The notebook of illustrator and designer Mal Jones. It's got sketches, photos, news, reblogs... the usual stuff.
I’m working on research and thumbnails for the last of series of work-for-hire comic book shorts I’ve had on my plate since last year.
It’s an interesting feeling - consciously turning down work, especially pretty much guaranteed published work. For a long time, that’s 100% what I focused on, to the detriment of doing quite a few personal projects. Now on the horizon, at least comic work wise, that’s all there is and I’m nervous as hell.
FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.
Stories have twists.
So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?
We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.
Stories reveal character.
There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.
On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.
What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?
We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.
Georg Petschnigg Co-Founder and CEO FiftyThree
The whole series of animated interviews by Blank on Blank is great, but this Ray Charles one has some great thoughts and quotes. Many folks in my industry want to be ‘rock stars.’ I think I want to be Ray Charles.
This is type of stuff I watch/listen too when I’m stuck on a project. BECAUSE SPACE IS AWESOME.
I’ve dusted off Fancy Lad’s Old Timey Book Faces, and kicked it off with Dracula. In case you can’t remember from two years ago (YIKES!), the project is all about making “…beautifully illustrated book covers for your favorite public domain ebooks by artists who can read.”
From one of his most famed stories, “This Man, This Monster” in FANTASTIC FOUR #51 (script by Stan Lee, inked by Joe Sinnott).
So, on the King’s 96th bithday, I’d like to remember him by making a donation to The Hero Initiative. You all can help raise the amount of the donation by reblogging this post around the Tumblrverse. Every reblog boosts the amount donated. There will be a minimum donation even if this only gets five pings or two or none. I’d like the donation to be more than that, though.
At noon tomorrow (3pm EDT), I’ll look at the reblog number. Not the likes. Not the page views, but the reblogs. That’ll determine how much the Hero Initiative gets, donated in the name of Jack Kirby.