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Do you know any artists who might be interested in watching cartoonist Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and me competing to see who can draw a comic strip fastest? (Spoiler: I use some cool new technology.)

Here's the short video clip.

You will have some questions after viewing it. Here are your answers.
  1. Yes, I do know I am a terrible actor.
  2. It was filmed at my house.
  3. No one was paid (except the film crew).
  4. The 3-way product placement in the clip is the reason it exists.
  5. We had a script but didn't stick to it.
  6. The architectural element on the outside of my house at the start of the clip was designed to look like Dilbert's head. It is not visible from the street.
We designed the clip to have viral qualities (humor, surprise, relevance). I'll know if it worked by the end of today. If you have ever grappled with the question of how to make content viral, you'll see a lot of the science incorporated in the clip. I'll blog about some of the technique behind it in coming days.

Let me know what you think.
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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life.


 
 
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Dec 22, 2013
Briefly, some constructive criticism:
- too long. As you suggest in your book, $100 for every bit of the video you cut out.
- I would like to have seen more actual drawing as you progressed (especially you with your screen)
- I would have preferred it to look like a real contest. Having you doing so many other things while your opponent labored, turned it into a joke. Somewhat funny, but then failed to convince me that you truly did it faster.

Keep up the good work!
 
 
Dec 20, 2013
I thought it finished strong. I liked the book plug at the end. Looking good in the fishing gear.
 
 
Dec 19, 2013
Finally got around to watching this. Pretty funny! Yes (as I suggested earlier) you should totally do the Daily Show or Colbert Report to promote your book. I'm thinking Colbert Report would be a better fit in terms of your sense of humor. The Cintiq people must love you.
 
 
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Dec 19, 2013
Awesome ... I really needed a break and a good giggle, and you video delivered!
 
 
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Dec 19, 2013
That was pretty funny. Scott, if you and I were Cow-Orkers together at some crap job, I'm pretty sure we'd be pretty good friends.
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
Did somebody mention ''Too long'' ?
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
I definitely would like to read your post of the viral science behind the video. Comparing it to other Wacom videos, if your views get to 100K within a few months, I'd call it a success. For it to become truly viral, (multimillion views in a few months) it needs to be:

- funnier
- more objective
- more polished (better filming, music, pacing, etc...)
- more groundbreaking/captivating
- shorter

(pick at least 3 out of 5)
 
 
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Dec 17, 2013
To all you folks disapponted with the product placement in this ad: snap out of it! This was funny, gave us a brief glimpse of Mr. Adams' very interesting home, and contained a couple of babes. The alternative is just a regular ad with none of those things. The future of successful advertising is entertaining the viewer, and this does that in spades. This: 9.5/10. Regular dumb ad: 3/10.

And if you were surprised about the product placement, next time read the blog entry, where it says "the 3-way product placement in the clip is the reason it exists," instead of just plowing into the links.

Stepping off the soapbox now.
 
 
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Dec 17, 2013
[It seems like this blog has entered "harvest" mode. I miss the days of discussions about freewill.]

^This right here.... times a hundred.

And there is nary a chance in this universe that that video is going "viral".

WATYF
 
 
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Dec 17, 2013
My prediction: it won't go viral at all because it just seems like a very long advertisement. It's about as cute/funny as a typical TV ad - but much longer. It's not nearly funny enough to be forwarded for its entertainment value, especially given its length.

Some fans may enjoy seeing the Dilbert creator in a video; others will be turned off by seeing an ad instead of a joke/interesting content.
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
It seems like this blog has entered "harvest" mode. I miss the days of discussions about freewill.
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
I assume the "The 3-way product placement" you refer to is when you were sitting in the hot-tub with the 2 models. So, was it an ad for a hot-tub? Or an escort service? Or have you devised a method for making money in real estate with no money down?
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
I'm not sure of your specific opinion of webcartoonists (especially since I'll bet that most of your readers only read your comic online, including anyone who might read this blog), but I will say this: Mike Krahulik makes a better testimonial for his drawing product of choice than you did there.

But that was still pretty funny. (mostly because of Stephen though :P)
 
 
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Dec 17, 2013
You didn't have to pay the models? Let us know how you pulled that off.
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
Brilliantly funny. Loved every second of it. Didn't mind that you guys were pimpin' the books or the Cintiq. All elements worked perfectly together. Please do more of this stuff!

Pearls and Dilbert have been my 2 fav comics for years. It's easy to see why when watching you two together.
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
Wanted to say, somehow it did not fly with me. But then I realized I should not criticize your sponsor's ads or else this blog will be gone.

So my review of this ad: "Two thumbs up! Absolutely going viral. Prepare for the Webbys.".
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
Loved it and liked the acting. BTW, is there any way to get rid of these #£%&- adverts at the bottom of the page. I can hardly see anything else.
 
 
Dec 17, 2013
Scott:

In your dreams with respect to the hot tub, while acknowledging that both of you guys need repairs, ROF,L!

 
 
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Dec 16, 2013
I liked it-- campy acting and all. Wacom has some great products, unfortunately the one I got from them didn't include any artistic talent so my drawing still sucked.
 
 
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Dec 16, 2013
Amusing video, I really enjoyed it!
Nice product also.
 
 
 
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