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#456: The Best Laid Plans, Part Three

March 22, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #73: Look, Up in the Sky; #142: You Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do; #143: Phoning It In; #376: Hiding in Plain Sight; #377: History Lesson

Aaand… that's it for Chapter 20 and Book 4 of Multiplex. There will be 12 Books in all, so we're officially at the 1/3 point in Multiplex's main story (although not necessarily in terms of numbers of strips).

Book 5 begins on Thursday. See you then.

In case you don't follow me on Twitter or aren't a fan of Multiplex at Facebook, you may not know that there's a new addition to the Multiplex Store today — prints!

For $15 (which seems to be the going rate for these things from webcartoonists), you can get a 13"x19" print of your favorite Multiplex strip on archival quality glossy paper. There's actually a very limited selection right now, but if you'd really like to order one that isn't currently available, feel free to e-mail me, and I'll see what I can do. (Some strips simply aren't possible to produce that large, and others would take a bit of clean-up/reworking to look good — from a technical standpoint, that is, but also from an artistic one.)

Since I'm producing them myself (on a Canon PIXMA iX7000, if you're curious), you can bet the color reproduction will be as good as possible, and I'm absolutely thrilled with the sharpness of the vector art when it's scaled up to size.

UPDATE: Gretchen's bio strip from the upcoming Chapter 4 eBook has been added to her Cast page.

UPDATE (Thursday, March 24): Thursday's comic will be LATE. Sorry! You'd think that being a full-time cartoonist would mean I would get my strips done, but I get side-tracked on other (Multiplex-related) things a bit too easily, and then other things happen, and things. So, sorry!

But, if you aren't a member of the Club of Awesome, you can read a handful of new-to-you Multiplex stuff in the Chapter 4 eBook, which is available for free online, or 99¢ for the high definition edition: Chapter 4 has 4 bonus strips, 1 guest strip, and 2 extended scenes. The HD edition also has four character bios not in the online edition… since they're in the Cast page already.

Chapter 5 will have 8 bonus strips, so it will take two to three weeks to finish, and the Star Wars prequel (also 8pp) will take about the same amount of time again.


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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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