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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Saturday, October 4, 2014
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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