Hitch It / Ditch It: Legend of the Hare
This is part of the latest series of Hitch It / Ditch It critiques. (The Open Call is still open, if you’re interested.)
The rules are simple: I go to your site and point out something you’re doing well, and something that might stand some improvement. The discussion goes on from there are the members join in with their thoughts.
Today, we’re going to be talking about…
Legend of the Hare by Daniel Kelly and Carlos Ruiz
Hitch It: The art is simply gorgeous! Just look:
…and I love to see this kind of stuff…
One minor point: Sometimes your gutters are too weak to separate the action — especially when your panels are very detailed. Here’s a recent example:
You can address this by either making the gutters themselves wider — or by making the lines that define the panel borders heavier.
But overall, this is a gorgeous comic.
Ditch It: The website makes all of the usual mistakes — especially for a vertically oriented comic. It wastes space at the top and along the side of the comic. Wasting space along the top decreases the amount of first-screen information available (and I think that’s especially bad for retaining first-time readers). The space along either side of the comic could be used for all sorts of important features — such as social media. Speaking of which, there’s no social-media outreach at all! There’s no way an excited fan can share their passion (and, thereby promote) this comic from the site. Here’s a good synopsis of my thoughts on social-media outreach. When you do add social-media buttons to your site, use this handy tutorial to get them in the proper position — as close to that comic as possible. People aren’t going to hunt for them! If they’re not net to the comic, they’re not there.
Read through the many posts available here for web design. They all apply.