Together with K/O, comics maverick Paul Pope created When Worlds Collide, a nice tie-in for the upcoming Star Trek movie for Wired Magazine, featuring Spock reflecting on his life as a half-human, half-vulcan.Â It’s a very nice little comic that recaptures what I’ve always liked about Trek : not the countless alien races or the battles, but the philosophical reflections on the implications of all these different elements.
But what’s with content owners and Flash these days ?Â Who was the genius that gave the job for creating this profanity of an interface to “Holl Liou and Viciousesque ” ?Â I don’t want a custom interface that allows me to “zoom in” or “pan” or “browse” through the different images – I want a comic that’s created for a garden-variety monitor, and that can be read on one.Â Â Just take a look at what DC is doing with Zuda, or Dark Horse on MySpace : either adapt your pages to screen dimensions, or use the browser’s default scrolling mechanisms to present your pages.Â Or, preferably, do something intelligent with the infinite canvas, but I understand that may be a little daunting…
And please, dear publishers, trust me on this : Flash does not protect against copying.Â It only takes one single visitor with a lot of dedication to create screenshots of the different parts of the pages, stitch them together in a graphics program, zip them in a .cbr and release the result as a perfectly readable digital comic on dc++ or another network.Â Deal with it.Â Either charge for your content or release it for free, but don’t insult our intelligence with these half-assed flash-based solutions.
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