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The excitement of google + Scott McCloud => new comics

The excitement of google + Scott McCloud => new comics

Google will be releasing a web browser that looks really good.

And what’s really exciting for me is that they’ve used comics to explain what the new browser does and how it is different to other browsers. It’s a brilliant example of how comics can be used to educate and break down complex concepts in an entertaining way. Hurray for comics stimulating more parts of the brain than simple text and also making the brain slow down and chew the concepts.

In my comics essay (love letter) coming out in Meanjin in December I talk about comics having the ability to be a slow food movement for the brain. This comic is a perfect example of making it pleasurable for people to take the time to understand things… I know my understanding of web browsers in general has increased as well as having an unexpected depth of understanding about a new google product.

Scott McCloud was the perfect creator for this kind of comic and it’s exciting to see this kind of partnership, his vigorous and thoughtful exploration of ideas makes it an excellent match

Check out the Google Chrome Scott McCloud comic.

It’s all very exciting.

Wow, back from America and STUFF is happening

Wow, back from America and STUFF is happening

I’m back from America and it was a complete blast. I had an amazing time and met lots of amazing creators. A big shout out to all the folks back in the US of A and a shout out for all the folks back home that kept me sane and happy. You can see ramblings about my America experience on my YouTube account .

One of the side benefits of recording myself on YouTube (and warning the stuff there is pretty dorky) is that it gave me the confidence to start recording my music. It’s nothing fancy, pretty terrible sounding in fact, but I’m open to hearing myself now and learning how to make myself better for recording (a bit of technology might help there too). I’ve written 20 songs, and I’ve just finished getting rough grabs of most of them on garageband and started recording them again. It’s interesting to see how the sound evolves.

I’m hard at work on a musical for the Young Music Society summerschool production, workin with Michael Sollis. It’s really interesting to see how the collaboration process develops, the musical is slowly but surely getting there, every day shows progress and every meeting brings about changes for the better. Hopefully it will rock, it’s our first creation together, but it should be fun.

Freelance work at Inception Strategies is good with a steady flow of work keeping creditors at bay and I learn something from every project I do.

Hopefully I will have some good news on The Long Road, my gritty urban fantasy soon.

AND most importantly, I just saw Pablo Latona at his fabulous installation in Civic. Watch the live feed or go there in person, you have until noon saturday (Australian EST), watch it for it is mighty.

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