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New Website. New Villains!

19 Nov 15
Jerrod Smith
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I know it’s been a while since the last update, but I’ve been really focused on getting the new site design up. If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve switched to more of a blog design. All news and updates from now on will be posted as new blogs.

Also, the newest page of the comic is no longer on the home page. We’re getting away from the webcomic style a little, and going more for an online comic book. Instead of grouping the pages by storylines, they’re now separated into issues. You can jump straight to any issue from the BlackGuard drop-down menu.

One more thing. The website is now finally (mostly) mobile-friendly. For those of you who’ve had trouble reading BlackGuard on a mobile device in the past, it should be a lot easier now.

Now that we got that out the way, on to the interesting stuff. With the start of a new BlackGuard chapter comes new threats in the form of new villains. What makes these guys different from other past BlackGuard adversaries though is they have history with the team.

Here, we have some concept art for the new characters, starting with Sashi, a long time rival of Afia Melanin.

Sashi 1

Sashi 2Sashi 3

Next is Shelly the Seamstress, an old flame of Jonnie Staples.

Seamstress 1

Seamstress 2

And last, Demetrius, a man with a serious grudge against Odan.

Demetrius 1

Demetrius 2

Next blog, we’ll be showing off some updated looks for the members of the BlackGuard.  Until then, peace.

New Post Schedule, ComiXology, New Web Design

26 Mar 14
Jerrod Smith
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A Change to Our Weekly Schedule

So let me start by saying first of all, we’re not posting a new page today. If you’ve been following us for the past month or so, you’ve probably noticed we haven’t been sticking as strictly to our schedule lately. This year we’ve been moving in a different direction. We’re beginning to see BlackGuard more as a comic book (that’s available online) and less as a webcomic. Because of that, we’ve been putting more energy into areas other than having a new page every Wednesday and Friday.

That doesn’t mean we’re going to start ignoring the site though. We’re still going to try to post two pages a week, but from now on, they won’t have set days and will most likely be posted between Monday and Thursday. We’ll make announcements the day before each post so you’ll know when to look for a new page.

New Web Design

Going along with the new direction we’re heading in, the website’s about to get an updated design also. I plan to have it done within the next week, so if you stop by sometime in the next few days and the site is down, it’s only because I’m updating things

And yes, I did just redesign our site just last year and also the year before that, but I’m still searching for that right blend of usability (ease of reading pages and navigating site), professionalism (looking like a site you would trust to buy products from) and personality (not looking like every other webcomic site out there). I’ve pretty much wrapped up the main page, which is the most essential part for a site of our nature. Now it’s just a matter of updating the sub-pages to match the new design, something I never got around to doing the last time I changed our homepage’s look.

ComiXology Progress

In the last blog I posted, I said that we were still waiting to hear back from ComiXology. Well we finally got an e-mail back from them yesterday. They haven’t completely accepted issue #1 yet. There are still some problems that need to be fixed before they can accept it. The main problem being pixelation and artifacts, which apparently is the most common reason they reject user-submitted comics.

As far as I can tell, our problem is coming from our TIFF files being compressed when they are converted into a PDF file. I think I figured out how to prevent this from happening again, and, as far as I know, that’s the only major problem keeping us back right now. We’ll be re-submitting again in the next few days. Hopefully it won’t take a month to hear back from them next time.

That’s all the updates I have for you today. Peace.

Jerrod