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#552: Screen Play

January 21, 2011

Notes from the Manager

In real life, apparently the Multiplex 10 would probably get in a little trouble for this, if the NFL found out.

In case you pay even less attention to American football than I do, the Chicago Bears defied everybody's expectations by making it to the NFC Championships — and they're playing against their long-time rivals, the Green Bay Packers.

Look, my old high school chums used to ask me sports trivia and then bet on whether or not I would know the answer, because I pay absolutely no attention to sports. (They called the game "What Does Gordon Know?") And yet I'm getting kind of excited about this game. That means it's a big deal.

And… one last time: for those of you in the Chicago area, I'll see you tomorrow (Saturday, 1/22) at Chicago Comics, because I'll be appearing with Justin Pierce (Wonderella). Check out the flier for it over at Deleted Scenes for the full details.


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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:

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