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Smashing Magazine Comic Strip: Episode 1

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Cartoons and Comic Strip Art1 and, to be honest, there was a good reason why we took some time to research on this topic. The truth is that we are pretty tired of the same kind of content appearing in the Web over and over and over again. During our winter break in December we came up with some new ideas, concepts, formats and projects that we will try to achieve with Smashing Magazine in 2009.

Discussing new formats for SM, we came up with the idea of creating a weekly cartoon that would cover recent developments in web design and in the Web in general. In December we stumbled across Paddy Donnelly2‘s blog, the home of a talented web designer and illustrator in Belfast, Northern Ireland and we’ve seen that Paddy is actually creating a comic strip on his blog. After a couple of e-mails we were pretty sure: we are going to have a regular comic strip, exclusively on Smashing Magazine and exclusively for Smashing Magazine readers.

In this post we present the first episodes of the new Smashing Magazine cartoon / comic strip. We are very excited about this new section in our magazine and we would love to hear your opinion about it! Please feel free to post your ideas, suggestions, remarks and critique in the comments to this post. Please also suggest story lines – e.g. what are the things that frustrate you most about the Web or web design? And, most importantly, have fun!

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    Genius: funny & a bit of social commentary, loving your work Smashing Man.

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    Lol, awesome

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    Brilliant, never expected one of these!

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    hahah! it’s a good idea! i’m lookin’ foward to more of d comic!

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    GeeKz ,, You smashing magazine are rocks the webs , What a fun!!!
    Really great post , luv it!!!
    Keep it UP

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    Very good. Unfortunately you do have a spelling mistake in there though.

    “You’re phishing days are over…” should be “Your phishing days are over…”

    Sorry but always notice these things ;-)

    Best wishes,


  7. 7

    cool design

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    I’m not sure about the general look. The blurry background doesn’t fit. It has to be 100% cartoon or 100% realistic. Not in between.

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    Johnny Nothing

    January 16, 2009 10:35 am

    The pacing needs to be much faster. Look how much Garfield conveys in three frames.

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    Thanks guys! It’s nice to see something different. Added a bit of a surprise to my daily RSS feeds.

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    horizontal > vertical

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    Really good, but it could be a little more funnier (of course, it’s already funny, but you could give more ;-)).
    Well done!

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    I found this pretty good infact. Not what I had expected. Whilst reading the bubbles, I spoke out loud and made different voices for each character, then the idea came to mind, you should make something like this in video!

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    I’m not sure about the general look. The blurry background doesn’t fit. It has to be 100% cartoon or 100% realistic. Not in between.

    Many comics today use the gaussian effect on the background, I personally think it works very well.

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    Thanks everyone! It was good fun to make. :)

    What kind of storylines would you like to see covered in the comic in the future?

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    Francisco Costa

    January 16, 2009 10:51 am

    COOL! :D

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    @jason @robby Ignore those comments Smashing, keep pushing the envelope of comics on the web.
    Personally with the medium of a web-page I think vertical strips work very well to keep you from looking ahead.

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    Am I the only one who didn’t really liked it?

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    Naldz Graphics

    January 16, 2009 11:00 am

    lol this is cool=)cant wait for the next episode


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