Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Discomfort

One thing usually lead to another, that's why precedents are so important. I'm not exactly a political blogger, but I'm sure most Malaysian bloggers and their readers have at least heard the NST vs Jeff Ooi and Rocky controversy.

Nothing like this has ever been done before and it seems the NST wants to set another Malaysian World Record for all the wrong reasons. My concern is if this comes to pass and NST somehow wins, then what's to stop more of these censorship bully tactics from spilling to other types of media? More importantly, what will it do to the already stiflingly controlled creative landscape in this country? Will there be blanket bans and news blackouts?

What do I know? I haven't bought a single newspaper for years. I'm just a guy who designs stuff.

See more here at Kickdefella or this article in the Centre for Independent Journalism.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Oooh! Shiny!

Ubuntu Studio
"Coming this April" it says. Let's see how this one develops.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

TypeTypeType

I just thought this should be spread around :

The Free Font Manifesto

Me? I really like the Gentium and Vera Sans fonts!

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Watch what you download

If you've been following this new blog for a while, you'll notice that I've started to add links to clip art and fonts. I would like to say that when you download these files you should be aware that each may have different licenses and how much freedom is given to you as a user.

So always read the accompanying legal document that comes with your download. Especially if you're planning to create a product like books, magazines or even software for commercial purposes. Got it?

Good.


Now let me introduce to the side, the Open Clipart Library and it's twin sister the Open Font Library. Yes! Now you too can furnish that last minute documentation with a little more style that what your lecturer/manager is used to! If you like someone's work, tell them and if you can contribute, please do so.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Writer's Space One

Let's see... you have this idea for a story and you need to get it down fast. There's the pencil and notebook you have at your desk or you can try these:

OpenOffice has been making the rounds so far as one of the contenders to the office suite crown. It has all the familiar components of MSOffice. There is more than enough power in the package for your average home user and good enough for a small office environment. The OO Writer is it's best component and even has good community backing in Malaysia. In fact, PTS has joined in by providing a Malay dictionary component, which is now automatically included within the download. Mind you, OpenOffice is a hefty download (around 93mb) for the bandwidth poor. But there is another alternative:

Abiword is a blazingly fast word processor with strong support and constant updates. The program is only a 5mb download and perfect for any novelist and script writer alike.

Now let's get you a tool for organizing your project time line. Yes, I believe that unless you actually set a deadline for yourself, you wouldn't even get to starting! GanttProject is one alternative application to organize your projects. Try it out and see if you like it.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Using Celebrities

In his regular column in CBR, Erik Larsen weighs in on using celebrities to help promoting comics. Question is though, are local publishers & creators willing to approach them with the right promotional strategy? Perhaps its time Malaysian comics expand their promos into a broader spectrum other than print. The drug of choice today is still the idiot box, possibly now and forever. The sensation of visual and audio fed directly to my brain while my body vegetates on a couch is high on the list of civilized modern pleasures.

Personally, I feel that television will still be king, followed by the internet followed by magazines. Newspapers and radio is pretty much dead anyway and who actually eyeballs the promo at the back of your comic?

What do you think?

A Moment of Clarity goes to print!

A Moment of Clarity
This colorful all-ages comic by John Bintz was made using some elbow grease, GIMP, Inkscape and put together in Scribus. The comic is light-hearted and may not be the thing for the jaded and cynical among us. The love and dedication however shines through the story and characters. It's one the best examples how comics can be made on shoestring budgets. Take a look for yourself, just reading about it here isn't going to make it any clearer.