The BizComics Club Blog
The Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator, and memoirist, Clive James, once said: “Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” So it is that our comics, while humorous in nature, very often reflect common sense — a sense that seems increasingly forgotten as time goes on.
In our blog, we hope to expand on that common sense, to clarify some things, to debunk some others. We hope to help you see the complex can be made simple, that it should be made simple. We hope to reinforce what you already know to be true — that because the simplest things are the most memorable, they’re the most effective. We hope to work with you to create simple, effective messages to promote your business and your interests. Most of all, we hope to have fun doing those things with you and to make common sense dance.
The Irony Board Riddle us this, Batman: If we're so enamored of abbreviations and acronyms, why do we protract and convolute our speech so much? Ironic, isn't it? Consider: Rather than, "Prioritize," we're likely to hear someone say, "At base level, this project...read more
Who Stole My Vocabulary? If you've worked for any amount of time — and particularly if you've worked in any large, bureaucratic organizations for more than 20 or 30 seconds — you've likely borne witness to a phenomenon psychiatrists, psychologists, behaviorologists,...read more
Innovative Brutes But sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going ... I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one...read more
Unwitnesses There are few things we enjoy as much as idle musing. After all, when you're in the business of creating cartoons, you only have two reliable sources of material: (1) idle musing and (2) people-watching. And with very few exceptions, that's a distinction...read more
Y'all Pass Me That Bottle What Night Train Express and Thunderbird are to vintage wines, Ventura Publisher is to graphic design. In 1986 (yeah, we were there), Ventura Publisher begat what came to be known as desktop publishing. That opened the world of graphic design...read more
A Bridge Too Far We love cartoons. The only thing we might love more than cartoons is language. And the only thing we might love more than language is the way it's tortured, twisted, and traumatized — wittingly or unwittingly — in people's attempts to construct...read more
Aiming Is Not Driving We've decided to change our business model. That's right. Effective immediately, whenever we're asked to create a white paper, we're going to create it at no charge. Thereafter, however, we're going to charge five bucks for every revision. We've...read more
Straighten Out the Language It's hard not to feel sympathy for Dr. Ludwig L. Zamenhof, the idealistic if misguided soul who created Esperanto. Dr. Zamenhof hoped to simplify the study and learning of language; to let users of Esperanto communicate with other users of...read more
Attacked By the Blob! Horror-movie buffs may recall The Blob as the 1958 film in which Steve McQueen had his first starring role on the big screen. (He had a smaller role in Never Love a Stranger the same year.) That particular version of The Blob might have been any...read more
To Have and To Fold We don't know if you've ever witnessed The Great Escape. But it's a fairly common occurrence in our business (creative services, that is): Here's how it typically plays out: Client: I need a trifold. Designer: AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!! Client:...read more