Comic 102 - Captain Comic

2nd Feb 2011, 2:56 PM
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2nd Feb 2011, 2:56 PM
I don't think this comic has a clue what it is supposed to be anymore. And that's okay with me.

Yes, I make ASCII/ANSI artwork; or I used to. This is probably the first I've made in over a year or two. The CotBH and celtic knotwork are borrowed from earlier works I did, while the Escher knot and my face are new. For those of you who are not technically inclined, allow me to explain. Those shades of gray and black are all symbols that you can(if you know the right button combination) type out on your keyboard into any word processing program. The entire image that you see was made piece by piece and saved in a txt document.

In the past cracker groups would design their logo like this so that when they distributed their pirated warez, the group name could be packed onto the disk without taking up very much space. I think it gives images a very unique look. Sadly, the art of making ASCII images is quickly dying. There was a time when it was kind of a big deal.

Nowadays there are computer programs that can turn pictures into ASCII-ified text. It sort of does the job nicely, and I supposed if you weren't making 'high ASCII' art, it might be a good jumping off point. This is one of the rare moments when you'll see anyone complain about computers hurting digital art.


2nd Feb 2011, 3:29 PM
Still haven't figured out how to be the first to comment and do it logged in. The Post Comment button that leaves a logged in message doesn't appear until after someone comments. (No wonder i was having trouble finding it)

I miss the old ascii printer art from back in the days of hanging out at the college to access the mainframe because we didn't have home computers yet. (Yes, gentle readers, i'm old. I built my first home computer in 1980 - we're talking prior to that here.)

And back in the 60s we used to do typewriter art - much the same concept, but much more limited range of symbols and if you were clever you had a mimeograph sheet beneath to make duplicates later. (Weren't no Xerox machines all over the place then)

Some of it is still pretty amazing to go back an look at, eh?
2nd Feb 2011, 3:40 PM
I think ASCII images are pretty fucking cool, and you did some nice work on this one :D
2nd Feb 2011, 3:42 PM
As soon as the idea popped into my head I knew you'd have something interesting to say on the subject. One day I'm going to write an outsider's tutorial for making ASCII art and scene demos.

As far as the the comment issue, I looked through the layout code and noticed that the post-comment button was placed inside the show-comments loop. I think that was the problem. Let me know if it still happens to you.