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Guest strip by Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper)

January 7, 2013

Notes from the Manager

Thanks to Tom Brazelton of the recently ended Theater Hopper for today's guest strip. This one is actually sort of a passing of the torch strip for this character, Jimmy. If you read Theater Hopper regularly, you'll know him from that comic and possibly have seen Tom's recent announcement that he'll be joining the Multiplex 10 crew starting in Book 7, taking on a Shift Supervisor position. Tom's one of my best buds in webcomics, and I'm really happy to keep Jimmy alive for a little longer (mwah ha ha ha… kidding).

Whether or not you've read Theater Hopper, though, please check out Tom's recently launched Kickstarter project for Theater Hopper eBooks! It's a really funny strip, chock full of movie jokes (oh man, do you guys remember when I used to do movie jokes? memories…), and I even make a cameo in it once in a while. It's good times!

Oh, and sharp-eyed readers will notice that the URL in the copyright line for this doesn't actually say Theater Hopper — it says Midwestern Nice. What's Midwestern Nice?! I'm not telling. Mostly because I don't know. But I'm still not telling!

See you Thursday with one last guest strippy sort of thing. Book 7 starts on Monday.


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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:

Leonard_Nimoy

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