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Turn Your Tokens Into Comic Strips

So sometimes when I'm working I end up getting sidetracked and start developing something that's just completely random. Well, today was one of those days. When you are browsing inside of a forum thread, instead of clicking on the New Reply button, you can click on the little "three dots" drop-down menu to find a brand new option, New Comic Strip.

So what is this madness? Well, if you have used the app My Tokens and have saved some token characters to your account, you can now use them as characters for your very own comic strip, using the new Comic Strip post type on the forum! The end result gets you something like this:

So where did this weirdness come from? Well, back in 2001 (my first year of college), some friends and I worked at a call center where we took technical support calls for the soon to be released original Xbox console. Since the console was not released yet, we barely got any calls, other than random pranks from PS2 and Gamecube fans.

So to pass the time, we spend a lot of hours on the internet. One of the sites we went to, which still exists today, was the Red Meat Construction Set, a website which let you make your own custom comic strip in the style of Max Cannon's Red Meat comics.

Anyway, we were recently reminiscing about the "old days," as old friends often do, and the topic of those old custom Red Meat comics came up, which we generally used to troll each other with. So this morning before starting work, I just searched the net to see if the old Construction Set website still existed, and it did! Of course, it seems barely functional now, and feels a lot more basic than it did back in 2001.

Then I got to thinking, maybe I could just whip out something similar real quick, using My Tokens characters? Then I thought even further, what if I just baked it right into my forums software? So that's exactly what I did, and now here we are a few hours later, and you can use the Ape Apps website to make My Tokens comic strips!

So anyway, there you have it. It's just a fun little toy to play around with on the site. If it gets any usage, I can add more features to it. I also thought I might create My Tokens for all of the Deimos characters from Deimos 1, 2, and 3 (which all take place in the My Colony universe), and put together a little downloadable PDF "comic book" of the full Deimos story using this new feature, although I would have to add a few things to it first to make it properly.

But yeah, enjoy the new feature, let me know if you like it, and let me know if you want me to add anything to it! Or if you want me to just stop putzing around and get back to My Colony updates, let me know that too! 😄
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I should note that the comic strips are not pre-rendered and are instead rendered in your own browser at runtime. This is so that they could be higher-resolution without having to store a bunch of larger image files. Additionally, if I make improvements to the comic rendering engine, all existing comic strips will also be upgraded.
Owner of Ape Apps, LLC

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Ape Apps, LLC is an independent software development company founded in 2010 by Brandon Stecklein. Over the years, Ape Apps has published over 400 apps and games across various platforms. You can get in touch with Brandon on Twitter or by leaving a post on his wall @bastecklein
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