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A Stan Mack Cartoon Chronicle of Revolutions Foretold

Stan Mack’s “Real Life Funnies” strip, created in the mid-1970s for the “Village Voice,” presaged the documentary comics of artists such as Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco. And now it appears that his Print feature from 17 years ago also anticipated today’s digital communications environment. Here’s Mack’s personal, behind-the-scenes details about one such story....

Breaking News and Making Money: Susie Cagle and Ted Rall on Print vs. Online Publishing

This is the second part of my two-part interview with the graphic journalist Susie Cagle. In part one, based on one of her San Diego Comic-Con panels, Cagle touched upon print versus online methods of content distribution. Here, she discusses her second SDCC session, Publisher’s Weekly‘s “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in the New...

Post-Google Analytics

Months ago, while planning the topics I’d cover in articles through the conclusion of 2011, I had in mind to write something about search. It had been a while—almost two years at that point—since I last wrote anything about search specifically, though I had covered all sorts of things related to search many times...

Select Your Wifi Network

For the last few months, I’ve been recording the names of accessible wifi networks that have been brought to my attention by my cellphone’s constant insistance on searching for available wifi. Sadly, most are locked. Happily, most have amazing and adorable names. Living in Brooklyn, New York and working across the river in Manhattan,...

Today's Obsession: Rural Broadband

Did you know that about 40% of the United States still has no access to broadband? True story. Rural America—where growth and creativity can happen with a smaller overhead—is currently choked out of net access because of simple wiring problems. The government is currently spending 7.2 billion to wire America, in a move very...