Notes from the Manager
So tomorrow is Multiplex's two-year anniversary -- and #150 is just around the corner. It's due later this week, probably Thursday. Yay, Multiplex! As a birthday present, you could blog about the strip or otherwise tell your friends whom you think might dig it... ;)
The strip's come a long way since the early days. The art is a little more involved -- and, I think, better for it. Obviously the dramatic elements (as some people have noticed) which have been around all along have taken the spotlight more and more, particularly in this past year.
Anyway, thanks are due to Tom, Joe, Shayna, Jena, and -- of course -- Kurt for their help with the strip (in some form or another) over the past year. And, as always, thank you for reading.
THIS WEEK ON THE TRIPLE FEATURE TALKCAST: I'm not entirely sure what we're talking about on the show tonight, but I expect we'll do a little bit of talking about Multiplex, because of the anniversary. So if you've got any questions for me (like when the funny is coming back, or whatever) or you just want to hear me blather away about the strip for a little bit, call in or tune in live TONIGHT (6/11 at 9PM Central) or download the podcast!
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Ten years ago this month (on July 10th, 2005, to be specific), I posted two shitty looking comics to a corner of the Stripped Books website. At that point, I had no idea what I was in for: it was a gag strip that would quickly transform into a character-based comedy where people talk about movies — not just superficially about specific movies, but about how people watch and talk about movies of all kinds. The art got a little better, too.
The Multiplex characters took on a life of their own and ultimately turned this comic into an eleven- or twelve-year “epic” about the movie theater industry in one of the most interesting periods in its hundred-year history (and also this one jerk who kinda sorta becomes a slightly better person maybe if you squint your eyes and cock your head to the side a little).
Multiplex’s readership grew quickly in those first few years, thanks in very large part to a pair of guest strips on PvP and some well-placed Project Wonderful ad campaigns (thanks, Something Positive and Shortpacked!), and in the years since it has since retained a small but passionate readership that has supported me time and time again: the Patreon project of course, as well as two successful Kickstarter projects to fund two books I’m very proud of.*
Thank you for allowing me to tell this story.
Thank you for reading.
* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.
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