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Apr. 17th, 2010

04:47 am - And just what did you think I was up to this past year and 1/4?

The image you see now took only a few minutes in reality to render. There is, however, about eight months worth of saving, learning and creating leading up to it, just to get it to the point where I feel comfortable in sharing an update.

This is the direction I have decided and committed myself to taking "Inc.'ed", and though I've come far, there is still much further to go before a proper production schedule may begin. I have created models based on all the main characters of the strip, and I will upload pre-production images as progress continues.

John Walker, producer of "The Incredibles" film by Pixar, once said: "Whoever decided to make movies this way was insane" I can now safely say the same for the person who attempts to create a comic strip in the same fashion, for I am that person, and I must be insane.

Wish me luck...

Dec. 28th, 2008

03:56 pm - Update

The sketch you see filling the comic space is, in reality, a band-aid. Oh sure, it looks like a sketch of Meg, but that's only what I wanted you to think. See, I scrabbled around the HTML so that where the comic database script was, I inserted a direct reference to the image you see there. I'm good with HTML, and CSS, so this works - except for the fact that this image isn't technically part of the archive and the navigation system won't recognize it (I'll bet that if you were to go back one strip and click on "current", it'll take you not to this pic, but to the last comic you're used to seeing by now - just tried it - sure enough, I was right).

Anyhow, this bad news for the site does have a silver lining, which actually has to do with the above sketch.

I've had more time freed up to learn more about how to improve my craft through self-study and a few choice instructional books picked up on Amazon. This sketch is the first application of what I've learned so far regarding the strip (been doing a bunch of traditional figure drawings up to now). I consider it improved in many ways from the work I had been doing prior.

I've also started a DeviantArt account to upload art and maybe a few comics in the interim while the slow gears work bit by bit to restore function to the main site.

All the best to you and yours, and a Happy New Year.

Nov. 24th, 2008

07:20 pm - Serious website problems...

I'm somewhat competent with HTML. I was able to pick up enough knowledge of the language to design this site, but not every component. One of the components I picked up from elsewhere was "Comikazie", a webcomic PHP (server side program) that manages the calender, stores and archives the comics as well as uploads new comics, manages the comic titles, yadda yadda, and so on and so forth.

As of last Saturday, when I last tried to update with a new comic, the PHP gave me an error saying my permissions on two key Comikazie folders were incorrectly set. Turns out that after a bit of investigation, I was informed by my site's host that they no longer allow that permission setting for any files or folders, and they were changed for me.


Considering I know practically nothing about modifying PHP script, let alone anything about this particular one because I didn't program it, there is little hope that I can fix the program to adapt to my host's new requirements without some significant study on the subject (which I don't have time for in my schedule).

Finding a suitable replacement PHP and making the switch is also something that would require a great deal of thought and preparation with the always ever present threat of disaster as it manages the whole archive.

I'm going to need a while to fix this, if I can at all, and until I do I don't know what else to do except call a hiatus until a resolution is found and implemented, upon which time, I'll advertise the site anew on the various webcomic lists (think "the Webcomic List", etc.)

I appreciate all of those who keep reading this strip week after week, as it gives me encouragement. I'll be working behind the scenes to keep an inventory of new strips coming even if you won't be able to see them for awhile.

Wish me luck,

J. Miller

Sep. 30th, 2008

12:40 pm - Site update...

As you can see by today's comic, the design has been altered once more. This has been done in conjunction with the news I alluded to in the last entry. I'm working again, and while that takes time and energy away from this site, it has contributed in giving some of it back as well. I've recently purchased some hardware that has streamlined the process to the most I can expect it to be. In short, the process is now an entirely digital one (well, except for coming up with the gags, naturally :).

So there you have it. If I'm able to work up some breathing room, I may even be able to increase my rate of updates.

There you have it. The good, the bad, and the same-old, same old.

Aug. 5th, 2008

10:42 am - No, I'm not dead yet.

The last week and a half were very significant for me and occupied my attention for that duration. I'm back again, with gags written a bit ahead (for me at least) and also a new wrinkle in my schedule which I'll go into in more detail in a few weeks. Suffice to say my life just got significantly more "busy", but that in the long run it should represent a boost to this site and productivity if all goes well.

Jul. 18th, 2008

02:06 am - It's been an exhausting week...

Without going into too much detail, life has been particularly hectic this past week, involving a good deal of physical labor around here, which has unfortunately taken it's toll out on the strip.

We'll be back on track ASAP.

Jul. 1st, 2008

11:05 pm - Today's strip: Tues. July 1st, 2008

Point of interest in the second panel. The pose Meg is taking to do that jig is inspired by this site. If you've never heard of it or the guy who runs it yet, check it out. It's really rather inspiring.

Jun. 25th, 2008

01:35 am - Still working on that comic...

Unexpected delays involving shucking a bunch of corn today combined with a backfire in trying to shorten my comic-creation process has resulted in having to update tomorrow.

Sincere apologies, and I still intend to get the promised "two comics a week" out before weeks' end.

Thank you,

The management!

Jun. 24th, 2008

01:49 am - Comic delayed until tonight. - Tues., June 24

No, I didn't forget!

Please check back later tonight for today's update :)

May. 27th, 2008

11:00 am - Today's strip

For those new to the strip, today's entry references this storyline from a while back.

It's a plot element I think it's probably worthwhile to revisit sometime in the future. Lots of possibilities there.

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