Archive for June, 2014

Other Ten Percent 7/1/14

Jun 30 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

Hey guys. Today was sure a fucking bummer wasn’t it? I mean community’s coming back and yay I guess but like the morning was just a huge bummer and the day never really recovered. Follow me to the next paragraph where I have a very small amount of something resembling content.

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Other Ten Percent 6/27/14

Jun 27 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

Hello everybody! It is Friday! What are you going to do with your weekend? I am going to go see Robyn, and Royksopp, and, apparently, lasers at the Hollywood Bowl. Does my weekend win? I think probably it does. Hey, let’s say other things about music.

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Other Ten Percent 6/26/14

Jun 26 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

Welp, yesterday I experimented with waiting until after I’ve done everything else to write Other Ten Percent and then at the end of the day I totally forgot to write Other Ten Percent so, experiment result: that was a bad experiment. Don’t do that. Anyway here’s the thursday post still relatively early in the day.

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Other Ten Percent 6/25/14

Jun 25 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

Well we’ve finally hit the day where I don’t actually have any topic stored up to be discussing and didn’t really come up with one during the day. Goodbye. Wait, shit, I still have to write something don’t I? Oh hey wait I think I just figured out something. What is it? You’ll have to follow me after the cut that you don’t see in the e-mail so…you’ll have to follow me to the next paragraph.

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Other Ten Percent 6/24/14

Jun 24 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

I dreamt that Kieron Gillen read yesterday’s post and got really angry about all the backhanded compliments and left a comment saying as much. Thankfully that didn’t happen so I’m sorry dream version of Kieron Gillen and this has been another edition of “Stupid Dream Theater” which is, apparently, a new recurring segment here at OTP. Anyway, actual content. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 6/23/14

Jun 23 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

Oh hey, this is actually going out at the start of a day. Been a while since that’s happened. Hey, let’s go back to talking about writers because actually sticking to formats is for suckers.

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Other Ten Percent 6/20/14

Jun 20 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

I was going to write up how Mallory Ortberg is a national treasure today but frankly you guys have heard that week in and week out for months. Basically I am in awe of not only how good her writing is but how prolific she manages to make that output. She writes the equivalent of a weeks worth of OTP most days and, unlike me, they don’t suck. Instead let’s do a quick TV recap.

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Other Ten Percent 6/20/14

Jun 19 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

Wooooo Thursday. We continue with our “pretty awesome writers” series because I haven’t yet run out writers to talk about. It will end sometime between the end of today’s entry and the end of tomorrow’s entry depending on if I can come up with another writer to talk about tomorrow. Continue Reading »

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Other Ten Percent 6/18/14

Jun 18 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

Oh right, I’m also writing these every day. Whoops. I got kinda distracted by a small errand in the middle of the day. Nikki had a new car now and it’s awesome! We can both do errands! Okay, luckily I had a topic queued up. Let’s talk about writers I like again.

In case it wasn’t clear from the last one of these I’m trying to stick to writers that don’t really get enough praise who do something interesting I think deserves more attention. We all know I like Joss Whedon, everybody likes Joss Whedon I don’t need to write 10000 words on it. Again. This week.

But I can’t quite decide if I talk about Ryan North as one of my favorite writers way too much or not nearly enough. We all know dinosaur comics so I can kinda skip over that except to say that it’s the first example of what I really admire in Ryan North’s work: he’s always willing to experiment.

If he has an idea his first impulse isn’t to interrogate everything that could go wrong it’s to just do the thing and see what happens. Sometimes the projects are super successful sometimes they are not so successful sometimes they are kinda successful at first but I haven’t really heard about them for a while and so now I’m not that sure anymore. Whatever. Who cares? Point is he’s trying stuff.

And lately he’s been trying bigger and bigger things which should spell disaster but instead has just shown that throwing things at the wall SCALES when you know what you’re doing.

First there was the kickstarter for his Choose Your Own Adventure Hamlet which was financially successful and I would argue successful as a pretty great book. Try it yourself and see, you can just buy it like a regular ol’ book now without crowdfunding anything.

Then he started his super successful run on the Adventure Time comic which not only won him a prestigious Eisner Award, it also won the even more prestigious “I read it on the plane on the way back from Hawaii and it was really really good” award from me.

It’s not that North’s writing is without flaws (some of the character relationships in his new original comic, Midas Flesh, for instance, are…confusingly cordial during a life or death struggle for the fate of the Galaxy) it’s that it’s always adventurous. Could this be why he’s the perfect writer for ADVENTURE time? (BRB, killing myself for that joke.)

There’s a sense whenever you read a Ryan North jam that he’s as excited as you are to figure out what’s going on and what’s going to happen next which I’m surprised and super happy to learn works as well when he’s writing 3 issue arcs about Finn and Jake breaking a time machine and traveling to an apocalyptic future where evil robots are destroying everything as it does for six panels.

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Other Ten Percent 6/17/14

Jun 17 2014 Published by under Daily Posts

So today I’m just going to talk about just one thing I’m really enjoying and again this is going to be one of those theme weeks that is one until I get bored and it isn’t anymore but I think just in general I’m going to try and talk about some writing/writers I enjoy for a bit.

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