In the wake of the flurry of personal activity, I didn’t get to bring this up before, but the Ottawa Film Festival is calling for entries. Entries are due on July 2! If you’ve got something send it, they’re expanding their categories this year.
To encourage more of you eager beavers to write me, I’d like to take a moment to promote Eric Bergeron. Eric has some nice comic work, and while reading it, I actually laughed! Take a moment to look at his portfolio, there are a lot of fun drawings in there.
It’s official: I’m exhausted. But what’s even more official is the newly launched Scooter and Ferret website, product of many late nights. The first strip went out yesterday to some Beta testers, thanks very much to the Lux crew for finding those typos. The strip is going to be available for four day periods before it will be replaced by the next strip. Don’t look for that to happen on schedule this week, as the launch is not entirely off the ground. More people will be contacted over the next several days, followed by announcements on some relevant forums. Initial feedback on the strip is positive, though I give more credit to the artist for that than I take for my writing talent.
Watching CNN last night, supporters of foreign outsourcing claimed that the tide could be stemmed by more science education in schools. I’m mystified by how that would help, as I watch so many qualified and highly-skilled IT professionals lose their jobs, even here in Seattle, strictly because labor from India is cheaper. The implication is that the US workforce is less skilled, but anyone from the animation industry knows that skill is not what’s in shortage here, nor does lack of skill stop CEOs from looking elsewhere. But just take a look at this Business Week article to see how many people lean to that viewpoint. John Edwards is the only candidate hot on the issue, and after the Bush administration came out with this economic report supporting “labor trading,” the Republican party has never seemed so out of touch or so close to losing my vote.