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#347: …But Apparently You Would Steal a Movie

April 13, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #345: You Wouldn’t Steal a Car…; #346: You Wouldn’t Steal a Purse…

In case you haven't seen these, the titles of this and the last two strips were references to this anti-piracy "public service announcement." Even though I disapprove of piracy, it's a stupid argument, because... well, I'll just let Mindy Kaling explain it. (Seriously, though, it's stupid because piracy is not, in the legal or technical sense, theft; it's copyright infringement. There's a difference.)

Anyway, credit where credit is due: the conversation in the forum from the last strip pretty much wrote this one for me, with HeirToPendragon citing Disney's never-released Song of the South as a valid justification for piracy, in response to a post from me pretty much echoing Jason's sentiment in panel 2. Even though I don't entirely agree, I had to admit, he got me.

That specific movie wouldn't have swayed Jason, though — and Franklin sure as hell wouldn't be the one tempting him with it (although that's a pretty amusing image) — so I hit the internet trying to find a suitable film to replace it with. The first directors I thought of were Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, and apparently all Japanese movies before 1953 are in the public domain (yay Japan), and all their post-1953 work is available legally in the US thanks to the Criterion Collection.

Then I found out about Man Hunt, which is a 1941 thriller by Fritz Lang (whose film M is the first and greatest serial killer movie ever, and had already been established as one of Jason's favorite movies), and, after years of only being available on video through bootlegs and torrents, is indeed due out on DVD for the first time in one month.


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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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