Sunday, March 6, 2011

Link roundup

1. Penelope Trunk gives advice on having a successful blog (in animated video form).

2. From a wide-ranging interview with Kurt Busiek:

I had a MADAME MASQUE mini-series in the works at Marvel and two projects in the works at DC, so I quit my job assisting Jim Salicrup to concentrate on writing. Within a week, the editor I was working with at Marvel quit and went to DC and the editor I was working with at DC quit the industry entirely, and all the projects I was working on were suddenly dead. And I'd gotten my roommate my old job with Jim, so I couldn't just go back to it. In one week, I was out of the industry, with no other means of support. It was devastating.

As for how I overcame it -- I got a job at Burger King, kept looking for comics work, and eventually found a job as a literary agent and did that for two or three years, during which time I sold a little more comics writing and learned a hell of a lot about the publishing industry. That job led to me coming back to Marvel as a direct sales manager, too. So It was mostly just a matter of keeping going and keeping at it.

3. Germain Lussier writing for /Film about the 3D release of The Phantom Menace:
We can all agree (well, most of us) that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is an abysmal addition to the Star Wars saga, It ruined the character of Anakin, destroyed the mystery of The Force and introduced us to Jar Jar Binks. However, I’m without a doubt going to check out this re-release to see how well the 3D conversion turned out.
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