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#250: All-American Girls

June 26, 2008

Notes from the Manager

So… yeah. #250, and the first (I think) completely self-contained strip in a rather long time, although it might help if you have even a passing familiarity with American Girl dolls (particularly the "Just Like You" line) and with the existence of the Kit Kittredge: An American Girl movie starring Abigal Breslin (in limited release now, opening nationwide on July 2nd). That being the case, if you're a boy and you don't get this strip, I wouldn't really stress out about it. Really.

EDIT (6/27/08): If only this ad could be up on this page all the time:

 

Anyway, so #250. It's not really a milestone, just a round number. As many of you know, there are a handful of other strips not in the archives, in the first Multiplex eBook and a one or two as-yet-uncollected ones from the upcoming second eBook (yes, I'm waaaaay behind, I know), so this is really not the 250th Multiplex strip.

The next real milestone for me will be the third anniversary, which is right around the corner, on July 10th — but I guess some people still think the round-numbers thing is pretty cool, so thank you for reading all the same.

By the way, despite my promise (to myself) that I won't be going to any comic book conventions until I have a frickin' comic book to sell, it turns out I will be appearing at this year's Wizard World Chicago after all — on Saturday (June 28) only. It's kind of an unoffical appearance, so I won't be in the program book, but you will be able to find me at Tom Brazelton's booth (#4308) in Artist's Alley, alongside Joe Dunn at the Digital Pimp booth (#4310). Stop by, introduce yourself, and I'll draw a crappy little picture for you… by hand, even.


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“Autobiography” (excerpt)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

So I finished my Master of Fine Arts degree—technically as of March 31, although I’m still working on a couple of assistantships. But I got my diploma in the mail today.

This is one of the weirder things I did in grad school. It was a project I did for a Graphic Design Studio class, and the only stipulation was that you had to make a collection of… something. I chose to do a “collection” of twelve books that shaped who I am as a person. Not necessarily books that I still hold dear, but that really connected with me when I read them.

So, I call it an autobiography, although obviously it’s not. I decided to make a story scroll using clippings from these books, cut and pasted to build a NEW story (a creation story). I made scroll handles for it from wooden dowels (painted bronze) and bronze drawer handles on all four ends.

It was roughly 6¾ feet long if you completely unrolled the scroll, so I’ll only show the first bit here. You can click through to the Patreon page I posted it on a couple of years ago if you want to read the whole thing. I made it public so anyone can see it.

The books are (in no particular order): The Book of Job, translated by Stephen Mitchell; The Illustrated Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking; Cages by Dave McKean; Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood; Epileptic by David B; Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechen; Justice League: A New Beginning by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire; Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson; The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts; and The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. (The Pooh books are technically two separate volumes, so it’s really thirteen, but I now own a single-volume collection of them. I also read Justice League in the issues first, not TPB, so whatever.)

Enjoy! Or just kind of squint your eyes and wonder why this is something that graduate students spend their time doing. But hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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