Notes from the Manager
Thanks very much to Tom Brazelton of Theater Hopper — one of my best buds in webcomics — for helping me out with a guest strip. Tom and I have been in the Boxcar Comics collective together (in fact, he brought me into the fold, I think) and, of course, the late, lamented Triple Feature podcast, and we still talk constantly on Twitter and via e-mail and all of that. He's an awesome guy; very, very funny; and you should check out his comic RIGHT NOW.
I've been in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon, which was seriously the best time I've ever had at a convention. I sold every book I brought by 4pm on Saturday (oops!), I met a ton of awesome readers, made a bunch of new readers (I think), and got to hang out with Dave Willis (Shortpacked!) and Joel Watson (HiJINKS Ensue) a bunch, which is always a lot of fun.
I'll post a couple of sketches I did at the show over at Deleted Scenes in the near future (and if I gave you one at the show, I'd love you forever if you took a photo or scanned it and sent it to me).
I'm still aiming for two updates of my own this week — on Wednesday and Friday, so I'll see you then.
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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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