How a webcomic can be open-source?.. This is a frequent asked question. In fact, I was receiving this type of comment almost ten time at any new episode's release in the first episodes. I'm writing today this note to reply in depht to this question because it's a serious topic and I hate when I read comments like "... yet another guy playing with the open-source trend without knowing what he does"...
A new way to 'build' comic pages
I had the idea to design a collaborative open translation system for Pepper&Carrot at episode 6. It works like that:
- Krita KRA files store artworks with multilayers, filter layers, groups, vector layers.
- Inkscape SVG files store lightweight and scalable translations speechbubbles with advanced text editing tool
- Markdown MD files to store wiki,documentation and text
All sources are available here .
Building the source :
15GB of happy sources
The project has nowaday a bit over 11 episodes, 15 Git repositories, 30 collaborators, 100 Krita artworks, 500 patrons, 4000 SVG translations files, 5000 JPG low-res built and 5000 PNG hi-res built! and many commits per week (new translations) to manage.
When all sources are installed, without backups, the project size is around 15GB, with all sources built it can grow up to 25GB. With revision system and backup ; 50GB.
That's why I have now 10GB of built picture are available on this website and I predict it will double in the next years.
Edit 2018: 40GB now, 40 languages, 25 episodes, 50 translators!