Big on our list is also seeing a lot of art and reading a lot about art. It may not change the way we do art but it makes for good comic material that happens in the back story of each issue.
We need a stiff dose of cynicism in regards to art world trends to keep our own work focused and that satirical streak finds its outlet in the Kalicorp Art Mysteries.
One the the best discussions we've read on IAE is from an essay in Triple Canopy.
Which led to a perceptive article in Hyperallergic by Mostafa Heddaya concerning appropriation of IAE as propaganda in regards to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Followed by an equally impassioned defense of it's motives in light of this criticism by the director of the Guggenheim, Richard Armstrong.
Ben Valentine offered some interesting observations in this essay, titled The Dangers of Crowd Funding Art.