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#782: Bearer of Bad News

February 22, 2013

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #370: Exactly Like That; #684: You Do It to Yourself

So Michael Bay announced that they were “bringing Megan Fox back into the family” for the new TMNT flick he’s producing, and Entertainment Weekly confirmed that was referring to Fox being cast as April in the flick. (Interesting that Bay used the abbreviation TMNT when it’s currently going by the title of Ninja Turtles, they’re supposedly maybe not mutants, and possibly not even teenagers anymore…? Whatever.)

For those not up on their Turtle lore, April’s occupation has been one of the big wildcards in the various incarnations: she was a computer programmer (like Franklin!) and Baxter Stockman’s assistant in the original Mirage comics, she was a reporter on the original animated series, and she’s also been the proprietor of an antique shop, dabbled in archaeology, and trained as a ninja.

Anyway. This TMNT-flavored Michael Bay is the Devil shirt has been in the store for some time, but this is its debut in the comic.

 


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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:

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