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Alvaro Montoro
Alvaro Montoro

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The Death of IE (webcomic)

I have been publishing a webcomic for four months: a comic about CSS (and web development) without images, all coded in CSS and HTML. And I’ve had a blast while building it. An interesting experiment overall (that I have written about and will continue writing about in the future.)

Today is June 15th, and what more important web event than the end-of-life of Internet Explorer. To commemorate that moment, I created a special webcomic, considerably longer than the ones I’m use to do. It is divided in three parts:

  1. The Death of IE
  2. The Necromancer
  3. The Return of the king IE

(Can you tell I have been reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings lately?) And without further ado, here it is...

The comic

The Death of IE

IE is dead. Safari and Chrome say "it finally happened", "let's get the others, pay our respects"

all the browsers are lined up looking mildly sad, Safari says 'we made fun of you, but you were always slow to wrath', Chrome replies 'IE was generally slow'. Netscape looks angry and says 'that jerk still owed me 20 dollars!'

The Necromancer

In a different part of town, a dark figure says 'Who dares summon the necromancer', and two men with the name tags Big and Corp reply 'It is us, we need you to bring IE back to life'

The necromancer asks 'IE back? but... why?' and the two men reply interrupting each other: 'it is a clients requirement' and 'it was our favorite way of torturing developers'

the two men reply interrupting each other: 'it was our favorite way of torturing developers' and 'it is a clients requirement', then they looked at each other worried

One of the man explains that it was not really a client's requirement, they just enjoyed seeing the developers suffer. The necromancer replies that 'there's no need to explain, you had me at torture'

The Return of the king IE

A happy IE is back as a ghost, the other browsers run in panic, Safari yells scared

IE looks alone and confused 'Hey guys! Why are you running? Guys?'

IE looks sad, a voice comes up from off-panel: 'dont despair, one day they will be happy to have you back and they will miss you. Trust me, I know'. It is the ghost of Adobe Flash.

Conclusion

It is fun coding these type of comics, but I need to streamline the process to make it easier and faster. I will continue the experiment for as long as I can (and as long as I come up with ideas.)

You can support the coding of this webcomic by becoming a patron on Patreon. Patrons have early access to the comics, get previews of different projects, and can have input on some ideas. For this comic, patrons got an alternative ending (last panel) and a slightly animated version of the drawing.

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Andrew Bone • Edited on

Firefox didn't get an invite to the party 😢

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Alvaro Montoro Author

The browser logos are coded using a single HTML element and CSS. I have to admit I haven't figured out how to do the Firefox logo and that's why it's not there 😳

I have an idea for a comic strip where the browsers talk about how Firefox is never in the comic strip because the author (me) is terrible at drawing and doesn't know how to draw the Firefox logo (which unfortunately is true... For now)

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Andrew Bone

I suspected that might be the case 😉

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Alvaro Montoro Author

I have many others and I have a mini version of Firefox, but i need to polish it

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Mike Talbot

Very, very cool.

Now where can I find a third party offering LTS on IE????????

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Stephanie Handsteiner

No need, MSFT is doing that themselves, considering Edge has IE Mode, which is just loading Edge with iexplorer.exe.

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

IE is part of OS and share many dll files, they will continue to get support and security fixes,

Corporate clients can still pay to get support for IE. My friend is working for a client account in canada and their application still runs on cobol and asp, He tells me that his clients have paid microsoft for extended support of IE for themselves.

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Alvaro Montoro Author

😲

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Tawhid

Strange and surreal, right?

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Mike Talbot

Oh great, not dead then... :) I can almost hear those torturers approaching!

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Atul Prajapati

Internet explorer is my first browser when I have started using computer, but from last 4 years I am using Firefox browser with uduntu os which works beyond my expectations. Thanks for that mozilla developers 🙏🙏🤗🤞

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Tawhid

It's *Ubuntu

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Atul Prajapati

Oh yes 🤗 thanks for correction 🙏

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Tomoe

IE: Is it time to go ?
Death: Yes

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Alvaro Montoro Author • Edited on

IE: *buffering*
Death: ......

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Nir

In the Web jungle the mighty Web jungle the IE sleeps tonight

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Arun Kumar

this just made my day thanks

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Codeitdoc7

✨IE will always be alive in meta

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avin-kavish

How do you "code" web comics?

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Alvaro Montoro Author

With patience ☺️😹

I share the process on YouTube (for some of them). For example:

youtu.be/KX8hr2QksXA
youtu.be/Hme50KUMqZY
youtu.be/icKWKEcsAIE
youtu.be/i_B6LI2fq2Y

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Socialmediaguide

Nice........ :)

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Herbivore Crocodilian

This is Firefox erasure.

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Alvaro Montoro Author

Funny thing, someone made the same comment when I shared on imgur. The reason why Firefox is not there is because the logos are coded with a single div and I haven't figured out how to do Firefox logo yet... I even thought about making a comic with the browser logos poking fun at me for not being good enough to draw Firefox.

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Daniele Pais

Missing Brave and Vivaldi...no invitation?

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Alvaro Montoro Author

Vivaldi was lack of space. Brave is in the works. codepen.io/alvaromontoro/pen/NWwVqZV

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Andrew Baisden

Hilarious 😂

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Abdur Rehman Khalid

Thank you for putting a smile on my face, that is a truly amazing work of creativity plus out of the box thinking as well.

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Chris Jarvis

This is funny. I read the comic elsewhere and didn't realize it was CSS. Very cool,

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Leví Arista

Funny haha
Great Work Alvaro!

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Chris Greening

Ahh this comic is great but the fact that you coded it is even better - fantastic job!

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Volker Schukai

awesome

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Khokon M.

Great work. I also want to write some comic on my free time. I named my comic as Cirtangle. But I have not written any of them yet :D

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Kevin Peckham

That’s fun. Nice work!

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Alvaro Montoro Author

Thanks! :)

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Pandademic

Awesome art! How did I find not find this before? I'm going on a reading spree , reading all of 'em!

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Alvaro Montoro Author

Thanks. I hope you enjoy them.

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MSB

LOL I like your comic

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Alvaro Montoro Author

Thanks 🙏

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Sotatek-CuongNguyen

very cool, when next chapter release bro ?

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Gustavo Vera Scuderi

Man...

I miss Flash. Is that bad? :(