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Day 627 of 365 More.

Do you know what I do for a living? I design websites for the government. I’ve actually been in the web design business in one way or another pretty much since there’s been a "web." I guess that makes me what you’d call an expert.

As such, you’d think that the simple process of making a dropdown menu, a textbook CSS lesson, would be really simple for me. I mean, literally do this sort of thing every day.

You’d be wrong.

It just took me about 5 or 6 hours to get the dropdown menus implemented on the new Cosmic Hellcats website.

Actually making the menu wasn’t that bad at all. I got that done really quickly. Most of the time was getting it to line up where I wanted. I wish I really cold just user power tools on the web.

Anyway, the Cosmic Hellcats website is up and running. There’s not a lot there right now, but the general announcements blog is up (actually it as been for days) as well as a "Bookstore" link that will take you to where you can buy the comics. And then there’s the bios section, which is actually included in the comic, but we figured it’d be good to have on the site.


Well, Max and I have been talking and we’re going to TRY to do a webcomic. This is something we’ve thought about before but never really had the idea for it. Cosmic Hellcats however, intrigues us both enough that we’re seriously thinking of going for it.

So what do other poeple think?

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13 comments for “4-29-08

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    April 30, 2008 at 6:36 am

    To me the biggest advantage with such online artistic endavours is that I would be able to read/ see stuff which otherwise would be very hard for me to get, not being in the US. Therefore I’m all for such projects. I don’t know if that does it for you 🙂 but for me it’s a big rush.

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    April 30, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Nice construction project shot.

    Seen in some comments. (?)

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    April 30, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Those kind of drop downs don’t play well cross browser sometimes without a bunch of piddly hacks or javascript. This is one of the best I’ve seen.

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

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    April 30, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Seems like you got your hands full with all the projects you got goin’ on. I hope you don’t get burnt out, keep producing the great work you do! It inspires me to get better at photography and be more motivated in my own life….Thank you!

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    April 30, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I don’t know if that’s your only problem. First of all… I didn’t get any dropdown menu’s… and the second problem… look at where it’s putting your side bar info on my browser:

    This is why I really don’t care to design for web anymore. Just to many browser inconsistencies.

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    April 30, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    You should talk to my husband… all he does is backend for the company he works for. The site looks fine on my end here… I like the colours. Webcomics can do really really well. I have a friend (whose comic I am utterly devoted to) going on four or five years now, hits the ComicCon every year like clockwork and doing really well for himself… web comics attract a huge number of people.

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    April 30, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    @olga_sgr: well, both copies of my book are available for shipping overseas… just so you know.

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    April 30, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    @DeHoll: thanks.

    @shockingbird: yeah. I actually designed it in such a way that if it’s on a browser that doesn’t support dropdowns you can still navigate everywhere by hand.

    @Nicky Deez: yeah… too much really. And thank you for all the kind words

    @Stephen Poff: woah… yeah, that ain’t right. What browser and version are you using and on what version of Windows?

    @adayinthelife: oh? what strip?

  9. avatar
    April 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    In Stephen’s browser, it appears that image is wider than the div its in, or at least the browser does. I looked at that particular page in FF3, IE 7 (vista) and Safari (ipod Touch) and it displays consistently on all.

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    May 1, 2008 at 12:21 am

    @shockingbird: yeah… that’s what it does look like, but it shouldn’t be. I dunno. Hopefully he’ll say sooner or later. I’m really not doing anything weird with that part.

  11. avatar
    May 1, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Sorry, just caught this discussion. It’s on IE 6 on Windows XP. That same problem happened consistently on all the computers here in my office.

    Also, the screenshot I posted was just a crop. I had the browser maximized at 1920×1200.

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    May 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm Joe is a doll. We used to game with his roomie, who has since moved out, gotten married and all that jazz, but we still occasionally keep in touch with Joe. And knowing a lot of his history and his friends kind of makes the comic pop out for me. I am an addict, die hard fan of Joe. 🙂

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    May 3, 2008 at 5:41 am

    @Stephen Poff: hmmm…. haven’t been able to locate a computer with IE6 on it yet. *sigh* can’t the world just updgrade?

    @adayinthelife: cool. I’ll check it out. Thanks.

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