Q: Is 3bute focused on just comics, webcomics and webcomic artists?
Q: Any plans to bring on board new artists?
Q: What is 3bute’s revenue model?
In other words, 3bute is a mashup with big hopes of becoming a startup. Like all startups, we are looking for incubation and an opportunity to grow.
Q: How does 3bute plan to support itself in the meantime?
Shop page is where to buy 3bute art converted into merchandise like Art Prints, Laptop and Cellphone covers, Tee-shirts, etc.
Any money made from 3bute art helps with paying for domain and site hosting fees, broadband connect on 2 continents, administrative costs, API and other web development, tech support, etc.
Q: How would 3bute define success?
Q: I have trouble reading English. What about translations?
Q: To enjoy a 3bute, do I need to view all the content within the tags?
Q: If the blogger’s original story is a self-contained whole, how can you extract shorter self-contained episodes from it?
Aristotle actually explains it best. In his 350BC text, Poetics, he notes:
For a plot to be a complete whole, it must have a beginning, middle, and end. The beginning is a point that does not necessarily follow from anything else, which naturally has consequences following from it. The end is a point that naturally follows from preceding events but does not have any necessary consequences following it. The middle is a point that is naturally connected both to events before and after it.
Q: I find comics confusing. How do I read 3bute?
Q: How are the tags on a 3bute page numbered and ordered?
Pg1 = you are on page one. P2 = the tag you are viewing is within panel 2 on page one.
Q: Why don’t you let readers add content and edit the tags themselves?
Q: The twitter link I included in the tag’s description box is not clickable from the page. How will others know –or follow the link to– whoever whoever contributed the tag?
Q: What do visual narratives, comics, mashups have to do with stories and journalism about Africa?
The comic surface and other mashable surfaces can tell the stories of places and people in need of more context.
Q: What does a 3bute consist of and how do I navigate within a 3bute or from one 3bute to the other?
As we post more 3butes, you will be able to navigate through them using the drop down lists (archives and titles) in the right hand side bar. You can also look under “explore” or “country” in the menu bar above for other ways to find the exact 3bute you want to read.
Q: I spotted a grammar or spelling error in a 3bute. How do I report it?
Q: Is there any narrative flow or logic to the arrangement of the tags?
No, because even though the content within a tag is somehow connected to the story, the tag remains just a footnote supplementing the narrative and not in anyway a part of its flow or plot.
Yes, because there are instances where the connection between the content within different tags becomes the main reason they are placed next to each other in a tangential narrative that has nothing really to do with the story.
Q: I have trouble reading the webcomic. Can you make the text bigger?
Q: How do you pronounce 3bute and why is it spelled that way?
Q: Can I add the #threebute to a tweet containing a link to a story I wrote?
Q: I can’t see the shadow border around the webcomic?
Q: Help! Why is the tag playing the wrong video?
Q: When I’m watching a video inside a tag, how do I switch the video to HD?
Q: Is there a way to enlarge the webcomic?
Q: Why are the “read on” links used in expanding and collapsing the text not working for me?
Q: Why can’t I see the SoundCloud audio player?
Q: Why can’t I see “Mash’d Surfaces: 3bute’s Ongoing Gallery of Mash’d Phenomena” on the Remixes & Mashup Theory page?
Q: Google’s automatic-translating left the “read on” links all messed up. What do I do?
Q: Help! I can’t see the tags in the comic panels?