Star Struck

I don’t often meet celebrities, but when I do, I blog about it!  I was star struck this week!

Regular readers to this blog may recall:

All of these posts were inspired by the efforts of a twelve year old son of a friend of mine.  His passion was cartooning – not the digitally created things that are so easy to do and common to find – but the old-fashioned type with a storyline, sweat and a pencil at a drawing board.  The result?  He just posted his 101st cartoon on his blog, Instant Isaac.

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I was going to post something when he hit the magical 100th post but I held off until now.  You see, the cartoonist was travelling with his family (mother @doremigirl) and they were making a stop mid-Ontario at the home of @TechieAng and @bharrisonp.  My wife and I and @royanlee‘s family were invited to supper and a nice informal get together.  While we have all been friends online for some time, I believe that I was the only one who had personally met @doremigirl.  I was excited to be invited and we made the 5 hour drive.

We had a wonderful evening, complete with a nice BBQ and swimming for the kids but what was special to me was the opportunity to meet my favourite young cartoonist.  Throughout the evening, through conversation, I got an opportunity to see what makes Isaac tick.  I learned the origin of the name, how ideas for the comic strip are generated (we all suggested that a swimming pool incident might make for a good comic in the future…), how long it takes to draw a strip, how it gets from paper to digital, how the comic of the week is selected, who is editor is, who does the posting, who his inspiration for cartooning is, who his favourite music teacher is, …

It was a great opportunity to have the chance to just sit and chat with a young man about something that he is truly passionate about at this point in time.  He’s twelve so we’ll give him the opportunity to change his interests but, if he keeps at cartooning, his blog will serve as a very comprehensive portfolio demonstrating his growth over time.  It is truly amazing that he’s able to post on a weekly basis.  And, they’re not generated at the last minute.  By both his and his father’s estimate, he’s already created about 150 strips so he could go for another 49 weeks without generating new content.

If anyone is looking for an exemplar about how blogging can enable a student, they only need look at Instant Isaac.  The really cool thing is that his cartoons are released with a Creative Commons license.  Just give him attribution and don’t make a derivative work and you can use his efforts.

He is an amazing young man and I wish him all the best.

The coolest thing of the evening?  His dad took a picture of the two of us.  Because of his age, I won’t post it here but I’ve got it printed and it’s in a frame of the personalized Instant Isaac comic that adorns the wall in my den.

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