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#591: Blood Thirst

May 23, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #590: Freddy vs. Jason

want to do three updates this week, since I've got the rest of Book 5 mapped out, and it's pretty time-sensitive — but I'm not sure how things are going to go this week with my current freelance gig, and so I'm not sure if I'll have time… To be perfectly frank, I'm not sure I'll be able to get Thursday's strip on time, if I'm working as many hours as I've been over the last few days.

Keep your eyes peeled, I guess? Or, y'know, follow @multiplex10 (or @gmcalpin) on Twitter, "Like" Multiplex on Facebook, or subscribe to the Multiplex RSS feed, or one of the many, many ways to keep up to date with websites in the 21st century.

There is a new T-shirt design available for PRE-ORDER in the Multiplex Store: Rhyme Banditswhich is (obviously) a play on the Time Bandits logo. This was on the short Whitey wore in the last couple of strips, except that I never actually showed the logo. (Someone's head was in the way in #590, and his back was turned in #589.) It just kind of worked out that way.

Anyway, I liked the idea and posted it on Facebook, and a few people suggested I actually make it a shirt, so… if 15 of you pre-order the design, I will print these up on royal blue shirts. If not enough people order, I'll refund everybody's money and be sad. (As always, I highly recommend anyone who wants Ladies shirts, or Men's 2XL or 3XL shirts to pre-order, because I simply don't sell enough of those designs to merit keeping them on-hand. I am, sorry to say, not Topatoco.)

So, since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides relates to this week's comics, I should ask — did any of you see it? (I was either sleeping, working on the strip, or stuck in an office all weekend, so… I didn't get to.) Was it a fun throwback to the original film, or a tedious, convoluted attempt to capture lightning in a bottle yet another time?


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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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