Notes from the Manager
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Don't forget! For every $500 we raise through Kickstarter past $4500 before Monday, one lucky winner will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. (And once I've drawn you, it's pretty much a given that you'll appear in the regular strip at some point.) There's guaranteed to be one winner already,
and we're just shy of a second one — which means double the chance to win for everybody! UPDATE 8:56 am: Woot! We just jumped past the $5500 mark and the 3/4 mark thanks in part to one very generous pledge. (Really, everybody who has pledged to date is responsible, so thank you all again.)
We're in the home stretch now, so to help get us to the $7500 level and beyond, I've lowered the $400 pledge level to a BARGAIN at $300 (I can do that since there haven't been any takers yet), which includes all of the lower level rewards — the thank you, the eBooks, the print book, the exclusive T-shirt, the character sketch, the cameo appearance and avatar graphics — plus an all-new hand-drawn, single-page comic of anything you want (except porn).
AND. The second webcomicker to get in on the Kickstarter Action is Templar, Arizona's Spike, whom I believe first heard about the fundraising site from yours truly, at the Windy City Comicon. She's got a project called Poorcraft that sounds like a book I wish I'd had ten years ago: a non-fiction volume (mostly but not entirely comics, which will be drawn by Diana Nock) about learning to be poor in order to do what you really want to do with your life.
Check out the Poorcraft Kickstarter pitch and back it, too, if you're so inclined. (And yes, I already made my pledge. I'm no hypocrite.)
Speaking of Kickstarter, I'll be joining the Fanboy Radio crew for another installment of "The Indie Show" this Sunday at 6pm CST. The episode looks like it will be mainly about the various comics projects on Kickstarter, as the rest of the episode will be taken up by Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.
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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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