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#687: Insolence of the Dead

April 9, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #8: The Blogger; #680: The End Is the Beginning Is the End; #686: Reshoot/Recap

If you couldn’t tell that that was Zombie Blogger on top of Becky, hopefully the title clued you in.

The other zombie is one of the Multiplex Movie Sponsors: Chris Hennes! He’ll be back on Thursday, when this arc continues.

A massive, heartfelt thank you to everybody who steeped up after last Thursday’s call to action regarding the Kickstarter fundraiser for Book Two! 299 300 very generous backers (as of this writing) have made Book Two possible. It will happen. I’m targetting a March 2013 publication date at this point, but it might be sooner than that. My distributor has a little bit of say, as does whichever printing company I go with, of course.

I'm still recovering from my cold, and have a large freelance project that I should have started on last week to get to, but starting next week, I will be working on Multiplex and Multiplex: There and Back Again (Book Two) full time. Thank you (again) to everybody who has made this possible.

(Well, almost entirely full time. I will still be taking occasional smaller illustration or production projects because I can't leave my regular clients hanging. I need to have work to go back to after Book Two is completed!)

While the pressure is off now, check out this Deleted Scenes post, because there are some incentives for pushing us even further past the goal.

Oh, related to that — at the request of a few readers who are unable to pledge via Kickstarter (because of Amazon Payments or whatever), I will be opening up a second avenue for donating toward the production of Book Two for PayPal users. I expect to launch that on Thursday, after the Kickstarter project has ended. More details then…


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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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