“There is,” as Crockett writes, “an age-old decree that exists on the Internet called Rule 34: ‘If it exists, there is porn of it.'” This is the story of Esurance’s cartoon mascot Erin, who was ultimately nixed by the company after her image became masturbation fodder for the internet masses.
How a traditional cartoonist survives in the digital era.
The answer is more complicated than one might think.
Marilyn vos Savant, a former child prodigy and the “world’s smartest woman,” according to the Guinness Book of World Records, had carved out a niche for herself as an advice columnist for Parade magazine. It was in the body of one of these columns that she politely answered a reader’s inquiry on a probability puzzle, and then all hell broke loose.
“This is the story of Han Van Meegeren, the most dramatic forger of the 20th century.”
The story of Will Vinton’s Vinton Studios, which found success in the 1980s with commercial hits like the California Raisins, then struggled to keep up with its massive growth before getting sold to Nike CEO Phil Knight:
In the course of two years, a severely mismanaged Vinton Studios blew through more than $7 million in funding, largely due to their unwillingness to scale back the team even more. There was only one hope to salvage the company, and it came with a swoosh.
Farnath, Vinton Studios’ new CEO, approached Phil Knight “with his tail between his legs,” and asked the businessman to put in more money – just a few years after Knight had put up $5 million. This time, Knight had leverage to be a controlling shareholder.