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#368: Common Ground

June 22, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #367: I Am a Snob, Not Only in Fact, But on Principle

Well, I almost got through a whole strip without nekkid people.

The poster in Lydia's apartment is for Pierrot Le Fou, a Jean-Luc Godard movie starring Anna Karina (like Vivre Sa Vie, which Jason and her bonded over back in #357). Yes, we've been following Jason and his confused bed-hopping antics for a little while now, but look at it this way: it's only been eleven strips, or just half of a regular-length comic book. It's all very necessary; trust me.

The two movies Jason and Lydia watch in this strip — Ikiru (To Live) and Walkabout — are, indeed, wonderful films. (Your mileage may vary, of course.) Both are available on Criterion Collection DVDs.

Next time (a.k.a. Thursday), we will probably actually be at the Multiplex 10. Because this strip is called Multiplex.

Join Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper), Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies), and myself (Multiplex, duh) for The Triple Feature live via TalkShoe at 9PM Central, when we'll have a special guest, Trisha Lynn, my Movie Make-out co-blogger, to discuss Year One, Moon, and — briefly — The Movie Make-out/Triple Feature Top Ten (And Then Some) Sci-Fi Movies List. And maybe some other stuff.

Lastly, but not leastly, you can see an enlarged, lettering-free version of panel 1 as the TopWebComics vote incentive, because I was really happy with how the background turned out. (For a background that will probably not get a whole lot of use, I spent an awful lot of time getting the reflection right.)


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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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