I’m working on a forked version of Comic Easel.

Comic Easel is a WordPress plugin that creates a custom-type post for comic pages. It is a creation of Philip M. Hofer. Mr. Hofer also created ComicPress, a WP theme combine with the Comic Easel plugin. There are many online comics that use ComicPress. The advantage of using ComicPress is that there is no backend customization. It is out of the box and ready to go. The disadvantage is that ComicPress is not mobile responsive. It is why I prefer to use the Comic Easel plugin and create child themes to change. To use Comic Easel, users have to insert code into their themes. The code is in the back-end coding of the theme.

The other day I received a notification that the plugin is no longer active. I checked out its WordPress.org page and there was this notification-

This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

The Comic Easel website was not renewed. The last time Mr. Hofer posted on his website was back in 2019.

I have decided to work on this plugin. This will be a good exercise for me to maintain my education. The code for Comic Easel is sound. There is not a lot to change. I know there is a push for all WordPress themes and plugins to support Gutenberg. I am not skilled enough to change the code to support Gutenberg. With a little research, I am sure I can change Comic Easel to support Gutenberg.

The repository where I have my fork is https://github.com/illyaking/comic-easel-v2.

Lil Bunny Icon

The Comix Scene will debut a new comic by Illya King, Lil Bunny Foo Foo. Lil Bunny Foo Foo is a loose adaptation of the children’s poem, Little Bunny Foo Foo.

The Comix Scene is a Social Network/Webcomic hosting website built on WordPress. People can register for a free account and host their webcomics.

The first Lil Bunny Foo Foo comic will be published on August 20.

Other News

Totally Naked Man: Justice is Awesome and The Schlub: Single Again Manga trades are in printing now. The files have been submitted to ComiXology. Physical trades will be available soon on Mythos Imprint.

The Comic Easel V.2 plugin fork has been modified and rebranded as Comix Easel V.2. This change was made to align the plugin to The Comix Scene website.

I eliminated the Buy Now function. There has been many changes in E-Commerce. It is impossible for me at this time to modify the payment structure in this plugin. So I removed it.

I modified the Config page to include a short description, a list of widgets, and short codes. I talked to some comic creators with no knowledge of coding. They were unaware that Comic Easel contains widgets like a custom menu option.

I have no plans of modifying Comix Easel V.2 to work with Gutenberg. The Custom Post Type remains a sufficient method to post comics.

-Illya

I have added a new tile set for the Navigation buttons widget. The icons were created by Yurakr. The icons were for Adobe Creative Cloud members.

Flat Metal Gaming Icons
Cartoony castle buttons for creating video games set 4. By Yurakr
Metal Gaming Icons 3D
Cartoony castle buttons for creating video games set 4. By Yurakr.

In Comix Easel V.2. Users can select their icons in the Config>Navigation menu. The Navigation widget needs to be in place. The default navigation should be disabled when adding the Navigation widget.

Screenshot of Navigation Options

The original Navigation Buttons are still listed, but has the prefix “Original.”

For users who need more icons, here are some additional buttons.

Metal Gaming Buttons
Cartoony castle buttons for creating video games set 4. By Yurakr

The other cosmetic changes I’ve made was changing the menu title from Comics to Comix Easel. I will continue to use Font Awesome Icons instead of the custom image Comic Easel has.

Screenshot of Admin Menu

-Illya

I cut some functions in the Comix Easel V.2 Plugin.

The biggest change is removing the Transcript option. Users were able to add their transcripts to a post. However, they needed to add a short code somewhere so the Transcripts would appear. This seemed redundant. Users can post their transcripts in the blog part of a comic post. So, this choice was removed.

I removed other options like adding HTML to the top and bottom of a comic post. This function did not work in my test themes. I removed the Multifunction option, the Add Flash comics, and Link to options. None of these options worked in with my test themes too.

I did check to see if the plugin generated any errors. I had a few issues that were fixed. I believe that the plugin will not generate any more errors.

Please check out the plugin. As always, give me a shout-out if there are any issues.

-Illya