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#310: The Blogger Is Coming to Town

December 18, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #104: All I Want for Christmas; #105: Hentai for the Holidays; #106: Scented Santa; #107: I Told You So

(Incidentally, Damon and his mom here have appeared before — first the mom in #240, and then together in #248 — but they're not really related strips, per se.)

I never got around to having the Blogger come back at the Multiplex 10's Santa last Christmas, but it's supposed to be a recurring thing now.

As for The Day the Earth Stood Still, you can see the trailer over at Apple — and then compare that with the trailer for the original, below:

We discussed the remake on The Triple Feature (episode #103) Monday night, but basically, I thought it was pretty dull. While some critics are simply aghast that they remade the original at all, I don't really think of it as a perfect film. A really enjoyable film, sure, but the idea of a remake doesn't really bother me — unfortunately, this is not a terribly good remake.

If, as with the original, the remake is supposed to be a message movie — not just a showcase for so-so CG special effects sequences — then it's a failure, because this Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) fails to deliver his message to anyone as the original Klaatu does. Sure, he sort of explains what he's doing on Earth to Jennifer Connelly (in the Patricia Benson role, upgraded from a secretary to a scientist), but from the man on the street's perspective, the events in the new version are this: an alien ship landed, fucked some shit up, and then left.

This probably wouldn't have been a big deal if the action were more interesting, if the new Gort had gotten to fuck a bit more shit up, or Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly didn't look twice as bored as I was throughout the entire movie — but alas, such was not the case.


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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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