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Guest strip by Joshua Daniel

November 14, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Thanks are due to Joshua Daniel for today's guest strip. (I helped him out a little with the lettering and coloring, but it's Josh's comic.) Joshua isn't a webcartoonist, but has some stuff over at his deviantART page, if you'd like to see more!

This guest comic would've been a little more timely if I'd posted it before they started filming, but I needed to save it for a rainy day — or, in this case, for a day where I didn't have time to get the strip done myself, because I've driven 16+ hours (to Peoria and back) since Thursday and am pretty wiped out. (Kurt and Maggi's wedding was a lot of fun, of course, and they are headed off to Florida for their honeymoon now.)

Longtime readers know I don't like to use guest strips to replace my updates, but in this case, the two strips I had planned for this week work better as one longer strip, I think, so I'll just see you Thursday with a longer-than-usual strip.


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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.

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