Last week’s Christmas comic was derailed in reaction to what has come to be known as The Christmas Blizzard of 2009, which completely destroyed fully 75% of my holiday plans, and continues to pose a threat to this day.
The unexpected upside of being snowed in for four days was working through nearly all of the DVDs my wife and I received on Christmas. Quantum of Solace itself was the lone hold-out, being sidelined by a Band of Brothers marathon on Spike TV. In case you are wondering, that formula looks like this: BoB > QoS.
My wife received Julie & Julia, a movie I had previously vowed never to see, in fact suffering through G.I.Joe while she saw it with her mother last summer. Being a good husband I sat down and was moved emotionally by the tale of a young blogger during the heyday of the blog (long since past). I guess that movie is supposed to be about a cook but NO! it is actually the greatest (only?) movie about blogging interrupted sporadically by Meryl Streep playing a muppet.
The entire tale of Julie is one any mid-aught blogger knows all too well. The initial rush of excitement, the feelings of isolation and the void of the internet, the elation of your first comment, followed by your first comment from someone you don’t know. Feeling pressured to produce something worth your audience’s time, day after day, with a spouse and family who don’t really get what you’re doing at all. A roller-coaster, that. In the end, through nothing but the power of blogging, this young woman scores a book deal and a movie based (half’sies) on her life. God that’s a happy ending.
W00t! Daily comics this week! Yesterday’s went up at like, almost 5:00, so if you missed it, see how this ball gets a rollin’. If not, you know… here. Admittedly this storyline is only tangently related to graphic design, but I think I’m just about done making excuses for going off-topic like this, it happens so often lately. Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning and then Merry Christmas!
Oh, and if you haven’t been around long enough to get the reference for the last panel, it comes from the 17th 1PT.Rule comic back last year. I am hesitant to link to it as it clearly marks the low-water mark of the quality of artwork present on this strip. It literally pains me to give this link to you, so consider yourself warned and protect your eyeballs.
Also Donovan posted our triumphant storming of the main stage at AIGA Make/Think in Memphis last October. We’re at the start of the video, though be sure you stick around for the other presentations — there’s some amazing stuff in there.
I can’t believe it’s already been over two months since we got four designers into a Honda Civic to drive eleven hours from Omaha to Memphis and back in just over four days of time. The event? The AIGA National Design Conference. And on opening night October 8th, Nate and I were invited to be part of the 20/20 hosted by Debbie Millman.
The rules were simple: 1) Be on stage while your presentation was going on and 2) Keep it to sixty seconds.
To see what we, and the other speakers had to say, see the video at the AIGA website here. Our presentation was the first of the group, so we start right after Debbie introduces the event.
Here’s a little late-in-the-day comic action for you office types this week. This is actually so late in the day (unless you’re left-coasting it or something) it almost counts as Wednesday’s strip, but nay! Wednesday has its own strip. I will draw it Wednesday, as I wrote it last week. We are G-2-G in this situation people.
Yesterday we had a fun little thing on twitter. See, I’ve made these toys called Paper Dummies which you can pick up on our downloads page, print out and assemble of out the paper of your choice. We have the entire cast of 1PT.Rule available, with the exception of our stylish ladies man Steve Jordan (about whom the previous week’s worth of comics centered around). Well I took the opportunity of having a story line centered around Steve to finally kick out his Paper Dummy and then sent the thing over to site mega-friend Steve Gordon to do a custom-“paint” of the figure over the weekend. He turned out some hotness in record time and we sent it to everyone who re-tweeted the comic yesterday (almost everyone, I’m still missing a few e-mail addresses). That was the entirety of the window of opportunity there, folks. It was brief and fun.
The Regular Edition Steve Jordan Paper Dummy will be available next week.