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mcmasters



Joined: 28 Jun 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:40 pm    Post subject: Throwing a pity party Reply with quote

...and you're invited. I'm a fair artist and a fair writer but I'm old and a complete computer-phobe. I want to get a couple webcomics up and running, I've got comicpress installed but I'm spending all my time trying to learn how to do this stuff and my learning curve is oh so shallow. I'm spending hours playing with it and reading and watching tutorials and I'm not getting anywhere and I feel like I must be making the simplest mistakes. I put in an image (for example) and it comes in too narrow. I browse other webcomic sites and they have nice broad comics with all the sidebar stuff below the comic. See? I know you're thinking, dummy, just click x, x, and x.

At this point I'm getting so frustrated I need some hand-holding. I just want my comic to look like all the other nice ones I see (not content, format). I'm sure once I get things up and running I'll be fine, but getting started is killing me. My email is mcmasters2121@gmail.com. If you're a goodness-of-your-heart type I offer thanks or a percentage of any future profits that come (if any; I know these things are more labor of love than realistic prospect of steady income). If you're a screw-goodness-of-your heart type we can discuss compensation, refer me to your work and make an offer. I can pay but also offer exchange of services; I'm a fair artist and will link to the shit I already have out there if you want to discuss a collaborative effort.
Thanks, Jerry
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Vulpeslibertas. I've been lurking here off and on for some time and overall everyone seems friendly, helpful, and respectful of each other so I'm sure I could get some questions answered. I'll see if I get any responses before I burden the board with my ignorance.

I'm using Fat Cow. I picked it kind of randomly; I can't distinguish merits between one and the other.
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, but be warned I did say I was a complete beginner. Embarassed

http://www.mcmasterscomics.com/

Why is the header not centered?
It is in two column mode, why is the comic so narrow? Why is there so much dead space on the sides? What is the proper size image for a background? The ones I tried either did not stretch far enough or went ridiculously too far (I don't want tiles, just a single image that takes up the whole background)
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are fantastic. Tomorrow morning, I go into battle!
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...bloodied, battered, and defeated.

The heading still isn't centered after putting in the code exactly as stated. (and after getting fed up and uninstalling and re-installing wordpress to get a clean slate. Couldn't find a "do-over" button)

Comics still narrow slivers of shit after creating categories and entering posts in the "comics" category.

Haven't even bothered with background, but as CN notes I think tiled is the best way to go.

On the bright side, I have headphones on and Nirvana up very loud and tomorrow's another day.

edit: I also found this and thought it was pretty useful...until I ended up with about the same results I describe above:
http://www.djcoffman.com/how-to-host-your-own-webcomic/
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nsanelilmunky



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like you're still in blog mode to me

Have you downloaded/activated a template? Getting the general structure from a theme or template and then altering it is usually easier for me.

Dashboard ----> Appearance (hover over it and it will bring up a small menu) -----> Themes.

See what you have going on there.

....Unless Comicpress/Comic Easel Changes this... I haven't started posting stuff online yet so I'm not sure how much comicpress/comic easel changes the dashboard options.
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comicpress is the theme that is activated, is a template something else to add to that? The tutorial I linked to said put in plugins "comicpress manager" and "theme companion," I found and activated the first but could not find the second in a search of plugins. Does that matter? I'm missing something obvious.
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Comic manager" plugin I believe no longer needed, replaced by the "jetpack" plugin? I think this is right.

nsanelilmunky wrote:
It looks like you're still in blog mode to me


Not sure but I think that was it. I'm trying a different tutorial that is walking me through it step by step and results are better. Thanks!
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ended up at Frumph's site several times trying to figure out this or that. I actually thought about contacting him directly but...I don't know, is he really going to want to answer baby questions? Not that yall do either Wink.
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stupid question number 264:

On comicpress how do you upload a comic that's two pages? Most of mine are two pages, so each has a name. So I upload them both, and they come in as separate pages. I need the second one below the first, you scroll down to read it. Is there an option on the upload page? thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I think: until I figure that out, I'll just jam both pages together into one picture, which I do. Then I upload that and it works...except it comes in twice! Then I try to fix that, now no comics are showing up. Something to do with "multiple files on the same date" and when I click on that it shows the page or pages I put in already...won't let me delete everything and start over.
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that problem's solved. Today's a new date so whatever was halting the process yesterday doesn't matter.
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Valgrim



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you still need help you can email me valgrim1333 at yahoo dot com. I just went through the process of getting this stuff to work.

One thing I would suggest is a program called Artisteer. You can create your own themes with relative ease. It's seriously moron poof (no offense). The only caveat is that to use your theme you may have to use Easel in place of Comicpress. I'm using Easel atm and it's great.

Anyhow good luck with your endeavor either way. Smile

-Tom
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey thanks I'll probably take you up on that. I keep coming up against little "duh" things but I'm getting the hang of it.

I'll take a look at Artisteer, but whoever thinks it's moron-proof hasn't met me!

General question: What are the merits of Easel over Comicpress, and is switching to Easel as simple as just changing themes? Does what you already have in comicpress just switch over?
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Valgrim



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcmasters wrote:
General question: What are the merits of Easel over Comicpress, and is switching to Easel as simple as just changing themes? Does what you already have in comicpress just switch over?


Easel allows better integration with themes other than Comicpress themes. I found Comicpress to be inflexible in comparison. With Easel you can just add shortcodes to the theme of your choice and you're in business.

So for instance if you end up using Artisteer to snazz up your page you will have to use Easel for the comics. I went with this solution because I am lazy and didn't feel like wading through a bunch of CSS to get my page the way I wanted it when I could take ten minutes with Artisteer and bam it's done and it matches my theme for my homepage. http://studio.dissentient.org.

To change over you can download a plugin specifically made for the switch. Also here are some tutorial videos on the process.

http://comiceasel.com/tag/comicpress/

Also wanted to add that it takes time to understand web pages. You're going about it the best way there is. By jumping in and doing it. Don't give up. You'll get better as you learn more and more.

-Tom
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