I'd like them at a bigger size too, but the news is a feature that people have consistently demanded return to the front page. Perhaps a good way to go would be to have the full size image come up formatted inside the text box description that comes up when you hover over the comic icon?
Doesn't seem optimal. The point of having big buttons on the front page is so ppl can see it at a glance and be attracted. Not have to work at seeing the blow-up by mousing over it and waiting up to 10 seconds (we know the text box pop-up has always been a little screwy).
I think pictures with details you can actually see is more important for a webcomic site's front-page appeal than text news. Sure that's important, but it doesn't hurt to make a longer vertical page and putting it down more. I never have problems with vertical scrolling. The problem with the old format has always been the closed News tab that takes time to open and takes you to a new page; that's what was inaccessible.
Take a look at other webcomics sites (now-defunct Zuda for example) and see how prominent their "pictures" are.
Using the front page to find new comics has only ever been a niche use that a few people have developed over time.
Oh? Then how the heck do ppl surf DD comics? I know they definitely use Top 10 and Featured. Even those pics are shrunk into buttons.
I think the front page should just sacrifice (remove) Quail's Random in order to make room for the Featured/ Top 10/ Updated pics to become normal-size again, if screen space is the issue. At current button-size, I doubt anyone will take advantage of Quail's Random anyways.
I question the use of horizontal-rectangular
ads which take up 35% of the screen's width, if the format is changed to rows of pics (rather than columns). I understand the need for obnoxious amounts of ads; it bothers many critics of DD, but doesn't bother me. Until it impacts on the art, which is now. Get more skyscraper ads, less rectangle ads.