the fun.

Anyway. Webcomics – it’s almost like reading.

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August 20, 2006 at 11:22 pm (Uncategorized)

I’m still rather finding my feet with the editor here. Started a new page to keep things neat and separate – the Results page is for stuff that I’ve made and want to make a record of. At this point it’s mostly knitting. Other things may follow. I like the idea of having separate pages, with the main page functioning more like a directory. Music page may have to be added. It is also starting to seem that I cannot escape Flickr much longer – I’d love to have a place to dump my photos where the people in them could see them but others would not have endless drunken low-lit snapshots of strangers inflicted on them. The least I should do is learn photoshop or equivalent.

Title of the post is from A.S. Byatt’s Babel Tower.

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Needless to say

August 19, 2006 at 9:28 pm (Uncategorized)

Everyone has a blog these days. Why? This is what I intend to find out. Is it the titillation of revealing your journal to the world or the ego-stroking rush of seeing your brain-baby in what has at least partially replaced print? Or something else entirely?

My attempts at keeping journals have been sporadic at best, often because I haven’t wanted to imagine an audience for my writing. I’ve always made a point of writing for the sake of writing, which of course often makes for unintelligible ramblings, incomplete sentences, and utterly obscure references. So this is my attempt to explore blogging as a way of keeping a journal. And I still find it impossible to imagine an audience beyond future me.

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