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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 16, 2013
Doesn't work, sorry.

As I am a big fan, I will offer some attempt at feedback. The first 90 seconds is fine. Then its clear its not really a contest, its a Cintiq advert. And it might get away with that, but instead, rather than make the loser dress up as Dilbert (or something to give a big, funny pay off) you throw in another two product placements.

So I think it doesn't work because:
a) I was genuinely expecting a contest.
b) The ratio of funny to selling me stuff is off.

I guess point 4 is a bit too obviously shining through. Although re: point 1, acting really was fine on your part.

If this has 8m hits by tomorrow then my apologies and congratulations.

 
 
Dec 16, 2013
Well, it was funny. And I think it a pretty good way to plug the tablet and those books at the end, I suppose. But do we really care about books? I'm pretty sure amazon is building a robot that can just fly to my house and zap information into my brain.
 
 
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Dec 16, 2013
The only comics I pay attention to are Dilbert, Pearls Before Swine, and Zippy - so this was fun to watch!

I recall something about about Scott and Bill Griffith dissing each other way back, so likely no video coming there.

A good piece of cross-promotion.

 
 
Dec 16, 2013
This was the longest Wacom commercial ever.
 
 
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Dec 16, 2013
Does Stephen Pastis now own a Cintiq?
 
 
Dec 16, 2013
I have the say the whiteout all over Pastis's fingers was a great touch.
 
 
Dec 16, 2013
That made me happy. Seriously though, what's with the brunette? I assume the blonde is your wife?

[Professional models. -- Scott]
 
 
Dec 16, 2013
Congratulations on demonstrating the one and only appropriate use I've ever seen for the Comic Sans font.
 
 
Dec 16, 2013
Effing hilarious! Only a few questions:

1. Was S h e l l y there for the shooting of the party/hot tub scenes? Are you getting any cold stares from her? You seemed. . . awfully happy during those moments.

[It wasn't an issue.] -- Scott

2. So where were you going with the toga on?

3. Did you strain any muscles in the tennis scene? That leap looked painful.

4. If I promise to be nice to you from now on, can I get the party/hot tub gals' phone numbers? Only kidding, honey.

5. How long did the whole thing take to shoot?

[One long day. -- Scott]

6. What were your favorite parts of the shoot? (I think I already know. I also think you may be disingenuous about your answer. With good reason.)

7. I didn't realize your Cintiq was a portable pad-type device. I seem to recall seeing you work at a desk with what looked like a larger monitor. Is this a later version, or has it always been that way?

[The portable is new. Hence the video. -- Scott]

Overall, you did a great job. You look like you have acted before, although I don't recall you ever discussing that skill in your background. It might be a combination of your public speaking ability coupled with all the practice you've had recently hyping your book.

By the way: what was the name of your book again? Rat something?

 
 
Dec 16, 2013
When you walk through the portion of the house that is Dilbert's head, do you get an odd sensation that you are actually inside of Dilbert's head?
 
 
Dec 16, 2013
The bell tower on your house is a nice touch, do you hang out in it much? I can just see you up there with a high powered rifle with night vision scope looking out for psycho Dilbert fans approaching in the dead of night.

[The Dilbert Head houses the cat's bathroom. It was designed that way. -- Scott]
 
 
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Dec 16, 2013
Is Etch A Sketch suing WACOM for copyright infringement?
 
 
 
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