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Warning: approaching the 21st century, in fits and starts

Brian Hibbs

So, as some of you will recall, we do (at Comix Experience) a monthly newsletter called ONOMATOPOEIA.

For a really really long time I’ve had people asking me when it would be available on teh intarwub, and while what I think most of them are envisioning is something more akin to an interactive order form so they can be paperless, I’m strongly suspecting that that is way way beyond my level of technical/trainable skill and/or budget, relative to the number of people who might actually do something with it.

When Mark Richman installed MOBY at the store, he also installed something called CutePDF, which puts “make a .PDF” as one of my options in any print dialogue box. Wowsers, that makes it dumbly trivial for me to put these up on the web doesn’t it?

Kate McMillan talked me through the (really simple once you understand what you’re looking at) act of uploading these PDFs to the site. Since I’m using Firefox, she pointed me towards FireFTP which puts the whole process in my browser window, and means the entire process, from start-to-finish, including making the .PDF is like 7 minutes.

So, yeah, I can do that.

Right now you can go to http://comixexperience.com/Subforms/ to find a .PDF of COMIX EXPERIENCE ONOMATOPOEIA #140 (for books shipping in November 2007). You can also find a copy of the subform that would normally be inserted into a CEO.

(the latter is almost certainly of no use to 99% of you)

Actually, I have to say that CE #140 is probably not a very representative issue — because of the new POS, and Diamond getting us the photocopy of PREVIEWS really really late, it is only 8 pages instead of the usual 12.

I’m at home, so I don’t have access to the two previous issues (since I started doing them at the store, now that I have a computer there) so, hrm, let me also throw up a copy of CEO #136, the issue for July 2007 shipping books. Since most of that has shipped, you can see how close we got it. 136 also has one of Lester’s final “Fanboy Rampages”, as well as one of Peter Wong’s “Lost in Pictopias”. That’s probably closer to a “representative” issue.

I’ll try to remember to give you notice of when each month’s new issue is up, but otherwise you can check that link monthly to see when it is up (should be within a day or two of PREVIEWS going on sale)

I’m sure we’re all curious as to what you think (if anything, other than “wow, Brian’s layout skillz kinda suck, don’t they?”)


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