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#825: If You Get My Drift

July 15, 2013

Notes from the Manager

I do want to get back to the film series sometime soon, but I’m moving in a week, so doing hand-drawn strips is not an option at the moment, I’m afraid. Instead, we actually get a strip with Kurt and Jason talking about a current movie!

There does seem to be a very polarized reaction to Guillermo del Toro’s latest (a.k.a. Pacific Rim), with most of the people I know on Twitter loving it, but a handful of confusing (to me), strong negative reactions around the internet. DO NOT post Pacific Rim spoilers below. If you want to talk about the movie in more detail, I’ve given a little bit of my opinion about it (I wouldn’t say it was a review) and set up a “Spoiler Zone” post over at Deleted Scenes. Spoilers are okay in the Spoiler Zone comments section, though, so you have been warned.

See you… Thuriday. :P to you, Bunk.


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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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