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#303: The Game Plan

November 24, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #301: Franklin Onassis, All American; #302: Necessary Roughness

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Update (11/25): Late second strip this week, sorry! Probably Friday during the day? It's mostly hand-drawn, and I don't want to rush it before I head out of town for the Giving of Thanks.  (Nevermind.)

Update (11/26): So there is a second strip this week  — the first of a two-part strip — but I'm putting it in the forum, because it's set after this current football story arc wraps and I didn't want to immediately confuse any of you. (I will add this completed "interlude" strip into the archives after the football arc wraps.)

The deal is this: I'm much slower with the hand-drawn stuff than vector art (only when I'm only using existing characters and backgrounds), and this being Thanksgiving week, I'm strapped for time to work on the strip. Since the next Multiplex strip has a few hand-drawn panels, rather than rush it out or put up the strip late, I thought I'd put up an quicker-to-draw (read: vector) strip over the next few days while I do the holiday thing and get caught up on the football storyline. Sorry to interrupt the story and keep you in suspense!

Go read the new comic in the forum here. Part two will show up over the weekend sometime, probably.

Update (11/29): Part two is up in the forum now.


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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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