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#321: It’s How We Always Do It

January 22, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #319: Who Let the Drama Out?; #320: Bad Week for Geeks

If you're confused right now and panel 7 didn't make it clear enough: yes, Jason can read.

Here's a little more detail on the Veronica Mars movie that might be happening. Strong emphasis on might.

By the way, if you missed Monday night's Triple Feature (#107), I was remiss in not promoting it, but Joe, Tom and myself went through our "Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2008." You can listen to our commentary about our lists and the films in the extra-long edition of the podcast, but here was my list:

  1. The Wrestler
  2. WALL•E
  3. In Bruges
  4. Milk
  5. Man on Wire
  6. Iron Man / Incredible Hulk (tie, and yes, I know I was cheating)
  7. Kung Fu Panda
  8. JCVD
  9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  10. Son of Rambow

Runners Up: The Dark Knight; Slumdog Millionaire; Let the Right One In; The Counterfeiters; Synecdoche, NY

Before any of you get all mad and yell at me for not including __________ in my list, it's my opinion, and I know my taste is a little peculiar. There's a reason we call them "our favorite movies of 2008," not "the best movies of 2008." So nyeah.


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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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