Friday, August 25, 2006

Marker competent


I have been designated to draw the comps for an internal presentation today. Evidently I have the cutest comp style - which will make it an easier sell internally. Atleast I'm not the designated "cut-it-together-in-iMovie" guy, like my partner at my last agency. That was a whipping

As the art director/illustrator, I'll get to field such questions as " Won't casting a man with three hairs be difficult?" and "Where are her eyelids?" "Are those breasts???" and of course the ubiquitous "Those squiggles are body copy, right?"

"No, no" I'll say, soothingly, "We'll be paying someone who can actually draw to make these a little more client-friendly."
And they'll all nod, smile at each other, wipe the sweat off their brows and say "How much will that cost?"

And when I tell them, these marker comps will begin to look pretty good.

ADDED SEPT. 8: View comps at markercomps.blogspot.com.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Blog-Baiting


The Russians are golfing. The Russians are golfing.

I stumbled upon this news while sipping my morning coffee. And while there is almost no substance to this story, I think it's a great example of blog-baiting: useless news that people incorporate into their blogs, thereby increasing the online circulation of news websites like Yahoo and CNN.com.

Basically bloggers like me, starved for actual insights, grab one of these stupid stories, offer snarky commentary, and invite the public to comment with their own snarky commentary. It's beautiful. Except that it's a) useless and b) basically advertising. And it must be working.

One step shy of the Onion, who blatantly fabricates ridiculous stories in an uber-editorial way, traditional news websites promote useless news in its own category of "offbeat stories" and "odd news". Not unlike the last story of a local newscast - that one that leaves you feeling a little better at the end of the Nightly News - just after you've been informed that the economy is crumbling, the planet is edging ever closer to the next natural disaster, and there's a child rapist/murderer loose in your neighborhood.

Nearly every blog I read has at least occasional reference to articles with this kind of appeal. Perhaps that's because I'm in advertising, I read advertising blogs, and we're all somewhat taken by the cultural implications of what most people would classify as "pretty stupid but funny."

So I'll admit it: I can only really offer so much advertising and marketing insight - the rest of it is just silly crap I find on the net and bitching about the financial mistakes I've made that have come back to haunt me.

My saving grace is that there are smarter people than me that provide me with worthy reading material from which to "riff". I feel like my middle school jazz band conducter. Dwee Doo Dot. Dwee Do Dot.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Out is out.


hmmmm.

The latest reports conclude that there are fewer homosexual television characters this year (9) than last year (10)

The study goes on to calculate that 1.3 percent of 679 series lead and supporting characters are gay, down from 1.4 last year. Really?

Who is doing this math? And why? Isn't it clear to say 9 out of 679? Down from 10? Assuming that this information is useful to you, gay or otherwise. Do you think this is a "good news" item for republicans? Like a faltering crime statistic? Or is this percentage reported to disappoint the gay mainstream? Who is keeping the kind of score of this crap that necessitates breaking the numbers down into percentages and developing a trend? I'm actually kind of surprised that Will and Grace's final season didn't put a bigger dent in these numbers. Weren't they all gay on some level? I mean, 'Karen' offered to sleep with every attractive woman who made an appearance on the show, including that washed up chick from "Who's that girl" and Minnie Driver. Were they counting her? And does Hag-de-Grace score as a begrudging bi, since she actually made out with Karen more times than any of her on-screen flings?

Plus, where does that leave us with syndicated gay characters?

And what about Bravo's entire lineup of tolerant TV? No love for them?