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#45: Off with Her Head?

February 20, 2006

Notes from the Manager

Ngh. Sorry, I got a little too serious this time, I think. I won't make too much of a habit of this sort of strip, but after I saw the full trailer at Apple's Quicktime Trailers page last night, I couldn't stop thinking about it, and it screwed any chance of doing something else this week.

I don't want people to think — as I've seen around the internet, in forums or whatever — that Multipex is a "movie review comic," à la Joe Loves Crappy Movies and Popcorn Picnic (both of which I love and highly encourage you to read). It's not… well, not usually. I guess this time is sort of a movie trailer review. But usually, the characters aren't stand-ins for myself, and their opinions are often not in any way related to my own. In some cases — such as the Saw II strip, way back when — I haven't even seen the movie the gang is talking about.

Me, I'm on the fence about the Marie Antoinette trailer. I'll definitely see the movie, though. (I loved Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides way too much to not see whatever Sofia Coppola does next.) Becky and Jason are saying a few of the thoughts I've had running through my head, but I can't honestly say I like it (like Jason, whose opinion is usually closest to my own) or not (like Becky). As Becky says, I do think it looks perfect. But what is the deal with the New Order song? One of my favorite things about period films is the period music, so hearing an 80's New Wave pop song (not to mention the black and hot pink movie poster) took me aback, just a bit. I even love that song, but what does it have to do with the film? Is "Age of Consent" even going to be in the movie? The shot of people dancing, thankfully, does look like they're dancing to 18th-century-appropriate music, but you never know.

I know the film's original score will be by Air, a French band that I used to consider one of my favorites until they unleashed 10,000 Hz Legend on the world and made me want to stab my ears out. (Their latest album, Talkie Walkie, is pretty good, but they will never totally compensate for the wretchedness of their second album.) Air's Virgin Suicides score was really good, and I hope they'll adapt their talents to the subject matter well. But again, you never know.

I guess what I'm saying is, I hope we get something a little closer to Vangelis's slightly (but not jarringly) anachronistic, synth-laden score for Chariots of Fire and as far away from the "We Will Rock You"-sporting Knight's Tale as possible.


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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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