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Following Up

A number of things previously mentioned get revisted today; feel free to review the appropriate antecedents.

  • TCAF this year was, by all accounts, a smashing success, and coming only one year after the previous bi-annual iterations, it was a bonus smashing success. Now the official recap is up, and the decision has been made — the one year interval experiment was concluded satisfactorily, and “for the forseeable future”, TCAF will be an annual event. Well done festival director and co-founder Christopher Butcher, with an extra set of thanks to the show’s many dedicated volunteers.
  • Flight remains the definitive comics anthology series in the modern era; founded by small-press and webcomics creators, run by Kazu Kibuishi and Kean Soo, it’s always been of the highest quality and featured the prettiest pictures. The news that the eighth volume of Flight would be the last was bitter, but things can’t go on forever. The penultimate volume (that’s fancy words for “number seven”) now has previews available for your perusal in advance of its release at San Diego Comic Con.
  • One may recall a discussion on ideas posited a while back by Olaf Moriarty Solstrand, with the basic thesis that ideas come all the time — it’s the ability (or drive) to execute on them that matters. To underscore the point, Solstrand took the opportunity to come up with 100 comics ideas in 100 days. You know where this is going; from Solstrand yesterday:

    [J]ust a quick update — the “100 ideas in 100 days” project over at I tipped you about three months ago is now over. Today is day 100, and idea #100 was published half an hour ago.

    The quality varies, but I had expected that — and I managed to complete the project before the set deadline, so in my book this qualifies as a success.

    Solstrand is being modest — pretty much any of the ideas he’s presented (to you! for free!) could be used to build a pretty extensive story on. Let this now be the definite point where the Where do you get your ideas from? question is officially retired. You make ’em up, and if you’re not thrilled with it, you make up another. But how do I come up with them in the first place? You’ve got your answer, next question. But Next!

  • Finally, a followup on a small drama of love that played out in the pages of Dinosaur Comics. Girl meets Boy on the Tube because of DC shirts, falls madly in interested, but neglects to get his name. Girl is leaving London in two weeks. Girl writes to Ryan North for assistance. Ryan publishes Girl’s story, and gets results. Boy has a girlfriend already, but at least Girl doesn’t have to wonder what might have been. Ryan wonders — even though this pairing that he facilitated didn’t work out, how else might he spread the love?

    Answer: Tomorrow, Friday, is the first ever “Feel Free To Say Hi If I’m Wearing A Dinosaur Comics Shirt Day, Woooooo!” [emphasis original]:

    If you’re single and you’d like to meet someone who maybe reads the same comic as you, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. If you’ve got one of my shirts, wear it, and if you don’t have one, you can keep an eye out for someone who does! And if something awesome does happen, please email me about it: it’d be totally amazing if everything works out.

    Okay, so the problem is – what if you’re happily in a monogamous relationship or if you’re NOT looking for anyone or whatever? You can not wear your shirt tomorrow, or if you do, you can politely let folks down easy as I’m sure you’re used to doing, and I say this because every reader of my comic I’ve ever met is attractive. Not even a joke there. It’s kinda crazy. [emphasis original]

    So there you go — choose your wardrobe tomorrow carefully, and go out and make some friends!

Again thanks for the very kind words. But I think the thesis that ideas come to you all the time wasn’t originally mine — I think you’re thinking of a blog post by Howard Tayler. While I agree with everything he said there, that’s not the reason I chose to come up with a hundred ideas in a hundred days: I did that just because I wanted to prove for myself that I could. My experiment definitely proves Howard’s point, but that this project and his blog post came about the same time is just a wonderful coincidence.

I love the Dinosaur Comics story! Probably the cutest webcomic-related story I’ve seen in years. Thanks for sharing it!

[…] their names alone. But Solstrand has more to contribute than just a great name; you may recall his 100 Ideas in 100 Days initiative, his master’s thesis on the social dimensions of webcomics [Norwegian text], or his scripting […]

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