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.
When we started BizComics two-and-a-half years ago, we thought it was a good idea. We still do. We believed cartoons were the perfect medium in which to deliver simplified marketing messages: to engage, entertain, and educate. We still do. But the market — that...read more
Big Ideas Ya know what we love? We love it when people say things like, "Let me give you a good idea." Or they might say, "Here's a funny story." We especially love it when people go all in and say things like, "Wait'll you hear this. This is really smart." Okay. We...read more
The Wrong Tree In a recent bout of pointless reminiscence (is reminiscence vs. nostalgia a distinction without a difference?), we were recalling those days, long ago, when people still studied the Humanities. You know, the arts that engaged us creatively before we...read more
Mirror, Mirror We have no idea what came over us, but we had a decidedly uncharacteristic bout of self-reflection the other day. Needless to say, it was profoundly disorienting. And it left us feeling a little queasy, a little humbled, but much less alone. Here's...read more
Oh, What a Tangled Web(site) We Weave The story you about to read is true. The names have been changed because nobody in their right mind would believe it for a second. We were once hired to create a B2B website. We asked the client what his objectives were. He...read more
It Doesn't Mean We Should Years ago, this piece of wisdom was imparted to us by the late Jeff Pollard, a graphic designer whose work we admired tremendously: Good graphic design is effective packaging. It packages a message to make it as engaging, accessible,...read more
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