When my friend Leanne was passing through town last month, we went for a short hike around Lake Griffey.Â While we were hiking, she mentioned that she really liked a comic called Potshots and that she was disappointed that her local paper had stopped carrying the comic.Â Luckily, the comics are available on the web.Â Leanne isn’t super internet-connected, so I offered to compile some of the potshots and send them to her in the mail.Â I used wget to download them, but I needed to find a way to print the images many-to-a-page.
I eventually came upon using ImageMagick‘s montage command.Â This worked pretty well for me:
C:\Documents and Settings\ghing\Desktop\potshots>U:\ImageMagick-6.2.6-Q16\montag
e.exe -tile 2×5 -adjoin *.gif -geometry 300×190 sheet.png
Then I could just view and print the composite images in firefox, provided I made my margins small and zoomed in first.
Potshots is pretty interesting.Â The artist who draws them was once called “history’s only full time, professional published eppigramist.” The black and white illustrations with clever phrases definitely have this feeling of antiquity to them.Â The sayings have a strange tone as well, that can be heartfealt but also sarcastic. Â So, they come off as a weird hybrid of Family Circle and Edward Gorey.