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#610: Gods and Monster Movies

July 21, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #381: Flash Forward

The movie Jason and Kurt are watching is The Bride of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale (The Invisible Man, Frankenstein). Those of you who aren't horribly disappointed by Jason's smoking habit will find the rest of the Bride scene funny…

Gods and Monsters is a fictional (or fictionalized, at least) 1998 film about Whale, written and directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls and, yes, Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and 2), starring Ian McKellen as the filmmaker and Brendan Fraser as a handsome dumbass. Typecasting, yes. Anyway, it is a fantastic movie. The clip our boys are watching pops up in Gods and Monsters, which is why Jason brought it up. (Not that that's a terribly important point.)

So there you have it; after last week's self-contained movie joke, this is the real starting point for Book 6. I don't want to talk too much about my plans for this book, but I think this will be a lot of fun…


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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:

Leonard_Nimoy

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