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#503: You What, Part Three

August 25, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #501: You What, Part One; #502: You What, Part Two

If you were scared by the long note on Monday, you may have missed the bit about me mentioning sort-of launch of the new Deleted Scenes blog here. Yesterday's update featured one of the custom comics I did for super-generous Kickstarter backers, and it featured the girls of Multiplex acting a bit oddly about a visitor to the theater. Check it out, if you haven't already! Even though it's not in continuity, it's still a Multiplex strip!

I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch or whatever, but it looks like I may have found a distributor for Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show. I'll let you know as soon as the ink is dry. So the chances of seeing the book at Amazon and in comics shops and bookstores around the US and Canada are, I think, a fair bit higher. I'll let you know more as soon as I know more.

This doesn't affect the Multiplex website's sales, of course — which I naturally make a significantly larger cut — as in the entire cut, so buying directly from me will always be the best way to support the strip.

Whether or not this is finalized, the promotional thingy still stands, no matter what — if I get 250 pre-orders before September 18th, everyone who has pre-ordered gets a free Multiplex bookmark.


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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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