Saturday, May 13, 2006

Building a Better Site

Though the old
  • comicon.com site
  • has served me well over the years, it has been frustrating in many ways. From the beginning, text only was all I could update or alter, which immediately compromises a cartoonist/artist's venue. So the new site is going to feature lots of material you've never seen before, including -- well, you'll see.

    Still, it's a work in progress. Jane Wilde has accomodated my wish to build a multi-tier site, with many sections affording info/art/photos from the various elements of my life, career and interests. The initial launch will be skeletal, quite crude design-wise, with cumulative refinement and expansion of each section to follow in the coming weeks and months. I'm very much learning as we go, and if anything have too much material to post over the coming years.

    Among other things, there will be a gallery of unpublished art, an expansive bibliography, a section on script & thumbnails to completed page archives, and much more from the comics part of my life. This, too, will grow in time, and some of this material will be presented as 'lessons' (making them applicable to my CCS efforts, natch), which I hope will prove of interest to more than a few of you.

    Though I'm not putting any of my short stories online, I'll be archiving some of the 'best' of my published writing efforts and some the pieces I've written for this blog (illustrated!), and much you've never had access to before.

    For those of you with high-speed access, I'm sure the site will look archaic at best. Much as I'd love to include more interactive material, the hard reality is we here in Marlboro are still trapped in a dial-up age of internet, and that will limit what I'm capable of doing online for some time to come.

    Would you expect anything else from the dinosaur who did Tyrant?

    More later...
    ______

    Hail to the Chief

  • The USDA on Iraq: Everything's Coming Up Rosy
  • (Department of Agriculture employees have been instructed to praise, with a straight face mind you, Bush's handling of the Iraq war. They even are instructed to keep a record of how they've complied with the order, so the department can report back to the White House on how successful they've been.)

    By Al Kamen
    Monday, May 8, 2006

    Career appointees at the Department of Agriculture were stunned last week to receive e-mailed instructions that include Bush administration "talking points" -- saying things such as "President Bush has a clear strategy for victory in Iraq" -- in every speech they give for the department.

    "The President has requested that all members of his cabinet and sub-cabinet incorporate message points on the Global War on Terror into speeches, including specific examples of what each agency is doing to aid the reconstruction of Iraq," the May 2 e-mail from USDA speechwriter Heather Vaughn began..."
    etc. etc. etc.

    Who needs Paul Joseph Goebbels when you've got Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propoganda Karl Rove in the White House?

    Now we know what reshuffling Rove a month or so ago was all about...

    4 Comments:

    Anonymous Phil said...

    Hi Steve,

    I can't wait for the official debut of your site!

    I'd love to ask you a 1963-related question; I'll ask it on your blog in case other readers are interested by the topic -- I hope you won't mind!

    First: I'm a big fan of the three 1963 characters/sets of concepts that you now own. For a while, I was a little surprised by the emphasis you placed on both N-Man and The Fury, to the detriment of The Hypernaut; however, I recently learned (in an interview you gave to Alex Ness) that you own The Hypernaut at Alan Moore's insistence. This could explain why you don't mention this character as often as the two others -- him and his concepts being somewhat "forced on you".

    Is this the main/only reason for the Hypernaut playing third fiddle to N-Man and The Fury when you talk of your 1963 characters? And while you sometimes hinted that you'd love to work with N-Man and The Fury again, is there any chance that The Hypernaut could also pop up in such projects?

    Many thanks...

    5/13/2006  
    Blogger heath lail said...

    Well, that stuff is all well n good, but the only important news today is that I finally completed my college education! As of 5 this afternoon, no more trips to Oxford racking multiple miles up on my truck each time. Oh, interesting info in your posts too, by the way:) Hope all is well with you and yours Steve

    H

    5/13/2006  
    Blogger Marky Mark said...

    This "talking points" thing is like when you rant (and I know it's YOUR RANT, I'm just commenting) about the Reich Minister selling - SELLING!!! - the war.

    True enough. Selling political agendas, wars, affirmative action, the right to starve your brain-dead wife - it's all a big sausage factory. They all do it, and I don't mean just elephants and donkeys. Everybody who thinks he or she has The Answer is out there selling it.

    Comparing Rove to Goebbels is like comparing Clinton to Jack the Ripper. Or comparing Pointy Pockets to Pamela Anderson. It's so shrill, you hurt my ears!

    FOURTEEN DAYS!!!

    5/14/2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Why should the Deprtment of Agriculture have an opinion on Iraq? Are we teaching them to farm or something?

    5/16/2006  

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