Amazon Bans Providing Items for Review (Except Books)

The development of reviews on Amazon is a mini-history of the internet, in a way. At first, it allowed you to hear from people who’d already had experience with something you were interested in buying. Then it became a way to create memes (with goofy reviews of simple pens) or gang up on people whose ideas you disagreed with (as when people downvoted Raina Telgemeier’s Drama graphic novel just because it included happy teen gay characters). Soon, it became a […]

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Has a Comic Changed Your Behavior?

We’re supposed to drink a lot of water. I used to work on that by stocking my fridge with disposable water bottles, because it’s so easy to grab one. Then I read Maris Wicks’ Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean, which makes an excellent case for doing more to reuse and recycle. (Short version: our careless behavior causes climate change which is killing the coral reefs.) I stopped using those bottles and switched to a refillable plastic tumbler, […]

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Unethical Reviewers Pulled From Amazon

Amazon has a lot of people posting reviews at their site. Anyone can review anything they sell… although those who have purchased the item from Amazon get a “verified purchase” tag. Amazon uses these reviews, among many other factors, to determine search rankings. Vendors have figured that out, especially those vendors that sell easy-to-make items such as dietary supplements, cellphone cases, and various bits of offshore-manufactured small electronics (like charging cables and selfie sticks). They want lots of five-star reviews, […]

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Meditations on Dying Media

A few links I found to be thought-provoking reads: First up, how newspapers have cannibalized their own sales. Like magazines before them, single-copy sales have practically disappeared as publishers raise prices drastically in order to combat declining readership. But that’s a stupid idea, because you drive existing customers away and you prevent new ones from easily trying your product. Publishers have applied the same pricing theory to both home delivery and single-copy selling over the last four years or so: […]

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KC Talks Comics in 1981

Memories by KC Carlson Well, this is odd… What we have here is an interview that I did for a local Eau Clare, Wisconsin, television show called “Thirteen Interview” sometime around 1981. The interviewer is Geoff Welch, a old classmate of mine at the University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire, which I attended (and occasionally actually went to class) in the late 1970s. I could usually be found working for the UWEC Davies University Center as a film projectionist or […]

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The Basics of Discrimination and Harassment From an HR Perspective

In my day job, I’ve been managing people for over 15 years now, so I’ve taken multiple management training courses at Fortune 500 companies. There are some basics that should be known before letting someone be responsible for someone else and their job, since one’s manager is one of the biggest factors in determining job satisfaction, but it seems that a number of comic companies are falling down on the basics of this and other human resources-related issues. That’s why […]

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A Fresh Start

After 10 years and almost 8,000 posts, my WordPress database has become corrupt. I’ve been trying to fix it off and on for the last three weeks, but it’s time to cut my losses and start fresh. The posts are still there, somewhere, so I’ll be slowly revisiting and reimporting the ones I found interesting — but really, who needs to read my thoughts from 2006 linking to a blog that’s no longer there? (They used to say comic readers, […]

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