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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    Just a thought: how well does ebook formatting deal with comic pages? This could be a great opportunity to foster some Whitechapel artist/writer teamups.
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    Steve -- I'd be willing to do the lay-outs every time. However, I probably wouldn't have the time required to spell check / edit the stories. Well... that's not quite true... I guess it would depend on how quickly the turn around time would be and how many stories people would want to put in each release.
    (Making the quotation marks, double hyphens, etc. consistent wouldn't be a problem, neither would the lay-out.)

    Alan -- It's pretty easy to do. E-mail me if you want me to go over a few things with you.

    Max -- Really, really poorly. In order to read the text you would probably be limited to 2, if not 1, panel per page. To give you a decent idea about viewing something like that: When I have to review a PDF on my Kindle I have to set it so that it's landscaped (which let's me see the top half of the page) and even then, it's a pretty big eye strain. If you were to take Freakangels and enter each panel as a separate page it wouldn't be too bad...
    Damn... now I have to try that... Not tonight, mind you... but maybe tomorrow...
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    E-book formatting deals really badly with anything apart from flowing text, if we talk about e-books as in ePub/Mobipocket style Kindle books. You can think of it as a website that's forcefully chopped into pages, and people can be reading it on anything from a smartphone to computer screen.

    For releasing comics the warez-format cbz is the best, it's basically images of the pages. That's how we released the Iron Sky comic.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
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    I'm familiar with the cbz/cbr formats. It's a shame that the ebooks formats are so focused on being books. The idea of including interstitial art in a book naturally made me think of the combination of the two forms of ideas (ie. comics).

    @Warped Savant: That's an interesting idea, breaking it down in to panels. It'd be an interesting challenge writing for that sort of format.
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    Things are changing on the ebook front with Kindles, the new format of Amazon is more geared for material that has actual layouts. So far only Kindle Fire supports it, though.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    So here's an idea I was thinking about. We take the Whitechapel Quarterly idea and get four editors to do books that each have a solid format every year. For instance, Out of Place, Out of Time would come out at the beginning of the year (was actually thinking right before Xmas for next year's edition). Then the next book would come out in March or so and be stories on whatever that editor wanted to do. Then June or July. Then October or so. Each of the books would recur every year around the same time. This way, each editor gets stories based on whatever they want to do their book about and they have a whole year to get submissions/prep/layout/covers/etc...

    What do you guys think? Is there interest from three other people for editing? Could we fill four books a year? Any ideas for topics for the other three?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012 edited
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    I think I'd like to try my hand at editing. How does everyone feel about a supershort series about people in travel or transition, from one person, place, or thing, to another? Call it Point A to Point B (or something better, because that title's a bit rubbish).
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    I'm in.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    I'm definitely up for that.

    Taking suggestions for titles?
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    I'm in for writing stuff for the collections. Just tell me when and where.
    Got my copy finally today and love it so far. Have blogged it http://www.luckycreature.com/blog/ and tweeted it @luckycreature
    Hopefully some sales come from it.
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    I'd be in for that.

    A suggestion for the title Anchorbeard - From Here to Thereabout(s) - I'm undecided on the s
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    I like that one. I also thought of, just now, "Getting There." It's a phrase that can mean a bit of whatever you want it to.
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    It's a shame that the ebooks formats are so focused on being books.

    But that's what e-readers are for.
    If you want to read a magazine, comic, etc, then get a tablet. I love having a Kindle because I wanted something to read books on. I have no interest in trying to read comics, newspapers, magazines, or websites on it.

    Steve, et al -- What would we do if someone wanted to try having a serialized story? Would there be any room for that if it didn't fit the theme of the quarterly release?
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    Secondary serialized thought. What if we all collaborate on on longer story with each 1000 words acting as a chapter. The editor would write the first and the last chapter and the rest of us take it where we would. Thoughts?

    I few years ago I was working on a story that me and a collaborators wrote in 200 word bursts. It got a little dirty.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2012
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    @Warped Savant: That's why I currently don't own either an e-reader or a tablet. I was speaking more in the context of this project, where we are targeting specific media (physical books and e-readers), rather than as a consumer of such media. I can see why e-reader developers made the decisions they did, but it would be nice if the formatting was a bit more robust to allow some more out-of-the-box ideas.
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    Anchorbeard:

    I'm in.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2012
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    @Warped Savant: Is the email in your account the one you'd prefer? I am eager to learn the ways of ebook formatting!
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    @Alan -- Yeah, that's the one.
    (PS: I'm about to go to work so if you send it between now and the next 8 hours or so, I won't be able to get to it until I get home tonight.)
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    BTW, if someone wants help with ebook editing, I studied the ePub-format last autumn and did some conversions of Finnish zine/anthology type of stuff.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2012
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    I'm interested in contributing content, but I'm sorry guys, I'm not able to contribute to editing.