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#455: The Best Laid Plans, Part Two

March 19, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #454: The Best Laid Plans, Part One

Yes, the screen in two of the Davis's theaters are actually at an angle: here's (photo of) a diagram of the theaters' layouts for evidence. I have no idea why they did that. Possibly because of the fire exits next to them…? Just a guess. It bugs the hell out of me when I end up seeing movies there.

I don't want these strips to seem like I'm knocking the Davis Theater owners, managers, or staff, by the way. It's a small, independent theater, and the current owner and management had nothing at all to do with the original theater getting chopped up, or the screens being at an angle. They're doing a great job with what they've got — and they were obviously kind enough to let me take photos inside it — and the absolute last thing in the world I would want is for anyone to not support an independent theater on my account.

There will be one last strip in this arc (and this chapter, and this book).

Also, those of you who aren't in the Club of Awesome may be interested in knowing that I'm one bonus strip and one bio page (for Gretchen) away from being done with the Chapter 4 eBook. Then — on to Chapter 5. And THEN… the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith prequel comic and off to the printer. I'm guessing I'll be about a month behind schedule, all told. Hopefully that won't impact the availability date much.

This whole book thing is going a bit slower than I'd hoped, partly because of things like… oh, deciding to take significantly more time on the art with the regular updates than I usually allow myself. :1 Ah well. I hope you've been enjoying the strip lately! 'Cause I have.


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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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