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Monday, May 15, 2006

Because every webcomic critic has to try this at least once.


The very first comic, from Birdsworth Comics.

Ok, I'm proud to announce that my new project has finally launched! This is a moment of great excitement for any webcomicker, when they launch a new webcomic.

This is something I've actually been working on ever since I made it little post about fixed art comics about five months ago. In that post, I made the following comment regarding Indie Tits: My suggestion to Jeph Jacques is this: If you want Indie Tits to be more interesting and be able to do more with it, extend the length to 4-6 panels, and have different birds, with some birds flying in and out in different panels. Then you should be able to do some good things.

After putting up the post, I thought to myself: "You know, that's a really good idea. And Jeph Jacques is probably not going to go for it, since he seems to be happy enough with the way things are." So I decided to give it a shot myself. The first thing I did was email Jeph Jacques and let him know what I was planning to do, and asked him if he'd like to draw the birds for me (I offered to pay him, obviously). He never responded to my email, so I figured: "At least he doesn't care enough to out and out tell me I'm a jerk who's ripping him off."

So I went ahead and asked a good friend of mine to do the artwork for me. He's a fabulous artist whose forte is painting, but has been looking to get into the digital realm recently, and fortunately my request for five panels of birds would give him some good practice, so he was happy to do the drawing for me. He does a fabulous comic called My Life in Records which is still in its early stages but will accomplish great things before its run is done, I'm sure.

He produced the birds you see above, and I was thrilled. He based his pictures on old Audubon plates, which fit perfectly with my idea of wanting to name my birds after Romantic poets and have them be flowing with old poetry every week.

I intend to be very professional with this project. There will be a new Birdsworth comic every day, seven days a week, until I flat out run out of ideas, which I'm hoping will never happen. I was smart enough to set myself up with a 28 day buffer running into this thing, so I've got plenty of ahead time to work through writer's block or to take a vacation without a break in the strip.

But while I'm keeping things professional on the comic side, I'm going to be wildly experimenting on the administration side. I intend to use Birdsworth to experiment with a variety of different comic management scripts and archiving features, and pass on my gained knowledge to The Webcomicker readers. At the moment the site is powered by CUSP and I'm running the archives with Oh No Robot. You can be sure you'll hear more about the quality of these programs and others as I try them out. I also had a friend of mine set up RSS feeds for both the comic and the news on my site. I'm not much of an RSSer myself, but some people appreciate it, I guess?

So go, read my comic, add it to your daily links, and enjoy!

Oh, and add a link to Birdsworth on your website. Please? *smile*

11 Comments:

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Kneefers said...

Righto. I'm convinced. Mostly because there's only one strip in the archives, so it took zero effort to just stick it in my trawl.
Expecting great things, dude. Good luck with this.
_Kneef

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Krishna said...

Neat-o! Just discovered it via your blog (which I just discovered too). :)

 
At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks nifty, went to add it to my bloglines.com feed, and, well, where are those rss feeds you mention? :-)

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Scratch Fury said...

Yeah, looks like we still need to put a link to the RSS feed on the main page of Birdsworth... For now, here's the direct link to the feed with the latest 10 comics:

http://www.birdsworth.com/rss.php

(Note: for the next 9 days, there will be < 10 comics in the feed, since there will be < 10 comics on the site...)

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, the whiner here again! :-) I don't know if this is simply because it's the only item in the feed, but the current item (titled Print #1) links to http://www.birdsworth.com/ rather than to http://www.birdsworth.com/daily.php?date=060515
. You probably didn't mean that...

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Gilead Pellaeon said...

Yeah, You're probably right that the problem is that we've only got a single comic. I'll go back tomorrow and manually fix it.

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger Hirotomo Wataro said...

Consider it added to the extensive No Need for Bushido link page. Can't wait to see more strips.

Oh, and um... needs birdfish.

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Scratch Fury said...

Well, Mr. Whiner, you've proven a truth my brother discovered years ago: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease." :)

The RSS feed is fixed. It's also available as a live bookmark when you visit the site and via a little RSS icon at the bottom of the page.

I'd actually made the most recent comic just go to the main page (http://www.birdsworth.com) on purpose, but it seems to mess up feed aggregators to always have the most recent link point to the same page, so I switched it to always go to the specific comic page (e.g. http://www.birdsworth.com/daily.php?date=060515).

So thanks for your comments, we're always glad to get feedback!

--Scratch Fury--

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Steam said...

Cool. Keep it up. This will be a fun one to watch and see where you go with it.

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Philippe Gaboury said...

Fabulous!

I love the first five issues. This will be a regular read for sure.!

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger grant said...

I feel a little strange commenting on a post about my own work. Its really weird to be producing the images with no idea what the context will be when they are published. Which leads me to my next point: the second and fifth days were sheer genius. I love how the birds are slightly aware that the whole crux of the strip is based on recontextualizing the images every day.

I read the little article on Zoinks. I find it humorous that they reviewed us before we even produced any work. :) There's no such thing as bad press. Keep up the good work.

 

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