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#269: Old School, Part Two

August 15, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #268: Old School, Part One

For those of you not from Chicago, it's been hinted at before, with things like a Chicago Tribune in the background of a panel or an 847 area code mentioned in another strip, but this strip makes it fairly explicit: the Multiplex 10 in located in an unnamed (fictional) suburb of Chicago, on the north side.

Bronzeville and Rogers Park are (real) Chicago neighborhoods, and the Regal Theater and the Granada Theatre are — or rather were — real Chicago theaters, both designed by Edward Eichenbaum of Levy & Klein (Eichenbaum also designed the Century Theatre, formerly the Diversey, although only its façade remains standing). The Regal, in particular, was a cultural cornerstone of black Chicago for the four decades it was in business… which I'm sure James will talk about in time.

TopWebComics has the same hand-drawn sketch of Jason and Becky done for Jackson Ferrell that I posted the other day. (He had requested the two hanging out in their civilian clothes.)


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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

Leonard_Nimoy

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