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#526: A Sneaking Suspicion

November 4, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #486: The Floater, Part Two; #498: Walk the Line; #521: Oops, I Did It Again; #522: Man Up; #523: Peace Out

And there we go. Max and Whitey might have some farewells in the very near future, but yep, they'll be leaving the Multiplex 10 Cinemas soon.

Unlike Max, though, Whitey still lives in the Chicago area, of course, and since he has some friends at the Multiplex 10, you can expect to see him again from time to time. (Probably a little less frequently than Devi, who has been absent for a while, now that I think about it, but… from time to time.)

By the way, I created a new landing page about Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show. I'll be using it for ads and such, but it's also a good page to send people to if they're curious about the book, sort of like a digital sell sheet. You can use the "Tell a Friend!" buttons towards the bottom of the page to send it to anyone you think might be interested in buying — or selling! — the book.

You can also print out the actual sell sheet and hand it off to your local bookstore or comics shop, if you think they might be interested in the book. Since it unfortunately looks like Diamond is not interested in carrying the book at this point, this is the only way to ensure that your local retailers hear about the book and know that you — and potentially other customers of theirs — are interested in it. And without appearing in Previews, it's going to be a lot harder for the book to sell well — which also means it's going to be a lot harder to get Book 2 made.


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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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