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Arthur, King of Time and Space


Bride of recording the creative process

A reader writes:

How do you do the web pages? (With a HTML editor? By hand?)

What is the purpose of those two small background-coloured images
that appear just before the strip and just after the navigation bar?

Is there a reason why so many of your web pages are green?

I don't know PHP (I don't even know what the acronym stands for) yet. I've typed the code for every page on this site myself in the Windows text editor. Every day I must edit or create the pages for the archive, the new cartoon, the previous day's cartoon and the cartoon before that, in order to update all links properly. I've started on earning a webmaster certificate, but till that's done... Still I've always believed in easy-loading web pages (which is why I didn't put comic strips on the web back in the dialup age as did Scott Kurtz and Pete Abrams and others who are now the old men of webcomics), so even when I learn fancier code my look may not change much.

The question the tiny, camouflaged GIFs are there to answer was: If I need to put advertising on the site to defray bandwidth costs before I learn PHP or something like it, how will I place ads on archive pages without editing every single page every time an ad changes? What didn't occur to me till later is that replacing those GIFs with ad banners would fail to create clickable links to the advertisers' websites, which renders the procedure useless for its intended purpose. Oh, well; they're there to stay now.

I use green backgrounds because I read that green's the color easiest on the eyes.

Webcomics I read daily: Irregular Comic, Penny Arcade, Loserz, User Friendly,
Boxjam's Doodle, Real Life, Sinfest, Kevin & Kell, PvP
Webcomics I read monthly: Megatokyo, AppleGeeks, Wapsi Square,
College Roommates from Hell!!!, Sluggy Freelance
See also The Belfry Comics Index and Comixpedia.

Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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