I’m a little slow to this, as Google+ was launched a few weeks ago. Even so, I’m still seeing people asking for invites. It’s curious how Google can whip people into such a frenzy, begging for an invitation to something they (likely) don’t even understand. You want it because you know not everyone can get it right away.
Maybe as a web developer with my fair share of time building social applications, I’m a tad jaded on this topic. I’m frequently asked “are you on X service?” or “are you using Y app?”. I frankly just don’t have time to jump on whatever bandwagon is pulling through town today.
As for Google+, I think it’s adorable that the Googs are still trying. Wave has been officially killed, and Buzz never seemed to really make any sense to anyone. I’m sure this new venture is a real achievement in engineering. The interface I’ve seen so far is kinda slick. But a “Facebook killer”? Far from it. Absolutely nothing can overtake Facebook, or even come close. I say that with no joy whatsoever.
What really will be telling here, is how Google+ grows and evolves after the first wave of salivating early adopters are already on it. For now, I’m just not interested. But I’ll be watching to see how it goes.
About the Art
As promised, this is another black-and-white strip, penciled and inked on paper. You’ll also notice that there are new characters. These are by no means final character designs. I’m doing a lot of experiments lately. Some things are sticking, I’m throwing others out. It could take several more strips for character models and overall tone to solidify.
But I figure if I wait until I have everything perfectly envisioned, I’ll be forever publishing another strip. Just gotta dive in and put ink to paper.