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Re: Requests

Post by megazone » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:22 am

BootBlock wrote:I'm afraid so. I got a report saying that they both ended; I checked out the site and forum and it appears the comic authors have bailed (last updated on the 24th November, 2010) and no-one knows what's happening with it any more.
They supposedly haven't ended, but have gone on an indefinitely 'when we find the time' update - Hawk posted this in his blog late last year explaining what was happening: http://tumblr.com/xlin2wgwk

Basically he got really busy with work. He wants to finish at least the current arc of Applegeeks, but doesn't know when he'll have the time.

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Re: Requests

Post by trunip190 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:36 am

Hi, could you add SGVY to the list of webcoms.

http://www.sgvy.com/
I've added a few others myself, but i don't know how to add this one.

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Re: Requests

Post by BootBlock » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:05 am

I've just taken a look at SGVY; unfortunately it doesn't look like it can be supported as does not seem to have a 'latest' comic page, but instead has a 'latest issue', which then starts at the first page of that issue. :(

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Re: Requests

Post by megazone » Mon May 02, 2011 8:38 pm

Ouch, Questionable Content gone?

Any info on what is broken there? It was working late last night/early this morning - I got today's comic just fine before I crashed out, then today find it removed as 'unfixable'. I've never had a problem with it, did something change on the site today?

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Re: Requests

Post by BootBlock » Mon May 02, 2011 8:56 pm

The actual comics database change happened around a week ago even though it was pushed today; it seems whatever broke it last week (might've been the Amazon EC2 problem as that seemed to affect quite a few comics) is OK now.

Thanks for letting me know - Questionable Content is now back in.

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Re: Requests

Post by megazone » Sat May 28, 2011 5:26 am

'Absolute Hot Sister' is back, looks like the author is looking for a new host for the longer term: http://www.absolutehotsister.com

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Re: Requests

Post by noober » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:50 pm

Hi!
Now that I got Comica running I found a wrong definition:
"Nichtlustig" only gets a thumbnail view of the comic. The line in the xml is

<Definition Name="Nichtlustig" LatestComicUrl="http://www.nichtlustig.de/main.html" Rating="Everyone" ComicImage="/comics/" />

I checked the page, and found the real comic is in /comics/full/. But just adding that "full/" into the xml did return a "no comic found" error. It looks like there is no <img> tag used for the comic, it's "hidden" with a CSS rule :
.front {background-image:url(/comics/full/110620.jpg);}

but it's also found in the HTML header:
<link rel="image_src" href="http://www.nichtlustig.de/comics/full/110620.jpg" />

Can Comica get this somehow?

thanks!

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Re: Requests

Post by noober » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:34 pm

Just have to add, I like Comica a lot already!
The only danger is, I'll try to read to many new comics and never get anything done at the PC anymore ;)

Request:
New Adventures of Queen Victoria
http://newadventuresofqueenvictoria.com/
is also on GoComics but its own page has a huge image linked.
Is it considered good practice to link to the huge image?

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Re: Requests

Post by BootBlock » Sat Jul 02, 2011 2:22 pm

Can Comica get this somehow?
Unfortunately not. :(

Comica uses a fully validating HTML parser and pulls out the IMG SRC tags and processes them that way. Because of the very problem you've highlighted, there is plans to add an alternative attribute that can optionally be used instead of ComicImage which essentially performs a regular expression match on the entire page the comic image resides on, without Comica touching it in any way.

This'll also provide support for finding any other media on a page, such as Flash video.
Just have to add, I like Comica a lot already!
Good to hear! :D
Is it considered good practice to link to the huge image?
I personally tend to link to the highest quality image available as I'd imagine it would be the preferred version users would want.

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Re: Requests

Post by noober » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:30 pm

Thanks for the explanations!
The idea of a reg-ex looking on the html data directly sounds very promising.
I personally tend to link to the highest quality image available as I'd imagine it would be the preferred version users would want.
Yes, surely users will like bigger comics better. Hopefully gocomics and others will offer bigger strips, too. Some of them are practically unreadable.

The big image of the "Queen Victoria" strip that I mentioned above is not in a <img> tag, so this is out of reach now, but could be possible to get with the future option.

King features / rbma.com also has big sized strips, they can be got with a variable "size=hires"... I'm not sure if there's a page to be found that uses this option. Could it be possible to find a reg-ex and then add a string like "&size=hires" and then send the request? Sounds a bit complicated :-D

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