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    It's the Brin piece Wood linked. Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorEberhorn
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2013 edited
    #Joker Joke

    So, this is again for my novel. And this time, I might actually be making this up, but here goes.

    You all probably know this joke (and I suck at telling jokes):

    A man and a woman walk through a dark forest. The woman is shivering, looks scared, and doesn't want to go on. And the serial killer turns to her, and says: "What, you're scared now? I have to walk all the way back through this forest by myself..."

    Seriously, it's kinda funny if somebody else tells it.

    Anyway, for some reason I have this thought in my mind, about the Joker, THE comic book Joker, telling a variation of that joke (or maybe just a part of it), but about a man with a crowbar having to go all the way back by himself. Playing on his murder (at the time) of Jason Todd. I thought it might have been in the Grant Morrison run, but I just can't find it.

    So, now I'm not sure if I'm just imagining it, or if it really was there.

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    So, it's been a year since I started the attempt to sell art thing, and obviously I could be doing things much much better. I've noticed that a large percentage of the people who do fave my items are outside of the US, so international posting clearly should increase the chances of sales. Except when I look into international postage rates, I'm finding that I need MOAR INFO so I can hopefully mess up as little as possible on my first couple attempts. So is there any deep knowledge or research I should be doing?

    Also, I've been using twitter (mostly) and tumblr to promote stuff/be social/etc and it seems to be a bit hit and miss (mostly miss). Like I've been posting about promo codes and discounts on twitter, but I'm not sure how much I should post about it while not becoming a spam monster. Is there some kind of general amount per time that seems to work best?

    And last but not least, if trying to figure out WordPress is driving you crazy, where do you go for help?
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    #Joker joke

    You might be thinking of the joke at the end of Killing Joke (written by Alan Moore).
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    "See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum... and one night, one night they decide they don't like living in an asylum any more. They decide they're going to escape! So, like, they get up onto the roof, and there, just across this narrow gap, they see the rooftops of the town, stretching away in the moon light... stretching away to freedom. Now, the first guy, he jumps right across with no problem. But his friend, his friend did not dare make the leap. Y'see... Y'see, he's afraid of falling. So then, the first guy has an idea... He says 'Hey! I have my flashlight with me! I'll shine it across the gap between the buildings. You can walk along the beam and join me!' B-but the second guy just shakes his head. He suh-says... He says 'Wh-what do you think I am? Crazy? You'd turn it off when I was half way across!'"
    • CommentTimeNov 19th 2013

    For figuring out WordPress if you want to DIY and are starting out:

    Easy wp has a starter guide explaining the basics of website/blogging with a self hosted wordpress. has a bunch of well documented tutorials up on modifying your wordpress

    If you're already rolling with a free theme, check out the theme's author support fora/email and or post your question in the general forum.

    Paid themes are able to provide you with more support than gratis. Elmastudio | genesis framework

    If you want to hire someone for wordpress, check your network for recommendations and make a list of what your site needs to do.
    Do you need a shop? <- self hosted shoppe is a great deal more involved than using an etsy. paypal costs, security etc.

    Postage: costs of packing/wrapping, weight, shipping time, what to do/ who to call or mail when a package is lost. Some countries don't allow untreated wooden parts to be shipped, Russia wants you to get an export partner for electronics and demands an extensive manifest of what you are shipping. Find out if there are exemptions for the materials/object you will be shipping. The taxes that apply when shipping to another country. Insurance of your package. The time you take to prep for shipping. All of the above make up the added cost to ship to eu and beyond.

    Socialbro checks your twitter to see the times when most of your followers are active.

    Images with the object and it's discount-code work best in addition to textual tweet/tumblr.

    Advertising in your twitter/tumblr/facebook 3-5 times is expected when it is a business account, as long as it's not the only content. Find related to your biz content to share as well : some more on how not/to ( just switch out graphic novel for art object. :)
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    remind me...

    ... that when I give a straight answer to a question and its not the 'correct' one from the point of view of others on the thread, that I'm going to get (internet) attacked and that I should just not go and be a voice of sanity and support in these places...

    (head desk)

    Must stay away from places that are domintated by certain sorts of very very very very very 'straight'/vanilla people....
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    For rolling your own WP theme, I find Artisteer pretty useful. I still have to do a fair bit of hand coding to clean it up but as a method of fast-paced interface brainstorming it's great.
    • CommentAuthorEberhorn
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013
    # Joker Joke

    No, it's not that one. I seem (SEEM) to remember something like a hash-up page, with different things that happened in Batman's life, and the Joker's there, with a bloody crowbar in his hand, and he says like one line, something like "You're scared? I have to walk all the way back all alone with nothing but this crowbar..."
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    Thanks y'all. I'll be trying all of that in the near future and hopefully that will make a big difference! :)
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    Who was asking about photos of fossils? Do you still need them? I took a fair few on the weekend. they're only phone pics but some are pretty good for all that.
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    Hi Kay, it was me - thanks for the offer but the project's over. I'm playing with throwing paint at things now...
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    #Joker Joke

    It was the Joker. I'm positive I've read that too. And it wouldn't be Morrison, as I've read very little of his run.
    Hate to be another person to say "I think" without the actual reference, but I'm fairly certain it was in Chuck Dixon's Nightwing.
    If I can find that run, I'll try to get you the specific issue # (joker popped up a couple of times, but not all the much)
    • CommentAuthorEberhorn
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2013
    #Joker Joke

    I still haven't found it. Makes me crazy. But cheers for all the help, people :)
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2013

    So I'm at a point where I'm trying to reach out to publications and ask if they need a beer columnist. Many of them already have someone doing it, but I feel like I can bring some good game to the table. problem is that I am absolute shit at cold calling/e-mailing and am not really sure what to do. Obviously, I'll introduce myself, say how long I've been doing this, and bring up all the credits I've had talking at festivals, appearing on TV etc... but when it gets to the part where I say "So...wanna hire me?" I fall short. Especially if a columnist is already there and I know I can't say "I can do a better job".

    Any tips on how to go about this? Anything I should leave out or put in? Put up a few links of some quality posts (off the bat I'm definitely thinking the non-alcoholic beer one)?
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2013
    #jokerjoke I'm pretty sure that I read it in "whatever happened to the caped crusader?" by Neil Gaiman.
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    Hey peeps! this is actually slightly embarrassing as I should be able to do this without much thinking, but then I realised that it would probably be better to canvass opinions here

    I have am Icelandic niece, who has just turned 14. she likes learning English, and I have to say that her level of comprehension is astounding. We actually ahve some rather good chats between the two of us. I thought that it would be a good idea for us to get her a graphic novel for Xmas. The house is full of cartoon anthologies in English (Tintin, Calvin & Hobbes), but she's not really into superheroes or similar things (so no transmetropolitan then... until she's 16!).

    So here's the question - What would be a good graphic novel to get a 14 year old girls who is good in Enlgish, but for whom it's not the native language? I thought about something like Persepolis but maybe the themes are a bit too out of her reach. what do y'all think?
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2013 edited

    Generally, the way that I like to approach publications asking them for something (publishing my press release or asking them to pay me to contribute to them) is to make sure that I have a good paragraph at the beginning that includes why I'm reaching out specifically to them. Most everything else can be a quick copy/paste job, but that introductory paragraph that shows that I've read their work, like what they're doing, and feel that I can fit in because of "things we have in common, things I write about that you like, etc" really helps.

    It also makes them have to think less about how they're going to cram you into their syndication. Being like, "I see you're doing "this" and it's great, but I want to write about "this" which hasn't been covered yet and I can see you audience would really enjoy" so it's just a yes/no for writing about what you wanted to do. And it shows you've done your research into them and are thinking about how to benefit them (while also getting paid).

    So my stuff is generally structured:

    1-2 sentences explaining who I am. (copy/paste)

    3-4 sentences explaining what I love about them & how I think we'd be a good mix together. (original text only)

    What I want from them. (mostly copy/paste, can be touched up if there's something specific besides "let me write for you")

    The full self-promo of who I am, what I'm showcasing, what awards I've received/publications I've been in. (copy/paste)

    Jovial exit. (copy/paste)

    -Full contact info & links to personal site. (copy/paste)

    That way it's a combination of quick pastings but with the touch of sincerity that gives me a reason to be excited about reaching out to them and hope that they feel the same way back. If I can't get excited about reaching out to them, I know we wouldn't have a good professional relationship anyways and don't waste either of our times.

    Of your articles, I think the non-alcoholic one is definitely great, plus make sure that you put anything involving big names that they'll recognize off the bat - especially mainstream things that can show you can grow their audience and you won't be just writing for the same people they already have hooked - and whichever post has gotten you the most hits/comments/interest. Also, since you take photos, be sure to include one that has the best spread.
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2013


    Wow, that is incredibly helpful! Thank you so much!

    If it's a publication that already has a person doing what I'm offering, how to I approach that? Just completely ignore that and let my work do the talking?
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2013

    Hi icelandbob,

    I've selected as much variety in style and story telling as possible. Light romance, cartoon violence but no 16+ material.

    Adventure time

    Smile by Raina telgemeier

    Friends with boys

    Nothing can possibly go wrong

    Both drawn by faith Erin hicks

    Bone by Jeff Smith

    Battling boy Paul Pope

    Mousegard David Petersen


    Bad machinery

    A red tails dream