May 30, 2007

Henceforth...slightly different format for all comics!

In a move that probably should have been done long ago, I've decided that instead of releasing George comics as .gif files, they're going to be .jpg from now on. It's a double-edged sword but I think I've manage to be spared by both edges--the good thing is that with .jpg, the comics will look much "smoother," as they aren't limited to only 256 colors as .gifs are, which sometimes causes a "grainy" look, especially in areas where there are gradient colors.

What kept me from changing, though, was the fact that .gifs support transparency, which allows the webpage beneath the image to show through in some areas, notably the space between each panel of the comic. I thought it would look better if the comic integrated seamlessly into the webpage with the blue background showing through. Now, however, the new .jpg comics will feature a white background with a thin black border around it...and hey, I think it looks pretty good.

The comic file-sizes are bigger now, however...each one is going to be about 100KB, whereas before they were an average of about 70KB. Peanuts to those of you on broadband, but I'm sure it's going to put the squeeze on the dial-up population that's still left. Oh well...maybe this will finally push them to join the rest of the world in upgrading to broadband ;)

May 18, 2007

150th George Comic!

Huzzah, only 350 to go until Wikipedia will allow me to have a George Comics entry. Funny how Wikipedia is the encyclopedia that "anybody can edit." Anybody who their moderators deem worthy, of course.

I recently made some cash on the side through some website design work, so I plugged a little money into advertising George--so far, traffic numbers are indeed up a bit, so if there are any new folks reading the strip (and....the blog), welcome aboard!

May 11, 2007

Keeping with the "New [thing]!" theme...

New George promotion graphic!

In my ongoing endeavors to drive traffic to the website, I've resurrected the Promotion page, albeit minus the three different-sized ever-changing comic graphics. The regular-sized comic is just too unwieldy for most websites and it is a major pain to upload the two smaller graphics every time I update the comic, so...out of pure laze, those are out. But the good news is, there's a brand spanking new image there on the page, and it's animated, too! Woohoo! So if you're a webmaster and you're a George lover--and who among you isn't, consider putting up a George graphic if you haven't already--and to those of you who have, you deserve my undying gratitude, at least, until I die.

May 8, 2007

New searchable comics!

I'm happy to announce the addition of a comic search function for George! Now when you awake at night in a cold sweat, your heart and mind desperately seeking to know all the George strips in which Sirloin has appeared, you can actually do something about it besides cry yourself back to sleep. Let there be much rejoicing!

May 2, 2007

New stuff!

A couple of new things: There's a new George desktop wallpaper available to download! I think you'll agree that the Dorkmobile is the flyest ride this side of Wonder Woman's invisible jet.

Also, though it's really not a big deal and actually kind of sad that it's taken this long, the main site finally features a favicon. This tiny icon shows up in your browser's address bar and open George tabs, and next to the site name in your bookmarks. I should have done it a long, long time ago, back when it was actually fashionable for a site to have a favicon, but...a combination of laze and apathy prevented me from doing so. Not anymore.

I also want to remind everyone that you can have new George comics emailed to you so you don't have to check the site for updates all the time. It's a great service and I think it works very well, so check it out!