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#306: Life and Debt

December 8, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #301: Franklin Onassis, All American; #302: Necessary Roughness; #303: The Game Plan; #304: All the Right Moves; #305: We Are Multiplex

If you miss the reference in the last panel, shame on you.

The funny thing about me and The Godfather is, as many movies as I've seen, I'd only seen bits and pieces of it throughout the years, here and there, never the whole thing in one sitting — until maybe two years ago. (I'm 34, if you didn't know. So yes, shame on me, too, for waiting so long.)

See, I don't care for the mobster genre. I've seen one episode of The Sopranos and thought it was pretty good; The Departed and Goodfellas are fantastic, of course... but generally, it's not a genre I go out of my way to see. Mobsters, contract killers, and the like are scum; they're not inherently cool, which most films and TV shows in the genre just seem to take as a given with its audience. And so many of them have so little basis in reality that you can't even seriously view them in that regard. As action movies, I can get past this sort of thing, but generally… just not my cup of tea.

So, a couple of years ago, I was in a phase where I felt I should watch some of "the classics" that I haven't seen, and I thought maybe it was time to sit down and watch all three Godfather movies in a weekend — and I was absolutely floored at how exhilirating, how absolutely flawless the first film is. There's nothing I can say that others haven't said about it, so: if you haven't seen it, do. Even if you don't really have any interest in it, see it. Its reputation as one of the best films ever made is very much deserved.

As for the others, I know a lot of people think the second one is even better than the first; I disagree (although, to be sure, the second one is still fantastic). But I also think the third one isn't nearly as bad as the consensus seems to think, either. It's not great. It's a little creepy, with the incestuous love story (especially in light of the fact that it's the director's daughter). But it's not terrible, by any means. It's just nothing special. It's The Further Adventures of Michael Corleone, whereas the first two really revolve around major power shifts in the "family's" history.

Anyway. End ramble.


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.

Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.

We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.

Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.

I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”

Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.

Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.

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