The Manga Man Premiere – Winksite teams up with Sci-Fi Author Alexander Besher In Meta-Multimedia First

QR Code T-shirt platform to feature physical hyperlink to Besher’s new novel published direct to mobile “Manga Man,” original music soundtrack, book trailer, short film, .mp4 anthology of Japanese avant-garde Butoh dance performances, plus audio book and graphic novel excerpts.

New York, NY, October 18, 2008 — Winksite, a leading mobile content management and social networking software company whose solutions connect publishers to their audiences and audience members to each other, announced plans to team up with novelist Alexander Besher, Philip K. Dick Award nominated author, to launch direct to mobile “The Manga Man,” the San Francisco-based journalist, author, and futurist’s first novel since his celebrated “Rim Trilogy” (“Rim,” “Mir,” and “Chi;” HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster). Debut date is October 31st at

Besher’s tome is a 600-page alternative fantasy noir epic that’s set in the mid-21st century when the speed of media has overtaken the speed of light. The story features a half-digital, half-human “post-Zen” Butoh dancer-assassin whose mission is “to stop the warlords who plan to clone the universe.”

Dave Harper, Founder & CEO of Winksite, says “Working with Besher and his creative team is a natural fit for us. In the past, we’ve collaborated with a wide group of writers and progressive thinkers including Stanford law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig who inspired us to launch the Creative Commons Library, sci-fi author Cory Doctorow, horror meister David Wellington, and Internet ‘Smart Mobs’ guru Howard Rheingold. Besher’s futuristic vision strikes us as being not only timely but timeless.”

Besher’s multimedia ‘Manga Man’ is the first work of literature in history to appear on a QR/2D-coded T-shirt designed by the prize-winning Italian graphic novel artist Daniele Serra.

For his part, Besher is equally thrilled to be working with Winksite. “I’m convinced that the media platform of the future lies in mobile phone technology. It’s a market that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Just witness the advances represented by Apple’s iPhone and companies like Nokia which is bringing out its multimedia monster, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic phone. Not to mention the first handheld projectors that are due out this year, and the advent of A4-size screens. I can only say that we’ve truly entered the post-Gutenberg, post-McLuhan age. Our credo is ‘You are the Media.’”

“Dave Harper is that rare breed of visionary and entrepreneur,” Besher declares. “We chose to go with Winksite over other proprietary QR-code gatekeepers and mobile platform sites because Dave is open source and his hands-on passion for pushing the envelope on mobile content knocked me out. He’s been an invaluable partner in helping us bring our vision to life.”

“I also deeply relate to Winksite’s motto: ‘One World. No Borders. 3 Billion Connected People,’” Besher says. “That’s what all my novels have been about—erasing the interface between the human body and the outside world. I hope that everyone will wear my book. We can all meet on the dust jacket on the other side of the Milky Way.”

Advance praise for “The Manga Man”:

“A hidden SF master.”

Rudy Rucker, Philip K. Dick Award winning author of Postsingular, Spaceland, and The Ware Tetralogy (great-grandson of Hegel)

“Pure Superfuture cooked down in sf’s last mad scientist’s lab. Enough ideas for thirty other books blistered down into a sharp little drug that’ll reengineer the front of your head. You want a hit of this. Trust me.”

Warren Ellis, author of the Transmetropolitan and Global Frequency series of graphic novels

“Fascinating! Great!”

China Miéville, author of Iron Council and Perdido Street Station, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award

“This book would make Philip K. Dick delirious with joy. Nobody else in science fiction has ever pushed the envelope this hard—or with better success.”

Spider Robinson, best selling novelist and Robert A. Heinlein Estate-appointed completer of sequels to Heinlein’s novels.


Butoh Without Borders Multimedia party and launch for Alexander Besher’s QR Code sentient T-shirt novel THE MANGA MAN this Halloween. All proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Date: October 31, 2008
Time: 6 – 9pm
Location: UPDATED: Arte Movimiento SUB Mission, 2183 Mission at 18th Street, San Francisco

About Alexander Besher
Born in China, raised and educated in Japan, Alexander Besher is a San Francisco-based author, journalist and novelist. He is the author of “The Pacific Rim Almanac” (HarperCollins, ’91), and the “Rim” trilogy of futuristic thrillers including the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated “Rim” (HarperCollins ’94; HarperPrism, ’95); “Mir,” and “Chi” (Simon & Schuster, ’98 and ’99). He served as editor of the Chicago Review literary quarterly at the University of Chicago , was contributing editor to InfoWorld magazine, and wrote “Pacific Rim” (Chronicle Features), an internationally syndicated weekly column covering business, technological and social trends in the Asia-Pacific region. His forthcoming novel “The Manga Man” is the first title in his new “Dance of Darkness” trilogy of alternative noir fantasy novels. His novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and film-optioned. Recently, he has been writing screenplays and television scripts.

About Winksite
Winksite is a leading mobile content management and social networking software company whose solutions connect publishers to their audiences and audience members to each other. For more information visit

Winksite Releases Major Upgrade – Love the Mobile Web.

You asked for it. We built it.

What’s new?
Here are the most prominent benefits in our July 6th release:

It’s mine and I want it to look that way.
Personalize your mobile site with your own sense of style. Mix and match various color schemes and backgrounds. Sure it sounds pretty standard but we came up with something different that you can proudly call yours while still working across a great variety of mobile devices and screens.

100% valid XHTML code.
With this release every mobile site published at Winksite is fully compliant with W3C Mobile Web Standards. Without having to lift a finger or squint at code your Winksite is guaranteed to score 5/5 on dotMobi’s MobiReady Report. What does this mean beyond bragging rights? Broad support across every browser on the planet to start. …and for those visitors still using WAP, no worries we serve that up just as neatly as ever. Combined with our RSS-driven content deployment, this approach delivers fresh and fast-loading content to you and your audience.

Preview: From a desktop browser (not mobile) hop over to the dotMobi’s MobiReady Report generator and copy & paste into the validator to run an analysis and receive it’s MobiReady score.

Simple to navigate. Simple to use.
Each Winksite benefits from thousands of hours of fresh research, user testing and community feedback. From it’s simple, channel-based structure, to it’s universal “Main Menu” link, Click-to-call dialing options, and easy to use community features – each mobile site you launch comes bundled with a pleasurable mobile experience.

Before the world can beat a path to your door first you have to be discovered.
With your content and our search engine optimization features you can start your climb to first page mobile search results. First, add descriptions & keywords to your mobile pages to allow search engines to index your website more efficiently. Then sit back while our smart presentation templates make the best of Title, H1/H2 tags, and link naming to tweak your pages for maximum SEO goodness.

…but that’s not all – every mobile web site now comes complete with it’s own Google Mobile Sitemap.

The mobile Web is not just for phones anymore.
We’re now delivering your site and content to new places. Gamers and their WiFi connected version of the Internet have been largely ignored by Mobile & Web 2.0 publishing and community platforms. We’re changing that. Whatever you choose to build at Winksite is now served up optimized and fully functioning to the Sony PSP browser and Nintendo DS Lite Opera browser over WiFi connections. With the DS-Lite in mind we provide a fast loading and readable version while in overview mode. The PSP is delivered a version that eliminates the horizontal scrolling (and reduces the vertical scrolling) required to read posts and chat with your friends. (Note: This part of the release is based in part on feedback we received from the download and use of the WordPress Ultimate Gamer’s Pack we provided to WordPress publishers several months ago.)

What about the Apple iPhone?
No worries. We have it covered with a set of iPhone-optimized web site templates. Fire up your iPhone’s Internet browser and check out your Winksite by tapping in your mobile site address or the following mobile URL – – changing the susid number to your own.

What about the Helio Ocean, Nokia Nseries/s60, and others?

  • Apple iPhone – Supported.
  • Blackberry Devices – Supported.
  • Helio Ocean – Supported.
  • HTC – Supported.
  • LG – Supported.
  • Motorola – Supported.
  • Nintendo DS Lite (Opera Browser) – Supported.
  • Nokia Nseries – Supported.
  • Nokia s60 – Supported.
  • Nokia (Other) – Supported.
  • Obigo Browser – Supported.
  • Opera Browser – Supported.
  • Openwave Browser – Supported.
  • Palm Devices – Supported.
  • Samsung – Supported.
  • Sharp – Supported.
  • Sony Ericsson – Supported.
  • Sony mylo – Supported.
  • Sony PSP – Supported.
  • T-Mobile Sidekick – Supported.
  • Window’s Mobile Devices – Supported.

Winksite. Love the Mobile Web.
Winksite makes it easy to publish mobile Internet sites and build simple mobile connections via mobile phones. Winksite is the first standards compliant mobile Website builder that also includes RSS-driven content deployment and mobile-tuned community features such as forum, chat, and polls. This approach delivers fresh content, fast-loading screens, and universally accessible community features to you and your audience. The Winksite service is a free and fully hosted solution. No software install on your phone is necessary to view a Winksite powered mobile site. Learn more about how it works.

One platform. Many uses.
Use your mobile site as your personal podium to the world, a convenient mobile dashboard to all you find important or as a space to build and manage a mobile community. Create a mobile edition of your blog, journal or news service. Start a mobile chat room, forum or poll. Glue together your friends, feeds, and favorites into your own mobile personal portal. Organize an event or street team and spread the word on the where, when and why. Link SMS, QR Codes, mobile ads, or Twitter & Jaiku messages to a mobile destination where people can see and do more.

WordPress Ultimate Gamer's Pack

Download the WordPress Ultimate Gamer’s Pack
For Nintendo Wii and DS-Lite, Sony PSP…and next week come back for the Apple iPhone version.

Why is Winksite Providing These Plugins?

  • Share the love. We personally use WordPress and think these plugins are useful.
  • Sites for small spaces. We use these plugins as part of our Winksite template R&D to support gamers and their favorite devices. …and who’s WiFi connected, portable version of the Internet has been largely ignored by publishing platforms and communities. We’re changing that.
  • The future is in your hand. Come back in the near future and we’ll give you a preview of our iPhone-optimized templates (and widgets) and how it will integrate with Winksite.

About the WordPress Ultimate Gamer’s Pack
The WordPress Ultimate Gamer’s Pack is an essential set of plugins that automatically renders an optimized version of your posts and pages when visitors come to your blog on a Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS-Lite, or Sony PSP. Each device is automatically detected, there is no configuration needed. The theme used by each plugin optimizes your blogs layout and fonts for each device. For example, the Wii Edition plugin uses the “Wii” font at sizes that provide for easy reading on TV screens.

Why Are These Plugins Useful?
Less hassle scrolling, zooming and switching between display modes.

Webpages on the Wii are hard to view on default zoom and on many pages (designed wider then 800 pixels) you will have to scroll from side to side. In addition, font sizes that work on a computer screen don’t render well on a TV screen. Large web pages also gag the Wii from time to time, failing to load and/or bookmark properly. With the DS-Lite the plugin provides a fast loading and readable version while in overview mode. The PSP is delivered a version that eliminates the horizontal scrolling (and reduces the vertical scrolling) required to read your posts and pages.

Installation Instructions

Download the WordPress Ultimate Gamer’s Pack Plugin.
Note: Within the ZIP file you’ll find 3 plugins with various readme.txt file for each.

WordPress Wii Edition Plugin (v1.3)

  • Drop the wp-wii.php file in your wp-content/plugins directory
  • Drop the wp-wii directory in your wp-content/themes directory
  • Click the ‘Activate’ link for WordPress Wii Edition on your Plugins page (in the WordPress admin interface)

WordPress DS-Lite Edition Plugin (v1.0)

  • Drop the wp-dslite.php file in your wp-content/plugins directory
  • Drop the wp-dslite directory in your wp-content/themes directory
  • Click the ‘Activate’ link for WordPress DS-Lite Edition on your Plugins page (in the WordPress admin interface)

WordPress PSP Edition Plugin (v1.0)

  • Drop the wp-psp.php file in your wp-content/plugins directory
  • Drop the wp-psp directory in your wp-content/themes directory
  • Click the ‘Activate’ link for WordPress PSP Edition on your Plugins page (in the WordPress admin interface)