I pretty much stole the idea for this comic Scott McCloud, so I’m sorry Mr. McCloud. I hope you still like me because I really like you. Thanks.

Oh, and speaking about Scott McCloud’s ideas, his infinite canvas idea is really interesting. Basically, webcomics don’t have the limits that print comics do… and there is a lot of potential play with space that can be done. A “page” from one of McCloud’s comics, Zot, really illustrate what the infinite canvas can do.

I also do not endorse bribing your TAs or professors with food.

This week we were to write on an aspect of the movie Run Lola Run.

While watching Run Lola Run, I was reminded of this XKCD comic.

Right now, I’m planning on going to school tomorrow morning, sitting through classes, doing a bit of programming work, and finishing some homework. I am a college student, and after graduation I will either go on to graduate school or dutifully join the work force and make lots of money so I can help support my parents and my younger sisters.

But today, I could also drop out of school and start attempting to make a living doing art and publishing comic books. I’d work at Rite Aid Costco Starbucks by day and commit art by night, all the while keeping an eye out for opportunities to present my portfolio. The little money I made would be spent on airplane tickets and comic convention passes (and maybe some art books and new pens and Bristol paper). Thank God for the internet, because that means I can publish stuff without spending a cent.

A drastically different life plan than the one I have now. Yet, though maybe I would entertain the idea of changing careers for a long time, it only takes a second to make the decision that would change everything.

The interesting thing about Run Lola Run was that Lola (and other characters) didn’t seem to make different decisions for each iteration consciously. After her death in her first attempt to make things right, the day started over, but she made the same decision to ask her father to help, and even ran the same course through the city (at least, that’s what it looked like to me). In other words, it didn’t seem like she had any memory of what had happened before. The different outcomes of that day seemed to come from random decisions — such as when Lola landed on top of Mr. Meyer’s car (preventing the accident and thus letting Mr. Meyer get to his meeting on time) instead of jumping over it (like she did the second time through the day). The decision to jump or to land on the car was logicless — there was no reason to do one over the other; Lola just didn’t want to get hit. Then, what is this movie saying about decisions? One of the obvious messages is that the decisions we make affect our and other people’s futures. But I think that Run Lola Run also points out that we have less control over our decisions than we might think.