The right man for the job – John Gruntkowski

I received news today that the person at Quebecor who helped me with getting the London Horror Comic printed had passed away unexpectedly.

I never met John Gruntkowski in person but we exchanged a flurry of e-mails and phone calls in the run up to the comic being printed.

The last e-mail I got from him was on October 26th following a positive discussion about changing the print spec for the next issue.

John was everything you could want in a professional rep, and as a first time publisher, he took the time to explain a lot of concepts that were new to me.  He was kind, patient and responsive and took the nervousness I had about talking to printers right away.

Making comics is a team process and surrounding yourself with people who have the right attitude is half the battle.

I was lucky to have John on my side.

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posted by JP at 12:23 am  

Where we were in 88…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPmZkYHEpsk

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posted by JP at 12:05 am  

Tube announcer sacked for telling truth (via BBC Online):

“The woman who became the Voice of the Tube has been sacked after allegedly criticising London Underground (LU). Voiceover artist Emma Clarke, 36, is the woman millions of Tube travellers hear warning them to ‘mind the gap’. Ms Clarke also made a series of spoof announcements on a website promoting her voiceover work. An LU spokesman said: ‘It’s not because of the spoof announcements. It’s because she has criticised the Underground system.’”

The spoof announcements are here. An interview with Emma is over at b3ta.

She’d have been much better off making real announcements about the collapse of Metronet and concerns over rail safety. Oh, and the strikes.

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posted by JP at 10:33 pm  

 Thought for the night

From an Observer interview with the world’s greatest mathlete, Alexis Lemaire:

“It’s normal to go wrong because it’s so hard. It’s the mistake which is the norm. The attraction is doing it without making a mistake. It’s when you get it right that it’s exciting.”

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posted by JP at 9:15 pm  

Sleuth remake – review

The remake of Sleuth is an exceptional film. It is a daring film and deserves the support of your wallets.

The original was about class divide whereas this centres on age versus youth. Law holds his own against Caine and the screen crackles as the two Indian wrestle each other in a two man acting competition.

Pinter’s dialogue packs more concepts in a single line than most movies do in their entire running. Branner’s directing, while slightly intrusive at times, captures the intimacy between the two leads.

One couple I overheard leaving the movie at the end said that this was the strangest thing they’d ever seen.

A job well done, I’d say.

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posted by JP at 11:04 pm  

Urban rosarch test

Urban Rosarch test

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posted by JP at 11:23 am  

One word, Benjamin: webcomics.

You don’t want to hear that the smart money is now on web comics when you’re launching the first print edition of your own title.

The stars must be in alignment or something, because the situation is beginning to look like the print medium’s days are numbered. Marvel readers will soon be able to purchase 2,500 digital versions of its comics. Amazon’s Kindle has sold out and you can already download first issues of Vertigo titles.

Skynet will probably become self-aware any day now too, marking the end of the human race as well as print.

From my own experience in creating web-comics, online readers just want to come in, consume content and move on. You might bookmark or forward something on if you really like it, but when it comes to content, the web is an all you can eat buffet and users are always hungry.

Something that would be useful would be if print publishers began hosting independent web comics on their sites and used the amount of traffic each one received as a business case for releasing digital comics as print titles.

Using the web to show publishers there is demand for new types of work – not just superheroes – and that an audience is willing to pay for it could be a major boon to the industry and increase the range of works we’re able to read.

The pessimistic side of me, however, says that digitisation on archive copies of the Micronauts has already begun.

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posted by JP at 1:57 am