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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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“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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