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#625: The Original Uncut Version

September 15, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #624: Plot Is Overrated

Bronson — which clocks in at 92 minutes (but obviously  that's not what Jason was talking about) — is indeed on Netflix Streaming (at least in the US), and it's a flawed film on the whole, I think — a bit too much narration and a bit too theatrical in spots, for my taste, anyway — but Tom Hardy's performance is pretty amazing in it. Those of you who are interested in seeing how he'll turn out as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises should check both it and Warrior out.

We'll see what Kurt and Jason want to talk with Franklin about on Monday (it's not a surprise: it's about the zombie movie they're making).

What are you planning on seeing this weekend? Me, I've been dying to see Drive (which is from Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn) and Attack the Block, which has been out for a while (in limited release), but I haven't had time to check it out yet.


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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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