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#406: Mistaken Identity

October 19, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #339: Must Have the Precious; #343: The Thin Red Line; #351: Don’t Be Crazy; #378: While You Were Gone, Part One; #379: While You Were Gone II: The Wrath of Keith; #404: Too Much Information; #405: The Sound of Silence

Since last Monday, we've raised just under $1400, meaning two lucky winners will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. I'll contact the winners shortly.

We have $1610 remaining to guarantee that the project succeeds. With over 50 days left, I'm pretty confident that we can make it in three weeks on the outside, with plenty of time to spare. But let's not waste time! If we can raise more than the $7500 goal, we'll be able to cover more of the printing costs and use the money I have saved for promotion — or getting Book 2 started sooner rather than later.

The Fanboy Radio interview on Sunday went well, I think. Hopefully it will attract a few new readers to the strip — new readers who should really start from the beginning — or to the Kickstarter Project, which is most of what we discussed. (The episode, also featured Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.) The episode will be #528 and should be downloadable shortly.

I'm printing up a handful of copies of Multiplex: Chapter 1 (not to be confused with the Book 1 collection the Kickstarter Project is raising money for). If you want one now, please pre-order it. I won't be keeping very many of these on-hand; they're being printed by Ka-Blam (a print-on-demand service), so the profit margin is almost non-existent, even with a cover price of $3.99. To make it worth your while, I'll throw in a free copy of the HD edition eBook so you can compare the two. Add a T-shirt or a Memento mini-poster while you're at it! :)

UPDATE (10/20): By the way, the survey has ended, and between the comments I got there, the overall number of people who said yes they would buy one, and (well, okay, mainly) a couple of very impressive printing quotes I've received, the cover price of the book will now be $20.


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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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