You can see what it is now It’s right up there on the screen. Do you remember what it used to look like on Nov. 6th 2009? Here you go:
I always liked those goggles. Also, notice how the comic used to update three times a week! I was unemployed, nothing to do but comics. Depending on how things go, I might be able to go up to twice a week.
Back then, I didn’t know anything about web design. CSS was intimidating, and the thought of using WordPress or Comicpress wasn’t even an option. I had no idea how anything worked, except for very basic HTML. I hand coded every page in HTML, linking one page to another, managing my own Archive page – Nothing was automated. It sounds like HELL right now, but it was very comfortable. And, one thing I hate is comfort. It makes you stale. So, I decided to learn, and grow.
In August 1st, 2010. I moved my entire website over to WordPress + ComicPress combo. One of the best decisions that I’ve made. I also decided to change the logo to this:
This Logo didn’t last very long. It looks like an action movie title. Yet, it’s utterly cheesy. Sure, CaptureIT isn’t a font that is widely used, but that 3D bullshit with the … I don’t know why I was into it at time. But, it was short lived. In, just 24 days, on August 25th, 2010, I changed the logo to this, along with the page 64.
I like the simplicity of this. Also, I needed to change how often the website updates. At the time, I just got my current job, and It stopped allowing me updating the comic three times a week. It was dwindling down and I couldn’t keep my promise – so, I changed my promise. I also had a side banner going down, identifying what page you were on. Completely unnecessary, if you think about it. “I just clicked on that link, of course I know where I am – I don’t need you to tell me that with a 300KB, poorly compressed .PNG” But, I did.
Again, it needed to be simplified a bit more. Grace suggested, I use drawings for letters. I didn’t take to the idea but I was completely in love and in capable of making clear decisions. So, I made this:
I had to update the logo for the first anniversary of the comic. It was for page 73. It was good times. I was having some kind of a breakthrough in the artwork. It started going in a new direction. It was hinting, multiplying color painting before, but it really shaped up around the 70′s. This logo stayed up there for the longest time. Almost, for another year. I guess I became comfortable with the idea. I like the knives, the gears, the Sundrive, Orleena… but, there was a major problem. It looked confusing.
I wanted to simplify the logo, keep the shapes and maybe some of the ideas, but make it the text more visible. When someone would mention my comic to me, they would simply mix-up the words and say: “OH, you make that comic called SKIPKNOT.” No…. Either way, I had some time to think about it. After Chapter 2 was completed, I wanted to take a break. So, I ran STOP THE RAIN on the website, updating the website every day. The Logo had to change to reflect what was going on. So, on May 4th, 2011, it looked like this:
It took me a year to grow out of this logo, but eventually, I did. In September 22, 2011 – almost a year later – it became this, along with the page 108
It needed to look more like the page. This logo was simpler, most of the letters looked the same. I loved how SPINE looked with the knife in the middle like that. Yet, It didn’t fix the problem of it looking confusing. Hell, it didn’t even come close to it. Yet, I didn’t change it right away. Because let’s face it – the problem was never the logo, or how it looked. The title itself was misleading, It wasn’t welcoming new readers by being so long and confusing. It was a turn off from the start.
I didn’t want to take the BLINDKNOT down yet. It was a slow and hard process, I think it needed to happen. Not right away. I first changed the name, on PW. Then on the site description, then on the new uploads. Sooner or later, the title of the comic changed from Spine: Blindknot to SPINE. New logo, simple and elegant. I see no problems with it so far. Released last sunday, on February 5th, 2012, this is what it looks like: