There are currently only a handful of themes that have native support Comic Easel, that doesn’t mean they can’t, it’s just that the code inside of the theme is not added yet, so it’s up to you if you want to use the theme to add the support for it.
The wp-admin menu name is now ‘All Comics’ instead of ‘Comics’ to denote you’re going to the bulk editor for all of the comics.
In the bulk editor ‘All Comics’ section, there are now filters for each of the custom taxonomy’s, i.e the Characters, Chapters, Locations .. You can filter by one or all of them to get specific comics you are looking for.
In 1.5.3 there’s an option available for navigation:
What this option does is allow the previous and next (in chapter) navigation buttons to not just “stop” at the beginning and/or end of a chapter.
When at the end of the current chapter and you click next, it will check to see if there’s a ‘next chapter’. If next chapter exists, it will allow the next button to navigate to the first comic in the next chapter.
.. And same concept for the previous button, if you’re at the first comic in a chapter and you use the previous button it will navigate to the last comic in the previous chapter if there is one.
Most comics that are not storyline based generally do not need multiple different chapters, these comics will do fine just being in a single chapter. Do not let the name “Chapter” be a misnomer for ‘Stories’, that is precisely what they are. Individual stories – but since WordPress won’t let me name the root hierarchy (top level chapter) be called Story and then sub levels be called chapters, I opted to just keep the whole thing named Chapters.
Those with a single story on the comic but want additional chapters, will have no problem creating the ‘story name’ as the top level and sub chapters are the individual chapters. Notice in this image that the chapters ORDER are numbered 1 through 5, but does NOT include the parent top level name. .. that is because you want to SET, or ATTRIBUTE only ONE chapter per comic.
Now say, you have MULTIPLE comics, the TOP level Chapter is the “story name” and in this case is each individual comic. You can still keep the other comic on your system. Create a new TOP LEVEL Chapter (which is really the story) which I explained above, but this comic doesn’t have individual chapters so it’s good to just leave alone. When you use the ‘in chapter’ only buttons it will do just that, navigate only in chapters, if Comic Easel finds there is a chapter that is either +/- of the current ORDER # it will allow navigating to it.
Multiple Comics, with Multiple Chapters
The thing to look at is the ORDER # for them, I set the ORDER #’s for the 2nd comic on the system to be 101 and 102. This is because Comic Easel looks for a +/- plus or minus one to the current chapter #, adding 100 to them guarantee’s that it won’t find the other chapters for the other story and allow people to directly next or previous chapter to them.
NOTE: (todo in programming is to have the previous and next buttons to work if there are chapters found +/- of the current chapter) This is still being worked on but it will be in Comic Easel at some point. For now you have to chapter previous and chapter next buttons to them. (NOTE: Done, added 1.5.3 CE, prev next will traverse with option enabled)
Welcome back mr. Flash Comics
Note, featured image is still used for thumbnails, so when you make a flash comic or use the Motion Artist section, create a featured image that can be used for those as their thumbnails for archives and RSS purposes.