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Archive for April, 2012


Trailer Watch: Prometheus international launch trailer

We’ve already seen a teaser trailer and a domestic trailer, but this new international trailer goes into a little more depth than what we’ve seen to date. I’ve been optimistic that we’re still having something held back, and I hope that’s still the case, but if you’re nervous about spoiling too much, you might consider not watching this.

Prometheus was written by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron and Ben Foster. It hits theaters on June 8, 2012.

Trailer Watch: Judd Apatow’s This Is 40

Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 follows Knocked Up‘s scene-stealing characters Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) into middle age. It’s a clear — almost literal — step back from Funny People, which felt to me like two movies smooshed together, only one of which was really good. A little self-indulgent, a little too long… but still very funny and full of wonderful characters.

This Is 40 also stars Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi and Albert Brooks. (And Jason Segel is obviously in it, as well, though probably not a whole lot. Katherine Heigl? Definitely not in it.)

Fellow Apatow fans, see you in the theater on December 21st.

Nordeast Comics Summit #14 — Illustrator Boot Camp

Twin Cities cartoonists! I’ll be running up a half-hour long “Illustrator Boot Camp” for the 14th Nordeast Comics Summit next Thursday at the Big Time Attic studio!

It’s a crash course in what you need to know to use Illustrator to make comics — and not just vector comics, either. I’ll be covering:

    • Intro to Illustrator: A very quick explanation of what vectors are for the complete novice.
    • Vector drawing basics: How to construct complex shapes out of multiple simple shapes.
    • Lettering in Illustrator: Tricks for how to use this basic knowledge to letter your comics.

DATE: Thursday, May 3, 2012
TIME: 6 – 6:30 pm (right before the Cartoonist Conspiracy Jam)
LOCATION: 1618 Central Ave NE, Ste. 216, Nordeast MPLS

Click through to Nordeast Comics Summit page for the full details!

Now taking PayPal contributions toward the Book 2 Project

Help fund the production, printing, and distribution of the second Multiplex print collection by donating to the Multiplex: There and Back Again Project at the Multiplex Store! Donated funds will be used in the same manner as the funds raised by the Book 2 Kickstarter Project which has now ended, only now PayPal users (and other people who can’t or don’t care to use Kickstarter or Amazon Payments) can get involved. These are characterized as donations, because PayPal has a policy that all purchases must be shipped within 30 days. Obviously, the book will not be ready then.

The “prices” (donation amounts) are slightly different from the Kickstarter rewards in that the Kickstarter rewards had some amount of shipping built into their required minimum pledge, and extra shipping was required for international backers. Here, the shipping will be based on an estimate (which is usually pretty accurate), so international backers will be paying an estimated shipping amount that may be higher (or lower) than Kickstarter backers were required to pay. US contributors will find them identical in “cost” to the Kickstarter rewards, once shipping is added on at checkout.

The estimated publication date for Multiplex: There and Back Again is currently February 2013. This is subject to change.

At this point, I’ve only made the most popular Kickstarter rewards available for purchase, and some of them are unnecessary by the fact that you can just order Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show or the Chapters 1–5 eBooks separately from your donation (and also have Book 1 shipped immediately, rather than wait for Book 2 to be published, as Kickstarter Backers do). If there were any other Kickstarter rewards you would have liked to see, simply leave a comment here or e-mail Gordon, and I’ll set it up for you.