Monthly Archives: May 2005

Visions of Indiana

We spent Friday afternoon having a frank conversation with syndicated cartoonist Brian Basset (Red and Rover, Adam@Home) about getting into the newspapers. Brian has a cozy studio that swelters in the summer heat where he works over an art desk covered in materials and upcoming comics. Some of the most interesting advice concerned clarifying background objects (is it a backyard fence or drops of rain behind that tree?) and getting your point across through a character’s body language. What I enjoy most about talking with experienced pros is their take on other comics. It’s a fascinating question to ask yourself as you develop a strip: who am I writing for, how has my audience changed, and would the strips that have been around for twenty years still get launched today? Thanks for your time Brian, I hope we get to do it again sometime.

Meanwhile, we’re preparing for the team’s trip to Indiana this week for our VisionFest presentation. I’ve known about this speaking engagement since last summer, but in my typical style I’m only just now getting the notes down on paper. In a few days I will be presenting a talk on internet animation not only to the students and faculty of Indiana University, but also to Eric Radomski, co-director of Mask of the Phantasm, and John Canemaker, notable animation historian. We will be small potatoes amongst some very big spuds, but no-name as I may be I do have a lot of experience in this field. If you’re going to be in the area, this should be worth seeing.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Let Me Sell You a Saturn

One of my first jobs out of school was as a sales rep at a Software Etc. It was a male dominated environment and I loved every minute of it. Sega Saturns were still selling well, the hot girl’s CD-ROM was Barbie-related and everyone wanted a Tickle Me Elmo and a Nintendo 64. We were still selling Magic Cards, although their popularity was waning, and books for the games were really picking up. I learned how to use an electronic register and how dressing too frumpy hurts sales. That Christmas we had lines outside the door for a chance at one of only four games available for the new Nintendo system. I was only there for two months, but some experiences stay with you always.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Domain Name Ponderings

Happy to say I’m doing well and that puts me in a much better mood to be writing this at 5:30 in the morning. A friend gave me the idea for this strip after something similar happened to her and I thought it was a great story. As we watch so many domain names get taken up it makes me wonder sometimes how new businesses will handle things in the future, at least until we have some other system for naming dot coms. More dashes? Longer and longer titles that no one will have any hope of remembering? I actually saw one the other day called “JeffGoldbloomIsWatchingYouPoop.” Ah Internet, who could ever fully understand your infinite depths?

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter