Monday, October 17, 2005

Webcomics on iPod/PSP/Kodachrome slide

I'm hearing a lot of talk these days about putting webcomics on iPod photos and PSPs to read. Maybe I'm a dangerous lunatic, but wasn't the great thrill of doing comics on the internet that you didn't have to cram them into the tiny space available in the newspaper? Is there some sort of irresistable push to make comics as unreadable (and un-enjoyable) as possible?

I can't believe it only took 29 years for me to become a dinosaur. But unlike the dinosaurs of the past, I have written a couplet to express my utter dismay:

Read your comics at a reasonable size
Then perhaps when you're 70 you'll still have EYES.


I would write more, but I have go and eat my dinner while looking at it through a microscope. I'm sure you understand.

15 comments:

Nina said...

I know this isn't entirely relevent to your post, (which incidentally, I completely agree with... did you know they sell full films for the PSP? Can you even begin to imaging how much that would hurt your eyes?!) but anyway... I was just wondering, do you have a livejournal RSS feed of either your blog or SGR.com? If so... what are they, and if not, would you mind if I made one (If I can figure out how?) Thanks :D

John A said...

Yes to both, Nina:

feed://sgrblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml
feed://www.scarygoround.com/index.xml

Roman said...

My goodness, such grouchery. But, as a fellow old man at a young age, I suppose I agree with you.

Harumph.

xxxxxxgonegonegone said...

I believe being a grumpy old dinosaur is the way forward. I've been practicing it on my friends for the last five or six years and it seems to provide them with much hilarity.
When I was their age I had more respect.
Also smaller forearms and better eyesight, which kinda proves yer point...

leigh said...

here here, i couldn't agree more. i remember the first time someone showed me the comics they had crammed onto some ridiculously small portable.

i... i insinuated that they were perhaps challenged. in the mental sense.

the person being a relative stranger, i later felt rather bad.

nonetheless, it is comforting to imagine a spritely englishman skipping around a crowded bus calling people terrible things.

Christophe said...

Would it be terribly rude to shout something along the lines of:

"GO BACK TO ILLUSTRATOR!!!"

"ARRRGGGHHHH!!!"

Sorry... Forget I mentioned it...

Willie Hewes said...

Yes, I think that would be rude. Asking nicely would be appropriate though.

What saddens me is that all these ipodders watching movies on teeny tiny screens must need this stuff to fill their every moment. They can't sit on a bus for thirty minutes and not be bored. I think they need entertainment to enter their heads at all times, or otherwise they might notice their minds are empty.

You know what's also really portable? A paperback!

marco said...

i actually saw around a b/w comic written for PSP and it was brilliant; it was something about cyberpunk stuff, not that i've understood everything being italian and late at night, but, while i prefer comics on paper, that was nice and err.. supporting the amazon forest? who knows? maybe that electric and plastic on that PSP will be responsible for the no turning point in the waste of ambient instead!

John A said...

I didn't think about the environment, Marco, now I'm sorry, sorry for the trees.

Ray said...

Oi, Marco, was it this one?

NYC2123

I think comics on the PSP could work providing that they follow the same format as NYC2123 of just displaying one panel at a time and not cramming everything onto the screen all at once.

John A said...

But juxtaposition is the part of the special nature of comics, I think splitting it into one panel at a time is crushing all the life out of the art form (unless the artist is spectacular - and spectacular art has hurt comics more than it has helped them over the years).

leigh said...

what makes you say that, john?

marco said...

ray: yes, thanks :)

Striker said...

I think some comics are never going to look good on a small screen, but ones that are your average panelized comics probably would show up fine.

Steve said...

What is this about Kodachrome slide? Are you a photographer sir? Lomo even? Interesting. Much love for your beautiful comic.
-sl