KCR! 02 – Working in a Vacuum vs. Instant Gratification with Kazu Kibuishi
The slow pace of publishing has actually helped me take a calmer, more measured approach to work. Instant feedback can at times be damaging.
— Kazu Kibuishi (@boltcity) May 31, 2012
There’s never been a greater focus on sharing on the internet and the benefits of the immediate feedback an author can receive from their fans. Success stories abound of creators who have bypassed traditional publishing and met great successes by connecting directly with their readers. It’s fantastic–you create a comic, an illustration, or a snappy line of prose, and you can instantly distribute it to the whole world at virtually no cost. Update early, update often, and you will find your legions of fans.
But can we get hooked on this immediacy? Where’s the line between making something interesting and getting caught up in an online popularity contest? We’re grateful to be joined by Kazu who helps us step back, take a breath, and look at publishing our work from a more pragmatic perspective.
We also have some more book recommendations provided by some students from Grand Rapids, Michigan!
And don’t forget about the KCR Book Club! In three episodes we’ll have an in-depth discussion on Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl. You can be a part of the discussion by submitting a 1-3 minute talk on the book (in .mp3 or .wav format) to kidscomicsrevolution AT gmail DOT com. Or you could just send us a good ol’ email about what you thought about the book. Your contribution might be run on the show during our conversation.
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