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#269: Old School, Part Two

August 15, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #268: Old School, Part One

For those of you not from Chicago, it's been hinted at before, with things like a Chicago Tribune in the background of a panel or an 847 area code mentioned in another strip, but this strip makes it fairly explicit: the Multiplex 10 in located in an unnamed (fictional) suburb of Chicago, on the north side.

Bronzeville and Rogers Park are (real) Chicago neighborhoods, and the Regal Theater and the Granada Theatre are — or rather were — real Chicago theaters, both designed by Edward Eichenbaum of Levy & Klein (Eichenbaum also designed the Century Theatre, formerly the Diversey, although only its façade remains standing). The Regal, in particular, was a cultural cornerstone of black Chicago for the four decades it was in business… which I'm sure James will talk about in time.

TopWebComics has the same hand-drawn sketch of Jason and Becky done for Jackson Ferrell that I posted the other day. (He had requested the two hanging out in their civilian clothes.)


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The Multiplex 10 is ten years old this month

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Multiplex-10-Years

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.

— Gordon


* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.

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