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Hobo Lobo of Hamelin is a thing by a dude, who’s all like, “I’M GONNA MAKE A THING.” And then he did. Or is doing. Or, you know, whatever. This dude can be found on the internet. He makes adventurous haute couture bespoke graceful exciting internets for a living. Hire him to make you one.

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Technical Considerations

If you’re on a crappy internet connection, my condolences. Even though 1MB per panel gives me nightmares, there is no way for me to make the thing I want to make if I compress the assets further. I’m sorry! Open the page and walk the dog wash the dishes twiddle your thumbs make dinner check your mail finish and send some of those drafts you’ve had sitting in your mail client for weeks now like Hobo Lobo on facebook follow me on twitter tumbl me on tumblr ‹VERB› me on ‹CREEPY PENOPTICON/VANITY INDULGENCE WEB COMMUNITY DE JOUR› brew some tea contemplate your breathing compose a haiku about the virtues of patience tell your meat friends how much you dig Hobo Lobo fondly gaze upon your loved ones push old ladies down some stairs don’t push old ladies down stairs (what the hell is wrong with you) pull old ladies up some stairs watch this exhibitionist bit of html+js+css as it mimics real-time editing (until it starts to repeat and maybe then some) play some Monkey Island while it loads.

If the music refuses to play, whitelist this site in any Flash blockers you may have running.

If you’re visiting on an iPad or iPhone or Android or mobile whatever, don’t. Mobile browsers in general are a can of worms which I have tried and failed to solve time and again at great expense of effort to no result and I give up. Maybe I’ll make native special edition versions for mobile when I’m done. Ideas for dev environments welcomed. Stencyl looks nice.

I am also aware that I am “doing it wrong”, that its “janky as hell” and “bad for usability” and that hot conventional wisdom says I should be using css transforms and not left and top positioning. I tried to retrofit velocity into the code and it broke so many things that I wasn’t worth my time to go through and rebuild all the special effects from scratch. The main reason these sexy new ways of harnesing the GPU don’t work for Hobo Lobo are the many z-index cutenesses that send further-back things over the nearer ones as things scroll around—walls in faux-perspective do that—and these methods freeze animating containers into single z-level chunks. I really have to throw out how the primary parallax is animated to make it work, and that would just increase the jankiness exponentially. So, again, to hell with that. It looks just fine if you have enough ram and it looks ok if you don’t. If I didn’t have a high tollerance for jankiness, I would have stayed clear of the heirs of SGML & ECMA.

If you are encountering weird bugs, please send them my way. If any other optimizations and tweaks that could make the site work better pop into your mind, please share them.

Can I Make Something Like This?

I consider the front end code to fall under the Creative Commons badge found at the bottom of the page. If you want to make another comic/storybook/thing that works this way, you are free to as long as you give me a shout out. Note that this blanket permit only applies to narrative/creative uses. If you want to use this structure for commercial ventures, you’ll have to talk to me.

Read my tutorial to get a better idea of how stuff works under the hood. You can grab the demo files from it and use them as a starting point. Make sure to comment out helper lines in parallaxer.js before you start production (they are guilty of replacing the content of panels with the panel’s width). Since that tutorial was written many refactorings of code ago, it might be a good idea to grab the freshest parallaxer.js and retrofit it into the demo files. The tutorial also contains a crash course on turning pencil drawings into transparent-background assets.

If you also want the back end that powers the whole dealio (it needs PHP & MySQL), inquire within. I am leaning towards asking for a nominal sum of some sort, just to weed out people who will waste my time. I may be willing to not ask for said nominal sum if I like your project. Some knowledge of basic HTML and CSS layout techniques is a must. Check out what the admin layer looks like in action.

Creative Commons License Almost everything here is made by a Stevan Živadinović
of some sort, or otherwise righteously stolen. Credits.