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#381: Flash Forward

August 3, 2009

Notes from the Manager

As I mentioned on Friday on Flicker / Facebook, I wanted to do a parody of a movie poster, and I settled on Memento. It features Jason and Devi, so it sort of ties in with #363–365, where those two saw Ghajini, a shamless (remake of a) rip-off of Memento — but mostly I just thought it'd make a fun image. I hadn't actually intended on doing it so quickly, but I was having too much fun to stop! You can see the original Memento poster over at IMP Awards.

This sort of lighting is a bit on the complicated/time-consuming side, so no, I don't think I'll be using it in the regular strip, but it does make sense (to me) to use them for special illustrations like this, including the eBook covers. After playing around with the techniques, I have updated the first/only HD edition eBook to a "Second Edition," dated Summer 2009. The updated cover is the main change to the book, but I fixed a few mistakes and may have tweaked a few tiny details in the art, as well.


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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:

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