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#651: Mortal Combat, Part Four

December 19, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #648: Mortal Combat, Part One; #649: Mortal Combat, Part Two; #650: Mortal Combat, Part Three

My site hosts, Slicehost, went and got themselves bought and essentially shut down by Rackspace, so I've changed changed hosts yet again — this time to a relatively new company called 6sync. I can't give them an unqualified recommendation yet, since I've only used them for three days, but their pricing is fantastic and… so far so good.

We had a few hitches on Friday, neither of which 6sync is to blame for: the issues were partly because I deleted the old host prematurely (oops) and partly because a bot hacked into the site's database and screwed it all up, but I think everything is cleared up now…?

Anyway. I know I complain about the hand-drawn art a lot, so I suppose I should also mention that I'm really happy with the art in today's strip. See? I'm not down on my skillz all the time. (Granted, I retouched the hell out of the inks in Photoshop, but hey, the end result is the point, right?)

The reaction to the current arc has, really truly honestly, been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, it has been uniformly positive, and I've been having a blast doing it, even when I whine about the art not being as good as I see it in my head. Thanks, as always, for reading.


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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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