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Saturday, March 14, 2009

'Fans, Friends & Followers': Who's in it?

I've just received some early copies of my forthcoming book, Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age, which will be available very soon in two forms: digital and ink-on-dead-trees.

So what better time to share with you the table of contents?

The heart of the book consists of thirty interviews I conducted over the past year or so with filmmakers, musicians, animators, writers, cartoonists, comedians, etc. I conducted a number of interviews that didn't end up in the finished book, and eventually I'll share some of those here.

Table of Contents

Understanding the New Rules: Building an Audience and a Career in the Digital Age

Table: Defining the Terms

Introduction to the Interviews

Film & Video

Michael Buckley: Creator of “What the Buck”

Mike Chapman: Animator and Writer, “Homestar Runner”

Ze Frank: Multimedia Artist and Creator of “theshow”

Curt Ellis: Documentary Producer and Writer, King Korn

Michael “Burnie” Burns: Creator of “Red vs. Blue”

Sandi DuBowski: Documentary Filmmaker, Trembling Before G-d

Gregg and Evan Spiridellis: Co-Founders, JibJab Media

Timo Vuorensola: Science Fiction Director, Star Wreck

Steve Garfield: Videoblogger

Robert Greenwald: Documentary Filmmaker, Iraq for Sale

M dot Strange: Animator, We Are the Strange


Jonathan Coulton: Singer-Songwriter

Damian Kulash: Singer and Guitarist, OK Go

DJ Spooky: Composer, Writer and Multimedia Artist

Jill Sobule: Singer-Songwriter

Richard Cheese: Singer

Chance: Singer-Songwriter

Brian Ibbott: Host of the Podcast “Coverville”

Visual Arts

Natasha Wescoat: Painter, Designer and Illustrator

Tracy White: Comics Artist, “Traced”

Matt W. Moore: Artist and Graphic Designer

Dave Kellett: Comics Artist, “Sheldon”

Dylan Meconis: Graphic Novelist, “Family Man”


Sarah Mlynowski: Novelist, “Magic in Manhattan” series and Me vs. Me

Brunonia Barry: Novelist, The Lace Reader

Lisa Genova: Novelist, Still Alice

Kris Holloway: Non-Fiction Author, Monique and the Mango Rains

Comedy & Magic

Eugene Mirman: Comedian and Writer

Dan and Dave Buck: Pioneers of Extreme Card Manipulation

Mark Day: Comedian and YouTube Executive


Exploring the New Business Models

Power Tools for Audience-Building, Collaboration and Commerce

Supplemental Reading


About the Author

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  • Can't wait to read the book, Scott! I hope "King Corn" isn't misspelled in the actual print version. ;)

    By Blogger Sean Flynn, at 10:56 PM  

  • Thankfully, it isn't. King Korn does sound like a really tasty brand of caramel corn, though...

    By Blogger Scott Kirsner, at 9:27 PM  

  • Look forward to reading your book.

    I am curious if you did interviews with anyone from dance, theater, opera or others from performing arts world?

    Doug Fox
    Great Dance

    By Blogger Doug Fox, at 6:28 AM  

  • Hi where can I buy the book?

    By Blogger Unknown, at 5:21 PM  

  • cant wait!!

    By Blogger what the crust, at 5:29 PM  

  • I'm looking forward to it too. What's the street date?

    By Blogger ZenFilms, at 12:33 AM  

  • Hey guys-

    Thanks for the comments. The digital version is available now... paperback will be out around April 1st.

    And no, I didn't focus on people from dance, theater, or opera -- mostly because no one called any good examples to my attention over the year I was working on this.


    By Blogger Scott Kirsner, at 9:47 AM  

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