Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Digital | 16 Comments

THRILLBENT is live as of noon EST today–meaning now! And, on a personal note, it couldn’t have been done without the support of my family (Christy, Grace and Rob) and certainly not without Lori Matsumoto riding herd on everyone and everything. And John Rogers pushing me off the cliff. Thanks to all. Hope you enjoy.

16 Comments

  1. Tom Dell'Aringa
    May 1, 2012

    Hm, maybe…. you should post a link? 🙂

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    • lori
      May 1, 2012

      Details, details! 😉

      (Thanks for pointing it out.)

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  2. Nate
    May 1, 2012

    Congratulations!

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  3. Bill Cunningham
    May 1, 2012

    Congratulations, Mark & John!

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  4. Scott Story
    May 1, 2012

    Looks Great! I can tell Insufferable is going to be a favorite of mine. My only surprise was that I have to turn my browser to full-screen to see the whole page at once, but that’s livable (That’s not a criticism, just an observation.)

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  5. Karl Kesel
    May 1, 2012

    Congrats, Mark & Pete (& John and Everyone Else). Very exciting, and off to a wonderful start. Have to say, I was wondering what the twist ending to the first installment would be, but didn’t see it coming, even though it’s primally, powerfully obvious once it’s revealed. Great job.

    And, personally speaking, I’d call this “Installment 1” or “Episode 1” NOT “Issue 1.” IMHO.

    I will say I expected more web comic bells and whistles— but what were there were very nicely done. Especially liked the faded-out “continued” last panel. But about that last panel: I really think it should not have been shown until you read it. You click and see the last 2 panels at the same time, which seems to go against the whole idea of not letting the reader “skim” ahead. That last panel would have been more surprising and powerful if it appeared all by itself, with no other panels shown. If you ask me.

    And here’s a question: could you have taken that last panel and not just shown it alone, but also LARGER? Pete draws it the same way, so it can fit the page and future print versions, but online it’s shown bigger, maybe filling the entire frame. That would mean re-configuring the lettering for the 2 different versions, but that seems like a small thing to deal with. It could be done— but SHOULD it be done? (Is there a thread about this on the forums? If not, there should be.) I think it’d work, but what do I know? This is new territory!

    Anyway: Congratulations again. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

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  6. D.J. Coffman
    May 1, 2012

    I like it! Beyond the content which is top notch no doubt, I like the cleanness of the site so the focus is clearly on the comics.

    At first in the browser I tried clicking the edges of the image and didn’t know to use my arrow keys to get the pages to change (maybe note that?) But on my iPhone and iPad it swipes really well. Great job. I’m interested in to hear what you’re using for that, just a wordpress HTML 5 gallery plugin?
    Congrats guys!

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  7. chance
    May 1, 2012

    Great start to Insufferable! I’m really intrigued by the story-line and trust your skills as a writer, to pull out all the stops Mark.

    On a side note: I did notice a type-o: “Of course he stops more bullets that you…”, obviously “that” should read “than”. No biggie, just threw me for a second.

    Looking forward to next week.

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  8. Solomon Mars
    May 1, 2012

    hm… yeah, I like what i’m seeing and reading so far.
    what’s the release schedule going to be like?
    weekly, alternating between titles? or different titles for different days of the week?
    whichever, I’m pretty excited.
    I jumped right in like a fool and didn’t read your navigation instructions, so I was clicking all over the edges of the page, until I found the arrows. heh
    (so embarrassing)

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  9. Joshua Yehl
    May 1, 2012

    Great first issue! I echo Karl’s sentiment that I was expecting more digital bells and whistles, but you made a good point on Twitter that it’s better to take things slow instead of going crazy on the first one.

    On the page where Lt. Rainwood is talking to Nocturnus, she says, “Of course he stops more bullets that you.” Should “that” be “than”?

    Very enjoyable start. The length felt just right. Looking forward to the next one. =)

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  10. Bill Cunningham
    May 1, 2012

    I’m slightly amused and confused … what sort of digital “bells and whistles” were you expecting?

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    • Karl Kesel
      May 1, 2012

      Myself: a few more “slow reveals” of panels and/or dialogue, sequential panels with the same background but “moving” figures (or whatnot), that sort of thing. But I certainly understand all that needs to be at the service of the story, not the other way around, so it’s not a complaint, more an observation of my own expectations adjusting to what’s really there. I expected to be thrown in the deep end, and was surprised to find we’re wading in! And that’s probably the far wiser way to go…

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  11. Adam_54
    May 1, 2012

    Congratulations on the launch, I loved that first installment and I’m looking forward to next weeks.

    I too was expecting a few more “bells and whistles” after Nova, but I actually think it worked better being a bit more conservative.

    Nova was very decompressed because of it yet this felt like a healthy chunk of story in a lot less clicks.

    The part in the pit where you did take advantage of the medium worked very well (or at least it did on my PC. On my iPad I missed Galahads line coming in as the top was cut off due to a scrolling issue I’ve reported in the other posts comments).

    All in all I think you’ve made a fantastic start to Thrillbent and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next 🙂

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  12. CDowd
    May 1, 2012

    wow. excellent presentation. Very impressed.

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