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#376: Hiding in Plain Sight

July 16, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #269: Old School, Part Two; #375: It’s Like I Don’t Know You Anymore

Apologies to the proprietors of The Brown Elephant, City Olive and Bon Bon, for misappropriating your storefronts and bastardizing your names. ("Super Bon Bon" is a lackluster twist on that store's name, but I couldn't resist the Soul Coughing reference.)

Despite all the fake businesses, the comic book store displayed on Jason's T-shirt — Third Coast Comics — is real (and it happens to be in Edgewater, not far from the Calo Theatre). It's my regular comics shop, and one of the best comics shops I've ever been in, nevermind just in the Chicago area. If you check it out, tell Terry you heard about his store in Multiplex. He may not give you a discount or anything, but he'll probably say, "You read that?"

Also — of course — the Calo Theatre is very much real. (Here is a photo of approximately the final panel from this strip. You can see more images of the Calo Theatre — taken with kind permission of the staff of the Brown Elephant — at my Flickr page.)

For those not familiar with Chicago's north side, when Jason mentions that he grew up around that area, he is referring to having grown up in Rogers Park (as mentioned in #269); Andersonville, where the (former) Calo Theatre resides, is a short bike ride from the RP.

And lastly, when one panel takes me eight hours to draw it, you better believe it's gonna be enlarged as a new TopWebComics vote incentive.


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“Autobiography” (excerpt)

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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