The stuff I want the front page to do:
- expose more update content without requiring a lot of reading
- more automation (drawstream notice, update tracking, etc.)
- collapse nicely on both desktops and phones
- better gallery navigation
- expose comic content better (drop down list sucks for new readers)
The design is much better but perhaps include a “Last updated: ” beside your latest drawings and comics just for convenience. Also as I mentioned before an ‘expert’ mode of sorts would be nice again, I fucking love your top pics but the option to minimize it would be nice since it’d allow me to digest all of the latest updates (both comics and drawings) and blog posts without having to scroll down.
Maybe a more professional About page? One that makes you sound like less of an asshole? Maybe not an ugly flat black on grey?
Obviously, as your fans, we are Legion. But if I wanna introduce someone to your work, their first impression should be you are a professional comic writer who does a range of stories from dark horror to over the top comedy, not that you’re an insecure animu fapping neckbeard who gets a little chub over every new date sim from Nippon.
They figure that part out on their own after they’ve been suckered into our ranks.
On my SGS3 phone the website’s just broken in concern to the header bar. Everything is miniscule at regular scale, but zooming in means the top links go off the screen where I can’t click, and the corner buttons for twitter etc just overwhelm everything. I usually can get nonmobile sites towork reasonably well but this is a literal clusterfuck.
Also, don’t make your comics page open on to the subject of witches with only a tiny dropdown bar to tell people “heyyyy! I made/make other comics!”. Show them visually that you do multiple comics on that page. You assume people use front landing pages, while many webcomic readers actually bookmark the comic page and ignore the front page. Someone going straight to comics will quickly forget you ever did anything but what you show them first thing. Feel free to use site stats to prove you are an outlier, I don’t like that landing page anyway.
Also, now that I’m on a PC, scale your damn fonts down on the about and comics page. Making point sizes that big is “insulting” to the reader and looks clunky. They’re not trying to read it as they drive by on a car, the website is probably within 2.5 feet of their face. Letters that big are like saying “HEY I BET YOUR EYESIGHT IS BAD, OR MAYBE YOU’RE STUPID AND NEED LOTS OF BIG THINGS TO FIGURE SIMPLE STUFF OUT. I’M MAKING THIS REALLY BIG SO YOU CAN SEE IT. STUPID.”
It’s not the solution if you want your website to read across PCs and phones.
No no, comments appreciated, especially from someone who does this for a living.
- I’m going to make a comic landing page that showcases the other comics.
- Re: mobile brokenness: I’ll have to do something about this — maybe actually make a specific mobile site if I can’t get things to collapse nicely.
- Yeah, the about page needs work, it’s not updated to the new format yet…
I’ll try and address the other points, too. Hrm, hrm.
As for drawings being above the comics — I just assume they’ll be updated more often. : (
btw, is there some good online tool to check how sites look on mobile? I’ve just been resizing my window since I don’t own a mobile phone — not sure if that’s a reasonable way to test for mobile devices… : <
If you want anyone that isn’t a regular to learn how to post comments on your updates, you’re going to have to help them out past the number in the corner. Make the titles clickable. I’d recommend putting “34 Comments” instead of just a number but comments on your updates are just about the least important thing on the whole site so it’s not that big a deal.
On gallery and Library the dropdown menue is central, which makes sense and is easyto spot imidately, on comics its far left. And so a bit off position when I look on my widescreen (had to look around for 2 Seconds, which is already not intuitive in my mind)
You should add graveyeard as the last category on Comics. The images are huge and I like that, but mostly becouse I have widescreen and see all active series align in one row, tested with smaller window and somehow fell that they might be too big for User with smaller screens.
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