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Rosecrans Baldwin's Layer 2 Commentary

Mommy, Why Does The Nude Homeless Man Need a Nickel?

Now, this is some naked begging. Very attractive naked begging, I'll give you that. But still, "Vote Gorilla?" Will today's graphic story go no further than "Vote for me, and not the other guy?" A contest of he said, he said in graphical politics?

One time, I saw Claudia Schiffer film an ad campaign outdoors in the middle of winter. She was being filmed on a sidewalk in her underwear. I can promise you, Claudia Schiffer was making money that day.

I love this tiny piece of film. The effects are pretty, there's an entrancing sense of layering and depth, and I'm happy to ponder Nick's glasses during the finale. But we need to be careful here. Video will always out-magic illustration. The human gut adores shiny moving things. Has Nick used his volley to push our contest much further, or is it an easy step to say, "Hey, I want to win, vote for me!"

Beautiful, yes. Super-creative, I'm not sure. Dude only had 15 minutes and we got something captivating out of it. Perhaps that's enough. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for a story that talks about more than the context of a contest.

I'd say it's an equal battle so far. Have your say in the tweets, faithful audience!


Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Rosecrans Baldwin.

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