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I.T. Happens No. 12 June 19, 2008

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Is your doctor web savvy and into the whole social media and web 2.0 thing?
Listen carefully for keywords he/she might use.

Here’s the entire “I.T. Happens Series

I.T. Happens! No. 11 May 2, 2008

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Here’s my homage to social networks.

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Here’s the entire I.T. Happens series.

I.T. Happens! No. 10 April 20, 2008

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Howard/Baines must’ve had this experience when they brainstormed for their wonderful new web app.

Update:
None other than Clive Howard himself from Howard/Baines saw this comic strip and sent the following email to me! (He approved sharing it, of course)

Thanks Paisano,
 
That’s great. So close to the truth 😉
 
Clive Howard

Here are all 10 I.T. Happens!

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I.T. Happens! No.9 April 18, 2008

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This one illustrates the natural talents that some of us have no matter what the age.
I imagine that GaryVee was always a dynamic personality, even as a kid selling lemonade.

Here’s the entire I.T. Happens series.

I.T. Happens! No.8 April 17, 2008

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Here’s an interesting sidenote about this comic strip. I showed it to Darren Rowse, A.K.A ProBlogger
to get his opinion of it since he was the original name that I used in this comic and I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t offensive to him in any manner. Well, he confirmed that it was fine and that it didn’t bother him in the least. However, he made an interesting comment when he said “You know, he kinda looks more like Seth Godin”. Well, shoot, I thought. Of course it does! So, off I went to double-check and here’s what I found.

First, here’s Darren Rowse A.K.A ProBlogger.

and here’s Seth Godin A.K.A The Marketing Guru (as advertised on his website) next to the comic Seth

By George, I think ProBlogger was right!

View all 8 comic strips of the I.T. Happens series here

I.T. Happens! No.7 April 12, 2008

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Here’s the entire I.T. Happens collection in one ToonBook (7 installments)

I.T. Happens! No.6 March 25, 2008

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“What’s in a name?”

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Now That’s Social Networking March 12, 2008

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What strange coincidence that the two largest social networks, FaceBook and MySpace, both make the news this week.
First, FaceBook CEO Zuckerberg’s interview disaster with journalist Sarah Lacy then the MySpace callgirl who had a hand (pardon the pun) in bringing down the New York governor Spitzer who resigned today. It inspired this comic and the start of a new series called “Anti-Social Behavior”

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AntiSocial Network March 10, 2008

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While having lunch without my trusty laptop and its aircard, I rather enjoyed being outside with a new book I’ve been meaning to read. It was a pleasant change of pace being “offline” and “disconnected” from the world for a brief period of time. Sure, I still had my Blackberry but I turned it off and pretended to be in 1991. Ah, ignorance is indeed bliss!
I got to thinking that this might become a regular routine for me and wondered how many others felt the same way.

Then I had the idea to do a new installment for my I.T. Happens comic strip regarding this notion of being offline and perhaps antisocial. How many would join a network of people who are tired of always being connected and socialable?
I know, antisocial types wouldn’t want to belong to any network. 🙂

Anyway, I just think it’s a good thing to be Net free sometimes and get our head out of the cloud (among other places).
Get some fresh air (without any Adobe or Macbooks)!

By the way, after sharing my thoughts on this on utterz, someone shared the following link:
http://nosoproject.com/about !!! I guess I’m not the first to think of this.

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Comics 2.0 March 9, 2008

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Toon creating services appear to be the hottest trend these days. A whole new crop have sprouted up all of a sudden. Here’s a rundown of the best of breed. Trust me, there are many more that just aren’t as good as these selected services. Many of them just offer the ability to add captions to your photo’s, but the services in this review all let you create a comic strip like we are familiar with from newspapers. Some even allow you to edit existing characters to create your own. All of these services provide the ability to embed your comic strip on your website and share them with others.


ToonDoo appears to offer the most features and generates a wider variety of toon styles. Their online editor is also very easy to use and offers a vast array of objects such as characters, backgrounds, balloon bubbles and more. Their most unique offering is something called a ToonBook which allows you to create a flip book with any of the toons that you’ve created which is pretty slick. Here’s a ToonDoo ToonBook that I created for my I.T. Happens comic series. Here’s a sample strip from the series:


Toonlet is quickly gaining popularity. Their online editor and variety of characters is also very good. Here’s a sample from a friend, Tojosan. Here’s his Flickr Toonlet fan club.

Pixton is another newcomer. Their primary characters are stick figures but they look pretty good. Here’s a lineup of some of their many characters:


BitStrips is the newest toon creating service that has gotten a great deal of attention. The quality of the comics generated are top notch.
Here’s another sample from Tojosan. This is the link to his Flickr BitStrip fan club.

StripGenerator is similar to the others on here only without as large a library of objects or characters.

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Comiqs is a little different than the other services in this lineup because they do more of the captioning photographs type of comic strips. However, the reason they are included here is because they do offer the ability to use your own drawings so it can allow you to create and share your own comic strip online like the others. Here’s a video of how it works:

Final Thoughts:

All of these services and any worthy newcomers will be tracked in this public document called Comics 2.0. Come back to it often to see what’s new or what’s changed. These services give everyone a great way to unleash the artist trapped within and easily share our comics with the world.