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I'm getting an intern... - Howard Tayler
Ramblings of a Happy Cartoonist
I'm getting an intern...
Sandra recieved an unexpected phone call while I was out seeing Corpse Bride (which was delightful, except for the part where juvenile delinquents threw bits of ceiling tile into the theater, no, I'm not making that up). Apparently one of the local charter schools is forcing their students out into the wide world as interns for a couple of days. The mother of one of these high school kids managed to Google me as a "cartoonist" living in "Orem." One local telephone call later, she reached Sandra.

Okay, an intern RARELY gets to do anything interesting -- even "real" interns from collegiate programs often get relegated to the snack-fetch-itorial field. A high-school level intern is, in fairness, likely to be little more than an observer in whatever business he visits.

In most businesses this would be annoying. Me, though, I thrive on attention. Now factor in the following: the young man who wishes for a two-day internship with me has some Photoshop skill. I bet I can get a week of strips flood-filled for free. In exchange, I'll have somebody looking over my shoulder while I pencil and ink, and I've found that always makes me work harder.

I'm looking forward to it. Besides, for a few hours, I'll be able to guarantee that at least one of America's Youth is not throwing bits of ceiling tile into movie theaters.

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From: scifantasy Date: October 20th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's one lucky intern. *grin*
katayamma From: katayamma Date: October 20th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know... if you asked nicely, you could probably have your strips colored for free on a full time basis. =^_-=
scrubbo From: scrubbo Date: October 20th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank God you've got more morals that Clinton!
goodluckfox From: goodluckfox Date: October 20th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I once had a kid sit with me at work... this was in the dot-com years. Kid was interested in computers, so I showed him how to write an auction website using SQL, ASP, and IIS for the purposes of trading cards.

Saaaayyyyy.... do the Toughs ever get interns? I mean... wouldn't it be a logical place to intern if you're a military science major before you graduate school?
From: trace_of_tears Date: October 20th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid that the Toughs had their accreditation revoked by most major schools. Too much pillaging and burning and not enough teaching. ;)
wulfbyu From: wulfbyu Date: October 20th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now THAT would be fun to see...

Kevyn: "Captain, I found some micro-print in that last contract we took. Apparently we agreed to a few things we weren't expecting. Including..."
Tagon: "Well? What is it?"
Kevyn: "Well, sir... We agreed to accept an intern..."
Tagon: *blank stare* And... what are we supposed to do with him?
Kevyn: *pause* Well, sir... you could always assign him to Sergeant Schlock...
Tagon: *slow, Wicked Grin of Doom*
lodo_bear From: lodo_bear Date: October 21st, 2005 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
You fool! You just gave away Schlocktoberfest 2006!
cheops From: cheops Date: October 20th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go easy on the li'l fella. They're tender and easily frightened at that age.
jerith From: jerith Date: October 20th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the contrary, this is a great opportunity to warp mould a fresh young mind.

It might be a good idea to recommend that he read at least some of the archives before he arrives...
jerith From: jerith Date: October 20th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, it seems I don't remember as much HTML as I thought. The "warp" above is supposed to be struckout for humorous effect. Ah well.
twelvefootnine From: twelvefootnine Date: October 20th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the notion of "warp moulding" is pretty funny, actually.

It's a bit like "flash freezing" just... y'know, wrong.
From: bbullock Date: October 21st, 2005 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Man, Howard, you have totally made it. Show me one, ONE, other webcartoonist who has his own intern.
You are top of the heap, man.
rev_ursa From: rev_ursa Date: October 21st, 2005 09:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Off topic, I love that comic.
naraht1 From: naraht1 Date: October 21st, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Happy corrupting!

YOu should have seen "Corpse Bride" with us in Bethesda, Maryland. It was a Tuesday night 7:30 showing. My wife and I were the *only* people in the movie theatre. No Joke. Actually I think that may in some ways make the music too overwhelming since they set it as if there are bodies to absorb the sound...

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