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Archive for March, 2012


Trailer Watch: Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows whaaaaat

I have to admit, I had the cheesiest grin on my face for most of this trailer. This is bat-shit crazy. Between this and the Frankenweenie trailer, maybe Tim Burton has turned his career around (creatively speaking — his awful Alice in Wonderland managed to make a billion dollars worldwide, so it’s hard to say he’s been struggling commercially).

Johnny Depp stars as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s… adaptation(?) of the Dark Shadows soap opera. Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Gulliver McGrath, and Chloe Moretz round out the cast of the film, which hits theaters on May 11 (or, you know, wait for it to hit cable, Direct tv, or DVD like half the world).

Multiplex iPhone app v1.1 is in the iOS App Store

The Multiplex iPhone app has returned to the iOS App Store.

It has been updated to version 1.1, for iOS 5.1 compatibility (the 5.1 update caused the app to crash on launch) and, as a bonus, it is now ad-free. It’s a free update for existing users, of course, but because of the whole no-ads thing 99¢ to newbs. Truth be told, my brother (the programmer) and I have been taking a bath on the “free” app because of the annual dev program fee and the cost of keeping his coding software up to date. The 99¢ cost will hopefully balance that out more than the miniscule $40 per year we earned from iAds revenue.

Multiplex First Appearance T-shirts — Maybe? and I am going to blog about your insolence.

Brian’s Maybe? T-shirt is available again for the first time in a few years, and — in honor of the Blogger’s recent return to the strip — I’ve added a new shirt with the Blogger’s popular line, “I am going to blog about your insolence.” Both design (like all of my T-shirts now) are printed on demand by Threadsafe.

And don’t forget! There’s a sale on original sketches and vector portraits in the Multiplex Store through next Friday! All proceeds go to my accountant and the IRS!

Chapter 7 cover illustration

Here’s the final(?) cover/chapter illustration for the upcoming Chapter 7 digital collection, featuring Devi. I had posted this to Facebook a little bit ago, but updated it to start using the new way I’m drawing eyes in Multiplex (as of #678), now with pupils and highlights. Since this is much larger than any single panel, it gives you a better look at the new detail, which I think makes the characters feel more warm.

I remember experimenting with pupils in the characters’ eyes when I first designed them (seven years ago, for the oldest cast members) but at that point, the strip was so undetailed that it looks bizarre to have this small area of heightened detail. Now, I pack a bit more into each panel, so it doesn’t seem so out of place. Or maybe I just changed my mind. I dunno.

(This will, of course, also be the second chapter in Multiplex Book 2, currently/tentatively titled Multiplex: There and Back Again.)

Chapter 7 has two more strips left before I can publish it, but I probably won’t have time to get to those until after I’m back from Emerald City Comic Con, unfortunately!