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Three! Three! Three Days In One!

Wow, it seems like just yesterday that Alexander Danner told us all about the Massachusetts Library Association’s conference, and the attendant graphic novelry thereunto? More on same from Raina Telgemeier, this time with a perspective from the microphone side of some of the panels.

  • Dresden Codak update, with an unofficial declaration that today is Literary Technique Day, Vocabulary Day, and Cross-Tabulation Day all in one.
  • Neil Gaiman wrote something that’s not about webcomics at all, something that I’ve read five times since he posted it last night, something that you (here, I’m using you in the sense of a creative individual with people who consume your work) that you should point out to members of your audience who bitch about your work not being what they want it to be.

    In the context of a reader asking if it’s unreasonable to be annoyed that George R. R. Martin doesn’t release books in a series more promptly, Gaiman opines:

    I keep trying to come up with a better way to put it, but the simplicity of things, at least from my perspective is this:

    George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.

    This is a useful thing to know, perhaps a useful thing to point out when you find yourself thinking that possibly George is, indeed, your bitch, and should be out there typing what you want to read right now. [emphasis original]

    The piece goes on for a bit after and you (and here I’m using you in a broader sense than before that, one that encompasses each and every individual reading this, including you personally) should go read it in its entirety right now because it’s a beautiful piece of writing besides being a lovely manfiesto on the proper relationship between creator and audience. Should I be on the wrong side of that line in future, please be sure to point me back to Gaiman’s essay.

Is it good or bad that I’ve never had a reader write me with entitlement issues? (Unless you count the reader who checked me out in response to my LJ post about my second anniversary, and demanded I quit before I destroyed all sequential art forever.)

I always regret posting negative things. Probably five seconds later. This is why.

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