Creative analysis, Design, Websites

emily building a web server-01After a certain point, when I’m trying to get something sorted or maintained that I don’t otherwise have the skills to handle, I’ll start thinking about just doing it myself. It’s happened with Hex Dimension today (which has been down for almost six hours at the time of writing and our hosts are looking into it) – I’m starting to think that I’d like to build my own web server for all of my websites. As it is, Hex was “built” by myself after I failed to secure a web designer who’d stick on board.

I know nothing about building web servers, only the names of various web server applications. I’ve never even built a PC before and I’m contemplating building a web server somewhere. But then I hardly knew anything about messing around with the guts of WordPress and managed to cobble Hex together. But I am aware that this all seems a bit drastic – I’m thinking of building a web server rather than changing hosts, which is what people normally do in these circumstances.

It’s just… I have no guarantees that a new host would be much better. They could be even worst. At least if I sorted out the thing myself then I would only have myself to blame.

Sigh.

Doing things for yourself

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Comics writing, Creative analysis, Design, Writing

What’s your situation as a comics/graphic novels creator?

This is the question I hope to explore with a new survey I’m launching today. What’s your situation as a comics/graphic novels creator? (link goes to Google form) is an attempt to figure out what’s happening in the industry in relation to things like pay, training and location. And I hope that I can get loads of people to fill it in, because comics and graphic novels creators have got a big problem:

There is little transparency about the pay and conditions of writers, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colourists and cover artists in today’s “global downturn” world. Continue reading

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Creative analysis, Design, Websites, Writing

Current project: another, new, website

In January this year, I left the position of Multimedia Producer at the gaming website known as BeefJack. And while it has looked like to many that the only thing I do now that has anything to do with geeking out is Cornwall Graphic Novel Group and the Nerds Assemble podcast… actually I am working on a thing that is a website. Continue reading

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Creative analysis, Design

Failure to communicate? What’s happening with Adobe Creative Cloud?

The big news about of Adobe’s MAX conference this year was obviously the revelations surrounding Creative Suite 7 or rather that there wouldn’t be a CS7 and that the next iteration (rolling out in June this year) would be contained within Adobe Creative Cloud under various subscription options. To say that this news was not taken well by the world’s creative communities is an understatement.
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Comics, Design

The quiet suffering of female superheroes

Over at Geek Native last week, a post examining some artwork by Michael Lee Lunsford was posted and a heated discussion began in the comments section of the post. The artwork? It featured numerous female superheroes in outfits less revealing than what many of us are accustomed to seeing them in. Continue reading

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