It’s time to make the goodbye that everyone already assumed official: the Scooter and Ferret webcomic has come to a close. No amount of typing seems like an appropriate way to end the 6 years of drama, rewards and artistic struggle that took up such a huge part of our life during the century’s first decade. All of the characters are going to be under my skin for the rest of my life and I was very hesitant to announce the final end.
The most remarkable result of this webcomic was it caught the attention of a publisher and led to my first publication. Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Fun #1 came out on August 3 and for that minority of reviewers who read all-ages comics, the consensus was “adorable.” I have three more issues coming out, with #2 arriving in stores September 28 and the trade collection arriving to a bookstore near you in December.
Scott has been consumed with drawing another Ape Entertainment property that leaves no room for webcomics on the side. Scouts was just announced on their website to be released in early 2012 and that is probably the best reason to update this site and leave it to rest. In a coincidence that I can’t help but appreciate, the upcoming graphic novel just happens to feature a wily weasel.
Even if we decide to eventually return to our own properties, Scooter and Ferret probably won’t be resumed. I’ve got some other ideas I would like to try out, building on the lessons I learned here and working for Ape. I also intend to start blogging updates on Tumblr instead of here, but this website will remain standing as long as people want to continue reading these old adventures. Here’s to old friends and new starts.
In my eternal quest to be involved in too many things, I will be speaking to the Seattle Graphic Artists Guild next week on Google Analytics. Here are the details:
Understanding Google Analytics with Georgia Ball
Web analytics are a window into the private world of website user behavior, At first glance, it looks like a tangled wilderness. Just what do all those numbers and percentages mean? Which are important?
Google Analytics is one of many software programs used to track and interpret data generated by traffic to your website, and its greatest power is in the insights it reveals about your website’s users. Follow the User as he or she navigates through your website by learning how to read the language of web analytics.
Georgia will begin with basic terms and simple installation guidelines, then move on to:
- the significance of web analytics for your bottom line,
- key components of the Google Analytics interface
- next-level tutorials on tracking conversions and search terms for slightly braver souls.
For total beginner and experienced user alike. If you have a website, you need this seminar.
A website developer since 1999, Georgia Ball has used web analytics to gain proven results for national corporations, small business, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations.
A creator of multi-media designs for Microsoft, IBM, and the Cartoon Network, she is currently employed in the online advertising division of the Walt Disney Company.
Georgia is the author of the webcomic Scooter and Ferret and the upcoming Strawberry Shortcake comic books by Ape Entertainment.
Wednesday, May 18 12-2 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
EAFA Gallery – room A239in the Seattle Design Center Atrium Building 5701 Sixth Avenue South Seattle, WA 98108 1-800-497-7997 http://www.seattledesigncenter.com/ Map How Much
Pre-register at Brown Paper Tickets
At the door, Cash or check only.Guild member-$15 Full time student-$15 Sister Association Member-$20 General-$25
More info: http://www.seattleguild.org/
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.orgSPGA/Seattle Chapter Graphic Artists Guild P.O. Box 31063
Seattle, WA 98103-1063
I said I would say what happened to us when it was ok to say so and now is a good time. Last October I got an email I didn’t believe was real at first asking me if I was interested in writing for Strawberry Shortcake. Imagine being a small-town actress working in community theater when someone walks in and asks you if you want to be in a little film they’re making about Scarlett O’Hara. That kind of moment. Comically, the date my editor set for our initial meeting was on the day I was scheduled to give birth. I didn’t want to make it sound like I would be too busy having a baby to write, so I casually put off the phone call until the next day. My first call about the project was from a hospital bed while recovering from a C-section.
Six months come and go and the first book in the 4-part series comes out in July. It’s been the experience of a lifetime and I don’t intend to let it be my last! Writing scripts didn’t stop me from writing Scooter and Ferret, but about a month ago a comic project came in for Scott too, and between that and his regular illustration work, continuing the strip wasn’t realistic. His project is a big opportunity and I would never tell him to put off in favor of our personal work, and I’ve wanted for many years to see his skill get the exposure it truly deserves.
I wrote all of the long 16-page stories for the books and one 4-page story is mine, plus I wrote the solicitations, and we’re a staff pick in May Previews. I actually have not written the fourth script in the Strawberry series yet but I’m determined to make it the best of the four. Although I’ve stopped sending out the comic strip emails, I intend to continue to use my blog space, so if you’re only interested in seeing more of the main comic, now is the time to drop the RSS feed. This is still a good way to keep showing work in progress, and I’m keeping the future status of this strip open for now. The archives are definitely staying up, there are 400 strips on this site and they are worth reading. There’s something to be said for getting your work out there after all.