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Clearing up the Myths
in rant by lizzegirle
Posted at 10:39 AM on Sunday, August 14, 2005
So I have to clear up some things. First, let me state that this is a comic. Not everything that happens in this comic is true. I know its based on Real Life things, but Greg molded somethings to make them easier to understand. So please read through this and understand our lives.
Myth #1: "Greg lived with all of the characters until he moved out with Liz."
FALSE. This actually never happened. Greg did live with Tony and Debbie for a few years. I actually moved in with them for a little awhile until we got our first apartment, but we have had a few places since then. So don't think that this Downtown apartment is Greg's and mine first home together. Its not. We have been living alone for about 3 years now. (Except for the year that Cliff was staying with us because he was having financial hardships.) Dave never lived in this house. Dave went into the Navy and now lives in San Diego, which is about 500 miles away. Since then, Ben and Lena have become a couple, and are living together about 15 miles from our current apartment. Tony and Debbie live with Adam in a house in the same area as Ben and Lena's apartment. Cliff lives in San Jose which is about 120 miles from all of us in Sacramento. So as you can see, even though the comic states that we all lived in this one house, we didn't. We lived in a large house with Tony and Debbie and a few others for awhile, but Dave and the other characters weren't there.
Myth #2: "Moving to Seattle"
TRUE AND FALSE. Yes, Greg and I were planning on moving to Seattle, but that has kind of fallen apart. Greg searched for a job up there, but couldn't find anything so we were waiting until he could find something. So we are still in Sacramento. We have resigned ourselves into not moving though. I have found a fantastic job working as the creative director (graphic designer) of 2 magazines here in California. You can check them out at www.insidemagazines.com. So we will probably be finding a place to live somewhere in the Bay Area sometime in the near future. So No, we DO NOT live in Seattle, and its looking like we might never live in Seattle.
Myth #3: "The comic being kicked out of the Daily Grind"
I don't think some of you completely understand how the Daily Grind works. Its just supposed to see who can keep up with the stresses of making a good quality comic every day. So if Greg decided that he didn't want to Real Life anymore, and switched gears to a completely different comic... he could stay in the Grind. All you need to do is upload a comic every M-F by midnight that night. Not midnight the previous night, but midnight of that night. So that means that Greg has until 11:59 PM on Monday to finish the comic and upload it. As long as he does that... he stays in. It doesn't state anything in the rules that you can't change the direction of your comic either. Someone in the forum keeps getting his panties in a twist whenever we deviate from "Real Life" actions. So he is a little freaked out about this current storyline where Greg find a cavern in his car since that isn't reality. The Daily Grind doesn't care.
Myth #4: "Greg is the only one who does anything with the comic."
FALSE. I do a hell of alot for this thing. I help come up with comic ideas, I make most of the ads that end up on the site, and I do all of the accounting. We now have a wonderful woman, Nancy, who is selling ads for us. She is great. So these cons that only want to bring the "creative partners" of Real Life are mistaken when they only want to bring Greg. I am just as much of this comic as Matt Boyd is of MacHall. or Tycho of Penny Arcade.
Myth #5: "Blank Label is a hosting service." FALSE. Blank Label is a creative collective. Its just a bunch of comic artists who get together and discuss business with one another. We help each other with marketing and business practices. Its kind of like that saying, "Two heads are better than one, and Three heads are even better". Each person has something unque to bring to the table. So, it is nothing like Keenspot. Its like a little club, I guess. The independant comic artist's club.
Myth #6: "Greg and Liz are rolling in money."
FALSE. Greg and I actually don't make much money off of the comic. Its a nice little supplement, but it is no where near close enough for one of us to be able to stay at home and live off of it. One reason is that we live in California, which is one of the most expensive states in the country. We try not to live above our means, but it is really hard when the cost of living is so high. Sadly, we can't move to a cheaper state because I want to be working on magazines once I get out of college. Most popular magazines are published in either New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. All three of those cities are horrid when it comes to cost of living.
Myth #7: "Greg and Liz are attending Anime Evolution this weekend."
TRUE. We will be leaving Thursday night to fly up to Vancouver, B.C. in order to attend Anime Evolution. So we hope to see some of you there. We will be guests of honor so it might be a little difficult to find us, but we have a signing period where we will be selling merchandise. So if you want to get yourself a copy of the book or maybe a Fuego shirt, come by and see us.