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Basic Instructions (Dilbert guy gives advice to budding cartoonist)

Posted by brexwfoldingham on August 15, 2007

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame has an ongoing blog project where he gives advice to an up-and-coming webcartoonist to see if he can prepare him for syndication. 

 Part 1:

http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/08/basic-instruc-1.html 

Part 2:

http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/08/basic-instructi.html

Part 3:

http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/08/basic-instruc-2.html

Part 4:

http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/08/basic-instruc-3.html

In part 2 Adams has some interesting comments about what it takes to be commercially succesful in a mass medium:

 “Dilbert is in 2,000 newspapers, and I would guess that only 20% of the general public enjoys it. That’s all it takes to be a big commercial success, especially if that 20% is an identifiable demographic group.”

” As I described in a much earlier post, the thing you look for in evaluating entertainment is physical activity, not opinion. These two comments, for example, are not equal:

1. I love that comic.
2. I added it to my RSS feed.

Saying you love a comic is words. Adding it to your RSS feed, or taping it to your door, are examples of action. “

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