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I think it's finally time to try buying my own top level domain. [I want to put ads on my website to cover the costs of the domain registration].

Does anyone know a good place to purchase domain names?

Most of the sites I've looked at offer domain names as part of a hosting package. I'm also leery of being scammed out of the domain when it comes time to renew it, or to transfer it. Any tips to avoid being scammed, or to avoid getting in tricky situations?
I'm in Canada by the way, and wonder if I should look for some place that sells in Canadian dollars, so I'm not dinged an extra fee in currency conversion every month? Would that be a problem if I bought my domain through a USA company?

What's a good general ball park price for a .com domain? I've seen the one(s) I want going from anywhere between 13$ to 39$ per year (I think).

I've heard I should be looking for ICANN certification on websites (not that a little graphic is even valid proof these days) but is there anything else I should look for? This looks likes a handy read, but I'm not sure if it has everything I should know, is dated, or if I even understand everything -- granted, I've only skimmed it so far.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Horror stories to share?
I'm using WinSCP on the same computers I normally do, using the same login keys,
but recently I've been getting the message:

"Server unexpectedly closed network connection"

And after a short pause, WinSCP prompts me to try logging in again --> and the same thing continues to happen.

So right now I'm not able to access my site at all.

I checked the forums in the past and this issue has been mention before here:

It looks like this is caused by ... system maintenance ... I think? If I read the forums right.
I however didn't see any steps to fix my problem.

Does anyone know how I can get this remedied?
Username: wisterium

E-Mail: wisterium(at)gmail(dot)com

I've known about this site for some months now but was waiting to restart my comic, and to gather together some work I was more proud of than what I had at the time. When I did have some stuff ready, there were no openings, so now's a good time for me to try for an application.

I'm still practicing with my media but I expect to get much better with both my illustrations, crafts and photography skills.

Here are the current places hosting my work. <---- general Art things <--- my livejournal <--- my blog, where my comic is hosted.


WIP Polar bear craft:

Some guy's head:

Some abstract:

Some girl's bust:

Some Photography:

I was mainly hoping to use the hosting space, if I got in, to host an online gallery of my works, instead of having to rely of deviantart.

On to the webcomic under the title of "Sleep Pending":

Its rating should be older teen. There is some, but no excessive course language and some mature ideas. There won't be any gratuitous violence or sex. If any at all, it would be rendered in a tasteful artistic way.

My webcomic is currently on hiatus for the summer while I work on getting a bunch of pages finished so that updating will be easy. The comic is slated to start a little before September 1st.  It will be updated weekly, unless I get a lot of pages done in advance; then bi-weekly. Weekly was the original schedule I was holding.

Here is the current un-updated archive of my pages:
Here are some random pages from the comic:

Comic plot in a nutshell:
It starts out as a slice of life comic about a foreign student studying in med school in the USA. He meets a guy in a park and his life gets progressively more bizarre as the park guy brings a fantasy element into the story (likes rotting dragons, angry talking animals and magic). Through a few mishaps, the protagonist is forced to face his own personal life problems (taxes, exams and cultural family issues). Then off everyone goes to a magical fantasy land that also has it's own problems as well (ethical, moral and religious).

I hope that this sort of thing won't require a warning, but there will be affection in my plot. Namely Affection between men and women, women and other women and men and other men. Some people are sensitive to this sort of thing so I guess I should mention it now.

The genre I'm aiming for will be emphasis on comedy and then depending on how things roll, action/adventure + romance + environmental issues (which nowadays is almost a genre in itself)

On top of the visual stuff, I also write fiction. I was hoping to link some of that work to my gallery as well.

And on top of the information, I'll take the Challenge please. ... Mostly because I want to answer the questions for fun...

Well I think that about covers everything... Fingers crossed I get in and didn't forget anything.