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#825: If You Get My Drift

July 15, 2013

Notes from the Manager

I do want to get back to the film series sometime soon, but I’m moving in a week, so doing hand-drawn strips is not an option at the moment, I’m afraid. Instead, we actually get a strip with Kurt and Jason talking about a current movie!

There does seem to be a very polarized reaction to Guillermo del Toro’s latest (a.k.a. Pacific Rim), with most of the people I know on Twitter loving it, but a handful of confusing (to me), strong negative reactions around the internet. DO NOT post Pacific Rim spoilers below. If you want to talk about the movie in more detail, I’ve given a little bit of my opinion about it (I wouldn’t say it was a review) and set up a “Spoiler Zone” post over at Deleted Scenes. Spoilers are okay in the Spoiler Zone comments section, though, so you have been warned.

See you… Thuriday. :P to you, Bunk.


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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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