…that this will be the last page posted on the old version of the site. Our wonderful web designer should be back in the saddle over the weekend, and those final touches can be applied.
If you read me in this exact same space on Monday, know that I will be typing with tears in my eyes!
Wish us luck!
In a fair world, I would not have to write this post. In a fair world, I would finally be preparing the long-awaited “Welcome to the NEW Hunter Black” blog post. In a fair world…well.
This isn’t a fair world.
The site redesign is all but ready. There’s one thing that needs to be taken off and that’s it, we’re done. Taking things off is usually pretty easy, too. Of course, THAT is not the source of the delay.
I’m sure that many of you have been dealing with some version of the nationwide heat wave in recent weeks.The last few days, it has taken up residence in Los Angeles, and MAN, has it been hot. #Squirrel and I went to see Ant-Man and the Wasp on Friday night, and when we were driving home at 10:30pm, it was still over 100 degrees out. We actually had a power outage earlier that day, and I sat and waited as our apartment got slowly hotter. But we’ve been keeping the blinds closed, so we had a reserve of cold and dark to fall back on…and luckily, the power was back on within a few hours.
Our new web designer hasn’t been so lucky. Her AC unit crapped the bed, and she hasn’t been able to get anyone out to repair it, mostly because it’s the weekend, and probably because HVAC technicians are working overtime right now. Her place is well over 90 degrees INSIDE. Needless to say, she’s not staying at home, so she can’t put the finishing touches on the site, let alone transfer the new framework onto the old URL.
Will and Jacob and I are all trying very hard to be patient, and thankfully, we’ve been able to keep putting out the comic. But man, it’ll be nice to stop working getting to the next thing, and start actually working WITHIN the next thing.
Well, the plan was for the site renovation to be finished right now. Everything has conspired to slow the process down, including Will and me, so we’re neither surprised nor particularly bothered by the renovation NOT being finished, but we are scrambling to get it done.
The thing is, once we started the renovation, we also started getting ambitious. Oh, let’s really go all in on Hunter Black merch! Oh, let’s present the pages at 2.5x the size of the old ones! Oh, let’s redo our links in the fanciest way possible! Oh, let’s do something with out fan art!
No one wants to do this again any time soon, so we’re trying to get every upgrade that we can think of going. And don’t get me wrong, while the site will definitely be new and improved, it’s not suddenly going to become super advanced. Certainly, some of our delays have been expressly about preserving an easy reading experience, and some of the stuff that has yet to be done is that stuff, the “let’s not forget that this is about reading a comic” stuff.
Hopefully, it won’t be more than another week, but we’ll see. Like I said a few weeks ago, we’re getting an AMAZING deal on our web development, so we’re not complaining about how long things take. It’s not going to be much longer.