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#824: Fandumb

July 12, 2013

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #468: It’s a Miracle

So yeah. Late last night, a teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 leaked to Movie-List.com; I won’t link to it, because it was not a legitimate trailer release, and I generally try to avoid doing that. They tend to get broken or taken down quickly anyway — and that’s exactly what happened while I was working on this strip this morning.

Turns out, Dreamworks ended up officially/legitimately releasing of the HTTYD2 teaser trailer only a few hours later, which I’ve posted about just seconds ago over at the Deleted Scenes blog.

This means, yes, sometime in the next year or so (possibly sooner, possibly later), one of my favorite Multiplex supporting characters will be coming back.

EDIT: I feel bad that I totally forgot to thank my friend Jessie for giving me the heads-up to the leaked version late last night. Thank you, Jessie!


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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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