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Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on February 28, 2007, 03:29:21 am
Well, not incredibly new, But it is starting to pick up!

(http://fesworks.xepher.net/TCSS/TCSSheader.jpg) (http://fesworks.com)

I started doing 60 second segments for Infendo.com's Infendo Radio Podcast (http://infendo.com) called "2 Cents in 60 Seconds". Soon I spun off and started doing a few video game reviews and now Webcomic reviews.

I have several webcomic reviews already done. Mostly I'm working in The Webcomic List forums and getting good feedback. I have a whole list of comics I plan to do, but It basicallly is when I read through an archive and I feel I know what I want to say.

It's hard to limit what you want to say about a webcomic to 60 seconds.

It basically boils down to a recommendation netcast. I only do a review if the comic is worth recommending. If you were to give a scale, I would not go lower than a "50%" which would be a "Recommended for Others" which means that I don't, but I can see how others could like it.


http://fesworks.com


(yes I plan to do reviews of comics over here too ;) )


Opinions?
Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: Xepher on February 28, 2007, 04:02:21 am
Listened to the Rayman review. The format works well, even though you stuttered once or twice, but that's to be expected with trying to say "Rayman vs. raving rabbid rabbits really realizes the revolutionary reactions reviewers requested" or whatever it was. I don't know how many takes you did, but it would sound a lot more professional if you redid it until you got one without the slipups.

Can't say I entirely agree with you on the review itself, as I found the early game fun, but the later bits just tedious complications of the early stuff. But that's just opinion, and what reviews are all about.

Put the mic more beside your face instead of in front of it, your "P"s came out clippy.


Enough dissing, you're doing a much better job than 99% of similar things online. Good luck!
Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on February 28, 2007, 05:35:46 am
well thanks for the feed back!

I usually do 2-3 takes. I have a Text file set to a certain size so I know about how long 60 seconds of texts usually is. My takes are usually me stumbling over words :P
Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: Munerift on February 28, 2007, 03:39:42 pm
...but you're so cute while your chattering on. ;)

*runs away*
Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: Omega0 on February 28, 2007, 08:34:10 pm
The vast quantity of webcomics out there still has me beat, I can only recognize two (maybe three) of those.  The one I listened to sounds fine.  I wouldn't have thought 60 seconds would work, but comes off as just enough information to spark interest.  I need to set aside some time to listen & visit.
Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on February 28, 2007, 09:16:14 pm
i know its a bit gimmicky, but people like that, and its not too much out of their time too ;)
Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: Xepher on February 28, 2007, 10:25:09 pm
You should do high-science lectures in the 60 second format. Kinda like an audible version of Seed's Cribsheets (http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/cribsheet/) or...

Hmm, just found these in my bookmarks. Symmetry: Explain it in 60 Seconds (http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000253) I KNEW it was a good idea! Oh well, I guess you could just read those. :-)
Title: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on February 28, 2007, 10:53:21 pm
Ah, I was hoping they had audio files too :P

I may test if they can be explained in 60 seconds... I know it mya take some people longer to read those, I know I do. I got a bit of un-diagnosed dyslexia myself.
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 06, 2007, 07:31:18 am
I'll be revamping the site soon.... well, I'm working on it now.

I'll be making the main page so it has a Xepher new box on it since it has taken off (more or less) as a site of its own than as a hobby.

the samples pages:

http://fesworks.xepher.net/TCSS/index.php

http://fesworks.xepher.net/TCSS/archive.php

http://fesworks.xepher.net/TCSS/voids.htm


Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: Desh on June 06, 2007, 05:46:27 pm
I listened to Voids, Concerned, and Abstract Gender.  You do nice analyses.

Your site looks pretty good.  I like the green color scheme.  It's not a common web color and soft on the eyes.

There are two minor problems.  On each of the pages you linked, the menu (forum, contact, archive, criteria) is different.  Second, your meta tags are the same as PSI.  Keywords don't really matter, but the description is what's displayed on Google (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=two+cents+in+sixty+seconds&btnG=Google+Search). 

From here on out it's nitpicking! ;)

The pages feel slightly chaotic.  It's mainly the index and bottom of the pages.

The index gets it from all the different distances and lines.  Like the difference between the news block and archive block and the lines around Voids on the list.  The bottom just has so much stuff in varying sizes.

On the review page, you've two links that go back to the page they're on.

And the copyright sign doesn't work on the index and archive pages.  Though it does work on the review pages.
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 06, 2007, 10:37:31 pm
thanks for the comments! I'll work around some of that, but most of the layout I want to keep the same, but I have some more ideas I test.
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: griever on June 06, 2007, 10:50:44 pm
The pages feel slightly chaotic.  It's mainly the index and bottom of the pages.
Actually, I have to agree.  Maybe it's a clash of personal aesthetics, but having to search for the menu on each page makes me want to hit the back button.

Aside from that, I do like the color scheme.  I haven't seen that color used as much.  The red donate button, which I think I know why it's red, bleeds into the background though, so maybe a darker red would help it?
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 07, 2007, 03:23:10 pm
Wait.. The Index PAGE or the site links?

Also, the bottom is the least of my concern since most people usually ignore all that information. :P

I would do more of a re-vamp, but I'm limited in my time.
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 07, 2007, 03:53:03 pm
Ok, I re did a few things on all three pages. Hopefully its a bit nicer to look at now.
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: griever on June 07, 2007, 03:58:42 pm
Much nicer, IMHO.  *prods the red donation button*  Owie. :P
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 07, 2007, 04:03:06 pm
Can I even change the color of that?

*goes to look*
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: griever on June 07, 2007, 04:06:26 pm
Yep, button background color in the Xepher.net box code.  I think.
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 07, 2007, 04:08:42 pm
Ok, its blue now :P
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 07, 2007, 08:25:00 pm
Thanks for all the help you two!

I wish I had a player that had volume control. I wasn't sure how to embed audio for a player, so I when with one of the first few I saw on Google.

If anyone has any ideas, or think that Odeo is fine, I'd love to hear them :)
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: Desh on June 08, 2007, 04:33:04 pm
The site's quite nice now!  You still have the same meta description tag though.

I don't like the Odeo.  I was wierded out by the way you have to click activate it, then again to play, and because it has an unconventional loading display and no volume.

I've never embedded audio, but found two interesting google results. 
http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/creating/audio.html is an FAQ talking about embedding audio including an XSPF player and embed tags.
http://www.its.ex.ac.uk/latis/resources/flashplayers/mp3player.php offers a simple player and code to customize it.
Title: Re: A New Project! Webcomic Reviews in 60 seconds!
Post by: fesworks on June 08, 2007, 08:44:46 pm
Oh, I don't want it to auto-play at all.

I'll look at the meta, but I thought I got it.... *fixed