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The Next Thing Part 4: The Announcement

Esmaya and her Darkside Minions

So, you know from Part 1 of this series that I’ve been dying to start a new creative project, but haven’t wanted to start anything new that would take me away from my daughter at this juncture in her life. Probably you can all see where this is going, but if you don’t, I’d love to help you out with an official announcement:

The Next Thing Part 3: Its All Just Fun-n-Games

My collection of dice from way-back-when

One day, while my daughter and I were home sick from work and school, we worked together on a board game she had started working on earlier in the week. Six hours, several cups of tea, a couple bowls of soup, a handful of cough drops, and many of my art supplies later, we had a working prototype for her idea.

The Next Thing Part 2: A Gamer is Born

Game Collection and Foam Squares

My daughter has been making games for as long as I can remember. We’re closing in on some cool ideas.

Joe Kubert, pioneering comics artist and mentor: Sept 18, 1926 – Aug 12, 2012

The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

I am, and always will be at least in some part, a Kubie. Of all of the schools I have spent time in, I’ve only ever called myself a Kubie. Thank you, Joe, for giving me a place to learn what I wanted to know, to explore my art with teachers
who were as excited as I was with the art and creation of comics. Your work has not only touched millions, but lives on every single day as the students who passed thru your school work, create and share their art with those around them. Thank you for going the extra mile and giving us a place to call our own.

The Next Thing Part 1: A Fresh Start

Around the bend

For anyone who’s been keeping score, its been almost two and a half years since life around here got so heavy that I dropped almost completely from the web-o-sphere, and a year and a half since I wrote my blog post saying that it might be some time longer before I could start anything new.

Since then, I’ve knowingly taken note of other online presences who have disappeared from time to…

Yes, if…

The fact is, the more creative your team is, the more they will thrive on answers that start with “yes, if…”

The New (Old) Kids on the Block

Good morning!

The other day, I woke up with this song in my head from New Kids on the Block. It got me talking to a colleague at work, and I told him how I thought it was funny that I had seen a televised bit when they kicked off their comeback tour in 2008 on the Today Show. These guys had put on what really looked like their old show, but their audience had miraculously transformed from a…

Ask For Something They Can Give

People can’t always give you what you want, but they are often willing to give what they can. For instance, a customer might not be interested or in a position to buy your product, but if you’re on good terms with her, you might be able to get critical feedback while putting the product in her hands for a little while and letting her test drive it. This might open the door for a future sale. If…

My Daughter: Disney Princess for Life

Pocahontas and my Daughter at Disney's Animal Kingdom

In January of 2009, I took my family to visit Disney World in Orlando, Florida. While there, we experienced something profound in the way that Disney treats its different fan bases.

See, my then eight year old daughter, had spent the better part of her years to that point loving and wanting to be a Disney Princess. Mostly she’s into Arial, probably because of that whole fish-tail thing,…

Are YOU on Twitter?

I’ve recently met a wonderful lady, Amelia, from Australia, who runs her own business. She’s part of a small network of trainers, several of whom I’ve known for years. Because of my association with them, we’re slowly but surely connecting on the social media scene. I think I’m connected to several on Linked In and Facebook, and one of them on Twitter.

The other night, Amelia finds me on…

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