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#406: Mistaken Identity

October 19, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #339: Must Have the Precious; #343: The Thin Red Line; #351: Don’t Be Crazy; #378: While You Were Gone, Part One; #379: While You Were Gone II: The Wrath of Keith; #404: Too Much Information; #405: The Sound of Silence

Since last Monday, we've raised just under $1400, meaning two lucky winners will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. I'll contact the winners shortly.

We have $1610 remaining to guarantee that the project succeeds. With over 50 days left, I'm pretty confident that we can make it in three weeks on the outside, with plenty of time to spare. But let's not waste time! If we can raise more than the $7500 goal, we'll be able to cover more of the printing costs and use the money I have saved for promotion — or getting Book 2 started sooner rather than later.

The Fanboy Radio interview on Sunday went well, I think. Hopefully it will attract a few new readers to the strip — new readers who should really start from the beginning — or to the Kickstarter Project, which is most of what we discussed. (The episode, also featured Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.) The episode will be #528 and should be downloadable shortly.

I'm printing up a handful of copies of Multiplex: Chapter 1 (not to be confused with the Book 1 collection the Kickstarter Project is raising money for). If you want one now, please pre-order it. I won't be keeping very many of these on-hand; they're being printed by Ka-Blam (a print-on-demand service), so the profit margin is almost non-existent, even with a cover price of $3.99. To make it worth your while, I'll throw in a free copy of the HD edition eBook so you can compare the two. Add a T-shirt or a Memento mini-poster while you're at it! :)

UPDATE (10/20): By the way, the survey has ended, and between the comments I got there, the overall number of people who said yes they would buy one, and (well, okay, mainly) a couple of very impressive printing quotes I've received, the cover price of the book will now be $20.


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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!)

EDIT: By the way, I wasn’t familiar with Parts: The Clonus Horror when I did this strip. (I don’t watch MST3K; I can’t bring myself to watch movies that shitty, even if there are incredibly funny motherfuckers talking over them.) But several people have told me about it since. These kinds of things are usually largely coincidental (or unintentional) — different people independently arrive at similar ideas all the time. $130 million movies generally don’t need to rip off obscure B-movie (or book, or comic book) plots when there are thousands of equally good ideas that they can legitimately use for less money than a settlement.

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