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PostPosted: 07 Nov 2010, 00:14 
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This video comes by way of Cartoon Brew, who point out that today is Ralph Bakshi’s birthday.

But I want to give special attention to the video, in which Bakshi answers a question at 2008’s ComicCon about being an independent creator in the shadow of big studios.

It’s a great pep talk, and while he’s specifically talking about animated films, his advice is relevant to any type of independent creator. Look at the webcomics professionals who are striving in spite of the newspaper syndicates, or the graphic novelists funding themselves through Kickstarter.

Bakshi’s attitude: you have the ability and resources to make and distribute your own things, so why aren’t you doing it?

And to those bemoaning the crumbling of the studio/syndicate/publishing industry? “It’s not crumbling; you’re crumbling.”

Proving Bakshi’s wisdom, Machine of Death — the self-published illustrated short story anthology edited by webcomics’ Ryan North and David Malki — recently reached #1 on Amazon, surpassing the sales of both Glenn Beck and John Grisham. These are creators who beat the system by ignoring the system.

Chloride and Sodium: Two terribly dangerous substances that taste great together!

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