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General Chat / Re: Happy? Tell us why!
« on: May 12, 2009, 09:20:15 pm »
*LOL*  That's cute.  Bumbling nerds are the best.

I'm happy because I have bread from Zingerman's.  Real bread, the kind that makes you work to eat it, not the soft Sunbeam crap.

Announcements / Re: New Forum Registrations Now Require Approval
« on: May 06, 2009, 12:43:07 am »
What about having a picture of something, like a shape, or a whole bunch of red things, and ask them a corresponding question?  Are those safe from spambots?

Web Design / Re: blogs and news boxes
« on: May 03, 2009, 05:13:10 am »
It'll take some tweaking but it's doable in Wordpress.  I think this is what you're looking for:

The blog can be set up on while the most recent post(s) go to's index page.

Applications / Re: tricky tricky! (art and comics)
« on: May 03, 2009, 05:07:01 am »
I looked at your code and my guess is that it would be better to use a graphic rather than text.  Symbols don't translate well, unless they're in html code, I think.  Unless it is and my browser is being weird.  I'm on Firefox 3.0.  But I'm guessing that's why I'm showing blanks instead of what you see.

Applications / Re: Court - futuristic-horror webcomic
« on: May 03, 2009, 04:57:18 am »
Love the art, would like to see more of the comic.  I'd also like to see some kind of website - it's great you've got everything fleshed out but an example, or at least a start on one, would be nice.

General Chat / Re: Happy? Tell us why!
« on: May 03, 2009, 04:44:20 am »
On the upside, I'm getting married on May 30th.

General Chat / Re: Sad? Tell us why!
« on: May 03, 2009, 04:42:58 am »
I'm 25 years old, I live in my parents' basement, I can't get a job, and my mom has pancreatic cancer.

I actually didn't feel pretty low until I thought about it.

Okay, now I'm getting a little annoyed.  Most people here ARE nice and sugar-coatingly constructive.  They just haven't posted yet or they're too busy with finals or work.  You're judging the entire community based on Ticky's post and you know what?  That's not fair.  Going through the archives, which was recommended, will demonstrate that Ticky is our Simon Cowell while the rest of the members are more like Paula Abdul.

I find it highly ironic that you told Ticky not to say things without knowing the background of the person, yet you lecture me without knowing my own background.  If you must know, it's startling similar.  I, too, value constructive criticism more but I also have built up a thicker skin and the ability to find golden nuggets in the poo.  My improvement can be credited to a therapist who didn't sugar-coat things, my friends, my fiance, and my work bosses who wouldn't mince words.  You think Ticky's review is harsh?  Try experiencing an annual job performance report in Japan.

I'm currently working on photography.  I wrote Xepher an email, asking if this switch would be approved.  If he had said no, I'd say thank you and run to Flickr.  It's a great option out there.  Similarly, Ticky and I both recommended DeviantArt as an alternative.  A lot of members come over from DeviantArt after they've built up their portfolio/comic.  Rather than explore that and see if that is a viable option for you, you blew it off and instead focused on how harsh and critical we all are.

Applications / Re: The World of P
« on: April 10, 2009, 04:58:40 pm »
I've looked at this app a lot and I just don't know what to say.  The art looks nice to me but I'm not sure about the writing.

Applications / Re: tricky tricky! (art and comics)
« on: April 10, 2009, 04:57:05 pm »
Sorry, my mistake!  I fail.  orz

I guess I can make a constructive comment on your design.  The menu is quite small and I honestly didn't notice it when running through your site.  The Misc. comics page has a "hmmmmm?" rather than direct my eye to the side menu while the Illustration page has a nice arrow pointing to the left but no content showing up under it.  I attached a screencap of what I see on the Illustration page.  It's also not a good idea to make your header/titles the same color as your links, unless you use a size difference because I clicked on all your header/titles on the Illustration page before giving up.

With that being said, your comics look awesome.  I hope you get in.  If HTML isn't your strong point, I'd recommend a CMS to make the site more user friendly.

I admit I didn't put up a bunch of stuff here, all I did was post a couple half assed comics I made in GIMP while I try to learn the program and figure out what works and doesn't work in terms of layout and dialogue. I mentioned that in my first post and I kind of feel like I mentioned that in my first post and that you honestly shouldn't have expected more than what you saw.

I thought you were just being modest, which is why I asked to see a sample.  Would you go to a job interview without researching the company, a good black suit, and a resume?

I'm fairly easy to impress.  I can't draw and I didn't apply to Xepher as an artist.  (I think I got in by throwing a sheer wall of words at him until he caved....)  But I have to admit, I'm not happy with the examples, especially after you clarified by outwardly admitting they weren't your best.  Are you a beginning artist?  Most of the people here have been working on their comics or illustration for years OR are art students pursuing a career in illustration.

If you go back and read Ticky's post again, she was constructive.  I recommend the same thing - get a DeviantArt account and keep on working.  But if you do go there, I also recommend getting a thicker skin.  There are plenty of nice people and artists who will help you with your work, but there are also a bunch of people with direct criticisms.  It will also save you the work of setting up a site.

Applications / Re: Hollowing Birds
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:07:10 pm »
The art's nice although as Xepher has pointed out, longevity is key.  There are content-management scripts for web comics, which might help you focus more on the art and less on worrying about the coding.

Since you have a lot scripted out, what kind of update schedule do you think you could stick to?  How long does it take you to sketch and color one page, on average?

Applications / Re: tricky tricky! (art and comics)
« on: April 09, 2009, 07:00:57 pm »
See below post...

I'd be interested in seeing samples of your artwork, particularly if you've got any pages of the webcomic drawn.

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