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FiG 21 - Return to FormFiG 21 - Return to Form by RobinRone
The wave of dark energy shuddered through him with such intensity that at first he'd thought the building was collapsing. As he leaned against the wall of the hotel, gathering his wits, he couldn't help but smile. Frost'd had his fill of towers crumbling on top of him already, thank you very much.
He felt better, more himself. Shaking off the momentary weakness he stood and found his old iron pipe in his hands, scraps of cloth around his fingers protecting his skin from the cold iron. His grin grew as he realized the bland suit his mother had forced him into had vanished, replaced by his ratty fake fur coat. With a satisfied puff of air he tossed blue bangs out of his face.
"To hell with blending in," he growled. He could feel his elements singing inside him, fire, water, and air warring for control or balance. It surprised him. He never really felt them before.
"What was that<
FiG 22 - Yellow EyesFiG 22 - Yellow Eyes by RobinRone
Yellow eyes in the dark.
Trust me, Collin.
And he did. Implicitly. Innocently. Ignorantly.
A smile of shark teeth.
Tell us about your brother.
Words spilled from his tongue without thought, without measure, for what was truth between friends? The man in red, Asmodeus, had smiled. His partner, Lord Oberon, seemed pleased. Collin returned their grins, glad to have brought happiness to these new companions.
And then Frost had come, and ruined it all.
Pain had followed. Shouting. Fear. A weakness, his blood on a cruel blade, falling into darkness.
No, that wasn't right. Frost did not have the knife.
He made the good feelings go away, didn't he? He always does. Always bad news and worry. Just take a look at what he's done to little Rhiannon...
He felt his air affinities reach out, unbidden, grasping for his friend. He didn't want to look at Rhiannon's mind. Really, he didn't.
FiG 23 - UpsetFiG 23 - Upset by RobinRone
The demon in Lena's body narrowed her eyes as she regarded Frost suspiciously.
"You know me?" she asked. The Fae swallowed nervously, backing up a few paces from the Dream Dealer's limp form.
"Uh...well...no, not really. I mean, not in any meaningful way. Not even acquaintances, really. In fact, I'm not even sure what I'm saying. Lena? Who's Lena? Nobody I know, that's for sure!"
The demon's eyes widened in recognition and then narrowed in a wicked smile. She laughed. "Little Sister's too-blue boyfriend! Oh, it HAS been a while, hasn't it?" A flick of her wings shot her forward, and she pinned him to the wall with casual ease. He struggled frantically. She smiled. It was cute, really.
"How IS little Rhiannon these days?" She put a hand in front of her face in mock shock and gasped, "Are you two living in SIN, yet? I bet you make QUITE the tragic couple." The Fae's pale face flood
FiG 24 - PantsFiG 24 - Pants by RobinRone
The limousine was a dark navy, lined in silver and white. It pulled up to the scene of the accident in Halle-Neustadt slowly, like a panther stalking its prey. An officer approached to turn the vehicle away, but paused as a gust of wind sent him stumbling. The man looked up, frowning and confused, as if he'd forgotten his reason for coming down the street. Puzzled, he shook his head, and didn't bat an eye when the vehicle slowed to a stop and a nightmare emerged from the driver's side.
It was a large, hulking creature, shaped like a man but nearly half-again a normal mortal's size. It's skin was dark and rough, like bark from a tree, and whatever expression it may have worn was hidden by an executioner's hood. Holes were cut into the black cloth to make room for a pair of deer antlers sprouting from its head, their tips capped in gleaming silver spikes. Its eyes were two golden orbs of smoldering light, inscrutable and terrifying. Well mu
This week’s question comes from Ben, who wrote:
“I’m on the last stretch of back log work on my own webcomic. My knowledge of web design is limited to contained portfolio sites, but I wouldn’t really know about setting up a blog/webcomic format site. If it’s not too much trouble, [could you] point me toward some resources that could help me out? Any advice is appreciated.”
There are lots of options and resources for you, no matter what your skill or experience level is with design and coding. I am not the most tech-savvy person myself, but that doesn’t make having a website impossible. It all depends on what you what to do and how much you want to learn or do on your own. Below are a few possibilities and some resources that may help you out.
OPTION ONE: SELF HOSTING
If you want to have your own look to your website and would like to design it, or hire someone to help you (this is what I’ve done in the past few years) then self hosting is a good option. I worked with a local group to put together a Webcomic Primer, which you can find here. The first section (pages 3-11) cover how to do self-hosting. In short, you buy your own domain name, pay for server space, and build your own website. Most commonly, webcomic creators have used WordPress and either Comic Easel (formerly ComicPress) or Webcomic Plugins. Once a WordPress website is set up, it’s pretty easy to maintain! To customize it, you’ll need to create a Theme, usually using PHP or CSS. This may require a lot or a little work, depending on how far you deviate from the Plugin defaults.
PROS: Total control over your website, brand, and name.
CONS: You have to do all the community building on your own, and will either need to learn how to design a website or hire someone. Also costs $. If you want to hire someone to help you design and/or code a website, I have a few people I can point you to!
Often they’ll provide templates or do a lot of the coding for you, so if you’re not sure you want to learn the basics of webdesign, or WordPress is frustrating, some of these communities may help bridge the gap. You’ll also have a built-in group of people that share your love of comics and may be able to help you when you run into problems.
I don’t have much experience with collectives and hosting communities, because I’ve always self-hosted, but Drezz on the WA recently wrote a two-part article all about his experience at Tapastic which covers the pros & cons in far more detail.
PROS: Existing community, help setting up the website, often free.
CONS: Less control over site, often have to share ad revenue, competing with everyone else in the network.
OPTION THREE: DEVIANT ART OR TUMBLR
There are people that don’t even bother with the separate website and simply post exclusively to DA or Tumblr. I’ve been co-posting LeyLines pages on Deviant Art since chapter eight. I prefer it to Tumblr because people can still comment and engage with me directly, which is important to me. They also get notified each time I post a page, which is a nice convenience. However, everything I post there gets lumped in with everything else, and I have very little control over the appearance of my space there.
PROS: It’s easy, it’s quick, and it has an existing user-base with a built-in means of sharing your work with other people.
CONS: Often perceived as “less professional,” no control over display, no ad revenue or means of generating revenue. Sometimes it can also be difficult to build community.
Here’s a list that I made of my most recommended resources for webcomic creators. Check them out! There’s a wealth of information in all of these sites and books, a lot of it for free.
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