Be A Design Comic?
I have to make apologies right away … for using Marker Felt as the type on this webcomic. Seems so uncouth on a graphic design blog to do such a thing. But alas, fearing making this strip even less timely than it already is I had to make a few sacrifices along the way.
If you didn’t catch it, David Car5on, my opinion of whom can be inferred from this comic, invited himself on Design Matters with Debbie Millman a few weeks back. As is typical of his style, he stood her up. I say typical because a few years back he stood up AIGA Nebraska (my chapter) and stuck us a hefty bill and many pissed-off attendees. He bailed on AIGA Colorado’s podcast a few weeks back, though miraculously he managed to show up to that event. Let’s see, he’s also bailed here, here, and here, and that’s just a fast Google search for “David” “Carson” and “cancel.” I can only imagine he is stuck forever in 1995 and periodically travels here for a few modern conveniences. There are plenty of other anecdotal stories I’ve heard throughout the years of Carson being a dick and canceling on little-to-no notice on speaking engagements, but to stand up the Queen Bee? I think not, David. I think not.
First, collectively, everyone just needs to stop inviting him to speak about anything. Anything. Anytime. Ever. Chances are he won’t show up anyway and if he does … what then? Why hear from someone who’s done nothing of note for the past ten years? And even then, really, if you go back and read The End of Print, how much of it looks like unintelligible garbage by today’s standards? In fact the only time you seem to hear about this guy anymore is when he screws someone over who’s put time, effort, and money into an event for him and he bails. At this point the only thing I would be remotely interested in hearing him speak about is “why I’m such a dick to everyone.”
Second, if he has been scheduled to appear, and doesn’t get wisked-away in his 1995-bound time machine, and does actually follow-through on a commitment, may I suggest that all of his attendees simply stand him up.
I thought this mild bit of amateur entertainment might be better than a 5-page tirade about how badly I despise that overrated horse’s ass, but it wasn’t until I’d already made the graphic for that story. May as well share that as well.