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I’m finally done for the semester, so I’ll be trying to get caught up
this next week. Can’t promise anything this week, because I’ll be traveling a bit, but I want to try for three strips… (Yeah, this week isn't going to happen.) Thanks for your patience!
Those of you who did see Godzilla, what are your (non-spoilery) thoughts? I really enjoyed it, despite some dumb script bits. I did wish Godzilla were in it more, but when he was in it, he was fantastic. For a first movie, his relative lack of screen time mostly works. (They announced yesterday that a sequel was in development, on account of it making around $200 million worldwide already.) And if director Gareth Edwards sticks with his idea for involving Monster Island in it, all the better.
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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:
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