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#522: Man Up

October 21, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #521: Oops, I Did It Again

One thing I heard from people at the cons I've been at recently is a (mild) complaint about my "irregular" update schedule. So rather than post this as two separate strips, I figured I'd just post the whole thing on Thursday, instead. You can pretend the top three tiers are one strip, and the bottom three are another, though. It works the same either way, to me.

Speaking of conventions, as I mentioned on Monday, I am appearing at one last convention for the rest of the year (I think): Indiana natives, please stop by and visit me at the Indianapolis Comic Book & Toy Convention on Sunday, October 24th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. It'll be at the Ramada Inn I-70, located at East 6990 East 21st Street, in Indianapolis, Indiana. I'll have the book, some T-shirts, and of course I'll be doing sketches and that sort of thing, as well.

Unless I add something to my calendar soon, it looks like the next con I attend will be Emerald City in early March — and I've just added SPACE to my convention calendar for late March 2011, which means I won't be attending C2E2, despite it being in Chicago. (Crazy, I know!) For more information on any of these cons, click through the links in the Upcoming Events sidebar thingy.


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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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