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#781: A Good Day to Die Hard

February 18, 2013

Notes from the Manager

I have to admit, since I’ve been doing movie jokes again (or rather, jokes about new movies again rather than jokes about movies in general, like in Book 6), I’ve had this nagging feeling that I’ve already done just about every one of these jokes before. Which is probably to be expected after 6+ years of doing a comic strip. And sooner or later, I’ll probably be right. Whenever that finally does happen, sorry! Hopefully it will be different enough that most of you won’t notice.

Anyway. A Good Day to Die Hard opened this weekend. I don’t really hate the sequels; I think Die Hard 2 gets a bad rap, and that it’s actually decent — just not nearly as good as the first one. I never saw all of Die Hard with a Vengeance, but what I saw didn’t really encourage me to see the rest. I enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard as a dumb fucking movie with some pretty fun action. “The new one” looks even bigger and dumber, and the reviews I’ve seen support my hunch, so, like the fourth one, it’s a rental for me, at best.

What I can’t get around with any of them after the second one is that they missed the main thing that made the first Die Hard great: he’s a normal fucking guy. John McClane was the antidote to the Arnolds and Slys of the 1980’s. Now, he’s a superhero, just like the rest. I saw Die Hard for the first time in high school on cable, and it was fucking magic — so for me, these sequels don’t count. When I do watch them, I just pretend they’re about some guy named Jon MacLaine. Or something.

See you Friday.


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The Sessions: Voice Acting in Anime and Video Games

Thursday, February 11, 2016

This flyer design (including the illustrations, obviously) was a quick freelance project created for Chris Rager, the (English dub) voice of Hercule in Dragon Ball Z and Torgue in Borderlands 2 — a.k.a. the two characters shown here, if you’re unfamiliar with them. He’s starting up a class on voice acting next month and wanted something eye-catching to help promote it.

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I met Chris at a convention a year or two ago (that’s why he called me to do this!), and he’s a blast, so if you’re in the Plano, Texas, area and interested, definitely look into this course. The first class runs from March 15th–April 5th, Tuesday evenings from 7–10 pm. (Four classes for three hours each class.)

I don’t know any more details, so just read the flyer!

If nothing else, I thought you guys might like the illustration.

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