Ye Olde Archive Archived Posts: 2004-2009

29Jun/06Off

To boldly Tweep where no man has Tweeped before.

I read a lot of webcomics review sites.  I read Websnark, obvs, with pleasure.  When the Webcomics Examiner posts articles, I enjoy those too.  I have a love/hate relationship with Fleen, though I do at least skim it on a daily basis.  I read Drunk Comic Reviews before they hung up their hats flasks, and I check out Comixpedia when I feel the whim.

I enjoy reading about webcomics almost as much as I enjoy reading webcomics, but that's not the point of this post.  The point is, none of these sites, in my mind, mention Tweep often enough, and Tweep charms the hell outta me.

And today's comic pays homage to My Fair Lady.

However, aside from individual strips, there is a lot that Tweep does on a consistent basis that impresses me, and that I don't see a lot elsewhere.  For one thing, the art style is unique.  Granted, if you look at the early strips, it looks like Ben drew the comic out in Paint.  But he's been at it for over three years now, and his style has come a long way and really smoothed out.  Wanna check the progress, quick-like?

Here's an example from March 19th, 2003.

And one from March 17th, 2004.

From March 2nd, 2005 (contains street pirates!)

And finally from March 8th, 2006 (with a Beckett reference!).

Ben has come a long way, and obviously put a lot of effort into making Tweep look polished, and I think he's done a good job.  The characters are distinct, sassy, and colorful.  He also likes to employ pictures in place of dialogue (example), which as a technique I think could fall way short if not done properly, but here it is pulled off very well.  The story wanders a lot, and honestly, if you go through the archives, I don't particularly recommend reading the entire To Catch a Rabbit storyline, and to be fair you're offered the chance to skip it under each strip.  But then, I guess if you really like rabbits and old movies, then maybe you'll really enjoy it.  You know ... if you're into that kind of thing.

Aside from his occassional and lengthy asides, the story in Tweep mainly deals with a handful of twenty-something kids out there in the world, watching movies, falling in love, working in cafes and music stores, being poor, buying food, and making art.  And sometimes, just sometimes, it has space monkeys.

I'm not sure why Tweep doesn't get mentioned more often, but there ya go.  I've done my part, at least.  Now, go get your Tweep on.

These Tweepish peeps say this comic is for keeps.

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29Jun/06Off

Spider-Man Comes Out of his Web

As part of the Super-Hero Registration Act, Spider-Man bravely stepped forward to reveal that his name is Peter Parker and that he's been Spider-Man since he was 15 years old.  Good on ya, Petey.  Originally covered by the New York Post , but be sure to check out Gawker's coverage as well. (via Comic Foundry )

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28Jun/06Off

WordPress Theme Viewer and Plugins

Picking a WordPress theme is like buying a car.  It feels like a big decision, and there are lots of shiny options available.  Themes, of course, are much less expensive than cars, but to date they've also been more difficult to find.  Most sites list themes by name, with little or no rating system and very few sorting options.  I found this to be less than a little helpful and more than a lot aggravating.  But that all changed on June 17th with the launch of the WP Theme Viewer.

Theme Viewer allows you to sort by any number of options, including number of columns, color, widget-readiness, width style, and even sidebar side-preference.  You are also shown a thumbnail of the theme, the number of times it's been downloaded, and the average rating.  The accompanying blog is handy for keeping up to date on changes, additions, and theme news.

Of course, if you're not that interested in searching and installing a theme yourself, updating to WordPress 2.0.3 offers fifty included themes, all washed and polished and ready to drive home today.  This theme was one of them, and I'm quite fond of it so far.

While I'm talking about WordPress:

The WordPress Widgets Blog has updates and downloads of the newest widgets that you didn't know you needed.

Archivist is a plugin that allows you to post a selected number of random archived posts on your front page. 

WP-Alexify pulls website thumbnails from Alexa.com and previews them when people scroll over your links. 

EditorMonkey is a huge plugin that replaces the default WordPress text editor with a TinyMCE or FCKeditor WYSIWYG editor.  It integrates spellcheck as well as find/replace and advanced link options, and is very customizable.  (Evidently WordPress 2.1 will incorporate spellcheck as well, but why wait?)

The Feedburner Feed Replacement plugin allows you to route your RSS feed into Feedburner, which gives you many more options regarding your feed, as well as keeping track of feed statistics and making your feed universally readable.  Note that while this plugin streamlines the process a bit that it isn't strictly necessary for setting up your WP blog with Feedburner.  If you do end up using the Feedburner service, you should probably update your feeds autodiscovery links, as described here.

Google Sitemaps creates a Google compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog.

Last but not least, Ultimate Tag Warrior, which has been around forever and may be the most well known plugin (after Akismet), lets you tag the holy hell out of your posts, and gives you plenty of options for how to display those tags (or not, as the case may be).

I may be a little plugin happy, I admit, but those are the ones I use and I love them all.  I'm also planning on adding a "nicer archives" plugin, once I can find one that says it works in WordPress 2.0+, and I'd like a stat tracker as well.  If you have suggestions for either, please do tell.

28Jun/06Off

Gobelins Students’ Blogs

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Oops, sorry, I've been reading too much French this morning.  Hmm?  Why have I been reading French?  Because I've been perusing French blogs, of course!  Namely, I found that there are a ton of Gobelins animation students who have personal blogs, and they've posted some fantastic art.  And hey, since it's art, you don't even have to worry about that French bit.  You know ... unless you want to.

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Geneviève Godbout is a 2D animation student at Gobelins from Quebec.  She worked on one of my favorite of the Annecy films, Sébastien.  The work on her blog is soft, luscious, and playful.lasco

Mr Fabulon is a 3D animation student, and worked on the Annecy film Cocette Minute.  His artwork appears a little more abstract, the pages are generally busier, but it's all good, and certainly worth a look.

Also be sure to check out: Polyminthe and Seï and Monster Shop and Julien and and and ... and then just link-hop to your heart's content, as I did, because there's a ton there to enjoy.

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27Jun/06Off

For love of (book) covers

In her article, Allow us to judge a book by its cover, Rachel Cooke quotes Anne Fadiman:

In her collection of essays, Ex Libris, the bibliophile Anne Fadiman writes that just as there is more than one way to love a person, there is more than one way to love a book. Those who revere first editions and pretty covers, who worry about sun damage to spines and despise pencil notes in margins, are courtly lovers. Those who split open books as if they were ripe fruit, who dog-ear pages and use paperbacks as table mats, are carnal lovers.

It was just such a tasty passage, I had to share.  (via pixelcharmer

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