A New Look at Web Comics

If you can’t please the market, create a new market, dammit!

For example:

We all have the power to create something new, so…what’s stopping you?

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Have You Checked Out ‘StoryShifter?’

by TVWriter™ News Service

We’ve just discovered a new organization that’s not only worth talking about and even visiting, it’s also a primo place to totally hang out.

It’s called Storyshifter and here’s its very impressive mission statement:

Are you a radical artist or storyteller who disrupts harmful narratives we see in the media by producing creative content that portrays people, places and events in a new light?  Does your work address racial or gender equality, access to health and education or protecting our planet?

?We are currently seeking films, PSAs, songs, music videos, poetry clips – you name it – about pressing world issues to be part of our Beta launch.

The founder of StoryShifter is Lisa Russell, and her story goes like this:

With a diverse portfolio of creative work that spans the arts, social justice and global development, Lisa is on a mission to revolutionize storytelling for the social good. As Founder and CEO of StoryShifter, Lisa is launching a new entertainment portal for the social good, powered by machine learning and data analytics. Her goal is to grow the world’s largest roster of international artists, storytellers, and innovators who are committed to using their talents to address racial and gender inequalities, promote health and education, and protect the planet.

Oh, and it sounds like this:

More about what Lisa and StoryShifter are up to here:


Batman Wants To Join The Marvel Universe

Conan O’Brien as Batman. Who could ask anything more?

From Team Coco

16 Old Words for Young People

Words for millennials and their descendants so you can portray your, erm, “elders” better in the media of your choice…and understand and in general communicate better with all the alte cockers in your life.

Ooh, good news for those of you who’ve scanned down this far: LB didn’t know any of the above words either. In fact, when we asked him, he answered, “What language is this in?”


‘Latvia: Europe’s Nation of Introverts’

Latvians are often self-deprecating about their culture’s tendency towards introversion, but could this personality trait be the key to their creative identity?

LB’s NOTE: I fully intended to have another post about tips for PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 entrants today, but a funny thing happened on my way to my keyboard: The Brodys got a new puppy.

More likely than not, considering how popular dogs are in the Western world. (I hear they’re popular in the East as well, but not necessarily as friends or pets…) you know what that does to the best of intentions.

It’s – Layla, Queen of Digestive Services. Oh yeah!

Right – it turns them into grist for the real purpose of puppy owning life: Cleaning up pee and poo. So instead of writing anything, here I am, hysterically living the life (read, “breaking in the pooper scooper and buying newspapers by the half ton”  for the adorable little creature on the left.

All is not lost, however. Compensating for my new servitude is a new kind of liberation.

The following substitute post has nothing to do with writing at all. But inasmuch as I’m of Latvian descent (you didn’t know? For shame…on me for not revealing it before) I’m fascinated by the observations here.

Well, more than fascinated. This nonjudgemental justification for my particular brand of lifelong anti-social behavior has freed me from guilt at last. And given me a whole new insight into what may well be the true nature of my creativity.

And maybe yours as well.

So, please, read on:

by Christine Ro

In a comic book produced by the organisation Latvian Literature for the recent London Book Fair, the main character gives a rare smile on realising that the weather outside is perfect. That is, it’s heavily snowing, and thus he’s unlikely to meet anyone out on the roads. As he says, “below zero = below average risk of random encounter”.

The comic is part of Latvian Literature’s #IAMINTROVERT campaign to celebrate – and affectionately make fun of – a kind of social reserve that Anete Konste, a Latvian publicist and writer who devised the campaign, sees as very representative of her nation. “I don’t think our campaign is an exaggeration at all,” she said. “In reality it’s even worse!”

I understood what she meant as soon as I arrived in the Baltic state. My first day walking through Riga, Latvia’s capital city, was unlike walking through the capital of any other European country. It was more serene. The sun shone brightly as I strolled towards Kronvalda Park, and at times it seemed like the only sources of noise were passing cars and chattering tourists. When I did see some Latvians walking together, they often did so silently and with plenty of space in between. I sensed that these aren’t the most gregarious of people.

This feeling was confirmed on an hour-long train trip from Riga to Sigulda. As we whizzed north-east through thick pine forests, my friends and I alternately admired the scenery and played a film trivia game. We were getting excitable, shouting out answers, when it dawned on us that we were the only ones in the train compartment speaking.

But why are Latvians often so reserved, at least at first? There is no cut-and-dried answer, but studies have shown a link between creativity and a preference for solitude. Konste has seen this first hand in her line of work; in fact, she believes that introversion is especially heightened among those in creative fields, such as authors, artists and architects. Meanwhile, Latvian psychologists have suggested that creativity is important to Latvian self-identity, so much so that creativity is a priority in the Latvian government’s educational and economic development plans. The European Commission has reported that Latvia has one of the highest shares of the creative labour market in the European Union….

Read it all at the BBC