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#580: Things Could Be Worse

April 14, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #551: Digging a Hole, Part Two; #558: The Roommate; #578: Have a Word; #579: Don’t Even Joke About That

And… scene.

I know the ending here (with _____ walking in on ____ and ____ as one of them puts his/her foot in his/her mouth) is a little canned, but the fact that Jason and Norma just didn't care to even tell her amused me. The way I picture it, Norma leaves and Melissa doesn't know she was ever there, because Jason didn't think she needed the embarrassment.

See you Monday! I've got a couple of cool bits of news to announce in the near future, but you'll have to wait to find out…

As for the weekend, it looks like Rio and Scream 4 are the big new releases. Are any of you excited about either of these? 'Cause I'm not! Scre4m (I can't tell if they're serious about that) could be fun, but does anyone really think it'll be as good as the first one?


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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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