EVERY STORY HAS A NAME
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.
Co-Founder and CEO
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.
Original page by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez from Deadman #4, published by DC Comics, June 1986.
Scope. Time. Talent. This is the builder’s abacus, the creator’s code, the manager’s mantra—the three sides of the tria…
Great article that was sent my way by @beverhoeven.
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.
Here’s some information on the organization, if you’re not familiar with them already. They do good work. I’ve given before, but probably not as much as I should, given the joy that these artists have given me, and the inability to get a royalty on a comic out of the quarter bin.
Happy Birthday, King. Thanks for the comics.
Emphasis below is mine. That is some damn truth right there…
I’ve got another: in a content society, someone has to make content, and the study of literary documents remains a good way to start thinking about that kind of work. The English Major is not just useful for aspiring novelists, but also for the person who dreams of writing for Community, or helping to create the next Halo, or riffing on pop culture like Chuck Klosterman, or fooling around in comic books. The study of literature is really the study of storytelling, and story remains the most flexible tool humanity has at hand… a tool for shaping chaos into meaning, and passing along critical information. Fairy tales have done a lot more for human beings than the invention of the wheel ever did.
Photo shamelessly lifted from the Page-Turner website. Photograph by Riccardo Venturi.
Reblogging myself for an update!
- Randy Babylon in Penguin Derby: Done! And available FOR FREE from Off-Registration.
- 12 Steps: Have the episodes all broken down, text-wise, in my sketchbook. I should take a picture of all of the words.
- Rikki Tikki Tavvi adaption: Just bugged Marc about this. So ha on him.
- Parking Spaces: A big ol’ blog post is coming about this in the future. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever drawn.
- A story for Colonial Comics: Got the summary from the writer and getting scheduling straight now.
And now with two more entries!
- Dragon Story One
- Dragon Story Two
I don’t know what I can say about these yet. But I’m taking part in another anthology that is a bit out of my wheelhouse, but it should be very fun.
Here endeth the update.
Things I’m planning and/or actively working on in 2013/2014
- Randy Babylon in Penguin Derby
- 12 Steps
- Rikki Tikki Tavvi adaption
- Parking Spaces
- A story for Colonial Comics
I just needed to get the list out of my head