Official Product Launch

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2010 seems to have had far more product launches than I ever remember seeing before.
Certainly more than 2009, at least. And I am guessing that 2011 will bring even more.

The internet, online tools, open-source software and easily sourced business incubators, has meant that it can be very easy to get a new business idea launched. Often, this can all be done with very little start-up capital expenses.

Some of these businesses become very popular and profitable. Many more of these do not.
Let’s focus on these for now. They are much more fun to know about!

Please enjoy these:

Top 25 Biggest Product Flops of All Time,as determined by WalletPop.

10 Famous Product Failures (via Growthink)

The Biggest Product Flops of the Decade as voted by Crunchgear

Google’s biggest product flops and failures (yep. even the big guys fail)

Unfollowing family

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There is nothing more lame than following your parents on social media.

At least, that is what many people think. (mainly teenagers and full on hipsters).
Sure, when you are at an impressionable age, most things to do with parents are perceived as lame and uncool.

But there are also many people who have embraced social media or online communications, as a way to reconnect with their parents and other family members. Now you can reach out and share all things good and bad,  faster and with more details than you could via the phone or letters.
Twitter, Skype, Facebook and emails have replaced the regular call home to mum, or a letter packed with photos of the kids.
Holiday photos are shared almost immediately via Flickr or Picasa.
Family gatherings are organised through Facebook events, Google calendars or email.
Overseas calls can be accompanied with vision, via webcams and Skype.

Technology is giving us ways to share and bring our families together, even as it simultaneously provides avenues to tear things apart.

Now, if I could just create an app to allow Mum to remotely do my washing.
(What? That is not callous.She misses doing it. I just know she does….)

Dark Night

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Where were you when the lights went out?

The world recently took part in Earth Hour, which started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating.

My favourite thing about it, is that many places celebrate by having a massive Fireworks display, which to me, seems to go against the whole movement somewhat. Both Sydney & Seatlle did that this year. But I do like the pretty lights….

I support the movement due to the public awareness it raises, but I personally feel that it still allows the average person to participate and then forget about what they can do to help save the planet, for another 12 months.
I truly hope I am wrong, and the attitudes of the peoples of the world begin to change.

Anyway, while the lights were off, I got creative! I made some shirt designs and stuff, to help make the world brighter and more fun. Yay for me!
They make excellent gifts and will also increase your coolness quotient by a factor of 22.
Also, the money raised will help fund me to do some art classes and make better/funnier comics, which is something that I am sure you all want.
(yes john, that comment is aimed at you)

To find out more and buy something, just click on the images below:

Zombie headshot shirt Zombie Headshot mug Mr T-rex



The Perfect Comic

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This is the most perfect comic ever created!

It’s a shame we will never see it….
But that is OK, because there will never be a perfect comic.

Comic Art is like any other form of art, in as much as it is subjective to the viewer and their personal preferences.
There are so many artistic styles active within the comics world that a single style will never be the one that meet with the approval of all people who view it.

Some people prefer highly stylised images, whilst others want a more photo-realistic version given to them to indulge in.

But the one thing that I think CAN be a common thread throughout all comics, regardless of popularity, the style in which they are created or even the medium they appear – and that is that they should be created by artists who enjoy what they are doing.

Too often in the comics world, artists will clash over the smallest things (often just due to a mis-interpretation of what may have been implied) and full on melee will erupt between two parties. Very often, in these cases, sides are taken and many more artists pop-up, just to throw their hats into the ring and be seen to be part of it all.
Pros and cons of the medium in which a comic is presented, will be debated vigorously.
Egos will be inflated and former glories will be held high as proof that that party is the correct one in the current debate.
And names are always called.

When I see this occurring, I cringe.
I want to just say out loud “can’t you just do what you do and love what you do?”

Not everyone wants to be a pioneer.
Not every comic artist will make a living from their passion.
No one medium is the ultimate and best one to use.
No one knows it all – there is always more to experience.

@ryanstegman posted on twitter recently, a great piece of advice to the newer artists out there – “STAY POSITIVE. There is no conspiracy against you breaking in! Work hard and make your own luck.”

The fact that there is even a perception of a “conspiracy” that newer artists have no hope in breaking into comics and achieving what they want to, is too much for me.
All this fighting and bragging can actually dissuade some upcoming artists from trying, which may then deprive us of some fantastic comic art in the future!

Those who have “made it” in the comics world should be setting examples of how to behave as a professional, as well as portraying what a unified and sharing community the Comics world actually is.
Too often though, they spend their time baiting others just because they can, or defending their own techniques or methods.

I would love to see 2010 be the year that the comics community worldwide, takes a step back and lets little comments roll off their back. Raise thos tolerance levels and become the “bigger man”
Ignore that ridiculous post.
Refrain from commenting, especially when you know the shit-storm it may create.
Let that twitter comment wash away in the tweet stream.

Let’s just remember that we are not journalists or politicians.
Our work should speak for us. Not the other way around.

Overall, I feel that comics creation should stem from of a love for creating comics and drawing – nothing else.
We do what we personally feel is right for our art.
The rest is just gravy.