Look Who’s Talking

I like to track Andertoons on Technorati to see who’s talking about me. Some recent finds:

Confident Writing – A writing coach blogs about adding my widget. I like this idea for writers:

If you had to boil your writing down to the length of a cartoon caption – what would you still want to say?

I can’t help but think of big important books boiled down to a funny caption. Anyone want to start?

Bibsonomy bookmark by avivamagnolia – Far as I can tell a sort of del.icio.us type of social bookmarking thing. Anyway, the blurb about my blog is funny:

Odd little blog; noodlish, pasty man of the office plays a starring roll. Yes, he’s bald. With a combover. And no, he doesn’t have a lot of melanin. His shirts are white. His ties are thin and dark. He’s perpetually puzzled, in a pale sort of way.

Um… OK.

The Cartoon Blog – Dave Walker’s great blog links to my gag writing post:

People always ask ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ Cartoonist Mark Anderson guides us through his thought processes.

When I wrote that blog I had no idea it would be so well received.

BTW, speaking of, well, speaking, I’ve recently purchased a camera mount to clamp onto my drawing table. Stay tuned for more voiced-over video of me sketching, inking, etc…

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It’s All Just A Popularity Comic

Med Dance PopularityThere’s an interesting look at webcomics and popularity over at Talk About Comics.

There’s mention of a Columbia University study that just fascinates me. Apparently there’s this experiment…

…using different groups of students who were asked to rate pop and rock music by unknown bands.

Some groups of students were unable to see the popularity (among other participants in the study) of the songs they were being asked to rate.

Other groups of students were able to see the popularity and rankings that the other students within their own groups had given each song — though each group was in a hermetically sealed “world,” with no information about the rankings in the other groups.

If all things were equal, if popularity was solely a function of the quality and likeability of the songs themselves, then the results in each group would have looked similar — maybe not exactly the same, but very similar.

But they weren’t. Not even close.

Go. Read. Now.