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The proleptic webcomic.

Archive for October, 2008

First CC remix

Sunday, 12 October, 2008 | Posted in Remixes by David Morgan-Mar

You may have noticed that mezzacotta is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA. As such, you’re allowed to copy, remix, and adapt anything we post on this site – provided you attribute it, don’t make money off it, and rerelease any adapted work with a similar license. The first adaptation we’re aware of has been posted by David Birch over at Socks and Puppets.

The first 24 hours

Saturday, 11 October, 2008 | Posted in Stats by David Morgan-Mar

In the 24 hours since we launched the site, readers have viewed a total of 6829 different comics from our archive.

The webcomic that is generally regarded as having the most strips (as of yesterday) is Sluggy Freelance, which had 4065 strips in its archive, having updated daily since August 1997.

Take that, Abrams! 😉

Art by Children

Saturday, 11 October, 2008 | Posted in Raw Ideas by David Morgan-Mar

So, I was walking up the street for dinner tonight and I saw a new shop, called “Children’s Art” or something, which I found intriguing enough to have a look as I got closer. I was actually disappointed when I saw that it was artwork for children – paintings and blocky wooden sculptures of trains and clowns and stuff in bright primary colours. The sort of thing you’d use to decorate a child’s room.

Wouldn’t it be good if there was a place that sold art by children? Obviously a lot of art made by children is simplistic and child-like, and not really the sort of thing you’d want to hang on your wall (unless you’re the proud parent). But I’m sure that given enough children and enough artistic output, there would actually be some pretty decent stuff in there. Stuff that some people would be willing to buy and display in their homes. Stuff that would brighten up a house, with relatively inexpensive original works of art.

I can imagine a sort of clearing house for kid’s art. Parents can bring in stuff their kids have made (or kids themselves can bring it in), and the gallery operators would go through it and pick out the stuff that has aesthetic appeal, and put it up for sale. It’d be fairly cheap – you could buy an original piece of art that you like for 10 bucks, the gallery would take a small cut, and the kid would get some extra pocket money. This would have the additional effect of teaching the children the practical values of work and of money, and of nurturing and developing any artistic talent from a young age.

This is not an idea that we here at mezzacotta can do anything with. But I thought it cool enough to share, as a raw idea. Heck, it’s almost not-even-crazy. If you have the knowledge, experience, or simply the determination to do anything with this idea, please do.

Launch party

Friday, 10 October, 2008 | Posted in News by Andrew Shellshear

Well, the launch party for Mezzacotta went ahead today, as scheduled.  Frankly, we were a little disappointed with the turnout.  Did we not advertise it well enough?

Welcome to mezzacotta!

Friday, 10 October, 2008 | Posted in News by David Morgan-Mar

What is mezzacotta, I hear you ask? Good question! Let me tell you a story:

Back in June or so, a bunch of us were sitting around, talking about random stuff as we do and coming up with half-baked ideas for “cool new websites”. We keep a record of these weird ideas we have, and some of them we consider good enough to have a go at implementing. Three of these have spawned actual websites:

I lamented that the problem with our furious generation of ideas and our attempts to implement them was that we kept needing to register new domains for sites that might turn out good, but are in fact more likely to turn out truly half-baked and never do much. What we needed was a single site which could be a central repository of half-baked ideas that we sort of half-implement, to see if they’re any good.

mezzacotta is that site.

I registered the domain without any idea of what we were actually going to put on it. The next day, Mr Shellshear had a truly half-baked idea:

Hey, let’s put up a countdown timer, with a time… about 4 months away… and at the end of the countdown we’ll launch something amazing! And, and, and… We’ll offer the site for sale for a million dollars before the launch! And the price goes up to five million after launch!

The countdown timer went up that night. I changed dollars to euro just because it sounded cooler (no other reason, really). The next day:

Me: So. What’s this amazing thing we’re going to launch on mezzacotta when the countdown runs out?
Shellshear: I dunno. But we’ve got four months to come up with something!
McLeish: What about that webcomic idea we had a while back? We might be able to do something with that in four months…
Me: Sounds good. Let’s do it.

So, the initial idea was half-baked. The countdown timer was half-baked. The €5000000 thing was half-baked. (We never expected anyone to go for it. But if they did, hey, that would have been cool.) The webcomic is half-baked. Everything about this site is half-baked. That’s what mezzacotta is.

Welcome to our central repository for half-baked web implementations of half-baked ideas. Most of the stuff on this site won’t be great. But by just throwing it all out there and daring to be stupid, you’ll get to discover the rare gems that we might generate and not immediately recognise ourselves.

Coming up with ideas is easy – anyone can do that. Actually doing something about them is the hard part. Anyone who’s done it knows how much sweat you have to put in to get an idea beyond the “hey, wouldn’t it be cool if…?” stage. This is our place for doing the hard work. It’s a spur to drive us to do something with some of those crazy half-baked ideas we get. And hopefully we’ll entertain a few of you, rather than just ourselves.

Content feed now on LiveJournal

Friday, 10 October, 2008 | Posted in News by David Morgan-Mar

If you like to subscribe to news feeds via LiveJournal, the content feed is now available over there at Of course there’s still nothing on the feed yet, but there soon will be.

They thought we were mad…

Thursday, 9 October, 2008 | Posted in News by David Morgan-Mar

Heck, we thought we were mad…

But by golly we did it. The coding is essentially complete and we are ready to roll. (By that I mean all the functional features are in place, have been tested, and are ready for launch. There are still some cosmetic upgrades which will probably happen after the site goes live.)

Now we’re just waiting for the countdown like the rest of you.

Forums, by the way

Wednesday, 8 October, 2008 | Posted in News by The Hyperstig

We’ve actually had discussion forums for several weeks already. It would help if somebody linked to them, wouldn’t it? We’re sharing forum space with Irregular Webcomic! and Darths & Droids, rather than create a new, separate forum to administer (and yet another password for you to remember).

Content RSS feed now available

Tuesday, 7 October, 2008 | Posted in News by The Hyperstig

The RSS feed for the site content is now available. Of course there’s nothing there now, but trust me, you’ll want to be subscribed to this feed once we go live. Get in early, so you get all that glorious content as soon as it’s available. This is different to the mezzacotta blog feed, which merely gives you these informative blog posts. Still interesting for the true mezzacotta connoisseurs, of course, but the content will be where it’s at.

Code freeze

Saturday, 4 October, 2008 | Posted in News by David Morgan-Mar

In a major development step, we’ve just declared code freeze on the core portion of our functionality, and have moved into verification and debugging mode. There’s still a bit of development around the edges, but all the basics are now in place!