I may not have had enough completed artwork to do an end of year roundup at the New Year, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have enough to update the website in May.
I’ve been letting some of my more labor intensive artworks get lost in Bean history. I’ve pulled out a selection of art that I want to make sure has a permanent home and I gave them it. A permanent home that is, on theLeEMSmachine.com. And I did a fancy uniform crop thumbnail arrangement. Not ground breaking…but a first for me. 🙂
I never knew how much I needed to have physical volumes of my comics until I made a print order. They are so much more real now…I can put them on my shelves and begin filling a library full of me! I realized after Levi Levi Chapter One and the Monster Girl’s School Zine came in the mail that I have many more finished chapters and comics living ethereal lives in digital form.
I printed up the short comics of the lot myself: Lighthousemen of Eilean Mor, Death Goes to Octoberfest, Grimm’s The Wolf and 7 Kids, and Flip Side. These are really just mock ups, but don’t they look pretty with Levi Levi and the Monster Girls? Ooh, and my Levi Levi stickers came yesterday.
Tattoo is my choose your own adventure story, also a mock up. I sew bound it with some glue support but then cheated and used duct tape to cover the spine.
Perhaps I will take my short comic mock ups to the copy store. I am starting work on making the first chapters of No Evil and Unlikely Bedfellows print ready as well. Soon I will have an entire table’s worth of comics for sale.
I was talking with a wonderful and wise friend who’s first thought on seeing my newly printed stack of Levi Levi and the Monster Girls’ School zine was that I should have a table at a comic-con or some such. And I thought, ‘if I were to have a table I would probably need to print up the first chapters of No Evil and Unlikely Bedfellows as well as have some flyers and whatnots so people could remember who I was.’
Well, I haven’t booked a table and I haven’t made any more printing orders, but I have ordered Levi Levi stickers, LeEMS business cards, and made some mini-flyers:
Long ago and far away when I used MySpace and not Facebook, I only ever had cartoon portraits of myself in my photo albums. I was recently told that these were missed, so I pulled them out of obscurity (they are up on the Art page too).
Ok, my website (except for the Bean) is currently completely messed up. No images are displaying and I can trace no reason. Gonna take a chance and ignore it until tomorrow in the hopes that it is something weird with my host.
No problem, dumb head, sort of. So, I started brainstorming all the things that could be happening and realized that I should probably double check the site via a different browser before freaking out too much. And then I thought about anything that is different with my browser and I remembered that I had outfitted it to avoid online tracking. Problem solved. Don’t know how to two are connected, though I know it is corrected ’cause the only problem was in my browser till I reverted my online tracking changes. Not all of them but still. Never mind my freaking out, or trying not to freak out. Even though I’m rambling nonsensically, never mind.
if wordpress is urging me to update. I have learned my lesson not to do such things until my plugins say I can.
Ok, the comics are back – sans any comments or explanations I may have posted with them originally. I had to publish them in the past so their dates are all wonky, but doing it this way did give me a chance to re-organize a little. All short comics are located in The Drawing Board now, and navigable via their story line (which will show up as a drop box in the left hand menu). This is where The Lighthousemen of Eileen Mor is posting as well (it’s doing it right now!).
I upgraded my webcomic installation and it stalled (perhaps because of the network I’m on or what else I was doing at the time). So now, all the links to my comics are 404s. All the pages are still there in my site, so I’ll get this settled sometime soon.
Guess it’s good that I was ending stuff up. All the new comics will be fresh starts….and thinking of that. I created a networked wordpress to test some work stuff. Now that I have it, I could give some of my comics their own blogs – you know, instead of having them running in the back of my blog and showing up mixed in the rss feed. I dunno. Is this a good idea? I have a couple of stories that I know are going to continue and grow…
Stuff to think on.
Inktober is coming.
Flip Side is ending.
Levi Levi chapter one is ending.
Levi Levi and the Time Machine is coming.
24 hour comics day is coming.
You see, I was thinking of ways to make all my running comics more visible. I know the RSS feeds of blog and webcomics are combined, but site visitors are not seeing recent comic postings unless they visit the individual comics. So what about doing short linking posts like what I just did with the song comic. RSS feeders are gonna get double notification, but hopefully it won’t be too annoying.
Or maybe I’m gonna play around with having the most recent comic page of whatever comic post at the top and keep all the blog posts below. What d’ya think of that?
dunno if I like it better, but I was starting to not really like the other way at all.
Ok, I am planning more improvements to the site again. It happens the more time I spend in waiting rooms. I flip through this notebook I carry around in my purse and see some message to myself about something I should change or update and then I’m drawing pictures of major page make-overs. Eventually I will be completely satisfied with all my existing pages and will only be able to add more. That’s what I imagine anyway.
But then I’ll learn something new.
Right, so I had a long think and I thought that the in-explanatory, gallery set up as my home page just didn’t cut it. There’s a place for being obtuse and my website is just not it, so I shot for an illustrated table of contents look. I think, perhaps, this might, maybe, be the final big website change…not including additions of other projects, or project updates, or comic pages, or whatnot.
Comic pages, by the by, are things I am working crazy hard at, they have not quite lapsed for you yet, but I’m running out of my stock and I need to get back into those stories. I hope my holiday vacation actually gives me some time I can use.