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#490: Toy Story 3

July 15, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #489: Toy Story 2

I apologize to everyone involved with How to Train Your Dragon for this strip.

Thanks again to McFadyn and Jay Fantástico of Louder Than Bombs, for their bit of guest art yesterday. You can find this one over in the Fan Art section now.

Today, no guest strip — but in addition to my own comic, I do have a guest poem by Katie Schenkel:

Multiplex: An Ode

Standing Jason, Sitting Kurt
Their opinions reassert.
Movie news and movie rumors,
Complaining about consumers.
Kurt’s a fan of action flicks,
Films with zombies are his picks.
Jason’s often hard to please,
Disdain is his expertise.
But you never know what’s next
When you work at a Multiplex.

Katie says that was intentionally bad, but I don't believe her. She's also got a movie blog over at JustPlainSomething.com, so you can check that out sometime.

Tomorrow, we'll have yet another guest strip (and at least one more next week, too), but don't forget that I'm still keeping up with my regular updates, as well.

Also happening tomorrow is Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show releasing to the printer! Which just means they'll take a look at it, run out some proofs, and we'll see if any mistakes slipped past me and the proofreaders over these past two weeks before they actually print the thing… but we're getting there!


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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.

autobiography-part-1

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