Pulling this out of last weekend’s newsletter, because it might be useful to someone:
Last week, I was musing about emulators for the Webtoon/Tapas style of vertical scroll webcomics, for those people who didn’t want to be part of those sites’ ecologies and just wanted to work in that form self-hosted or elsewhere.
First off, there is Toocheke, which is a WordPress plug-in for webcomics. The basic plug-in is free, and there’s a premium version (at a fairly eye-stinging $79) that gives you Patreon and e-commerce tie-ins and other things. But the basic plug-in should be all you need, if you want to explore mobile-ready vertical-scroll comics.
Secondly, I got an email from one Matheus Teixeira:
In the last issue of Orbital Operations you kinda of sent a call to action…
Well, it sparked my curiosity as a developer and I tried to make a very simple and raw version of the idea, with the purpose of making it as easy as possible for anyone to run it.
Basically it’s a HTML template generator optimized for displaying vertical images with some navigational stuff appended to it (an auto-generated index and previous/next issue links), it’s all controlled via a simple manifest file and them generated with a single command line.
The result are very simple HTML pages that I think will be a great starting point (they are already “production ready”), but it gives space for the customization part of it the person using it wants to make it look more personal.
It was a fun little project to make! Thanks for the inspiration.
Here is the GitHub URL: https://github.com/matheusteixeira/verticellis
Which I consider a heroic response. Thanks so much for putting this out into the world, Matheus.
(Do not write to me and ask me how to use it, please. I stopped understanding web coding when CSS happened.)