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#1091: Kill Your Darlings

January 11, 2016

Notes from the Manager

“Kill your darlings,” for those of you unfamiliar with the term, is commonly attributed to Faulkner but whether or not he said it, it predates him. (This Slate article talks about that.) What it means, basically, is to get rid of the passages or scenes (in film) in your writing that you’re in love with for the greater good of the story.

Ironically, in a way, these last several strips have been kind of self-indulgent for me; I wanted to take a break from the larger narrative in Multiplex for a spell and actually talk about (specific) movies again. I haven’t had any complaints, so I guess you guys don’t mind. If nothing else, strips like these just mean the ending is that much farther way, right? :)

Incidentally, if you’re curious about my actual opinion of Hateful 8, you can just read A. O. Scott’s review. I pretty much agree with it word for word.


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Mae Volume One is now available… and I have a comic in it!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Heads up, completists. I have a three page story in the new Mae Volume One TPB from Dark Horse Comics. This is the same one I co-wrote (with Mae creator Gene Ha) and as a thank-you for backers of its original Kickstarter edition — and Dark Horse’s editors decided to include the story in the back matter of this new collection, along with a bunch of other short stories by other great creators.

BUT… I have a story in a Dark Horse-published book! That’s cool!

If you’re not familiar with Mae, it’s an all-ages adventure comic by Gene Ha (Top Ten and a billion other comics). Here’s the official Dark Horse synopsis:

When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to a fantasy world and has since had great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. But when she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, had no idea what happened to Abbie all this time, and Abbie’s tales are too hard to believe—that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world . . . Collects issues #1–#6.

I highly recommend it. It is a lot of fun. You can learn more about Mae Volume One on Amazon.

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