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You’re asking a guy who didn’t think of any individual strip or story line longer than it takes to read this sentence. I drew in a manic, sweat-flinging state of deadline panic EVERY week. Not most weeks. EVERY week. For ten years. I drew what occurred to me as I stared at the same blank strips I’d been watching for six days, and only because the plane that would deliver them to my syndicate editor was due to take off at 5:30 AM, about seven hours from that moment.

…This is not how a comic strip should be drawn. This is not how ANY deadline should be handled by any reasonable, conscientious, grown-up professional. But as I wasn’t, they weren’t. The flip side of that confessional coin is that Bloom County would not have been what it was—whatever it was—if I’d been that thing I just described. It was art and writing born of chaos. It was the poison the madness needed.

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"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent."

— Jim Jarmusch

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"I’m being given a little bit of credit now as being a viable collage artist, which some people think is ridiculous. Like this guy who said, “Wait a minute: You had an art show where you just cut out pictures and then glued them back together?” And I said, “Yeah, that’s pretty much what it is.” There’s more to it than that. It’s about having the eye for detail, moving things from one environment and reassembling them into new environments….Everyone can do it, but not everyone can do it well."

— Robert Pollard

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We are all quick to judge something, we do it by nature. Judging something on a surface level is not using informed ‘critical thinking,’ it is just being a critic. I like to think if we can use critical thinking with facts, we can come up with constructive criticism. But before we jump to that we need to think about a lot of things when it comes to a rebrand. Here are a couple…

Did you read and understand the Statement of Work? Did you sit in the meetings where the company unveiled their new direction and objectives? Did you hear their long term goals? Did you talk with them about it and question some of their motives? Did you strategize hundreds of ideas where they company could go? Did you present these ideas? How did the presentation go? Did you work a month or a year on building the project? Did you do many rounds of reviews? Were you able to relate with the client and did they understand visual language? Did they really want something unique? Was there mutual respect? Was there a change in direction? Was the company able to pull off the branding visually after you handed off the work? Did the design and language around the mark communicate and express their vision? When you were finished, did the work express where they wanted to go?…

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Michael Cina on Critiques

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"I feel like it’s all part of this new culture that’s been bubbling for the last, like, 15 to 20 years: Wanting to create a future that breaks down the barriers of the past,” Adler said. “I mean, it’s not about wearing suits and it’s certainly not about some overly structured Casual Friday. It’s about work and life, the lines being blurred between those two things. It’s about hanging out at the office because you want to, or going for a bike ride because you actually like the people you work with."

Charles Adler

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Letter from Steve Albini to Nirvana Prior To Recording In Utero

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"You know how much of this shit you’ll be doing in ten years? None of it. Remember: everything dies. Enjoy it."

— Mike Monteiro (via brightbrightgreat)

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"I’m blessed with the ability to work and I do it as much as I can…There is no time to waste. If I’m not working or eating or fucking, I am sleeping. There is nothing else."

— Tom Sachs

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"Good taste and frugality are the enemies of creativity"

— Pablo Picasso

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"He doesn’t go out. They don’t, like, go to their friends’ houses. They used to. All of my dad’s friends just come to him. So, if the restaurant’s not there, it’s not like he’s lost his job or his business, it’s like he’s lost his life."

— Charlie Shopsin (via fairtradegothic)