Just a quick one: I am taking down all iframe widgets effective immediately. I reluctantly posted a few from very carefully vetted individuals whom I consider friends, All of a sudden this morning I find the site is displaying popups. I don’t have time to test each widget in isolation, so they are all gone. That is the most likely cause of the poop-ups. The next possibility is I’ve been hacked. I recently put up a conservative version of an open source project on this server for a friend for testing. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea.
Woot! I discovered a “collective” of women comic creators called Tomgeeks. Basically, if you are a woman artist or writer and put up the Tomgeeks banner, you can be in it. I use the word collective in quotes because they don’t provide hosting or anything, they just put up a banner that links to your comic. That was my stumbling block. Even though I’ve had the Tomgeeks banner on TixComix for months (see left), I never seemed to have time to make one to submit them. For some reason I hate banners, including making them. Well I finally hacked this one together for them, and submitted the site, and after a while they put me in under comedy. Glancing quickly at the banners I found a few familiar comics and some totally new ones (to me.)
I don’t know how aggressively they check gender. Female-created comics come in all genres, and don’t have common factors as far as I can tell, but there are certain dead giveaways that a comic was NOT created by a woman. If a male can make a comic that doesn’t trip any of those alerts, he can be an honorary woman as far as I care. I know I’m not dropping my pants in order to be verified as a bona fide girl. Especially online, as it might involve sending naked photographs over the wire. And it begs several interesting questions, such as…. Can trans-genders be in it? Former women? Or people who just got surgipharmaceutically promoted to being women? We should probably not think about these and other imponderables too much.
In Spring of 2009 I was recovering from serious surgery. I started using a website called Toonlet.com to kind of help me deal with my feelings about the whole painful ordeal. I found the community there very welcoming (despite its rather limited communications technology) and continued to crank out Toonlets on many subjects long after the scar had healed over. Toonlet is not the only comic construction kit out there by any means. But what makes it unique and zany is your ability to mix ‘n’ match little snippets of real art drawn by real cartoonists such as Peter Bagge and Josh Kemble. The characters that you can build have a sort of ragged static Ren & Stimpy-ish look to them as you can see in the montage. (Click it to enlarge it.) Toonlet lends very well to verbal humour, less well to physical gags, but it’s really fun to watch people try them.
In June of 2010 I cut way back on my toonlet-ing because I had started Tix Comix. I got considerable encouragement from some of my Toonlet friends. It was a bit scary to be really drawing, and kind of a pain to be doing all the website stuff that Toonlet gives you for free. Toonlet is like training wheels, and suddenly the training wheels were off, and not only did I have to balance the bike on my own, but do all the maintenance. My massive toonlet archive is still up over on toonlet, if you want to have a browse. Many of my gags you see over there will eventually be refined, redrawn and featured here, so it’s kind of a sneak preview. I toss up a toonlet from time to time just to keep alive with the community. You can see more of toonlet on their facebook page. Readers: you all ought to give it a whirl. If you are already a comic creator, it is somehow freeing to be forced to create within the limits of Toonlet. It forces you to use your brain in new ways, always good for creativity. And if you’re not a comic creator, Toonlet could put you on the road to becoming one. Try it, you might surprise yourself!
I don’t think Japan needs another confused potty mouth gringo wandering around further straining their already devastated infrastructure. But they can use your support and mine and here is how you do it. The Comics for Japan website was set up by DJ Coffman and has the backing of the Webcomic Alliance.
Step 1. (Everyone) Send a contribution to one of the links below. Even if you’re broke.
Step 2. (Everyone) Share out this comic to everyone you know. We have all kinds of buttons and gizmos to help you do it efficiently. We’re sure you are not stupid and can find them. Once you’ve done this, if you are not a webcomic creator you are done.
Step 3. (only for webcomic creators) Create a comic on the subject of helping Japan. Copy the information below into the text accompanying your comic.
We as webcomic creators are fortunate to have an audience that we can encourage to help donate in ways that will directly aid the people of Japan.Here are the two key places you should mention in your comic or on your comic’s blog:
http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html – This link is for monetary donations. It is a Google page made by the Red Cross in Japan. The lowest people can donate is 100 yen which is roughly $2 and change.Every little bit counts.
www.2hj.org – Second Harvest is an organization in Japan where people can ship supplies that will be on the ground DIRECTLY to the people who need them. Take a look at the list of supplies at the link. You might consider gathering up a big box of supplies and having a few friends pitch in for shipping to Japan. They need raw supplies more than money at this time.
Step 4: Comment on the Webcomics for Japan site and leave your link or send them an email with a link to your “Comics For Japan” strip.
This comic is in response to a news story I saw about a baby trapped in a time lock bank vault. Luckily the story had a happy, if a bit smelly, ending, involving a diaper that was over capacity.
Tix was jogging with Vipey and her over active imagination created a scenario where it was her locked in the vault. It could have had a different ending, rating somewhere between tragedy and messy. I mean, how many of us “grown ups” bank with a friend? And Tix is the type that would totally wander into the vault on the way to do her banking, if the vault was just sitting there wide open. I intended to post this comic when the news item was current, but oh well.