Marvel is giving away a bunch of their comics today on Comixology today. The server is being hammered SO THE LINKS PROBABLY WON’T WORK TODAY. If you’re using the Comixology iOS app you can still search for these and add them to your comics list to download once the servers are back up and running.
Here are my favorite Marvel comics from the last few years.
1. Astonishing X-Men #1 - Written by Joss Whedon (who did the Avengers movie and a lot of other geeky stuff like Firefly and Dr. Horrible). Such a well written book and one of the most accesible super hero comics I’ve ever read.
2. Hawkeye #1 - This is one of the best comics going today. This is what Hawkeye does when he’s not in costume. Most super hero stories go for the spectacular, this one finds great stories in the mundane.
3. Ultimate Spider-Man #1 - A retelling of the Spider-Man story from the beginning. A little older (from 1999) but a really good jumping on point that’s light hearted and fun.
4. The Ultimates #1 - One of my all-time favorite super hero stories. The Avenger’s movie pulled a lot of inspiration from this book.
5. Daredevil #1 - A simple, well written ongoing Daredevil story written by Mark Waid, one of my favorite writers.
6. Uncanny X-Force #1 - This is what I think of when i think of modern super hero comics. All the characters have a convoluted back story, a lot of violence and fairly dark themes and kinda hard to just step into. But if you’re into that sort of thing this does it really well.
I find myself often searching dribble for little UI details to see how other people approached those kinds of things. The great thing about this site is that it’s not just the design but screen shots progressing you through the process. You get a much broader idea of how really well built apps are designed and thought through.
And I like it that way. Here is what I tweeted earlier today:
A couple folks asked if I would share the script anyway. I figured why not so I opened my big document of comic ideas and found a mess of a script. The idea was to give Flickr feelings and have it deal with abandonment. There are 3 variations of the script, I never came up with a punchline for any of them which is probably why it never left the big document of ideas.
This is how I work: I jot down dozens of ideas as they come to me every week and then when I have time I go back and see if there is something more to them. Unfortunately this makes for excruciatingly bad and boring scripts but is a pretty good way to collect ideas.
v1 Trying to break up with Flickr:
This site tracks the Rolling Stone’s tours going back to their first in 1964. Some beautiful visualisation and interactions going on here.
Unfortunately, I think the lesson that most people will take from this is that newspapers won’t work on a tablet. I think the real lesson here is that old media won’t work on the internet.
The Daily hired a ton of people (150?!?) and set out to recreate a traditional newspaper on the iPad. You don’t need a building full of writers, editors, designers, nose pickers, and interns to make great content anymore.
Lesson two is that general interest is dead. Why read a boring generalized version of a story when you’re connected to the internet? You have better, more focused content at your fingertips on the web or through other apps. General interest means you don’t understand your audience because you don’t have one.
Even today, when presented with a roadblock while building for the web, I am temped to get by with the help of the latest grid system, framework, polyfill, or plugin. In and of themselves these resources are harmless, but before I can drop them in, those damn words still echo in the back of my mind: “You’ll figure it out.”