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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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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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