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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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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

Leonard_Nimoy

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