Assorted Exciting (?) News (‽)on 2012/04/20 at 05:05
In lieu of an actual update (sorry, it’s delayed – probably this weekend!), here are a couple of tidbits for you:
First of all, you might have noticed some changes around the site. Specifically the Book of Eris pages are now much larger, and everything has been enlarged to better fit around them. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, and the site’s current visitor stats say now it’s the right time since nearly everybody is on a screen 1280px wide or larger (much larger, sometimes). To the handful of visitors on 1024px (3% of you), I apologize for the extra scrolling; and to the even smaller (1.5%) group of visitors on older smartphones, well, I’m afraid your plight has just become slightly worse, sorry about that
Also, all the images have been retouched so they are clearer and brighter. It’s not just an increase in size, but in quality as well, hey!
On the webcomic front, do you know the grad-school-based comic Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD)? As it turns out, it now has a movie of its own. Apparently this makes it the first webcomic ever to be turned into a movie? My hat goes off to PHD’s creator Jorge Cham. It would be so cool if someone were to turn, say, Imaginary Daughter into a movie? They wouldn’t even had to as me for permission even if it was a commercial feature, as per its Creative Commons license. So… you know. *wink wink, nudge nudge*
In game-related news and following a previous post where I rambled on about my love of once-Nintendo-bound, now iOS-ready Touch Detective, I thought you should know that the sequel, Touch Detective 2 ½ has also been released on iOS. Sadly, it isn’t compatible with my aging iDevice, so I can’t tell you whether it’s better or worse than its original incarnation, though I do know it packs a bunch of extras for a fraction of its former price. Also it follows the “try for free” model so really, get the free chapters if you can, and you can then make an informed decision on whether or not to buy the rest.
Finally, I thought I’d make a plug for JManga, an online manga store that has recently started offering its products globally, giving english readers everywhere the chance to read manga unavailable elsewhere while supporting their favourite authors. The people behind JManga seem to be pretty cool as well, quickly answering your doubts and HOLY CRAP I JUST WON A HATSUNE MIKU NENDOROID IN ONE OF THEIR CONTESTS!!
Okay, maybe I just wanted to brag (?) a bit about that. In any case the service is quite good, the flash-based reader (with an iOS version on the way) is very nice, and the prices are fairly decent at around $5 per volume. If you are into manga you might want to look into it.
That’s it for now. Check back in a couple of days for the next BoE pages