I’ve been reading comics books since I was a kid. My neighbor had a whole batch of comics from the 1950s – 1970s era comics in her attic that we used to read over and over again. They were already falling apart, so having two kids mess with them didn’t matter much.
From there I moved onto grabbing comics with my friends at the local comic store (Excalibur 21!) and on and on it went. Attending SPX, meeting up with the DC Conspiracy and Marc, to getting two graphic novels published in college and a ton of short stories since then.
The visual language of comics is something I hold near and dear. The way a page can be structured or unstructured depending on how you play with pacing, zip-a-tone sheets, the space between gutters, all the artistic goodness that’s meant to help tell a story is always floating around my brain. It kinda makes sense that I became a web designer: a website is just a series of boxes laid out to tell a specific story.
To bring that to the site, I employed thicker borders (2px instead of 1px), thought of promo areas and in-content images as panels, and added halftone shadow using :after on some key elements to give extra emphasis.
The panels in the project listing on the homepage have flexbox-based variable width (full width, 2/3, or 1/3) which is controlled by an Advanced Custom Field I have set up in a repeater list. It’ll make updating the list really easy going forward.
Next up: Adding some actual illustrations.