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#375: It’s Like I Don’t Know You Anymore

July 13, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #269: Old School, Part Two

The two posters behind Jason are semi-relevant to this strip (one a little bit more than the other). The predominantly black and white poster immediately left of him (Jason's right) is for It Might Get Loud, a documentary featuring Jimmy Page, Edge, and Jack White, jamming and talking about their craft and stuff. It's been at a few festivals, but will have a limited release this August.

The purple poster is for Soul Power and features a mustachioed James Brown. The film is of and about a music festival from 1974 in Zaire (coinciding with the famous match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman known as the Rumble in the Jungle), with a mix of American and African musicians, including James Brown, B. B. King, Bill Withers, the Crusaders, the Spinners, Miriam Makeba, among many others. (James Brown, B.B. King and the Spinners all played at the Regal in Chicago at some point, earlier in their careers; the Regal was demolished in 1973.) Here is its trailer:

Soul Power is out now in New York and LA, but it should be expanding around the US shortly.

Two other things worth mentioning:

1) This strip marks the debut of a few things drawn by one of my new assistants, Jarrett Quan; namely, some of the largely not-visible cars in the parking lot outside of the theater. Thanks, Jarrett! They look very good up close, too. You can see an enlarged view of panel 1 at TopWebComics and sort of see them (and Devi and James) embiggened for yourself.

2) There is a brand new interview with myself about Multiplex up over at Xcentriz. Go read it!

UPDATE: I've gotten a couple of questions about the capitalization of the world "Black" in panel 6, so I thought I would link to this post in the forum where I explain the rationale behind that.

UPDATE (7/14): Oh, I forgot — Multiplex turned four years old on July 10, making #375 more or less the fourth anniversary strip. (That also means I did roughly 120 strips in the past year — not bad for a "twice weekly" comic!)


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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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