Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #557: The Third Miracle, Part Three; #561: A Night in the Patio, Part One; #562: A Night in the Patio, Part Two; #563: A Night in the Patio, Part Three; #564: A Night in the Patio, Part Four
Chicago's Patio Theater did indeed reopen recently (a couple of weeks ago, actually), so if you're in the area, check it out. Screenings are only $5, so buy some popcorn while you're there and show 'em some love.
A lot of graduations going on this week, too — Chicago Public Schools let out this week, I think, and a lot of Chicago-area colleges are doing the graduation thang, too, so at long last, I thought I'd have Jason and Becky finally finish school this year. (Although I forget if I've ever said in the strip, Kurt never finished college, and Melissa never started.)
My Minneapolis apartment hunt got delayed to this week because of a last-minute freelance gig, so no extra update this week, I'm afraid — so I'll see you on Monday with Multiplex #600… which will just be continuing this conversation, because I think it's kind of silly to celebrate arbitrary milestones in the text of a story. But we can have a party in the Comments!
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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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