After having created a logo for Furious Comics, I was compelled to help him out with the site. We negotiated and bartered some work, and I proceeded. Phil McClorey, the writer and man behind Furious Comics was more than ready to have a customized site. He had (wisely) used WordPress, with a Comicpress Theme as the backbone, with the Comicpress Manager Plugin. I would recommend all of this as a starting point for anyone interested in doing a webcomic as a base for the website. The defaults for all of this are brilliantly designed, with robust backends that do all the hard work of linking and uploading that anyone can use without basic knowledge of html or web design.
The best part about the Comicpress theme is that it’s very, very easy to customize. Tyler Martin, the genius behind comicpress has built within the code, areas where end users can add specific content if they have the gusto (and knowledge) how. It’s one of the better GPL pieces of code I’ve ever come across.
That being said (I’m not a spokesperson, I swear), I delved into the Furious site with said gusto. I wanted to create something ‘horror-esque’ without relying on the … archetypes that most horror site designers rely on. There is a lot of horror themed stuff out there, and it’s either halloween cutesy, or incredibly drab, or uninteresting. That being the initial consideration, I decided to do away with the usual color-schemes employed by a lot of these sites (Red, Black, Purple, Metal) and decided to go for something that felt a little more earthy. What I wanted to do was ground it in concepts that surround horror, as opposed to horror itself. The rusty brown/orange color scheme was meant to evoke a sensation of age, something dirty and unpleasant, while still being… pleasing to the eye.
I then incorporated iconography that would compliment the color scheme, the logo and the horror theme. Skulls, tattered banners and grungy elements like wings, bombs, and silhouetted gravestones. The backdrop will be available as a desktop at Reasonable Retail. Overall, I’m really happy with the result.
One of the things I’m particularly proud of is the archive pages. Because there’s no continuing story, but a series of short stories, doing one large archive by year wasn’t really in the cards. So what I did was to set it up so that each set of stories is contained within the book that it would be published in, and each of those links takes you to the individual archive for each story.