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Learning Graphic Design On Your Own

A Quick Note…

Everyone learns differently. Some people like to ask questions in class, others like to watch videos that they can pause and replay, and even more people could prefer to just tinker and see what happens (I’m personally a tinkerer). The first thing you should do when learning on your own (so probably online or through books) is to do some research and know how you like to learn.

So, let’s start with… what even is “Graphic Design”?

Let’s get this straight… graphic designers aren’t fine artists. They are problem solvers, visual communicators, and sometimes curators of information in an aesthetically pleasing way. We organize information and try to make the world an easier-to-understand and more beautiful place. Of course, there are other fields like advertising where we communicate to customers why they should buy certain products. Or there are User Interface/Experience designers that will develop websites and video game interfaces and design how you interact with it. Look into graphic design and see what field you want to be in. What do you want to do with graphic design?

Fun fact, the google definition says: “the art or skill of combining text and pictures in advertisements, magazines, or books.” and to that, I’d like to say we do SO MUCH MORE.

Now that you know what you’re doing…Here’s the VERY BRIEF process!
(I may make individual posts for each step later on)

  1. Learn the basics
    1. Typography, how to use the basic principles of line, shape, color, and so on is usually for everyone no matter your field.
    2. Basics like composition are also very important. If you’re into editorial then typographic spreads will be more of your focus. If you’re in web design then seeing how websites are typically laid out will be a thing to look into. Basic typography, color theory, and principles still apply!
    3. Basics and principles are a google search (or a book) away! Everyone talks about these things ALL the time.
  2. Look up inspiration and develop an “eye” for design
    1. Follow design blogs! Follow other designers! On all of your social media! (There are so many Tumblr blogs and Instagram accounts solely dedicated to graphic design curation).
  3. Look into the big names of the industry
    1. Why were they remembered? Everyone else in the field probably remembers them for that, too.
    2. What was so great about them? Apply what you learn to your own work!
    3. If they’re well known, they probably have at least decent work to get inspired from!
  4. Research is done… time to do some work!
    1. If you’re just starting out, there are some things you’re probably not used to. Doing things by hand with sharpie markers on paper will definitely help train your eye and mind to think more about communication, not pretty things. 
    2. Abstract things down into simple shapes. Then try communicating that same object with fewer shapes. Maybe only lines? Geometric style? Play around with communication! This is key when you get into icons, logos, and other visuals that require a more minimal look. 
    3. Remember, you make information more easily accessible. The best logos are easy to remember because they are simple and effective. Your work may one day need that kind of punch!
  5. The jump from traditional to digital
    1. It’s time to learn about your program(s) of choice… my biggest piece of advice would be to just mess with it. Learning on your own by trying to make something is one of the best ways to train your mind and body on how to use the programs.
    2. Try every tool. Try making basic shapes. Then make basic objects with those shapes. Then try making a person or something more complicated. Try to test every tool to see what you’d use it for!
    3. Don’t know anything or how to do something? Google it! If you’re asking there’s probably 5+ different YouTube videos, 3+ articles, and 100+ tutorials on how to do it.
  6. Let’s work on projects!
    1. Now that you’re familiar with the history, principles, other designers, and the programs… just keep on making stuff!
    2. Making your own projects (make your own website, business cards, a flyer for a club, a T-Shirt, and so on…) is my biggest recommendation on how to learn graphic design. Actually applying everything you’ve learned will make you think in a problem-solving way! Also sharing things that you’ve made that actually matter is way more fun than sharing a fancy circle you made with no context. (You can say “look at this T-Shirt I made!” instead of “look at this weird circle I made!”)
  7. Get feedback from designers and non-designers
    1. Once you’ve made stuff… ask everyone! Non-designers will give you a client’s perspective of your work. A designer’s perspective will help you grow as a designer and they may see things that you and your average person wouldn’t have noticed. (you’re always free to ask me if you’d like!)
    2. Please remember to not take feedback personally (unless they’re being rude, then just ignore them). You’re learning and growing and there’s always room for improvement. A lot of feedback is not a bad thing!
  8. Stay determined!
    1. Being a designer isn’t easy. That T-Shirt you made that took you a couple days? Someone could say they don’t get it. Other designers could say there was a better way to execute your idea. Another person may even say it looks like something else!
    2. When you design you have to expect to make revisions, rethinking, and making more revisions until it’s at a good enough place to publish. But no matter what, you have to remember that it’s not about PERFECTION. It’s about getting it DONE and learning to grow. No one is perfect, and it’s mostly subjective, so just take the criticism you agree with and don’t apply what you disagree with. As a designer, you should know what’s right, wrong, or what you should consider bringing up to other designers.
    3. KEEP MAKING MORE STUFF! You can even remake older stuff as you go on! Just keep going!

That’s my super brief process!

Now honestly, I could’ve gotten down into the nitty gritty details of each step, but this is basically how I’d suggest going about it if you want to get a head start before getting into college, or you want to just learn on your own.

If you guys have any additional questions or want me to go more in-depth about anything, feel free to let me know! :)

Mashima Hiro interview by WebNewtype (2/5/17)

Quick translation so that I can get this up before the movie airs. Please correct me if you spot any errors.

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You not only drew the key visual and designed original characters for Fairy Tail Dragon Cry, but also worked on a storyboard close to 200 pages in length. What made you so involved in the production of the movie?

All I did was to start drawing after the request came (laugh). The request to make a movie came in just when the manga was entering its final part, and I had many ideas floating around in my head. Nothing would begin if no one does anything, and I wanted to give my best since I was asked to be involved in it.

When did talk about writing an original storyboard start?

There was interest expressed in making another movie right after the first movie (Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess) was released. I was also interested, and since I had amassed many ideas that I was not able to use in the manga, I tried to come up with a story leading to a new climax. I was hoping that the release of the movie could coincide with the climax of the manga, even though I did not specifically aim for it to happen.

When the PV of the movie was released, there was also a comment posted of you saying “I want to make a movie that is focused on entertainment.” Which parts of the movie contribute to that?

I came up with the story of Phoenix Priestess while thinking “I want to make all the fans cry”. However, Dragon Cry turned out to be a simple story with its highlight being the intense battles and flashy action scenes. I thought that it would be nice to make a movie that the audience can enjoy without having to think too much while watching. I also drew the key visual, and I wanted the scene where half of Natsu’s body is dragonized to be the focus.

You also commented that there are surprises in the movie.

A certain character’s past, which has not been touched on in the manga, is revealed in the movie. Please watch attentively “to the end”! In addition, there are various references made in the movie, even though many of them have unfortunately been cut… You can see what has been cut by comparing the movie with the original storyboard. The storyboard is merely a draft, and it’s embarrassing to show it to everyone.

I’ve seen both the original storyboard and the film, and I feel that the original characters Swan, Doll and Gapri are even more charming in the movie as compared to the original draft.

I made additional suggestions after submitting the original storyboard, and also received suggestions from the anime staff. There were many parts of the movie which were touched up after we integrated our ideas. Of the 3 characters mentioned, Swan became an especially good character after that. I have yet to watch the completed film, but I think that it’s an enjoyable movie.

We can also see new settings that have yet to appear in the manga.

Most of these, including the “surprise” that I’ve mentioned earlier, are things that wouldn’t be included in the manga and drawn only for the movie. In that sense, the movie complements the manga and I hope everyone will enjoy it.

You have also worked on the storyboard for the original animation DVDs (OAD) that were bundled with the manga volumes. Were there aspects of that experience that you made use of when you worked on the original storyboard for this movie?

The original storyboard is also a draft proposal, drawn with the expectation that the anime staff would adjust its contents accordingly. I drew it with the same feeling as I would draw the manga. However, doing the anime storyboard was difficult, and I had a tough time! I drew it while timing the seconds with a stopwatch in one hand, and also repeatedly grappled with trying to understand terms that I had just learned while working on it.

You handled the writing of the original storyboard in a similar manner as the manga.

When it comes to the weekly serialization of the manga, there have been times when I was absolutely stuck and and just decided that “I’ll just drag things on till the next chapter for now, and wager on myself (when I work on the chapter for) next week!” (laugh). That wouldn’t work when it comes to the draft of the anime, and I made sure that I handled the story composition and development properly, recalling the days when I was still a rookie.

Please tell us about yourself as well. What are the kinds of things that interest or appeal to you when you come into contact with a piece of work?

I think a good piece of work is one that surprises the audience, and I tend to like those that contain an unexpected twist right at the end. I keep in mind the joy of trying to surprise my readers when I am drawing as well. When I’m developing my story, I don’t foreshadow one event after another, but instead often adopt a pattern where I’ll add in some foreshadowing at parts that I can potentially expand on, and revise it when I expand on the event subsequently. I’ve become good at this since I’ve been doing it for a long time, but there have also been times when sharp readers have pointed out something that had been retconned. I want to work towards being able to draw my manga in such a way that nothing appears to be retconned even if I had revised something retrospectively. RAVE was my debut manga, and I drew it with all the developments firmly set in place. However, serialization of Fairy Tail began with me casually deciding that the story is more or less about wizards going on jobs. It was fun coming up with stories about the various situations they encounter, and I think this style is one that suits me.

Two chapters of Fairy Tail will be concurrently released on 26 April in the combined issue 21.22 of Weekly Shonen Magazine. You are known as someone who works quickly; What is the secret behind that?

I’m not fast at all! It just appears to be that way! I’m happy that people think that way, but my pace of work cannot be considered fast if you were to leap in and see the manga circle from the inside. I have to accelerate my schedule little by little many months before so that I can stock up, and only release 2 chapters at one go when I have a surplus of one full chapter of content. I don’t draw 2 chapters worth of content all of a sudden (laugh).

You also post illustrations of Fairy Tail on Twitter even though you’re busy.

I started it as a form of fan service, and also partly as a hobby because it was a fun. I’m also glad that I get to personally experience the support of many foreign fans through the replies I receive. I’ve heard about having foreign fans from the editorial department, but I thought that they were just paying me lip service (laugh). I worked on the manga with an awareness of the foreign market after that. For example, I try to ensure that the shape of the speech bubbles are more circular rather than elliptical so that it would be easier to fit the English-translated lines. I also take into consideration the difficulties of translation, and stopped including puns that play on the Japanese language.

Fairy Tail has been serialized for 10 years, and next year marks 20 years of your professional debut as a manga artist. Please tell us your feelings about your journey.

This 10 years passed in the blink of an eye. It feels like only so little time has passed, yet at the same time, it has already been 10 years. I was a high school student when I started seriously aiming to be a manga artist, and looking back, I think I was really lucky. I was also aided by the trend of the times. There were hardly any fantasy manga in Weekly Shonen Magazine at the time of my debut, and filling that niche has allowed me to come this far.

Lastly, please leave a message for the fans.

If you enjoyed watching Dragon Cry, that is because of the effort put in by the anime staff. Please convey your comments to them. The Fairy Tail manga is also heading towards its climax. I would be glad if you continue reading till the end!


captain america is not here to lead the country. i’m here to serve it. if i’m a captain, then i’m a soldier. not of any military branch, but of the people. years ago, in simpler times, this suit and shield were created as a symbol to help make america the land it’s supposed to be. | insp.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Swatches + Review

Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayons are a new, pure matte version of the original Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayons. Available in a total of 12 shades from dark neutrals to bold pinks and fun blues, these eyeliners boast a pure matte finish which is one of the most pigmented, pure and truly matte eyeliner formulas I have tried, but it doesn’t come without its flaws… Whilst some shades are creamy and apply easily making it super quick to do eyeliner in 3 seconds flat (popular, mist me, and whirlpool) others are a little drier and can “pull” as they are applied, this seemed to mainly be an issue with the darker shades in the range like irony and grapevine. Finewine, although beautiful was very dry at the tip, but creamy at the base meaning the tip of the eyeliner broke off whilst being applied, but this isn’t a deal breaker for me.

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31.05.2016 || Day 22 of 100

May has been one crazy month but I am so ready for June! My website is nearly done and I’m excited to share it with you all very soon! There’s just a few bugs I need to fix, which will throw me off schedule, but I’ll be publishing a blog post every Wednesday morning starting on the 8th. 

Also, this has to be my favorite monthly spread yet. Once I get into the flow of blogging consistently and more frequently, I’ll buy a second notebook to use as an editorial calendar. But for now, I’m pretty happy with this setup. :)

My last night in Shanghai and I’ve finally found a reliable VPN that I think is reasonably secure. (Incidentally, in the time I’ve been gone, the US Congress has overturned Internet Privacy Regulations approved during Obama’s waning days. Everyone should now consider investing in a good VPN to keep the ISPs from selling your online habits, curiosities and secrets.) 

I hope you’ve enjoyed the peaceful Oregon landscapes I had in the queue. These locations are now, of course, endangered due to Trump erasing environmental regulations which affect every single one of us. (His days are numbered.)

Sorry for the editorial. Anyway, ANYWAY, I’m looking forward to catching up on all the great things everyone has posted. Don’t be alarmed by the flurry of flying hearts… let the love flow.

New photos soon…

Love ‘Hamilton’? See the seeds from which it sprang: ‘In the Heights’ at GALA

‘Hamilton” may have made Lin-Manuel Miranda a mega­celebrity, but it was “In the Heights,” which opened on Broadway in 2008, that established him as a musical-theater composer. And, unlike “Hamilton,” “In the Heights” was autobiographical: Miranda grew up in the Manhattan neighborhoods of Inwood and Washington Heights in the 1990s.

In his dialogue as well as his songs rooted in salsa, hip-hop and Sondheim, Miranda brought to life those neighborhoods, where Latino immigrants squabbled and dreamed of better lives in an unruly mix of Spanish and English. To reach as broad an American audience as possible, Miranda tilted the ratio of Spanish to English words decidedly in the latter direction. But some audiences longed to see that reversed.

Some wanted it so much that unauthorized Spanish versions of the show started popping up across Latin America. Miranda finally approved a translation into Dominican Spanish, and that’s the script having its U.S. premiere as “In the Heights en Español” at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Shepherding the production is director Luis Salgado, who not only performed and served as assistant choreographer in the original production, but also grew up in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, the same town from which Miranda’s family hails.

“A lot of people in Latin America want to see ‘In the Heights’ because American musical theater has become very popular there,” Salgado says. “When I grew up in Puerto Rico, our teachers in dance school, in music school, loved American musicals, because they had grown up with the old films. But it has blown up now, thanks in part to YouTube, where anyone can see the dances and hear the music. When I went back to Puerto Rico, nine, 10 dance schools had sprung up since I was last there. Peru, Colombia, Mexico — it’s expanding everywhere.”

GALA theater has a standard practice of using surtitles in its shows, but “In the Heights en Español” will feature English surtitles for the Spanish dialogue and lyrics and Spanish surtitles for the English. Although most of the show is in Spanish, it will still be bilingual. After all, why would Nina’s father, who insists that she marry a Spanish speaker, object to Benny unless the young suitor spoke only English? Benny may be a model employee at the father’s taxi company, but that’s not enough.

“ ‘In the Heights’ brings out the reality that poverty and criminality don’t have to go hand in hand,” Salgado points out. “There are so many minority communities where people go to work every day and work hard with the knowledge that they don’t have enough money for their kids’ lunch money. That doesn’t mean you’re going to go out and steal from somebody. That assumption is offensive to all the poor people who are playing by the rules. This show was important for that reason. It doesn’t lack conflict, because theater can’t exist without conflict, but there are other conflicts than violence.”

[Source. See here for more from Luis Salgado.]

(I don’t usually editorialize here but there is some unfortunate phrasing in this article, even aside from the error of thinking Heights is more autobiographical than Hamilton. Unruly?)

lookinghard-blog  asked:

Hi! Jonathan - I am a proud admirer of you and your work! Has it been difficult or challenging be a gay journalist n D.C.?

Not at all. My editor and I first met over breakfast in 1999. We talked about the possibility of my coming to the editorial board. One question he asked I’ll never forget. “Are you willing to move to Washington? I don’t want to be responsible for breaking up a marriage.” The remark blew me away because my then-partner and I had been together for years and to my editor’s mind we were a “married” couple that deserved preservation and respect. I didn’t actually get to The Post until 2007, but my editor today is that same man. And he’s been totally supportive and my now-husband. 

Toumyu Mihotose 4/23 Live Viewing Report and Stage Summary

Hello! I watched the new Toumyu, Mihotose no Komoriuta, once live and once at the live viewing, and now I have a nice(?) report about it to share with you!


-ALL the spoilers
-Very tl;dr, it’s almost 6k long lmao
-Written very unseriously and in Asuka-language
-Tsuntsun for Kuri-chan
-Many editorializing comments
-I was writing this while watching the LV and I forgot some parts
-Ishikari (Ishikirimaru/Nikkari) contents www
-Otokomichi is JUSTICE


-Nikkari Aoe = Araki = Nikkaraki, etc
- “Nikkari is the best sword” directly translates to “there was a fight scene and Nikkari was really cool in it.” But also he’s the best sword
-Ookurikara = Kuri, Kara, etc.
-Sengo Muramasa = Sengo, Senbon, etc.
-Kebiishi = KBC = a big bad guy
-bug = Matsudaira (Tokugawa) Nobuyasu, Ieyasu’s son
-Links to historical figures’ Wiki pages tossed in where relevant but I’m no expert on Sengoku Period/Tokugawa family history myself, so, yeah.

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anonymous asked:

I think Louis did at least another 2 photo shoots (and filming) before yesterday. 3rd May when he posted that cool pic that almost killed us on his IG. And the 8th May when he was spotted around Doncaster, including on the roof in red and with fans. And yesterday again. I so look forward to a feast of new Louis pics, whether it be for ads, magazine editorials, artwork for his next single or his solo branding. 💙💙💙💙💙

whatever the shoots end up being for we win in all scenarios

Okay! Official editorial word says the Terry Pratchett book is a go, and we have a contract! Give me one sec to post the proper call for submissions…

(Small bragging moment: our editor also mentioned that this was an excellent book proposal: really clear thematic focus, nicely put together, including all the elements they would have conceivably wanted to see, and he even knew how they would market it, from the focus and description. I would like to point out that I literally wrote 95% of said book proposal - I’m not just, like, claiming credit in order to be That Person, I mean I wrote the whole first draft of the proposal and sent it to my co-editor and she had exactly two changes to suggest, both of which were good ones, mind you. I’m just saying. I 95% wrote it. And he not only gave us a book contract but complimented the strength of what we sent. So, um, I’m kind of good at what I do? Which feels rather nice.)

How to fix dry lips

I’m someone who has suffered dry lips for as long as I can remember and boy have they gotten bad. Some days I would wake up with dry, cracked, peeling and sometimes even bleeding lips, and no matter how many diet changes I made, how much water I drank nothing really helped, but after my years of beauty blogging I’ve come across a few amazing products and tips to help  get rid of dry lips and keep them in tip top condition…

Some of my favourite lip care products which include: *Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, Manuka Honey, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, *Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, *Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Balm, *Rosehip Plus Roll On Oil

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Historical notes - The Circle

So we had Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Churchill, Attlee, Eisenhower, Truman, Hirohito and Oshima all show up one way or another, but in the end the real life historical figure who had the most actual lines in Blackbird was a somewhat obscure Swiss actor named Karl Meier, who under the alias ‘Rolf’ was one of the most important figures in European gay history.

A gay and lesbian magazine called the ‘Swiss Friendship Banner’ had been founded in Zürich in 1932, focusing primarily on advocating for reform in Swiss law regarding homosexuality. In 1942, the same year that the new Swiss Criminal Code decriminalised gay sex between persons aged over 20, Rolf took over as senior editor of the magazine and changed its name to ‘The Circle’ (Der Kreis in German). Under his editorship the magazine’s content became exclusively for gay men and moved away from political advocacy and towards cultural sharing and the promotion of friendship and social connection. There were subscribers receiving the magazine all over the world, including men living in Nazi Germany during the war.

Rolf had a very solid idea of the notion of the ‘ideal gay man’ and ideal gay culture, valuing long-term, monogamous partnerships and emphasising friendship, romantic love and artistic aesthetics rather than focusing on sex. His ideas were largely reflected in the content published in The Circle, which in no small part helped them stay in the good graces of the Swiss media censors. However once the magazine added an English section alongside its German and French content in the early 1950s, English-language writers could generally get away with being a bit more risqué, provided they sanitised the content in translation for both Rolf and the censors!

The Circle was also a social club which held regular functions in Zùrich, which only served to bolster the city’s status as the effective gay capital of Europe at the time. It was particularly popular as a destination for gay Germans, who continued to be prosecuted under Paragraph 175 and whose persecution by the Nazis went unacknowledged.

Readership began to decline in the 1960s, partly due to the increased popularity of Scandinavian gay magazines, which didn’t have to deal with the strictures of Swiss censorship, and eventually ceased publication in 1967, although several members of its editorial staff launched a new magazine together the following year. At the loss of his vocation of nearly a quarter of a century, Rolf reportedly had a nervous breakdown and had to be cared for for the remainder of his life by his long-term partner Fredi.

I don’t normally hype up my sources on these posts, but in this case if this subject interests you at all I highly recommend checking out The Circle. It’s a 2014 Swiss docudrama which tells the story of Röbi Rapp and Ernst Ostertag, the first same-sex couple to marry in Switzerland, who met each other through The Circle in the 1950s. It suffers from the usual issues of docudramas in that the re-enacted bits don’t always mesh that well with the talking heads bits, but honestly the real Ernst and Röbi are such freaking adorable old marrieds that I could get past it. Gay cinema is so often neglected, especially if it’s not in English, and this one in particular tells a really important and little-known story.

Listen Up Girl Meets World Fans!

Okay, GMW Fandom we need to have a chat. I haven’t been active over the last few months because I have a lot going on personally and professionally. However; that doesn’t mean I don’t care about GMW anymore. I’ve been quietly active in my own way for months.

I’ve called, emailed, and live chatted with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon about picking up the show. I made my planes4GMW paper airplanes for all four networks (the ones above and Disney). I reached out to my old boss at Disney (the VP of Disney’s in house creative agency) to see if he has any insight. He’s been kind of enough to answer my questions. What I’m saying is that I’m keeping my finger on the pulse of what is happening with GMW. I was doing it before the show was officially canceled and now I’m doing it to keep up with the effort to get the show picked up elsewhere.

When I saw everyone attacking Linda Ge, a prominent entertainment journalist, for her article yesterday I was disappointed, to say the least. I understand that Netflix was the first choice of venue for a lot of people but that’s not a reason to ignore what she is saying or to deride her abilities or integrity as a journalist.

As someone who worked in PR and Marketing for several years, I can assure you that there are numerous, numerous occasions on which someone in a corporation will anonymously give information to a journalist that they want the public to know without giving a quote or providing official confirmation from their company. That is how journalism works. Please, go read a newspaper; at least half of the articles will say “sources close to” or “sources deep inside the organization” “certain high ranking officials” etc. Journalism depends on the ability of a source to give information without revealing their identity. They may lose their job if their identity is revealed. A million things could happen. Sometimes it’s as simple as a corporation telling someone to approach a journalist but to retain anonymity because they want a piece of info out but they don’t want to publicly announce something. If I had to guess I would say this last possibility is exactly what happened with Netflix and Linda Ge.

As someone that now works as an editor for an online magazine, I can tell you that the process for getting an article published, especially by a legitimate source such as Yahoo, is incredibly rigorous. You need to confirm a story with at least three reliable sources. We don’t publish the additional sources or give readers their names, but you better believe both the journalist and the editor verified any story, especially one that breaks any type of news, with three sources.

There is no way Linda Ge wrote a story and got it published with false information.

Let me say this again: there is no way a reputable site like Yahoo would have published a story without verifying the veracity of the story first.

As for the people that contacted customer service at Netflix and were told it’s still possible; I think it’s wonderful that you’re attempting to be diligent. However, customer service is the lowest man on the totem pole of Netflix. Even when I worked for Guest Relations at Disney back in the day, there were many many times I knew information before it was officially announced to the public and if people asked me about it I was required to say no decision has been made, even if I knew a decision had been made and I knew what that decision was. My point is that 1) it’s likely that no one has told customer service what’s happening 2) it’s likely that even if customer service does know they are only allowed to say that no decision has been made and nothing is confirmed because that’s what corporate wants them to say.

Now, why would corporate want customer service to say nothing is confirmed? Most likely they aren’t planning on making an official announcement about not picking the show up. Networks and streaming platforms make announcements when shows are canceled but networks rarely, if ever make actual official announcements when they aren’t picking a show up. I can think of one example of a network/streaming platform that made an announcement about not picking up a canceled show. It very very rarely happens. If a network isn’t planning on announcing anything they aren’t going to have any of their representatives say anything because that defeats the purpose of not making an announcement.

To sum up: Linda Ge is Netflix’s announcement. They sent someone to her with the story, she was able to verify the story with other sources within Netflix (again the story wouldn’t be published if she couldn’t verify it with at least three sources). It was a back door way of letting us know what is happening and where we should be concentrating our efforts.

Look, I know Netflix got thousands of requests to pick up Girl Meets World. In the real world, that isn’t enough. Disney and Netflix have a very tense relationship as it is. They’ve had a tense relationship for a few years now. I have my Disney sources that say Disney Channel PR is freaking out and pushing for them to 1) either backtrack and renew GMW for a fourth season (I know for a fact that they’ve gotten a lot of complaints and parents saying they’re going to cancel their subscription to Disney/disney on demand or change their cable package to a less expensive one that doesn’t include Disney because they were only keeping it for GMW) or 2) sell the rights to any interested party. I know that my old boss was brought in for a few sessions related to GMW’s future over the past two weeks.

Things are not as bad as they seem. Netflix is 99.9% a no go. We need to be concentrating on platforms where we actually have a chance. This means Hulu, Amazon and I know people won’t like this but it also means Disney Channel. The rights are an issue regardless of where the show goes. Even though Hulu is owned by Disney, Disney Channel would have to sell the rights to Hulu because of the way Disney, as a company is structured. Lines of Business and separate entities under the Disney umbrella do not share money. What one entity earns or owns is not transferable to another Disney entity without a contract and financial exchange (the same way one would be required if it was going to a non Disney entity). What I’m saying is that the rights matter for Hulu as much as they do for Amazon. Even if you don’t want to target Disney Channel for renewing GMW (which is a possibility) you still need to target them for selling the rights to Hulu or Amazon.

I get that Netflix was the preferred platform for a lot of people. If I could pick anywhere for GMW to live I would pick Netflix. But we’ve been given a gift. Someone at Netflix (along with Linda Ge who has been a big fan of Girl Meets World for a long time and gave us the wonderful Jacobs interview last week and only wants to help our cause) decided that the best way for our campaign to succeed is for us to have as much information as possible so we can build and execute the best campaign possible. Netflix wanted this info out so we could make our Hulu and Amazon and Disney Channel efforts stronger and not waste time or resources on a platform that isn’t feasible.

You don’t have to believe Linda and you don’t have to believe me. This post pretty clearly spells out the way things work from the corporate side of giving journalists info anonymously as well as how the editorial and publication process works. It isn’t easy to get something published by a reputable source (which Yahoo News is, FYI). What I will ask is for all of you to stop attacking Linda. I ask all of you to stop thinking you know how the journalistic process works if you’ve never worked in journalism. I will ask you to stop pretending you understand how corporations and companies release information to journalists anonymously if they want a piece of information leaked.

If you still want to target Netflix that’s your choice. However, the wisest course of action is to target Hulu, Amazon and Disney Channel with everything you have. If you want to throw Netflix in there go for it. If you forego targeting Hulu, Amazon or Disney Channel in favor of targeting Netflix you are doing a disservice to saving the show we’ve all loved for three years. Putting the show ahead of your personal beliefs and desires to see the show on one particular platform is paramount.

Let’s continue to fight together to give this show the best possible chance of survival. The cast and crew deserve that from us, let’s not disappoint them.


Good friends can make your colorful world a little more saturated. Thanks for intensifying the hues of my life, Escelmalo.

// Color blocking photoshoot with my highschool squad. I’m so blessed to have friends that are camera whores like me LOL kidding. But seriously, to the three of you, thank you for making my ~ photoshoot dreams ~ come true.

I hope you guys like the pics as much as I do. I’m looking forward for posting more of our shoots. That is all for now.


So his hair is Kim Jong Un.

Yep, that’s a clear and thoughtful statement on the current geopolitical situation. No wonder you deserve this job, Bill.

(A couple days ago every single editorial cartoon I received in my GoComics email was about Trump and North Korea. I shit you not, that was the only issue covered among a couple dozen editorial cartoonists. I was tempted to put all of them into one single post, spotlighting the lack of legitimate insight or commentary and the reliance on the most basic ideas, but I didn’t have the time/energy and the window for that has passed.

Still, I can post a representative of this rash of uninspired ‘North Korea is the bad guy du jour’ cartoons, and it has been a while since I pointed out how lazy Bill Day is.)