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#540: Obscurity Loves Company

December 20, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #448: Up, Up and Away; #539: What Did You Do?!

There will be five updates this week (some of them guest strips), so keep coming back!

For those of you who haven't heard of Rare Exports — pretty much all of you, I wager — this is Rare Exports:

I caught it at an advance screening last week, thanks to Ain't It Cool News and Gapers Block's Steve Prokopy (a.k.a. Capone). It's a bizarre, Finnish "Christmas tale" that… defies explanation, I guess. You can get the gist of it from the trailer, though. It's a flawed film on many levels, but it's funny and so many kinds of weird that I can't help but recommend it. If it's playing near you (and, for the vast majority of you, it isn't), see it — on Christmas Eve or Christmas, if you can. (Sure enough, it opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, at the lovely Music Box Theatre.)

UPDATE: A couple of Finnish readers have informed me that there were two Rare Exports short films. They're both on YouTube, of course. I've only seen one of them (which is really funny), but I think the feature is an… er, "origin" story of sorts, so if you are able to see the film and want to go in totally blind, you may not want to watch them first.

Sorry to disappoint those of you hoping for one of the girls to dress up as Quorra or Jem from Tron Legacy; maybe Thursday… Having seen the movie — and unlike half the internet, I enjoyed it despite its many (many) shortcomings. It's pretty, it sounds great, and I thought it was fun.

What did you think — or did you let the negative buzz discourage you from checking it out?


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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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