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I feel like I'm iPhoning wrong.

Remember the very first generation iPods? They were these little hard drives that you could plug into your mac, put your music on manually, and then if you went to ANOTHER mac, you could plug it in and add more music to it.

Then the iPhone came along and we stopped using separate iPods. Cause our phones were now our iPods. But the problem is that our phones don't work like the hard drives we used to carry around in our pockets. These things have to be synced.

So if I set up my phone at work, and then I want to add a song at home, I'm told that i'll need to wipe the entire thing and sync with THIS computer. I can't just add a new song. Can't do it.

How is this not possible yet? Or is it and I'm doing it wrong.

Why should I not be able to plug my iphone into any of my computers and add whatever the fuck I want to it without having to choose. THIS computer or THAT computer mates with your phone.

I don't get it.
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Long story short, it's about money.    
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Okay let's talk about this thing real fast: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/10/12/catwoman-stripper-batman-year-one/

After reading this, I suggested on twitter that DC just go ahead and change Catwoman's name to Fuck Kitten or something and get it over with. I can be snarky in 140 characters but what I can't do is express the complexity of my problems with what I'm seeing here and reading about. So let me expand.

Let me make one thing clear. I'm 100% on board with Catwoman flinging her tits out if it's part of a compelling narrative.

This isn't a problem I have with adult themes in an animated feature. I love adult themes in animated features. Because I love compelling stories in animated features. But honestly I have my doubts that what we're seeing here is an indication that this new Catwoman feature is going to be breaking new ground in that department.

There's also a matter of context. On a couple of levels. Context of the rating that the feature is being written for. Context of the character in the screenplay. Context of the character as it exists as a licensable property. Context of the character in how it's also portrayed in other avenues. I mean, this is Catwoman. We've seen her across a number of media and a number of ways. Is this really the most compelling thing that DC has to offer us? A catsuit unzipped to her navel that defies physics in a scene where she's tricking bad guys into a false sense of security by pole dancing for them?

I don't even care that its a) exploitive or b) demeaning. It's not like I'm fundamentally against any of that stuff. Super-heroines have been simultaneously showing us their tits and ass for years. But for chrissakes make it count. Give us a compelling reason. Make the sexuality a little more complex.

Isn't this just more of DC pandering to the base they know they already have? And I say that with the full knowledge that to keep the business model they currently have, that's probably their only option. Unless they want to let everything melt down and start over completely, this IS the safest bet. This myth that there is a group of young people who don't read comics....YET is feeling more and more like something cryptozoologists should be chasing after. I truly am starting to think that maybe in America, everyone who wants to read comics already is. And they want Catwoman's cleavage please.

But I do know that that's only in AMERICA.

And I also feel, as a creator, that our peers in Europe, Asia and South America are kicking our fucking ass in producing compelling content. They're better storytellers, they're better draftsmen, they're better marketers.

It's so frustrating to me as a creator because we have this amazing art form and we're ostensibly living in the country that provides the most opportunity to exploit it. And all we can think to do is stamp out another direct to DVD limited animation safe-bet....now with more cleavage.

Where the fuck is our pride?
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Chris Dee figured out what's wrong with the way DC handles Catwoman more than ten years ago. And, by the way, it mostly applies to Marvel and other female characters too. Her fanfics usually kick the crap of the "official" stuff. Go check her site: http://catwoman-cattales.com/
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As someone with family currently recovering from a stroke believe me this can save a loved ones life. And save them a lot of recovery time.
Ma. Luisa Lim originally shared:
 
DON'T IGNORE!!!
STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T..R ...
My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.)
She had suffered a stroke at the party . Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this...

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Remember the '3' steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions :

S * Ask the individual to SMILE ..
T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg 'It is sunny out today').
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A prominent cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

And it could be your own.


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As a survivor of a stroke that I had 3 years a go at the age of 32 I can not say how important this is. I was VERY lucky. I urge everyone to get familiar with the warning signs. And Scott I hope your family member makes a great recovery!
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I was talking to somebody about my job the other day and they mentioned that it must be nice not to have to deal with office politics, since I work for myself and all, and I almost spit out my drink.

It's so funny that webcomics has such a weird internal politics. When you hear syndicated cartoonists talking it's such a love fest. They adore each other and love being a part of that community. But webcomics really did clique up and plant flags.

There is one guy Guigar and I can set our clocks to. He goes on this cycle of being Mister super-positive energy. Everything is amazing and all these opportunities are opening up. Or he's just stumbled upon the next amazing gimmick that's going to be the future of webcomics.

And then...nothing solidifies. Or things that he starts kind of just end or get abandoned. And then he's less enthusiastic but he's very positive-energy and kind of goes into "I'm struggling but the world can't stop me" mode.

Then BAM. It clicks over and he starts the negative part of the cycle. First he starts noticing me again and taking shots here and there. Cryptically. Brad and I are always "was that? yeaaaahh." And then every once in a while he'll take the shot directly. He'll just go after me.

Every 3rd of 4th cycle he'll start up a failed feature that's all about embracing negativity. "I guess you guys want this and I who am I to deny you?" and then it's all rage and go-for-it-negativity for about 3-4 months and then that's abandoned.

And then the cycle begins anew.

Right now we're at....cryptic shots here and there? maybe ramping up to taking direct shots soon.

It's true though that we can ignore that stuff much easier than someone in a traditional office. We can choose what we pay attention to and what we talk about. As you can see, Brad and I are fucking yentas who gossip as I drive to work every morning. It's not like I don't know I'm not guilty.

But like, I was wondering if politics are a necessary human coping mechanism. Remember the Goldblum version of "The Fly" where he insisted that Geena Davis not return because he had never heard of insect politics.

Maybe what some people call petty is really a social pressure valve. I know I've turned it to let of steam now and again.
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He's talking about +Kris Straub right?
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My new obsession is organizing my business. Finally.

I'm tired of not having a grip on the things I need to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. I guess there's even a annual schedule I need to think about too.

I've never been good at this, but it seems that my job is so unique as to make it impossible to find practical help from anyone.

I do creative work, but I don't have projects like a graphic designer. I don't need software to track clients or projects or keep track of my hours.

I have a feeling that this can be solved with one spreadsheet and a plan of action. I just don't know where to start.

How do you other cartoonists deal with this? It's been over a decade of just having a go at it. And whenever friends or family try to help me set up calendars or to-do lists they never work for long. Pretty soon things I need to do fall out of the system and everything falls apart.

But I'm gonna crack this.
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#notacartoonist One list of actions in a book to bind them all. Anything that goes in there gets done. Nothing goes in the book that I don't intend to complete. Kind of like Steve Buscemi in Billy Madison.
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Will there be a next time?...
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Brad and I had a discussion yesterday about a Steve Jobs quote I read online.

"It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing."

Brad took that quote as "young people contribute amazing things. People in their 30s and 40s are past their prime."

I took the quote as "Young people rarely contribute amazing things. They've not lived long enough. People usually only do that in their 50s.So it's rare when someone in their 30's or 40s does it."

What do you think?
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whole quote:
"People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them… It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Of course, there are some people who are innately curious, forever little kids in their awe of life, but they’re rare."
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The announcement today of the Kindle fire did not excite me as a consumer but peaked my interest as a content creator.

I'm kind of down right now on the idea of selling comics via the iPad. It feels like we're replacing one middleman for another. Instead of publisher-distributor-retailer, we now have Apple-developer-publisher or some variation of that.

What I'm saying is that it feels, to me at least, that right now the people making money from comics via the ipad are the people the benefit from volume sales. Namely, the larger publishers, Comixology-iVerse-Graphically- and Apple. I'm just not sure how much, if any, creators are seeing from this new delivery method.

Independent creators probably will never make a ton of money from selling comics over the iPad. If you sell it via your own app you have to deal with the cost of developing that app, and then maintaining it through iOS updates. If you want to sell through a broker like Comixology or iVerse it's going to be difficult to get their attention, keep their attention, or get any real traction inside the store.

But I'm hearing about a lot of independent WRITERS doing very well for themselves selling ebooks via the Kindle. Which would be great, if I was just a writer. But even on the kindle 2 and 3 my comic strips look pretty shitty.

Now Amazon is introducing a back-lit LCD tablet that will run apps and play movies and also let you buy and read books. But this display may be able to accomodate comic strips.

It would be nice to sell something and only have to give one company a cut instead of two. I would prefer to work in a system with a standardized format I can sell through rather than having to hire app developers and create more middlemen.

I need to research it more.
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I think you're still dealing with the maturing of the marketplace, Scott, both in comics and in the next generation of delivery mediums. I expect what you'll see in the next two years is the juxtaposition of ebook readers and the tablets, both of which are still in their early childhood phases. I'd much rather view your comic on a tablet, say an ipad or something better, than even the latest Kindle. And I would do it via your website as opposed to an app. The picture is cleaner and I am usually browsing not only for the comic itself, but the content of your latest post. The webcomic experience you offer is more than just the art itself, and so might not lend itself immediately to the current marketplace as say, cough Garfield cough. Which isn't to say that your fans wouldn't enjoy downloading and reading your books on a solid reader, but I think you're right in thinking that the current drawbacks may outweigh the benefits.

That said, I think this is a problem in need of a solution, potentially a profitable one that allows you to meet your readership at their level. Delivery mechanisms are evolving rapidly and I believe it is the independents like yourself that need to be solving this problem, either by coming together to develop a channel yourselves, or getting somebody else to do it for you, but on more equitable terms.
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When someone +1s your post, what EXACTLY does it do?
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Tells you that they read it at the least, and agree with it at most.
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Marcy's coming back. As Francis love interest and foil. I want Marcy to be young and smart and independent. She's essentially Francis with his shit together. Which is why they originally butted heads so much and also why there was an attraction.

I really like this sketch and look forward to seeing more of this young lady.
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I was reserved about the new Brent and Cole, but now looking back, I love them! I like the newest Jade too, looks more like she did when I started reading PvP, just cleaned up. And Marcy looks fantastic! Can't wait to see new Francis, Skull and ESPECIALLY Lol-Bat :)
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