And believe you me, saying that I like a site run with PostNuke is really a stretch for el-marko. If there is one thing I despise on the web it is piping an entire site through a single script. The URLs I'm linking over there for the articles are over 150 characters long and are all written as arguments after the file name. Worse, it seems like the URLs are always getting tweaked as the script changes so there isn't a single damn permanent link on any PostNuke site. I know it sounds petty but if you care about your readers and hope for word of mouth you should think about making your links friendly and permanent. Pretty please? The PhpWiki people do it real purty like.
I like Comixpedia a lot. Even taking into account the rant in the sidebar there, I like it a lot. And yet this entire post is going to be whiny and bitchy and drone on and on about what I don't like before finally sending you over to check the articles I like out.
That said, now that they are doing series of articles it would be nice if they'd either reinvent some sort of navigation that works or start linking the prior articles in the newest ones. Seriously, they are up to Pt.6 and it took me longer to find the other parts than it did to read the article. I'm sure it all makes sense to the guy who designed the page but it just looks like a rat's nest to me. Only the newest article is under "Departments: Features". You can't find them under "Special Projects", "Find a Story", or "Web Comics". No, instead you go back to "Departments: Features" and hunt for the smallest non-ad text on the page which reads "See all". *sigh* Seriously, if I were better at hacking I might break into their site just to fix some stuff.
You've heard of T Campbell if you've read Faans or Cool Cat Studio. Gooood writer. Completely off topic but he works on GraphicSmash which is part of Modern Tales which is run by Joey Manley who is buddies with a friend of mine and just moved back to Louisville. Small, convoluted world.
The articles that captured my eye and dragged it into the "damn, dirty-ape" filled square of blog level attention are the ongoing "History of Webcomics" bits being done by T Campbell. The articles, listed here for your convenience are well worth the trip and even the possible hunting you will have to do when the URLs change. No promises on future ones, you are one your own.
- Part 1 Concerning Usenet and Mosaic's rise.
- Part 2 Dr. Fun and other Precambrian pioneers.
- Sidebar #1 Why Suck didn't.
- Part 3 The Stone Age including Argon Zark and Helen.
- Part 4 The 5 Horsemen.
- Part 5 Of Large Pandas and Keen Splotches.
- Part 6 The Business of Free.
Oh, and after all the bitching I discovered you could hack half the monster URL off and it would still work... Ah well. Go read and enjoy. I can only hope that he can pull in a side bar about my favorite early comic resource, Bill Bickel's Comics I Don't Understand. Long before I read web comics I read this site for comic goodness.