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#463: That One Time When

April 15, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Happy Tax Day to everybody. (Especially my accountants at Rockstar CPA.)

In case you don't pay attention to the little "Upcoming Events" sidebar on the left side of the front page, I will be appearing at C2E2 in Chicago (April 16–18th) at table WC B in the Webcomics Pavilion, alongside Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue!

I'll also be in the Iron Artist competition in the 6:50pm time slot on Friday, and on the "Marketing Comics to Women and Minorities" panel, Sunday at 4:15–5:15pm, finishing out the show.

I've have a few T-shirts, Memento mini-posters, a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of the now-and-forever out-of-print Multiplex: Chapter 1 print comic, and a lot of small prints in tow (plus like three or four large prints) — and I'll be doing sketches and smiling and nodding and schmoozing and generally feeling awkward around people I don't know, so come say hi!

I'm excited to get to see my former Triple Feature mates Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) and Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies, Another Videogame Webcomic), and to get to meet a ton of other webcomics luminaries I've previously only tweeted or forumed with. (I have made "forum" a verb.)


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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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