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#510: He’s Misstra Know-It‑All

September 13, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #506: Hot and Cold

Here's a little audio aid for this strip, courtesy the real-life Kurt Bollinger [MP3, 1.1mb]. (Thanks, Kurt!)

There will be three strips again this week. On Wednesday, we'll say goodbye to Dominic forever (probably), and then on Friday, we'll get back to the Multiplex 10 and stay there for a while. I think.

Don't forget — if you're in the Chicago area, the Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show book release party/signing/whatever will be at Third Coast Comics this Friday Saturday from 4–7pm, followed by the monthly Chicago Comic Book Meetup, where I'll be a special guest. Stop in, get a copy of the book early, and have a good time!

We're getting closer to the $5000 goal… buuut it's not looking so good for the Multiplex Sales Drive, sad to say. Have we pre-sold all the books we're gonna pre-sell?!

Let's see if we can't try to get closer, anyway. There are TWO T-shirt designs new to the Multiplex Store you should check out. One is a handful of extra Multiplex/Breakfast Club T-shirts left over from the Kickstarter rewards — and the other is a "Michael Bay is the Devil" T-shirt (referencing not only the common Bay-hater refrain, but Jason's opinion from #369 and one of the Book 1 bonus comics).

HOWEVER. The Michael Bay T-shirt is only up for PRE-ORDER at this time and will ONLY be printed if I get 25 pre-orders by October 4th. Vote with your pocketbook, if you want to see these babies come into existence!

(If you've already ordered something and want to add either shirt to your order, e-mail me. In the US, it may not save you much, because books ship separately from T-shirts, but it can't hurt to check.)

EDIT: Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. The logo on Whitey's T-shirt in the strip is an unpaid, wholehearted endorsement of ibuymusic.net. Check out their website, and please support them and their positive efforts to help keep the artists you love working on the music you love.


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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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