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Wordpress Child Themes, Made Simple

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A guide for how to turn your WP site layout from “bland default” to “branded va-va-voom.”

(This is technically part of the “how do I webcomic?” series, but it’s not a webcomic-specific walkthrough! The same process works for any kind of Wordpress site.)

Note: I won’t go into detail about writing and editing CSS code, but it’s a skill you’ll need in the Making A Child Theme process. If you’re already familiar with it, awesome. If not, check out last week’s intro post about basic CSS troubleshooting and editing.

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“Help, I don’t like how my webcomic site looks, how do I change it?”

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One cool thing about having an independent site for your webcomic (as opposed to using a platform like Webtoon or Tapas) is, you can do whatever you want with the layout!

One less-cool thing about having an independent site for your webcomic is…nobody else is responsible for handling the layout.

(Unless you personally shell out the cash to hire a web developer — and, well, not a lot of us have that kind of money to spare. Especially when we’re already paying for the independent hosting.)

But, honestly? It’s free and surprisingly-easy to handle it yourself.

You can start with a generic default theme, like this:

Leif & Thorn website with default theme

…and, with a bit of tinkering, turn it into this:

Leif & Thorn website with custom theme

As someone who’s been DIYing it since the days when everything had to be hand-coded, I figured I’d put together a walkthrough of The Basics.

(This is part of the “how do I webcomic?” series, with useful information on all kinds of comicking-related topics.)

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Volume 4 cover mockup

Thanks to all the backers who supported Leif & Thorn Volume 4

Thanks to all the backers who supported Leif & Thorn Volume 4 published on 1 Comment on Thanks to all the backers who supported Leif & Thorn Volume 4

The ebook version is out, the print books are in production, and it’s high time I thanked everyone who helped make Volume 4 a reality.

Extra-special tips of the hat to:

  • Hela and gladdecease, who caught a couple of mixed-up strips in the ebook version, just in time for me to correct them in the version that went to the printer
  • The staff of Kickstarter, who were not consulted or even informed about the changes the board (?) is trying to make, all they’ve ever tried to do is make a good platform that works for their users

At this point, I don’t know where I’ll run the campaign to print Volume 5. But through the course of Volumes 1-4, Kickstarter provided functional code and valuable features for the creators who used it, and I appreciate everyone whose time and effort made that possible.

Volume 4 cover mockup

The ✨ spotlights top backers and script-proofreaders; the 📚 highlights readers who got the whole backlist.

All Kinds Of Everything

Clara Danao ✨
Svirdilu ✨
Alienea ✨
Steph ✨

Rise Like A Phoenix

Hela ✨
gladdecease ✨
Beth Culp
KendallPB
Lex “Chimervera”
Albert Cua
Fir McGrevy-Gilmore
helen-louise
Mikko Rasa
Triss
Simone Pietro Spinozzi

Heroes Of Our Time

Alexis Royce 📚
Courtney Righter 📚
Knut Åge Hofseth 📚
John H. Bookwalter Jr. 📚
Eric T. Sorlien 📚

JBK
Olivia Montoya
paralianBlue
Naomi Butcher
Victoria Conner
Liz the Lucky
Ada Kerman
Kaldra
Izzy “Strontium” Hall
Eva S
Katherine R
Nikki W.
TheGoodDrawer
RCF
Kaitlyn
Kris P
Sailor-Cresselia
Richard W. Gombert
Dinglehopper
N. Jay
Julie L Spradley
Caleb Schirmer
Kai Alexei “Gabby” Marrero
ETPM
Dorothea
Tim Sauke
BashMeNot
Meghan
Andrew Webster
Judith Owens
Lori Forrester
Cathy Green
Susan Wilson
Jamie
Lenora Rose
Sydney Savoy

In Love With A Fairytale

Thorsten Busse-Lauer 📚
LettuceKitteh 📚
Jeff Eppenbach 📚
Kari Dayton 📚
M Sorcier 📚
Benjamin Bl. 📚
Lorin Arendt 📚
Lillian Francis 📚
Jim 📚
Derrick Williams 📚
David Davis 📚
Sue Houghton 📚
Érik Drolet 📚
Kiarra A. Yarbrough 📚
Craig Hackl 📚
Aire Reeze 📚

Jaime Dear
Lielac
Zaza D
Brett Bennett
Peter Taylor
Joce K
Michaela Barrett
AnnaDaEllie
Silver Stevenson
Kelsey
Cristov Russell
maileguy
Owens
Erin Subramanian
James Post
Jens Bejer Pedersen
jonesnori
Robin Hill
Chickadee
Anaxphone

Kickstarter, blockchain, NFTs, trust, and what the fork is up with Bitcoin

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So the Kickstarter site has made An Announcement, and the reaction from the creative community has been, uh…bad.

Just look at that ratio. Whoo boy.

Listen, I fully expect their plans to get some revision. But it brings home a broader point that Blockchain Stuff In General is getting more interest outside the crypto-insider community.

Which means Comics Fans In General should try to have some informed opinions about them, you know?

As a casual rubbernecker of crypto-community scandals, I’ve been picking up that information for a while now. Mostly in random chunks, based on what’s relevant to the latest scam.

For those of you who are not thirsty benches that live for drama, I’m going to try to organize the useful parts into a single post, which you can read and digest in one sitting.

(There will be lots of links. Reading all of those might take longer.)

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Webcomics you can offer/request in the Yuletide 2021 exchange

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Yuletide, the annual small-fandoms fanfiction exchange, is open for sign-ups again!

I collected all the webcomic fandoms in the tag set (plus all the characters you can request for each one), and added links to where you can read them online. Fandom tags are in the order/format AO3 puts them, which is why they’re not totally consistent, but all the actual titles seem to be right.

If you feel like getting involved, Yuletide sign-up instructions are here.

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Voting time for the exclusive Volume 4 mini-print

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The Leif & Thorn Volume 4 campaign is cruising along, so it’s poll time again: Which art should I use for the exclusive mini-print that goes in every book?

Don’t worry about the exact sizes — they’re all high-res enough for these prints, and I’ll adjust them to look good at the right dimensions. Just focus on picking your favorite(s).

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Shelf of Leif & Thorn books

The big launch of Volume 4: Blazing Stars (or, The (Fire) Saga Continues)

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So, uh, wow. The extra prep and early promotion I’ve been doing for Leif & Thorn Volume 4 has paid off — 24 hours from launch and we’re 57% funded.

Also, got that Project We Love badge from Kickstarter right out of the gate. Nnnnice.

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Closed polls of 2020 (comics, COVID, Kolpovision, and more)

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Been a while since I’ve done a roundup of polls, huh? I try to keep the “end of the comments section” poll reasonably fresh, but people are still curious about the results of the older ones.

So here’s a bunch I just closed.

This post doesn’t include the “potential heartsword-quiz questions” polls — I’ll gather them up separately at some point.

For the most part, I’ll leave a poll up until it gets at least 100 votes, then replace it not too long after. Usually they last 2-4 weeks. Here’s one that soared to over 200 votes after being up for just 10 days:

Can we get an equal number of votes for every option in the results of this poll?
  • I don't know 25%, 53 votes
    53 votes 25%
    53 votes - 25% of all votes
  • Yes 25%, 53 votes
    53 votes 25%
    53 votes - 25% of all votes
  • Maybe 25%, 53 votes
    53 votes 25%
    53 votes - 25% of all votes
  • No 25%, 52 votes
    52 votes 25%
    52 votes - 25% of all votes
Total Votes: 211
9 June, 2020 - 11 September, 2021
Voting is closed
© Kama
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