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#251: It’s Not Even Worth It

June 30, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #185: Considering the Source; #217: Live and Learn, Part One; #218: Live and Learn, Part Two; #223: Gaybait and Switch; #236: You Took the Word Out of My Mouth; #247: What Have I Done?

WALL•E was absolutely brilliant, and Wanted was really fun, too. It was a good weekend for nerd movies. Listen in as Joe, Tom and myself chat it up about the two big box office winners this weekend on The Triple Feature, tonight at 9:00pm Central!

UPDATE (7/1): I am now a pundit. Kwanzoo's Steve Anderson (also of The Anderson Files and Reel Advice) has just posted an article called (and about) "The Death of Cinema: I Am Not Alone Here," with sound bites from yours truly and fellow Triple Feature host Joe Dunn (of Joe Loves Crappy Movies, natch).

Joe missed the Triple Feature last night, but Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) and I sounded off — spoiler-free — about WALL•E, Wanted, and Wizard World Chicago in a special, sorta-short episode. Check her out by clicking on the "Listen to the Triple Feature" button over in the sidebar!

Next week, we'll only have Hancock to talk about, so we'll probably get back into WALL•E and Wanted (with spoilers) again. WALL•E, of course, was absolutely fantastic.


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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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