A webcomics platform that tries its best to be easy to get going with.
Publishing a webcomic can be frustrating, especially for the technology-averse. Many publishing platforms are built for blogs, leading to awkward translations between the blog and webcomic models that can lead to confusion and compromise.
Minicomi aims to be a friendly platform tailor-made for webcomics with the option to self-host.
The project's core principles are:
- Be simple
- Be accessibile
- Be inclusive
- Support creators
- Have fun
- Open source everything
- NO ADS
Here's a totally arbitrary set of goals I just made up.
Stage 1: Prototype
A prototype will be built that includes the following features:
- Customizable comic appearance
- Custom domains per comic
- Scheduled publishing
- Heroku and Docker deployment support
This isn't a complete list, but it includes what we consider the core features needed for public comics.
Once the core features are implemented, we'll move on to the Alpha phase.
Stage 2: Alpha
During the Alpha phase, authors will be encouraged to test the platform by publishing real comics on both an
invite-only hosted instance and self-hosted instances. We'll collect as much feedback as possible and work out
any major bugs, scaling issues, and other problems before launching an officially supported release.
If this project has any other contributors at that time, we'll work out a set of contributor guidelines and a release
Depending on the scale of the project, this would be the point at which we'd come up with a funding model or some
other way to support development. If that happens, the aim will be to support all contributors, not just the core
Stage 3: Release
Once the kinks are worked out, Minicomi will be ready for general availability! We'll open up registration to the
hosted instance, provide some sort of support to self-hosters, and have a huge Internet party.
We could call this stage "Beta", but everything on the Internet is always in Beta.
See Running with Docker.