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#692: Lockdown, Part Two

April 23, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #687: Insolence of the Dead; #688: Born for This; #689: Bad Brains; #690: Bad Taste; #691: Lockdown, Part One

Just a reminder: Those of you who missed out on the Kickstarter fundraiser can still help support the production of Book 2 via the Multiplex Store (and PayPal). These are only available for a limited time! I'm not sure how limited, but we're talking a matter of weeks, not months.

I spent last week cranking out a large illustration project that will help keep my bills paid for the next several months, so I'll be able to start drawing the last two bonus strips for Chapter 7 this week and hopefully get out the finished Chapter 7 eBook before the end of the month, as planned.

While I am paying myself a modest "salary" from the funding raised through Kickstarter and the Multiplex Store, at this point — with over $17,500 raised after Kickstarter, Amazon, and PayPal fees — I'm paying myself less than minimum wage, so I am supplementing my income with some other work. The more money we raise, the less I need to do that… and (fringe benefit!) the more I can do three strips a week of the regular comic — like I'm doing this week, as a matter of fact. Hopefully, I'll even get caught up and can start toning these things again, but for the time being, the hand-drawn stuff will just be inked.

Thanks for reading, everybody, and… see you Wednesday!


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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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