Boundaries

For the last, at least, five years, I’ve had a problem with boundaries. Specifically, the boundary between my work life and home life. I work – a lot. And in the past several years, more and more of my time and focus has been on updating my skills and producing some good journalism. Which is good and important – I’m lucky to like what I’m doing. But my family and cartooning life has suffered. I have to put that in balance, especially since my daughters Read More +
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Shorter Clay Shirky: I’m clueless, but that’s OK

Seriously, he spent a few thousand words in his latest post saying that he has no idea what will happen to news if newspapers go away. And rationalizes that it’s OK that he doesn’t know, that it’s not his responsibility to know. I’m not sure why so many people are listening to a guy who can’t figure out how to apply a theme to his WordPress blog, or at least fill out the “About” page.* But I suspect Clay just gave everyone permission to stop Read More +
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The value in a niche (or why Clay Shirky is a freeloader)

UPDATE: Welcome Shirky fans! This is the home of the online mystery/webcomic Odd Jobs. Links to a whole bunch of free comic goodness on the left, so please look around. The third book in the series, “Cash & Carry,” was published by Echelon Press as their first graphic novel and optioned for television by Warner Bros. Please note I have no ill feelings about Clay Shirky – agree with him about a lot. But his two blog posts, I believe, vastly understate the affect of Read More +
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The internet is not killing newspapers

I’m not unrealistic about the fate of newspapers – far from it, I’m certified in Actionscript 2.0 (got to get on 3.0 though) and of course have been doing online comics for years. But I believe the the current talk about the troubles of newspapers is missing something very important, maybe a few things. Commentators seem to talk about newspapers in trouble and then skip right to the web, and I think those who do that are wrong, and that’s important because if you don’t Read More +
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