A little while back I was surprised when I paired Conrad with Marie for a strip about our Kung-Fu Priest. What struck me as odd was how Marie, who is no stranger to working an angle for her own benefit, went right along with Conrad’s over-the-line fawning over his new pastor. As a creator it’s not uncommon to have mental snapshot of each character’s personality constantly floating about, but it’s great when that snapshot brings about an answer to question you didn’t expect. These two characters have very devious sides to them that seem… unholy… when brought together.
So, no stranger to bringing interns along on press-checks myself, I thought I might explore this dark cavern of storytelling a bit further. My mind is already reeling of possibilities.
Sometimes I think we all like to reminisce, and when times are tough in your current situation — let’s say freelancing — it becomes easy to remember all the fun things about your old jobs, and less of the reasons why you left them all in the dust to blaze your own trail. I’m sure Sagmeister can totally relate.
So I’m giving the FreelanceSwitch job board a trial for the next month. You have to pay a low dollar sum to take part — well, you can read but not apply for free — whereas the job posters themselves get to toss them up for free. There’s a sort of logic at play here which they express on their site: encouraging low-budget clients to post jobs for their audience by not charging them, and weeding out amateurs and aggregate services by charging a fee to their users. They also offer, via their blog and twitter, a handful of articles on how to win at applying for these posted gigs. Mainly these tips amount to “cut to the chase” and “make your subject line stand out.” The first tip you can do via their application form, the second you cannot. The application form gives a basic “you just got an application for job XXYY from FreelanceSwitch” header that you have no input on. So I just imagine you’re Low-Budget Client on the other end of these things, and you get 50 to 100 e-mails a day, all with the same header, and no indication without reading and checking cross-links in each one whether or not any person is going to be a good fit for the project. I shudder to think that some people might actually include prices in their applications — creating a tidal wave of undercutting and lowest-bidder design wars that ultimately sink the entire ship. If I land a gig through it, my opinion may change. We’ll see.
On a more positive note, I did receive a review-copy of 100 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers (from the fine people at Rockport) yesterday, which I already believe will yield better results for my career than the aforementioned.
Hey! Here’s the first of what may be many 1PT.Rule “Specials,” an attempt at long-form, full-page, full color comics. For now I’m aiming at having one of these a month, because fitting it in around everything else we have going on — and there’s always something going on here these days it seems — is difficult. So anyway, I hope you like it, and the regular strip resumes Wednesday.
Season 2 on the Reflex Blue Show begins now! With three guests, for crying out loud! Justin Ahrens, Steve Hartman, and current-leader-for-sexiest-on-air-voice Christine Taylor join us to talk about designing for the greater good the business-side of doing pro-bono work. It’s fantastic and we might just start doing three-guest shows every episode now. This also features a Season 2 new feature — the Mig Tip. I guarantee you are not prepared to handle it.
(PS: The audio gets a little low quality in the middle and again near the end. Sorry but it was the only way to save it from being lost)
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