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At last, pictures of the columns

I've spent all day working on the exhibit, and there's good news and bad news, both resulting from the guy in charge of hardware cracking the whip. He called insisting that I install the bulk of the exhibit today. So I slaved away with the HTML until 6 PM, then slaved some more installing it on the museum's computers, which turned out to be a considerably greater hassle than just copying a bunch of files should be.
The good news, then, is: it's almost finished, and a first version is already installed.

The bad news is: there is a lot left to do, and unless I do it tomorrow, I may not be allowed to do it.
The to-do list includes:
1. fixing some faults that showed up in the exhibit once I'd copied it to a real system, ranging from missing images to the rather stupid oversight on my part that there wasn't an obvious way to get back to the exhibit's front page. Those are easy. I'll take a floppy with fixes to the museum tomorrow and fix those.
2. adding some materials from people, who, for whatever reasons, didn't get their material in on time. This is the most frustrating one for me because the people involved all did extra work for the exhibit. I'm not sure I even know how to break it to them that unless I have it in the mail tomorrow morning, I may not be able to use it before the museum opens. As always, I'll see what I can do *provided* that it doesn't lead to me canceling my trip to England, or showing up there empty handed and/or looking like a vagrant. Those possibilities are out of the question.
3. House style compliance. This may also not happen, but I don't find it that frustrating, simply because the house style was still under development while I was already putting stuff together, and I only got a CD of fonts last Friday, after emailing and phoning people repeatedly. Those fonts, of the Neutratext family, all turned out to be mac versions... When the museum gets its hands on some PC versions, it will be easy enough to change the CSS files so that everything is in Neutratext, and matches the museum's stationary.
4. Security. Turns out that the people from the hardware firm thought I knew about that, whereas I thought the museum's own computer people would do the necessary stuff to keep the exhibit vandalism proof. I'll phone around tomorrow to see who can do what, but I for one can only do the most obvious things.

Another bit of not-so-good news is that some of the prints on the columns were already showing damage from the wear and tear of raising them up! I hope the museum people find ways to cover these small tears and stains up a bit; otherwise we may find that the prints won't survive long.

I managed to take some pictures. I'm a lousy, absolutely lousy, snap-and-drool type photographer, but I think these are just about recognisable:

View of one of the columns, showing a Capn page by Jeroen Jager. The room in which those columns are located is *tiny*.

Two of the columns, with art by Cat Garza and Jesse Hamm.

A slightly better view of Jesse's column.

zark pillar open
The only remotely usable shot I got of the column with Charley Parker's art on it.

You can see the trackball platforms in the pictures. One reason why the installation took so long was that there was no good place to put a keyboard or a real mouse except inside the columns when they were open. I ended up training myself to use the trackball for anything other than typing (but I could cut and paste, which while slower than typing, has the same effect). If I can do that, a dedicated vandal with lots of time can use the trackball to muck up the system. That worries me a bit...

Some other pictures not related to the webcomics exhibit:

aimee werkend
It was interesting to find out that several people I knew were helping out with putting the exhibits together. This is Aimee, a local artist and formerly the singer in the punk group De Hockeyrokjes, hanging up a Martin Lodewijk original.

Dulieu Exhibit
A small exhibit of art by children's book illustrator and cartoonist Jean Dulieu.

don lawrence drawing
Image of Don Lawrence working on a page, projected on a drawing board near the webcomics exhibit.

Comments (3)

Hi Reinder,

Thanks for your top-secret pictures from the inside of the new Comic Museum in Groningen (NL). To see it in real life, 'normal' people have to wait till april 21. So you gave us a scoop!

It's the least I could do, considering I haven't even begun to think about a press release for the exhibit...

The exhibit looks like it's seriously coming together. I hope you overcome those hurdles major and minor to a successful opening. And go take that vacation. You know you'll be deserving it after this.


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