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#884: The Best There Is at What He Does

February 3, 2014

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #883: I Have Seen the Future

The manager of the Naperville 14 is James Szajda (like it says in the strip). He’s one of the Kickstarter backers for Multiplex: There and Back Again, and he pledged enough to get a small role in the comic.

Book Two will be available for pre-order… soon! I’ve explained elsewhere, but the books are in-hand now, but school is getting in the way of packaging everything up — particularly doing the hundred-some sketches and such — and I want to make sure the Kickstarter backers have their books on the way before I start taking more orders. I’m guessing that pre-orders will launch later this month (but possible March), with its on-sale date of about a month later. Patience, please!

700+ page reading loads in two weeks are a little tough for me, but things should ease up… soon? Maybe?

Anyway. Szajda will return at least a few more times, though not right away.

 


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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.

autobiography-part-1

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