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Title: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 20, 2008, 06:27:35 pm
Hello folks,

Username:DUI-comic
email: kesh.duicomic@hotmail.com
basic description: Webcomic

Currently my comic is hosted on comicgenesis at http://jenkesh.comicgenesis.com (more of my art can be seen at http://jenkesh1.deviantart.com ). At first I was pretty excited about it, but their customer service is really lacking. The engine randomly displays comics in the wrong order, it will generate pages on days that it's not suppose to update. When I ask for help or what I could possibly do to correct the problem I get told, in short 'deal with it'. Which makes me not want to deal with them at all. I've been looking through other options, and think that xepher would be the best road to take in hosting.

The story of DUI is pretty complex, with enough seriousness to be considered an in depth story yet still with plenty of humor. Basically it's about a girl who not only hears the angel on her right and the devil on her left, but sees them, too. Add to that the fact that there's more than just those two, and she's the only one who can see them- and you get a very confused girl.

I would be updating on tuesdays and fridays with the strips that have already been released up in archive so there's enough to get readers interested. I've also got a buffer of twelve strips prepared, so absences and 'fillers' aren't expected.

Thanks for your time and consideration,

Jen "Kesh"

Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Xepher on August 21, 2008, 06:27:59 am
Looks pretty good, both the comic and the art. The plush-demon thing reminds me a lot of Reynaradine from Gunnerkrigg Court. Reading the archives so far, it seems you've got enough backstory and planning to make a good go of things.

You say you're having trouble with the comic genesis engine... While I'm certain Xepher.net is gonna be much better support/response than CG, I do want to make sure you're aware there's no "engine" of any kinda here to start with. You'd need to be able to setup/install whatever comic script(s) you plan to use, or at least be able to just manually update/manage the website. Are you gonna be comfortable doing that? There's no "wizards" or pagemaker stuff here at all.
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 21, 2008, 01:47:57 pm
Absolutely.

The main problem with the comic genesis engine is that there's no way to modify it, ourselves. When we ask for help we basically get told to 'just deal with it'. If they would provide an avenue to correct problems then I wouldn't be nearly so frustrated with them  :-\ .

I've got two people who build pages professionally and are certain they can get it going. I'm comfortable with minor html editing, myself, which should allow me to update the pages when necessary on my own. Besides that, seeing the community here and how nice everyone is I'm confident that if we were to need any assistance someone would at least answer our questiosn!  ;)
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 21, 2008, 05:18:00 pm
Also, here is some sample work from the girl who will be helping me with my site.

http://egotisticalpriest.com/

You can also check out her deviantart: http://whiskerwing.deviantart.com as she did the css for the journal portion, herself.

Please let me know if you need more. :)
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: dragyn on August 21, 2008, 05:51:34 pm
Good art, enjoyable writing, and an...interesting sense of humor.  The HTML/CSS and web-related stuff looks good, so I, at least, haven't got any reason to say no...

So, yeah, a positive vote from me.
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 21, 2008, 06:51:44 pm
Woot, thanks for the vote of confidence, Dragyn!
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: fesworks on August 22, 2008, 02:19:43 am
Looks like a promising application :) Positive from me as well :)
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 22, 2008, 06:34:05 am
Thanks for the positive comment, Fesworks!
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Xepher on August 22, 2008, 02:50:38 pm
Yeah, art quality is not an issue. It's all really good from where I'm sitting. I'm leaning towards a yes on this one, but I'm busy IRL right now. Gimme another day or two and poke me if you haven't heard something by Sunday.
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Sheera on August 22, 2008, 06:26:29 pm
It looks really nice and promising up to now. I guess I'll put you on my regular webcomic list once you got your xepher.net address. ^^

Just some advise: Sometimes the panels are overloaded with text. Maybe you could try and stretch the text onto one or two additional panels, so that it doesn't appear that stuffed anymore. But that's the only negative thing I could find.

Good work & keep on doing this.

Plushies rule! >:D
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 23, 2008, 05:07:57 am
Yeah, art quality is not an issue. It's all really good from where I'm sitting. I'm leaning towards a yes on this one, but I'm busy IRL right now. Gimme another day or two and poke me if you haven't heard something by Sunday.

I'm in the process of moving, so no worries there. I probably won't be peeking in again until Monday. Take your time  :)
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 23, 2008, 05:09:34 am
It looks really nice and promising up to now. I guess I'll put you on my regular webcomic list once you got your xepher.net address. ^^

Just some advise: Sometimes the panels are overloaded with text. Maybe you could try and stretch the text onto one or two additional panels, so that it doesn't appear that stuffed anymore. But that's the only negative thing I could find.

Good work & keep on doing this.

Plushies rule! >:D

I've actually had a few different people say that. The difficulty is trying to lay down the basic history so everyone has at least some understanding of what's going on without it taking weeks to get it all out   :-\ The rest of the comics are actually fairly light, only the ones that are explaining the past have heavy text.
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 26, 2008, 08:11:16 am
Alrighty! I'm all moved in and set up.

I will be spending most of tomorrow working with my web designers. As a project one of them re-created the comic genesis page in his private space, http://dui.maseibert.com/ . So, at the very least, we will have exactly what we have at comic genesis now.

However, we're going to create a whole new -different- lay out over the next week or so.
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Xepher on August 26, 2008, 08:38:35 pm
Alright, it's approved! You should have an email with login info and instructions.
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 26, 2008, 11:57:54 pm
Woohoo! THANKYOU!
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Paige Forsyth on August 27, 2008, 11:58:21 am
This is a pretty interesting looking comic! I really like your drawing style for it and the colouring job has alot of effort into it! The humour is right up my lane too! I think I'll be checking this out alot :3
Title: Re: "Drawing Under The Influences" comic
Post by: Dui on August 27, 2008, 07:53:44 pm
Great, I'm glad you like it!