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#394: Stuck Up

September 14, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #393: I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

The Multiplex: Book 1 Club of Awesome has launched at Kickstarter! What does this all mean?!

Well, to find out, you can just waltz over to the Kickstarter site and watch the pitch video, or you can keep reading:

As many of you know, I've been plugging away at the Multiplex print book for a long time, and it's been pretty slow going. The first of the five Chapter eBooks that will be collected into the Multiplex: Book 1 print book has long been available, but a second is pretty late, because of how much new material it has and how little time I have to work on it. Meeting the twice-weekly update schedule is tough enough, some weeks!

By joining the Multiplex: Book 1 Club of Awesome, you'll be helping me take some time off from the day job in order to complete the print book — and, more importantly, pay for the print run of the book itself.

These are not donations, though — absolutely not! In exchange for your pledges, you'll receive AWESOME! REWARDS! such as a thank you in the print book and free copies of the five eBooks as they're completed ($5 and up), signed copies of the book ($30 an up), hand-drawn character sketches ($100 and up), or even a cameo appearance in the prequel story exclusive to the print book ($200 and up) — and with any pledge amount, I'll keep you updated with exclusive updates at the Kickstarter page — with peeks at in-progress art, video updates, bonus strips, and the like. (Head on over to the Kickstarter Project page for a complete run-down of the various reward levels available to pledgers.)

The great thing about Kickstarter is that nobody gets charged — I don't get anything — unless the project meets its funding goal! See, if I only got $3000 in pledges, I may be able to take a couple of weeks off from work, but I wouldn't be able to afford a print run — so it wouldn't do any of us much good.

So if you've been dying to see the Multiplex print book, or just want to help an artist out, head on over to Kickstarter and pledge!

ALSO: I had a guest appearance on the Flicks podcast this week, talking about Multiplex for a little while before the hosts — Jason and Dan — and I talked about George Lucas's first film, THX 1138. (It's a two-hour podcast, but I'm only in on the first hour or so.) You can download that from iTunes for free via this link.

AND FINALLY: I will be at the Windy City Comic Con this Saturday (9/19/09), doing free sketches at the Third Coast Comics booth and joining Tony Breed (Finn and Charlie are Hitched), John Campbell (Pictures for Sad Children), Justin Pierce (The Nonadventures of Wonderella) and C. Spike Trotman (Templar, AZ) on the Webcomics 101 panel at 1pm.


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Review: Coherence (2013)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Written and directed by James Ward Byrkit.
Starring Emily Foxler, Hugo Armstrong, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria, and Maury Sterling.

A new Patreon backer at the $50 level opted out of the usual reward of a plug in the “Become a Multiplex Patron” box (above, on the website), asking instead for me to plug the 2013 indie science fiction filmCoherence (with which he is not affiliated). I was happy to oblige, and so “A fan of Coherence” — a.k.a. The Patron, as I’ll refer to him from here out — is, for the duration of his patronage, among Multiplex‘s supporters. (And, yes, I will review just about any movie a $50 backer asks me to.)

What really got my interest in the film (aside from being asked very nicely to see it) was that The Patron compared it to Shane Carruth’s Primer, one of the best no-budget sci-fi movies ever made. I can definitely see the comparison: both are decidedly low-budget films with small casts and a science-fictiony premise. I feel like seeing the film fairly blind is probably the best, so I won’t summarize the plot beyond the premise of eight friends having a dinner party when a comet passes over and Strange Things Happen, but I don’t think I’m quite as enthusiastic as The Patron.

Unfortunately, the “go in as blind as you can” suggestion means I feel like I need to be pretty vague. Some clunky (and largely unnecessary) exposition gets spat out early on, which tried my patience a bit, but it gets fun as the plot gets rolling. And the plot is definitely the star of the film, not the largely forgettable cast of affluent, Southern California white people or the dialogue, which often feels improvised (in that it neither pushes the story forward nor reveals character, as good dialogue ought to).

Despite some genuinely terrifically creepy or suspenseful moments in the film, a handful of contrived plot points hold it back from being much more than a fun genre flick for me, but I found myself wondering what would happen next — almost up to the very end. A late turn in the film got more of an eye-roll from me than the shock that I think it was supposed register. As always, your mileage may vary, but the film’s merits make it well worth a viewing, particularly for science fiction fans suffering from blockbuster fatigue.

Here’s the trailer! If it piques your interest, please do check it out. It’s available for rent from Amazon Instant Video or for purchase from its official website, among other places. (I never recommend reading YouTube comments, but definitely on’t read the comments if you want to stay away from spoilers.)

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