Comments Are On, But…

When I started this blog a year and a half ago, I had been moderating a message board for over ten years and, sick of dealing with spam and crazies, didn’t enable the comments feature. I’m going to try turning it on for a bit. If cleaning out spam becomes a time eater I’ll have to switch it off again. But until then I encourage your thoughts.

The only problem is, I haven’t figured out how to get the “comments” link to show it’s face. So to make a comment you’ll have to click the headline and it will take you through to this particular post along with the “comments” field. I hope.

Above is a marker sketch, from a photo, of a manatee.

  1. Rick April 21st, 2009 10:39 am


  2. Isaac April 21st, 2009 11:29 am

    Are you sure that’s not a drawing of a troll? Manatees probably don’t post comments nearly as often…

  3. Pádraig Ó Méalóid April 21st, 2009 12:10 pm

    Ooh! Comments!

    Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, etc!!

    No. Only joking. Honest.

  4. Dr. Emil Voorhees April 21st, 2009 12:17 pm

    Dear Mr. Vitich –

    I am please to inform you that you have wone the International Lottery in amount of fifteen million dollars u.s. Please to send cash advance to me personal, so that I may forward unto you your winning.

    Your truly –

    Dr. Amil Voorhees

  5. jeremy April 21st, 2009 12:45 pm

    that is a sweet manatee moustache.

  6. Donnie VandenBos April 21st, 2009 8:56 pm

    Thanks for turning the comments on, Rick. I just wanted to say that it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to enjoy your artwork on this blog over the past year. I’ve been an enormous fan of yours since my first issue of Swamp Thing (#62), and Swamp Thing #79 is still one of the most brilliant single issues ever written.

    And a damn fine manatee, as well!

  7. Dave April 21st, 2009 8:57 pm

    Rick, it looks like you are running WordPress. Is there some reason why you can’t just install or turn on Akismet? That catches a whole lot of the spam.

  8. cat April 21st, 2009 9:41 pm

    glad to see you finally turned on the comments! download wp-spamfree if you haven’t already. it’s a great plugin and has kept my website spam free. it catches anything akismet doesn’t.

    i’ve been delving into your oeuvre and can’t believe it took me so long to read all your stuff (besides RARE BIT FIENDS, that is). I’m truly enjoying it. When can you swing up to White River Junction and visit again?

    cat aka steve’s computer guru

  9. Rick April 22nd, 2009 8:11 am

    Hi all,
    Thanks for commenting. I’m a little weak on the technical side of running this blog. Steve Conley is the man behind the curtain and he’ll get in there and add the anti-spam stuff and fix the ‘comments” link soon.

    Steve did the gorgeous design work too. I smile every time I see those “infinite Mickey’s” he built on each side.

    Question for all of you (and anyone else reading): got any suggestions for ways to improve the blog? (other than send $1.5 million to James Owen?)

  10. Ryan H. April 22nd, 2009 9:22 am

    Hi Rick,

    Been hoping you would bring back this ‘funk-shin’ as such (damn Grimes influence…) as I’ve been wanting to ‘comment’ on various pieces posted here on your site of late. As it happens, I would like a ‘comment’ button on my Grimes fan site, though cannot attach for some reason – and yeah, the spam thing is also a bitch to deal with.

    Hope it all works out for you, the ‘comments’ tab resurfacing an’ all, and look forward to further posts (as always)!

    – Ryan

  11. cat April 22nd, 2009 11:00 am

    no real suggestions, rick, aside from maybe looking into using the comicpress theme to give you a space to load up full pages of comics and archive them… like what we’re doing on bissette’s site, perhaps? i had a feeling steve conley was helping you with this stuff. give him my regards. 🙂

  12. Salmon April 22nd, 2009 11:03 am

    When I was a boy growing up in Florida, they let the schools vote on the official state animal. I lobbied pretty hard for the manatee, but the panther won, because little boys love claws and teeth. Had this image represented the sea cow, however, I’m sure it would have won! Who can resist that face!?