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#405: The Sound of Silence

October 16, 2009

Notes from the Manager

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Don't forget! For every $500 we raise through Kickstarter past $4500 before Monday, one lucky winner will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. (And once I've drawn you, it's pretty much a given that you'll appear in the regular strip at some point.) There's guaranteed to be one winner already, and we're just shy of a second one — which means double the chance to win for everybody! UPDATE 8:56 am: Woot! We just jumped past the $5500 mark and the 3/4 mark thanks in part to one very generous pledge. (Really, everybody who has pledged to date is responsible, so thank you all again.)

We're in the home stretch now, so to help get us to the $7500 level and beyond, I've lowered the $400 pledge level to a BARGAIN at $300 (I can do that since there haven't been any takers yet), which includes all of the lower level rewards — the thank you, the eBooks, the print book, the exclusive T-shirt, the character sketch, the cameo appearance and avatar graphics — plus an all-new hand-drawn, single-page comic of anything you want (except porn).

AND. The second webcomicker to get in on the Kickstarter Action is Templar, Arizona's Spike, whom I believe first heard about the fundraising site from yours truly, at the Windy City Comicon. She's got a project called Poorcraft that sounds like a book I wish I'd had ten years ago: a non-fiction volume (mostly but not entirely comics, which will be drawn by Diana Nock) about learning to be poor in order to do what you really want to do with your life.

Check out the Poorcraft Kickstarter pitch and back it, too, if you're so inclined. (And yes, I already made my pledge. I'm no hypocrite.)

Speaking of Kickstarter, I'll be joining the Fanboy Radio crew for another installment of "The Indie Show" this Sunday at 6pm CST. The episode looks like it will be mainly about the various comics projects on Kickstarter, as the rest of the episode will be taken up by Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.


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Multiplex Movie Review: The Island (2005)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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This is  not as accessible to people who haven’t seen the movie as I like these reviews to be, but if you’re not familiar with The Island or Never Let Me Go at all, the premises are that clones are raised and educated as “spare parts” — which is just plain absurd. (The idea that such a thing would be allowed by any reasonable society made the premise impossible for me to swallow, except as a very far-fetched Twilight Zone-style scenario. At least in The Island, it was secret and illegal.)

An absurd premise isn’t a deal-breaker, though, really. But The Island never lets you go past its implausible premise, because it is constantly trying to explain how it all works in equally stupid ways, further compounded by Bay’s typical disregard for logic and continuity:

  • Once Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) learns the truth about their lives, he goes to the apartment of Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johannson) so they can escape. She greets him at the door by saying, “How sweet! You came to see me off” (I’m paraphrasing some of that)… yet their next scene, moments later, she is surprised and exclaims that he isn’t allowed in the female tower (as it’s called). This might be able to be explained away by some contrived explanation, but… the two moments feel completely incongruous.
  • The massive underground facility the clones are kept in is maintained by presumably hundreds of normal human employees (including Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, and Yvette Nicole Brown’s characters) — complete with a showroom for ultra-rich potential clients. Yet Lincoln and Jordan emerge from it into desert with nothing around. No helicopter landing pad, no parking lot… nothing. We even see a helicopter landing pad later in the film, yet it is again nowhere to be seen at the very end of the movie.
  • Pursued by mercenaries, Lincoln and Jordan end up in a train station. The mercenaries open fire, killing Steve Buscemi, and a panic ensues inside the station… yet Lincoln and Jordan run onto the train with oblivious workers and passengers milling around calmly — and it then proceeds to leave the station as if no one has just gotten murdered… and arrives some time later in Los Angeles, without incident.

Minor or not, the sheer number of them just keep piling up. sigh

Anyway.

This is the last of the Multiplex Movie Reviews I’ll be sharing here in the Deleted Scenes blog for the near future. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Patreon patrons and Kickstarter backers will see more of these in their respective feeds come January — as well as the Multiplex: The Revenge bonus comics, of course. (There may even be a few movie review comics during the semester as time permits, but I can’t really promise anything. I’ve got A LOT of work to do for my thesis!)

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