Notes from the Manager
Aaaand... #150! And so ends my months-long, mad scramble to hit #150 in the same week as the two-year anniversary... Multiplex historians will note that this is the first strip set entirely away from the theater. It won't happen too often -- it's called "Multiplex," after all. Thanks (once again) for reading, everybody. See you Monday.
Oh, and for the record, yes, the title of this strip is from the song by Player, which was most recently used rather well in the mostly-shitty Transformers movie. (Listen to the latest Triple Feature for more of my thoughts -- and Tom Brazelton's -- on the film. Joe Dunn, who gave his opinion last week, immediately after seeing a sneak preview of the film, also chimed in with his thoughts, one week later. Plus, we spent a few minutes talking about Multiplex, the two-year anniversary, and how I apparently manage to successfully keep things fresh in the series after 150 installments...)
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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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