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#926: Girls’ Night Out, Part One

June 23, 2014

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #923: Preparations, Part One

Haha, no hint of Jason’s reaction to How to Train Your Dragon 2 for you yet. I’m going to be cutting back and forth between Jason and Becky & Melissa on the same evening for the next several strips (and then jumping forward in time afterward to catch up to present day again, as usual).

Incidentally, the guy behind the desk is James Hines, a long overdue reader cameo from the Book Two Kickstarter. I decided a while back that James and another reader coming up would be managers of other Feature Cinemas theaters; it took longer than expected to actually work them into the story. Anyway, we’ll see more of him later (literally and figuratively).


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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:

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