Shout-Out for Elizabeth “WebMidas” Dean

Blank Label Comics -- all the latest strips, all in one place!You can read the latest Schlock Mercenary (as well as the latest of each of the Blank Label Comics) at the new-and-improved Blank Label Comics home page.

Our initial page layout (credit: Maggie, David Willis, and Me) was pretty good, but Elizabeth Dean (espoused to Greg Dean of Real Life Comics) took one look at it and sprouted a patch of grey hairs. Then she got to work.

Less than six hours later she had a new layout mocked up. Twenty-four hours after that, Greg had made her design live.

I have never seen this woman touch a page design without turning it into gold. She is Queen WebMidas, with a golden touch. In this case the gold comes in desaturated cerulean shades highlighted with shining Blank Label Orange, but it is gold nonetheless. It is gorgeous… kind of like the tri-color Black Hills Gold, only without Indian Burial Grounds or Mount Rushmore.

So… go have a look. Read all of the Blank Label Comics in one handy place.

Now then… here are some answers to common questions:

Q: What will this do to ad revenue?
A: The same thing RSS feeds do. It will dilute ad revenue slightly, while expanding the reach of the comics and increasing page-views overall. Ultimately, it’s OUR problem, not yours. This page is for readers to enjoy. If you feel guilty enjoying it, you can buy some merchandise someday.

Q: Can I have an RSS feed for this new page?
A: Hmmm… No. The page refreshes every ten minutes, and updated content (especially blog entries) may appear at any time during the day. If you want to be up-to-the-minute on all that stuff, the best way is to subscribe to individual Blank Label Comics RSS feeds. This page is a once-a-day trawl spot for people who don’t want to bother with all those feeds.

Q: But Schlock Mercenary doesn’t have a feed.
A: Yet. I’m working on that. It’s a separate project.

Q: Why is Real Life on top?
A: Because for now we all wanted it there. The vertical orientation is perfect. Eventually we may auto-rotate the position of the strips, but that’s a version 2.0 task.

Q: Shouldn’t there be plugs for your merchandise, and store links, and forum links, and all that?
A: You’re absolutely right. There should be. That’s a version 1.1 task, and to hear Greg bubble enthusiastically about it, some of that may be in place before this blog entry gets posted.

Q: Do you have plans to add any other comics to the lineup here?
A: No, but the architecture is flexible enough that it would be easy to do. Six seems like the right number right now.

Q: What happened to the Blank Label Comics blog?
A: You can find it at Yes, this probably broke a lot of trackbacks and pings. Sorry! We’ll look at getting it incorporated into the main page at some future point.

Q: I have a bug to report!
A: Email it to me, or use the “contact” link at the top of the Blank Label Comics home page.

5 thoughts on “Shout-Out for Elizabeth “WebMidas” Dean”

  1. That’s awesome of Liz, it looks a lot better now! It’s clean and clear and she’s upholding decent design for all websites. I’ll be honest, I thought the most recent update would be displayed at the top of the page, not in a preset order.

    So does the advertising correspond with advertising on the various individual websites, or is it just done through BLC seperately?

  2. DNS issues…

    I’ve reset my router, reset my modem, changed DNS servers and still couldn’t get Schlock. Finally, I removed the ‘www’ and I get Schlock! is resolving to is (correctly) resolving to

  3. The Tub of Happiness

    I know this has nothing to do with this post, but I wanted you to know how much I loved my copy of your book. It was fun to go back to the beginning and all the little insights (Especially the One from Sandra) and the pictures by other artists were cool. I think I will have to ask you for a picture of Pronto in the back of “The Teraport War” when I get my copy because I miss him and The Duct Tape.

    Your Scottish brogue act on I-Sci-Fi was a real laugh.

    BTW I think a shirt for a six month old baby might fit my teddy bear, but the sizing down of the graphic might be a little difficult.

    The Ambassador

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