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  • Marscaleb

    Heh heh, squash. It’s punny!

    • lyon

      Gourd jokes here at bent pins comic dot com

  • Senpai noticed you were in his way.

  • Also, I just noticed that each panel is uploaded as a separate image. That’s an interesting approach.

    • lyon

      Yeah, imo accessibility on mobile is super important in this day and age, so I wanted it to be able to switch from vertical to horizontal depending on screen size using some CSS wizardry. Later on if I find the time to, I really want to implement some JavaScript wizardry which would combine the 3 images into one, just so it’s easier to share the comic without directly linking to the page (which obviously I prefer, but not everyone’s gonna do that)

      • Marscaleb

        It might be easier to upload two whole comics, one vertical and one horizontal, and then just have the page select the one that would best fit the given resolution.
        Or perhaps you should just switch to a completely vertical layout. That way the reader will never spoil a joke because they saw the last panel before they read the ones before it. A good example is Modest Medusa; that comic is always vertical and it works out very well on wide displays as well as narrow ones.

        • lyon

          I like vertical, but on larger screens (like 27″) it’s nice to see the comic without having to scroll and without all that empty space on the page.

          Right now, the way I draw the comic is actually just a canvas for a single panel, and I draw each panel separately on different layers, then export the layers as PNG’s. I’d have to arrange each comic twice, manually, so letting the website just handle it automatically is nice.

          There’s a whole bunch of interesting methods that are used. I know Diesel Sweeties uses two separate images and combines them in whichever order is appropriate to the layout. Another method would be to treat the comics like a spritesheet, where you just arrange it as normal comic when you draw it, and then have the js/php cut it up and arrange it however.

          • Marscaleb

            Yeah, the sprite method would be good.
            You want to make sure readers could save the whole comic, because that makes it easier for people to re-post it on other sites. I know a lot of people look down on that, but honestly, (as long as you keep your URL in the image,) 90% of the sites that would re-post one of your comics will let people know where it came from, and it actually helps you get more readers.

          • lyon

            Definitely agreed, when the comic was all single images, I definitely wound up getting some traction on one of those cheezburger network sites a couple of times, and also dualing analogue.

            I think I have a few hours to look into it today so I might be able to get it set up soon

          • lyon

            Aaaaand it’s done! It’s still not a perfect solution, but hopefully this does the trick for now

          • Marscaleb

            Just temporary I hope.
            Also something you did seems to have killed the animation from the boxing comic.

          • lyon

            Yeah, same with the shell one. I’ll have to include a link to the animated version or something for now until I figure out a more elegant solution