Comic 624 - Please refrain

10th Sep 2021, 6:00 PM in Chapter Nine
624 - Please refrain
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
rufiangel 10th Sep 2021, 6:00 PM edit delete
Happy Friday everyone! :D I hope you're all having an excellent start to your week so far!

Didn't take too long for the talk to start meandering down really boring paths, did it? :P Wherever will we get to next week...?

This week, I thought I'd highlight Serpamia Flare's dandy host, ComicFury! (You'll see Nemi pointing out our host at the bottom of every SF page. :) I hadn't really thought about it until I read a ComicFury forum thread this week about the reputation of our webcomic host, and I thought I'd take a minute to tout its virtues.

ComicFury is one of the few standing (if not only) free webcomic hosts on the web today that offer a completely free service with fully customisable website design and hosting with little limitations on filesizes. It's run by a one-man band named Kyo, who single-handedly codes the site and organises its servers. Kyo is pretty darn great.

While many webcomic hosts of the modern day and age have migrated towards the system adopted by Webtoon, Tapas and SmackJeeves to name a few, these hosts are very reader-friendly (providing very streamlined experiences for mobile more often than not) but do not offer creators as much freedom in their website layouts, archiving or extra content. In a way, ComicFury stands out in sticking to its guns during a time webcomics are being heavily geared for readership over creative freedom, for monetary reasons.

I guess I bring this up because while I only mirror on other sites and am firmly at home with CF, it's kind of hard to deny that CF's creator-oriented community doesn't always find readers as easily in comparison. If you aren't already a part of the CF community, I would like to very gently recommend you poke around CF and check out other comics there. And feel free to plug ones you know of in the comments that could use more love! :)


PSA: I bought a tube of Pringles today that was on sale, called "Veggie Creations: Tomato with Mozzarella & Herbs". It tastes awful. Just don't.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for reading SF <333
Robert 10th Sep 2021, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
Eh, potato, tomato, cheese, and herbs? Not bad if you take and make a good dish of it perhaps, but as chips I see that being an odd flavor. Yeah.

Politics are politics. So few people actually caring about those they are 'leading' and all that. Yep.
rufiangel 16th Sep 2021, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
It sounded good on paper, and I do really like tomato and cheese salads for the most part XD; but this ended up tasting awfully strange as a chip. Not sure what went wrong there but now I have a tube of funny-tasting chips I'm not quite sure what to do with. Suggestions are most welcome XD;;
Robert 17th Sep 2021, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Sorry for the late response on this one...

For those chips, maybe make something like taco salad or otherwise use them in something? I would suggest that you use a strong flavor leaning toward either spicy or savory with them, to help mitigate potato and oil undertones.
megados 10th Sep 2021, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, well, that went downhill fast. It always happens when people are more interested in talking, rather than listening.

Re: PSA, I do like Pringles, and that sounds good, but I'll take your warning under advisement. :D
rufiangel 16th Sep 2021, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
I do think the world needs more listeners >3<*

Honestly, I expected it to taste decent but was taken aback by how odd it actually was. I suppose it isn't like... horrible, but I don't want to eat another after trying one, so I figure that's a flavour fail :'D
megados 17th Sep 2021, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
LOL! "It's not horrible" isn't exactly a snack description that compels me to try it! XD
rufiangel 17th Sep 2021, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
That just reminded me of this... :'D

megados 17th Sep 2021, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
HAHAHA! X'D Perfect!
Archangel Daniel 10th Sep 2021, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Archangel Daniel
But of course. Of course it would come down to this. *sigh* I certainly hope the situation improves.

As for the Pringles: that taste looks really good on paper; how they messed it up in practice, I have no idea XD
rufiangel 16th Sep 2021, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
The situation has been pretty dour for quite a while, to be fair :')

As for the Pringles, I too would like to know how they messed it up XD;;; I want my money back lol
sigpig 10th Sep 2021, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
I can't tell by their expressions if they shot their big shot and lost, or are just weary of the endless gabbing.

I'm starting to not like them very much...
rufiangel 16th Sep 2021, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
They are pretty weary of things, for sure! -v-a They haven't quite shot the big one yet... ;P
Allzephyr 11th Sep 2021, 1:47 AM edit delete reply
Unfortunate that the leadership of this world is characterized by the same self-important ignorance and casual cruelty as ours is.
rufiangel 16th Sep 2021, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
I'm sorry if I'm not quite providing brevity to get away from the more asinine qualities of this world XD;; but at least we can look at Gwen's ears and Jack's tail while people are being insufferable? :D
DLKmusic 11th Sep 2021, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
ok, so it looks like we've established that Jack and Gwen both desire peace and are willing to work for it, and that they are the only 2 in the room who DO desire peace.

Yeah, that sounds about right...
rufiangel 16th Sep 2021, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
It's difficult when their war is so ingrained in Archaiea by this point, it's hard for them to assume anything can be done about the war itself ;')
KAM 11th Sep 2021, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
Pulse-pounding beaurocratic discussion! ;-)
rufiangel 17th Sep 2021, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
Doki doki~~~!

melaredblu 11th Sep 2021, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
Gotta play the long game to get results, unfortunately. Dramatic interjections only work in courtroom thrillers.
rufiangel 17th Sep 2021, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
Aww, but I like dramatic interjections... XD

mjkj 11th Sep 2021, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
Ugh, politics...

@R/N: indeed I like CF best I do not like the endless scroll features or layout stuff the others have - I guess I did not visit those others for several years - maybe except for following a link and ending up there - but leaving quite fast afterwards...

Thank you, Kyo ♡
rufiangel 17th Sep 2021, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
Ugh, politics, indeed. :')

The endless scroll features of more modern webcomic platforms are nice for bingeing, but I do prefer having a place a comic can call home, with its own extra info and stuff...

I hope Kyo hears the love and knows it! <3 ;v;*
Slim Kittens 12th Sep 2021, 4:35 AM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
Hi Rufi,
I absolutely agree with you about Comic Fury. Most of the webcomics I read are on this site. I would like to support it but other than tell people about it I'm not sure how.
Gilrandir 14th Sep 2021, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
Kyo has established a Patreon. In exchange for sending him money he promises absolutely nothing. ^_^ But, since you ask, I merely inform you of the fact … (for those Gilbert & Sullivan fans out there) … and leave the rest to your Sense of Duty.
Slim Kittens 14th Sep 2021, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
Slim Kittens
Thanks for the info.
rufiangel 17th Sep 2021, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
@Slim Kittens: Hallo Slim X3 I think you're doing the best thing already by telling people about CF! :) @Gil is correct that Kyo has a Patreon, but as it is for supporting Kyo in keeping servers free for everyone who is a creator on CF, I can understand readers may not feel so much inclination to support it. Telling more people about CF is really great, since we can always use more readers XD
Scia 15th Sep 2021, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
From what I've heard, Spider Forest and Hiveworks are also pretty good, and what I've seen is closer to Comic Fury than sites like Tapas are.

I haven't used either of them to host a comic, myself, though, and I don't know the details of how things are run, so I don't know how they compare.

All I know for sure is a lot of my favorite comics are also on those networks, and I've heard people talk about the community... especially with Spider Forest. ^_^;
rufiangel 17th Sep 2021, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Hi Scia~~! ^-^*)/ <3 Those are definitely webcomic collectives that don't operate like Tapas or Webtoon, and keep to the more traditional way webcomics have been done. :3

What differentiates them from ComicFury is that CF has what I guess I could call a zero bar of entry; anyone can come in and host a comic and be featured on the front page whenever they update. It's completely open and free to new creators with little limitations on the type of content you can publish on it.

Spider Forest is entirely community-based, with submissions to join the collective screened by community members and voted upon for entry. Some level of webpage building know-how is required; mirrors are allowed for comics hosting on Spider Forest, but updates need to happen in Spider Forest first.

Hiveworks is more selective because it is also a publisher. Submissions to join Hiveworks need to hit what we might call a higher bar. Any comics that host on Hiveworks are given more aid and tools with their webpage building and need to be exclusive to Hiveworks, as far as I understand.

Both Spider Forest and Hiveworks advertise their webcomics among their respective collectives to expand readership, with Hiveworks having the largest pull as far as I know. Spider Forest is a little more amenable to newer content creators, only asking that people who apply have regular update schedules and a bit of a proven track record. Hiveworks has a lot of requirements to even apply, and usually looks for people who are already relatively successful on their smaller platform.

Those are the main differences between these; Spider Forest has a great community as far as I've seen, with very helpful people in their forums. :3 I have a handful of comics on both collectives (Tamuran and Sakana, to name a couple) that I'm very fond of myself!
CiciEnixa 18th Sep 2021, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Well, I can see ONE of the reasons these peace talks have been taking forever...

I've never seen Veggie Creations flavor for Pringles yet, but I shall take note. In exchange, unless you've already tried it and do enjoy it, I would also urge you to NOT try the Salt and Vinegar one. I liked salt and vinegar Cracklings so I thought this would be good... it's not. I ate the whole tube but it's not great :,D
rufiangel 24th Sep 2021, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Just ONE reason, eh? XD

I have, actually, tried the Salt and Vinegar Pringles, and have also similarly been persuaded not to eat it again XD;;; it's not as bad as the Veggie Creations thing, but still. I do like Salt and Vinegar chips normally, but the Pringles chips were not it :'D Pringles, why you do dis to us...