Tuesday, March 13

Comicmag.net No More

I decided to let go of comicmag.net and that's why this blog looks like crap now. I've got all the files on back-up at home so I'll work it out somehow.

Wednesday, February 14

Light Table Delivery

I've just gotten the delivery of the light table that I ordered. I previously had my eyes set on a huge light table but settled on a smaller one. It would be great to have a large drawing area but I just won't fit that kind of gear in our apartment.

Thursday, February 8

Further Down the Index

OK, I've started the construction of my comic book index and after indexing 10 comic books and already working with a set of 16 binary genes I've come to the conclusion that my method is somewhat flawed. You need to limit the selection of genes and not just pick new ones by comparing comic books two and two.

I'm thinking of dividing the gene-pool into three tiers. The first tier should be enough to identify similar comic books. This tier will focus on idea, form and idiom. The second tier should be used to separate similar comic books. This tier will focus on structure and the craft of making comics. The last and (perhaps) the least important tier will focus on the surface of a comic book and this should be used in some other way that I haven't figured out yet. Anyone that is McCloud-savy would recognize that I'm using Scott's six steps of comic book creation.

If we divide the gene-pool like this you could look at each comic book from three different perspectives: that of the comic book creator, that of the comic book fan and finally that of the uninitiated.

Saturday, February 3

Indexing by Likeness & Difference

Naturally, just a couple of minutes after posting an early draft of an indexing sheet, I come up with an even better approach. Instead of trying to create a complete genome for comics let's instead create a comic book index by comparing books individually and let the genome grow when an extra "gene" is needed.

Starting with any two random comic books we'll write down one thing that is similar and one distinct difference in these two books. We then pick another comic book and make sure that we find at least one likeness and some distinction towards the other two books respectively.

We keep doing this with an ever growing genome. Every so often we will have to go back to previously indexed books to consider newly found genes. As long as every comic book is uniquely indexed we don't have to add new genes, only when two books have the exact same index we'll look for new distinctions.

This approach has one major advantage in that we only consider properties that are actually used so the genome will grow organically. I'll try this out for a couple of hundred books and see where we land.