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RSS Feeds for I Box Publishing

What are RSS Feeds?

RSS feeds are stripped-down, machine-readable up-to-the-minute update notifications for online content. You can use RSS feeds in many different ways. For example, you can install an RSS Aggregator application on your personal computer to receive immediate notification of new content. If you're using Firefox, you can add our RSS feeds to your Live Bookmarks folder. If you maintain a website or a LiveJournal, you can stick our RSS feeds onto your own pages using any number of free RSS interpreters meant for inclusion in websites (LiveJournal's is built into your account already). If you read blogs through an online aggregator like Bloglines, you can add your favorite webcomics to your daily trawl using our RSS feeds, as well.

Our feeds come in several flavors -- the cartoonists themselves choose which kinds of feeds to make available to you. Here's a quick rundown:

Full Content: with a full content feed, you can actually read your favorite WCN webcomics within your aggregator of choice -- the actual comic will just appear in the aggregator's reading pane (assuming that aggregator supports full content feeds -- if it doesn't, the feed will simply show you updates and headlines). BlogLines and LiveJournal support full content feeds, as do many desktop aggregators.

Headline Only: headline-only feeds only contain a headline and a link. They are useful for letting you know the instant a comic on WCN updates, but you will still have to click over to the creator's WCN site to read the comic.

Mixed: since our creators get to decide whether they're going to offer a full-content feed or a headline-only feed, our All of WCN feed is mixed, meaning that when certain comics update, you will see a full content feed, and when others update, you will see only a headline and a link -- it's up to the creators.

Additionally, our creators have the option of attaching their latest page or strip as an enclosure to their RSS feed. This is useful if you are using iPodder, PSP Media Manager, or some other enclosure-aware RSS aggregator -- especially if you plan to download your comics for reading on a portable device like a cellphone, an iPod or a Sony Playstation Portable.

Each of the above feeds contains update notifications of comics from I Box Publishing. The list becomes less inclusive as you go down the page -- so, for example, the All of WCN feed at the top of the page contains everything contained within all feeds listed below it (plus a lot more). There is little need to subscribe to any other feed, if you are subscribed to the All of WCN feed. Likewise, the I Box Publishing feed will update whenever any comic series or one-shot within the I Box Publishing part of WCN updates. Alternately, you can subscribe to individual webcomics series from within I Box Publishing -- this is the least inclusive kind of feed. If a new series or one-shot debuts within I Box Publishing, you will not be made aware of it. You will only see update notifications of the one, existing series you have subscribed to.

The RSS feed URL's are presented as links, as you may have noticed. Unless you have installed a browser helper application that automatically adds RSS feeds to your aggregator, you should not click these links. Instead, you should copy the URL of your selected feed into your clipboard, then paste it into the part of your aggregator where you add feed subscriptions.

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The I Box Web Comics Philosophy!

I Box webcomics are written for the Web! While the model of paper-media comics is glorious and grand, to work properly, you need to be able to flip through them at will. Frustratingly, webcomics are not given to this ease of use, often being published in a manner which requires the reader wait around for several days while the next few seconds-worth of story are prepared.

StarDrop and The Walking Mage instead employ a style which allows me to create self-contained story acts for each update. Typically, this means drawing more panels per update than can fit on a standard paper comics page. --Though done in the tried & true square-panel format which allow re-adjustment for later print publication. After two years of regular updates, the method is proving to work rather well. I hope you will enjoy I Box's webcomics!

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NEW! StarDrop is a sci/fi strip about a space princess hiding out in a small university town on a darling little blue planet the natives here call "Earth". Road trips, finding friends and choosing the right skirt are the challenges of the day, while avoiding the troubles of "back home" where unstable politics threaten to bring the ships of a vast Galactic Civil War to Earth's doorstep. 12-16 panel North-South format

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(Series Completed!) The Walking Mage "Outcast Wizard, Quinton and his Imp Familiar must walk the land. High Adventure, Low Comedy and some Minor Property damage resulting." 41 episodes in an 8-panel North-South format. I wanted to try my hand at political satire, and this was the result. See what you think. . . (Now Available in book form, in full Color!)

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Old Strips (1998 - 1999) These strips, (with the exception of two), all appear in the Thieves & Kings graphic novels, (read a sample chapter!) and feature popular characters from the series. They are all done in the 4-frame left-right gag format, and some of them still make me chuckle. . .



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