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#684: You Do It to Yourself

March 29, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #127: Brothers in Arms; #370: Exactly Like That; #604: Transform and Roll Out; #681: A New Hope; #682: Rough Draft; #683: Bro Code

The title is a reference to "Just" by Radiohead, naturally.

And if watch Community, you already know this, but if you don't, the "cool. cool cool cool" line is a nod to one of the best sitcoms going right now.

Aaand you can read a little more about the Teenage Mutant Alien Ninja Turtles "controversy" over at Coming Soon. It's worth noting that Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is working on the film along with director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), and that there's really no telling how much Michael Bay is even involved. (The Transformers auteur is producing the Turtles film.)

The film is currently just titled Ninja Turtles, incidentally. According to Bay, that was Paramount's call.

One final reminder: I will be at Emerald City Comicon this weekend. In fact, by the time you read this, I'll probably be on my way there. So if you're headed there as well, be sure to stop by Booth 307, where I'll be set up with Angela Melick of Wasted Talent and my good friend Tom Brazelton of Theater Hopper, a stone's throw away from the rest of Blank Label Comics.

See you Monday!


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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:

Leonard_Nimoy

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