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#545: I Know Now What I Must Become

January 3, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #8: The Blogger; #15: The Blogger Returns ; #46: The Blogger Strikes Back

There are a few other strips with the Blogger in them, but they're not as important.

There are probably a few of you who thought the last strip was a cliffhanger (I know at least one of you did, because he said so in a comment). Sorry. :) It wasn't a cliffhanger. It was an ending. I wasn't sure if I would revisit New Year's after midnight downstairs or not (and ultimately, obviously, decided not), but Jason and Becky's after-midnight time is between the two of them.

If it makes you feel better, they probably shared a friendly peck, but I know you guys, and I know some of you would have blown it out of proportion. ;)

Anyway. For those of you who don't follow the Deleted Scenes updates yet: I reviewed Tangled and The King's Speech last week! And I'll try to get a review of The Green Hornet up later this week (I'll be seeing it tomorrow night thanks to AICN's Capone).

Thanks to everybody who posted a guest strip in the last couple of weeks: Bill Walko, Iris Amelia, Daniel Farrelly, and Pizdzius Swedzioszek! I'll get them added to the Guest Strips section very soon, I swear. Holidays are hectic, y'know?


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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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