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  A* Episode 6, Daily 130Dec 07, 2009 5:19 PM PST | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* comic:That's someone speaking off-camera there, not Vero, which is why the subtitle is italicized. This is always much clearer in the animated version where the difference in voice (even with just me doing them) is the real tip-off to who's saying what. I try to keep the speaker on-screen with their mouth open most of the time to keep it clear, but you can't really do an "ominous shadow approaching" bit that way!
 
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I made a bookmark-sized banner out of this weekend's "The Princess and the Giant" comic that came out pretty well I think. Maybe I could actually sell these as printed-out bookmarks some day, that would be keen. Anyway here 'tis:
 
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Ohh also after getting some feedback and doing some more looking into webcomic ad layout schemes, I came up with a more streamlined ad layout for A*, which replaces my initially proposed bulky vertical side banners with a nice little row of button ads below the comic:
 
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Better yes? Anyway the theory is that if you have multiple large ad spaces on the page, they're competing with each other for advertiser bids, whereas what you really want is one prime space that advertisers will fight each other to get, giving you a higher bid price on that one, and leaving less ad clutter on your page. Thanks to Johnny Lin of Orbit, Beertycoon of Maskerman, and Peter Vine of Hard-Graft for their helpful feedback on the layout issue.
 
 
 
 
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