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#476: Astrid…

May 31, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Astrid is the name of the girl character from How to Train Your Dragon, which they are, of course, watching. This scene is very early in the movie, and it happened to be the exact moment that I realized, "Yeah, I'm gonna like this. A lot."

If you're not a close follower of what's out at the movie theater, the reason they're not wearing 3-D glasses in this comic (as opposed to all the earlier times Jason has watched it) is that due to the relatively limited number of 3-D capable screens in the country, most — if not all — of the last 3-D screens Dragon was playing on are now showing Dreamworks' other 2010 release, Shrek 4.

Dragon is only in about 800 theaters across the country now, so if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself the favor of seeing it in theaters (and especially in 3-D if you still can).

And just in case you're curious, the movie doesn't have a home video release date yet (although it'll undoubtedly be out by Christmas).

UPDATE: A couple of movie theater workin' readers have pointed out the unlikelihood of How to Train Your Dragon being in a 10-plex at all anymore, and they're right. (How to Train Your Dragon is only in one second-run theater in the Chicago area this week, for example.)

If you're anal and you really want to have the timeline straight, the three-parter at the Hideaway took place two weeks ago, and this strip would have taken place last week. Thursday's strip will get me caught back up to the present day.


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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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