Sunday, January 31, 2016

Going Low and Reaching High and Far Away

Whoever controlled the destiny of a penny? It is a wonder an avid collector will be shelling out many his green bills for a few, rare brown coins noted for their important dates. How much would I pay for my book, would it be for aus$ 202, 329 yen, $55 or 2.63 in euros? Those are prices for 57 Pages: A Short Collection of Thought-Motivating Cartoons on sale globally respectfully in Australia, Japan, in Mexico and France based on the US price tag of two dollars and ninety-nine cents. To be honest, even if I were living in saturating wealth in inflation troubled economy of Mexico fifty-five dollars based on the current monetary exchange rate would be too steep for me.
Would I expect anyone else to pay that much, more than half a 100 rectangular George Washington image bills? No. One of the major reasons for the NO is because as same like other authors it is one of my desires that my book of social commentary cartoons is appealing to people of all sorts. A different book of humor pictures to include among potential readers those long time-saving hundreds and hundreds of pesos at slowing interest rates and those investing and reinvesting millions of dollars (to gain the billions of dollars they would not be reasonably able to spend in their lifetimes). It may be for the reason my wishing my family and friends be affording that fresh cup of morning brew rather than sacrificing it to purchase my book.
So I sought to see if it, 57 Pages could be made available for free permanently so that individuals and families could download it anytime they wish. It may be a crazy daydream in allowing the book serving as a gift to countless persons remaining unknown to me. This aspiration is not possible and sensible. It cost money to provide the book. And it was above my budget to produce it with the value of other persons' assistance. There isn't a desire to devalue the hard work and preparation that is inputting into 57 Pages and the important messages expressed in it.

Who dreams of selling themselves short of what they considerably invested in time and ongoing, constant activity? For a purpose of having the book available to more people with a lesser effect on their bottom line the price is lowered to one buck (US dollar) and ninety-nine copper pennies. Therefore, this decision is not being seen by me as a step back unprogressively. In the book 57 Pages, there is a notation a person in an economically strained locale would value his primary essentials more than the materially sustained of humans residing in developed countries. Isn't this an individual of potential intellect and ability likewise the one graduating from an ivy league university believing his gold brick road is paved before him, grasping that diploma?
Considering the physically hungry man of lifelong struggle, could he be one of the unique individuals who appreciate reading my book? Because he may find within the pages or sections, a glimmering of hope to feed on than of the emptiness of a morally decaying world of broken promises and fading expectations. It is an encouraging thought future wise to produce low-cost publications on essential themes of humanity and humor. I feel assured after considering the comments of recent positive reviews people might find more worth in 57 Pages than a handful of those easily forgettable bronze coins that may likely to be throwing into the streets.

Although there have been some hardening negative reviews of 57 Pages, there have also been recent positive reviews revealing the individual appreciation of the book. 
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Friday, January 8, 2016

How Are You Seeing, Hearing or Reading It?

The following is a one-star review provided by My Own Little Corner. It was posted this week on the Amazon/Kindle book product page of 57 Pages: A Short Book of Thought-Motivating Cartoons:

57 Pages
This one's hard for me. I reviewed this once before, but felt guilty and didn't post it publicly. The author came back after some revisions and asked me to read it again. I wanted to enjoy this. I wanted to laugh or feel enlightened...or something. But, I didn't. A good rule of thumb is if you have to explain your joke, then it isn't funny. Jackson reminds that everything in this book isn't necessarily meant to be funny as much as it is poignant, but even that falls short. I understood all of the cartoons just fine. They just weren't funny or well worded. I did enjoy several of the drawings themselves from an artistic point of view, but I just can't recommend this beyond that.

Here is my reply to the review of My Own Little Corner. It was posted this Friday morning on the same book product page of Kindle/Amazon:

My expressions of gratitude for the review and the compliments of the artwork, it is not my wish this evaluation be a hard one for you. It is your choice whatever to review the book or not because your consciousness, your secular responsibility as a book critic and sense of moral obligation are to be respected. With these, there are at least general guidelines most persons might identify with and apply to their circumstances.
To be able to recognize and use effective application of shared principles those conditions would need to be actual or real. The pictures being seen or held on two-dimensional surfaces, screens or tablets how impossible to say cartoons are real, these are fictional persons, animals, and situations. What are recognize by readers is how the pictures are presenting and do these relate to modern life as we know it. Both from the front cover and introduction of the book the cartoons were not seeking laughter as a primary goal although these pictures are drawn humorously.
I was advised by a friend many years ago not to produce humor drawings with serious themes and dialogue. He felt cartoons should be focusing on humor, laughter. Like theater, films, television and various kinds of literature, cartooning are a medium that could transcend into different genres or combinations of styles and approaches.
How do you know which is which and not be disappointed or confused? Producers of these medias have been providing the answers for centuries. Many will tell us this is "an editorial" or gag cartoon. Or this is a "science fiction opera" or a "romantic western". Usually, the entertainment critic readily identifies the style of an artform, explaining to her readers.
57 Pages nonetheless did not hold back offering such explanations. Including you, other reviewers acknowledged those statements. Unlike you, some book critics were able with greater ease to enjoy the book and benefit from it. Otherwise, they would not have communicated the positive expressions.
As we may learn from your review, a reader or reviewer's mindset or attitude towards a book may be a prime factor on how it might affect them. With a realistic outlook, that "rule of thumb" may not reasonably apply here. Readers would more likely discover something else worthy besides the joke or humor is being expounded upon in the explanations of the book as seen in its' preview. It is commending for you reading the book again and taking the time to submit your evaluation.