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#540: Obscurity Loves Company

December 20, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #448: Up, Up and Away; #539: What Did You Do?!

There will be five updates this week (some of them guest strips), so keep coming back!

For those of you who haven't heard of Rare Exports — pretty much all of you, I wager — this is Rare Exports:

I caught it at an advance screening last week, thanks to Ain't It Cool News and Gapers Block's Steve Prokopy (a.k.a. Capone). It's a bizarre, Finnish "Christmas tale" that… defies explanation, I guess. You can get the gist of it from the trailer, though. It's a flawed film on many levels, but it's funny and so many kinds of weird that I can't help but recommend it. If it's playing near you (and, for the vast majority of you, it isn't), see it — on Christmas Eve or Christmas, if you can. (Sure enough, it opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, at the lovely Music Box Theatre.)

UPDATE: A couple of Finnish readers have informed me that there were two Rare Exports short films. They're both on YouTube, of course. I've only seen one of them (which is really funny), but I think the feature is an… er, "origin" story of sorts, so if you are able to see the film and want to go in totally blind, you may not want to watch them first.

Sorry to disappoint those of you hoping for one of the girls to dress up as Quorra or Jem from Tron Legacy; maybe Thursday… Having seen the movie — and unlike half the internet, I enjoyed it despite its many (many) shortcomings. It's pretty, it sounds great, and I thought it was fun.

What did you think — or did you let the negative buzz discourage you from checking it out?


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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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