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GPF, Webcomics

State of the comic…ish

March 20th, 2007 by Jeff | Dump Core

I apologize for the quietness, everyone. Busy, busy, busy on this end. Thought I’d drop a quick post in to update you on a few things.

Good news: Feedback is so far very positive on the three-updates-per-week thing. Even though it’s not the main comic, you guys have been very open and accepting of the Sketchbook reruns and the new Mischief mini-series. It’s still not ideal in my book, but I’m much rather have you guys coming back more often, and this should provide us with good, solid updates through about the end of June.

Bad news: I’ve received an odd complaint or two about the fact that the Sketchbook updates aren’t showing up in the official GPF RSS feed. Yup, thems the breaks. The GPF RSS feed is an odd hodge-podge of bizarre coding which shoehorns Keenspot’s Autokeen automation software into doing things it was never intended to do. In general, though, I’ve been able to do some pretty amazing things with it, and my RSS feed is the loose basis upon which most of the other Keenspot RSS feeds are built. That said, the way I’ve coded the Sketchbook rerun updates is very non-standard for Autokeen, which means it can’t take advantage of Autokeen’s many features. That also means I have no clue how to insert the Sketchbook reruns into the RSS feed without resorting to some pretty nasty manual tweaking. There’s a point to automating things, of course: to completely avoid manual tweaking. I’m looking into what I can do to include the Sketchbook updates into the feed, but on one hand I’m not sure if I even should. One point of RSS is to allow you to come back and look at things at their permanent home at a later date. Since the Sketchbook reruns are transient and can’t be accessed directly outside of the two days they’re on the main page (without a PREMIUM account), I’m not sure if it even makes sense to put it in the feed. I’m still waffling back and forth on that one. (I should point out that the regular Sketchbook updates are in the PREMIUM-only RSS feed, which is accessible from the High-Def index.)

Worse news: I did my semi-monthly comic production calculations and February and March (as of this posting) are both down. That means that while I still have my buffer, it’s dwindling slowly instead of building slowly. I’m actually down to 0.75 CPW. That, of course, means no increase in the main comic’s schedule for April. Actually, at this point, I wouldn’t expect a real update on this until July anyway, as I’ve already planned for the bonus updates through the end of June. However, as stated previously, I’m constantly re-evaluating these calculations, and I try to keep updated on them when there’s anything worth updating.

Slightly annoying news: Yes, I’m aware there’s a typo in Monday’s comic. Quite a few of you have been very helpful in pointing that out, to which I am always grateful. (I always prefer to catch and fix typos while they’re only online, before they reach more permanent media like the books.) But I’ve been so blasted busy that I haven’t had time to correct the strip or even make a News post stating that I’m aware of it. So no more e-mails please… at least on this particular typo. It’s in my queue and I’ll get to it as soon as I can. Thanks.

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