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#809: Through a Glass Darkly, Part One

May 24, 2013

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #808: The Neutral Zone

Sorry I was late with this one! I got it in under the Friday wire (for my time zone, anyway).

This is the first (or second?) of a short hand-drawn arc. As you can probably see, this one is less overtly a “promo” than the first one. They weren’t going to all be about coming to see movies, of course: these are partly just excuses for me to do hand-drawn comics with the Multiplex gang in fun situations.

Anyway. I’m trying to get caught up to the present day, but these hand-drawn strips take a lot of time, y’know.

For the people who haven’t seen Star Trek Into Darkness: rest assured, this does not spoil anything in the movie (except that there is a ship called the Vengeance, I guess, and Benedict Cumberbatch is in it at some point?)… Okay, nothing that wasn’t clear in the trailer, anyway. I wrote most of this arc before I ever saw the movie.

There will not be any spoilers in the rest of the arc, and I would appreciate it if there weren’t any in the comments section, either! Not even with a spoiler warning. Because come on.


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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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