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#408: She’s Angry

October 26, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #234: The Angry Test, Part One; #235: The Angry Test, Part Two; #344: For Pity’s Sake; #351: Don’t Be Crazy; #400: Diarrhea of the Dead, Part One; #406: Mistaken Identity; #407: Lord of Delusions

You guys are amazing. The Multiplex/Kickstarter project raised about $1000 since last Thursday — more than enough to be successfully funded on December 12th (the end date). And to think I was actually kind of anxious about getting to $7500 last week!

I love you guys. (That's a gender-neutral "guys," by the way.)

Okay. Anyway. I swear, I'll stop pushing the Kickstarter thing quite so hard for the near future, but please keep those pledges coming if you can, though!

Here's why: even the current $8000 from Kickstarter will leave me with nearly a $3000 shortfall, based on my projected total costs of $8650 (which of course is how much I need after Amazon Payments takes their transaction fees and the IRS gets its cut).

That $8650 estimate includes the book itself plus the exclusive T-shirts and shipping for all the incentives, but it doesn't include my living expenses for the two months I'll be taking off to finish the book.

Now, I don't expect to raise nearly the $12,000 break-even amount solely through Kickstarter. I'm not even going to hope for that much. I have money set aside, and if I'm still coming up short on cash, I can figure something out. (Hell, maybe I can apply for a Xeric award in the spring.) Worst case scenario: I dust off my credit card and carry a small balance until the books arrive from China and start selling. shrug

The important thing is, with the $7500 goal more than met — thanks to your pledgesthe book will happen next year, most likely early autumn, but possibly late summer. Obviously, I'll keep you posted at every step of the way on the Kickstarter Updates page.

So thank you, thank you, thank you so incredibly much to everyone who has pledged to date! Keep telling your friends to support the project, though — we've got 46 days left to keep raising money!


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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:

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