30 January 2010

Proof of Hyphenation for the Week of Jan. 25, 2010

by Tyler Weaver.  Follow me on Twitter. 

Before I get into the whole linkage business, I have to let all of you know how grateful, humbled, and stunned I am by the extraordinarily generous and warm response to the new Multi-Hyphenate.  This first week has exceeded all of my expectations (I really didn't have any, just wanted to post things I wanted to read by creatives I admired and whose work I enjoyed).

The generosity of the MH contributors knows no bounds, and be sure to look for another week of posts starting Monday, February 1.

Without further adieu...

Monday, January 25, 2010
Welcome to the all-new, all-different MULTI-HYPHENATE!

When I first entered into the blog-world back in who knows when (I honestly can't remember - it feels like I've been doing this for eons), this blog was merely my own small personal blog with a cool name.  In the first week of 2010, I decided to turn it into something different - a blogazine featuring articles I want to read by creatives that I admire and respect. With a cool name.

Fueling the Creative Economy - by Tyler Weaver.
I don't need to regale you with tales of how bad the economy is right now.  It's a frightening time (the relaunch of this blog as a blogazine is the byproduct of my own unemployment in the "real world.")  For many, many years we were in the "drug addict economy" as I call it - the quick fix, make a quick buck without any investment in the future well-being of the country/state/individual.  Sustainability and longevity were sacrificed for a quick fix by those that deign to tell us to live by the rules, get a 9-5, follow the pack, be part of the institution.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Warning:  This piece is unintentionally autobiographical.  In order to fully explain my position, I had to delve into my own history.  But pay attention, the rules are important.

It’s easy to find the value of a particular model of toaster; you do a quick internet search and kapow, you’ve got it. Unfortunately, making and selling toasters is not my forte. So how does a small town girl with a penchant and passion for photography go from doing portraits for her friends to establishing a brand, determining her art’s worth and begin selling her art online? Good question! I’m not here to give you a step by step guide for setting up your artistic career. That would be impossible. I am, however going to give you a window into Kapow.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Future of the Comic Book - by Anthony Schiavino
You can take two things to the bank. One is that President Obama is not going to snap his fingers and instantly fix the economy. The other is Steve Jobs isn’t going to snap his and instantly save the publishing industry. The only way for publishing to succeed is very simple. It’s going to take hard work and initiative by the content providers, which has nothing to do with hardware.

This column is mostly about comic books but I talk about newspapers and books as well. I touch base on certain aspects that interchange throughout the industries and can be columns themselves. I hope that you’ll post your comments below and expand on some of these topics. We are the readers, the fans, and the content creators of our various likes. 
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Collaboration Nation - by Jessica Keck and Julie King
Traditionally, the studio system has, amongst other things, institutionalized collaboration.  And most indie film makers, no matter how indie they are, crave access to a studio’s resources: countless screenwriters, directors, actors, cinematographers, composers, etc, all available and willing to work on projects that are organized and funded by Papa Studio.  Now, however, the Old Model is floundering, the gold-plated door knocker is out of reach.  Indie filmmakers have been left out in the cold to figure out what the New Model is.   
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Finding My Voice - by Paul Klein
Despite the myriad warnings from those who’ve braved these shadowed hollows, I decided to go to law school.  It’s a fate I’ve grown to accept, and even enjoy, particularly now that I’m in my final semester.  Prior to joining the undead, I worked as a retail monkey for a national bookstore chain that begins with “B” and ends with “Noble,” which it isn’t.  The job provided a modicum of income while my wife finished school, and even helped us save on our health insurance costs (because we didn’t have any).  Although I despised my job, that hatred fueled my passion for writing.  The way I figured it, if I came home and labored over short stories and novels, I could call myself a writer working at a bookstore to pay the bills.  On the other hand, if I came home and watched television (as so many of my colleagues did), I was just a guy who worked at a bookstore.  

Friday, January 29, 2010
JOURNEY FROM ZANSKAR began in 2004 when an old friend called to ask for my help in supporting the Stongde monks of Zanskar.  “Zanskar?  Where the hell is that?”  Even the name seemed forgotten.  An Indian finger poking into the heart of central Asia, bounded by Tibet (China) on one flank and Pakistan on the other, Zanskar almost reaches Afghanistan.  Bounded by towering Himalayan mountains, this high altitude desert sits on a valley floor of 12,000 feet.  “Little Tibet” it’s sometimes called.  “Mountains?  Buddhists?  Dying culture?  Sounds good to me…”  I was in.   

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