Saturday, June 7, 2014

Goodbye Gates

I'm finally giving up on Gates.   Billed as HM's first webcomic, and launched with a bit of hype by Hal Hefner in the beginning of 2011, I was very the premise of transhumanism described in some dystopian future.

The story started slowly and never recovered.  The art was ambitious but underachieving, colorful and with broad vision, but annoyingly misproportioned and static.  I wanted to like this more than I did.  Mr Hefner was often more dynamic and entertaining in the blog posts and comments on the pages, than the comic page presented.  I was impressed with his determination but disappointed with the comic itself.

The link still exists on the HM website, in "Just For Fun" but I'm dropping it here.  Hints were dropped of some sort of animation, and extending into "Transmedia", and the last entry on the Gates site is a promotion for the published book, but very little has happened in the past year.

I did grab the pdf of the compiled comic that Mr Hefner is kind enough to offer.  It can be found at The Serpent Seed site, where it seems Mr Hefner is/was trying to expand Gates:

So best wishes to Mr Hefner, and thanks for your efforts.