counting backwards from 168
About seven days ago I was trying to finish up my deck for the Federal Reserve’s WEDGE confence in Philadelphia. Since then, I’ve keynoted my first conference as an Adaptive Path employee, gotten blogged/critiqued for a speaking gig for the first time, and had my first essay published on the AP site.
That, in addition to my regular duties as a interaction designer, has effectively turned my brain to oatmeal.
And I’ve no idea how they do it without collapsing.
In an effort to ensure I wouldn’t be expected to regularly come up with interesting commentary on what’s happening in anything related to my work, I swore the first post I would write after my traffic multiplied by several orders of magnitude (thanks, guys!) would be about comic books.
You know, to get people’s expectations down to a marginal level.
Despite my best efforts, tho, even the comics I read wind up referencing the business I’m in. For evidence, check out the letter column in New Avengers #18 (pick yours up at Isotope, if you live here in the City). In it, hotshot writer and eventual Marvel Editor in Chief Brian Michael Bendis had this to say:
Having spoken with many of my comics heroes from the generation before mine, I’ve learned that they had no idea if they were popular or influential or if anyone was even reading their comics. … My generation of comics creators, we get almost instant feedback. … There are now dedicated groups for any and all comic book series and creators. So many opportunities for discussion that you could easily take them for granted. … I love the accountability.
It goes on to serve as a pretty huge acknowledgement (by a luminary of the industry, no less) that the internet has fundamentally changed the nature of narrative in comics. Editor’s notes, recaps, and the relationships between creators and readers that feeds how stories evolve month to month – all of it has changed in very short order thanks to fansites, wiki entries and online critique.
A 60 year old industry is evolving in ways no one could have anticipated even a few years back… please tell me I’m not the only person on this side of the fence paying attention to that fact.
I’m not gonna tell you what to read, but you should be taking a look at this kind of stuff. It’s certainly more interesting than another f-ing article about MySpace.