RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Jul. 9, 2012 at 10:49am

Petitioning Kevin to Improve Feed Comics Pages

We the Cartoonists of Feed Tacoma...

Because comic-press plugin is hard to use...  Because August is approaching, the time when Kevin has time to traditionally work to improve his FeedTacoma.com community experiment... Because Crop Swap is out the door... because COMIC BOOK INK is dead...  Because feed tacoma is the only community-based news and entertainment resource in the South Puget Sound with a living and vocal indie-arts comics sub culture, we the semi-professional cartoonists of Feed Tacoma here do by petition our benevolent overlord Kevin (who we love. love. love. like a father, brother, and CEO) to address our power-user feedback. 

A. mothership main landing page notes...

  • Britton Sukys Although I like the random comic image, it always takes shots from the middle...Anyway it can be either actually random, or customizable?
  • Britton Sukys I see this as the comic rack. It was my favorite thing, as a youth, to flip through the issues, see the title headers...Anyway, tightening it up, giving the background some pop would be nice...It would throw the titles forward more...I'm just blathering.
  • Britton Sukys Remember Marvels Box icon? It would have the "heads" of the characters in the book floating around the top? That would be cool here too...Get everybody to supply a few head shots and they'd also direct you to the book page. Just a thought.
  • Erik Bjornson Nice. a "Buy it Now" button linking to Paypal might be a nice opportunity.
  • RR Anderson bigger banners! maybe an embed-able RSS comic badge for specific strip fans? go Kevin Freitas!
  • RR Anderson it would be fun to have a sunday comics page view option too... float all the 500px wide latest strips together on a giant page

B. comic strip page notes...

  • Britton Sukys Like the hearts...Can we have multiple emoticons (hearts/Bombs/Stars/Frownies/Brownies to click on the strip? Can they be big and easy to see (can they be funnier than the ones I came up with?)
  • Brandon Pierce I'd like to have the ability to see who "liked" my comic (from clicking the grey heart).
    Kevin's being put through the woodwork, huh?
  • Brandon Pierce I love the copyright idea.

C. handling the strip archive page?...

  • Britton Sukys Searchable by issue/story arc/chapter. Archive should be searchable by tags...Or something.
  • Britton Sukys I envision it to look like the back issue box at the comic store...Flipping through pages would be cool, or posting issue covers with that whole issue within.
  • RR Anderson the feed search has always been difficult for me. to find tacomics I use google like: MIKE LONERGAN TACOMIC
  • Britton Sukys That's ok, but If I want to search for "Gravy eating cookies" It could pop up if I tagged the appropriate comic as a "cookie" comic...Just an idea.

MISC feedback from power users...

  • Britton Sukys I have always wanted to choose my thumbnail on the comics main page...
  • Britton Sukys Also, how do the comics look on phones and tablets? Is it easy to find the comics?
  • RR Anderson my two goals for feed comics page: custom css, ability to create tabs or about page for MERCH!

add your own comments / feedback for feed tacoma comics improvements in the comment thread below!

comments [16]  |  posted under cartoonists, CLAW, feed tacoma, indie comics, Kevin Freitas, user feedback


by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 11:34am
to get the ball rolling... creator-owned.blogspot.com/2012/04/eric-...

by CaptainBritton on 7/9/2012 @ 12:17pm

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/9/2012 @ 6:35pm
Not the best I've done, but here's an idea...

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 8:25pm
Kevin!  kevin!  kevin!

by KevinFreitas on 7/9/2012 @ 8:33pm
Hiya all! This is great feedback. The missing link? I'm not a web designer -- I'm a web developer. Though I can easily adapt existing designs with new elements, ideas, etc. that only goes so far. Your feedback is great but show me the designs! With those, I can build.

I'll review this feedback/sketch and let you know if there's anything programming-wise that just can't happen. From there, whomever will take up the torch for designing it out is welcome to it. I have PSDs from our re-design last year if that helps.

by NineInchNachos on 7/9/2012 @ 8:41pm

by CaptainBritton on 7/10/2012 @ 7:38am
Clearly this is an opportunity for a certain under-employed genius to show the world how awesome he is...hint hint...

by NineInchNachos on 8/1/2012 @ 1:06pm
Hey kevin can you send me the psd?

by NineInchNachos on 8/1/2012 @ 2:35pm

From Improvements to Feed Tacoma Comics, Go Kevin!!!

by ChrisTopher on 8/1/2012 @ 6:52pm
I like this. The banner at the top could be taller.

by NineInchNachos on 8/1/2012 @ 6:56pm
yeah!  maybe can be as tall as the banner you upload?

by ChrisTopher on 8/1/2012 @ 8:28pm
I'd like that. 

by NineInchNachos on 8/1/2012 @ 8:34pm
any other thoughts on the main landing all-comics page?  not sure where to start.

by CaptainBritton on 8/1/2012 @ 8:39pm
It should look like this...sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/3782...

by NineInchNachos on 8/1/2012 @ 8:41pm
++++1 !!!

by Maria on 8/1/2012 @ 10:59pm
I can't see what the five tabs on the top are. Can you post a close up view?

Is one an About page?

Can cartoonists specify their own backgrounds, like Twitter? That might be nice.

On the main page, is there any reference or link to C.L.A.W.? I think that would be cool in case any young/new illustrators get inspired and want to draw their own cartoons.


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