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#407: Lord of Delusions

October 22, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #403: The Delusionist; #404: Too Much Information; #406: Mistaken Identity

First things first: the good news.

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.

The bad news is… that's only if the Kickstarter project succeeds! Without the Kickstarter funding, the book will not happen. At least not for another year or so. No time to create all the new material for the book, no time to put it all together, and certainly not enough money to pay for the print run and shipping from China, customs clearance, an ISBN number, etc.

If you are a big fan of Multiplex, please consider pledging at the $30 level or higher. It's not just to get your copy of the print book (with free shipping!), the eBooks, a thank you, and access to all of the exclusive bonus content I will be showering backers with once the project is successful (especially in February and March, when I'll be buckling down to finish the book) — it's to help support Multiplex, because while every penny of the Kickstarter funds will go towards the book itself, the profits from the book will finance Book 2 and hopefully one or two spin-off projects (yes, Multiplex spin-offs), as well.

Even if you can't afford the $30 level, you'll get the first two HD eBooks free (the second one will be done in the next few weeks, I hope) and access to the exclusive content at any level — even if you just pledge $1! You'll also be eligible to win Cool Shit in occasional random drawings. But after December 11th, the Club of Awesome's doors are locked!

Think of the Multiplex: Book 1 Kickstarter Project like NPR or PBS: sure, you get (most of) the content for free, but if you want to continue getting the same great comics — or, actually, more of them — then please pledge today!

In other news (but kind of not), the Fanboy Radio interview from Sunday is online now, for your podcasting pleasure.  The episode, #528, featured Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter, and then of course myself, talking about Multiplex and the Kickstarter project.

UPDATE (10/23): Oh my god. When you guys get excited about something, you guys get excited. The Multiplex/Kickstarter project raised over $600 in the past two days — more than enough to be successfully funded on its end date — but please, keep those pledges coming! This Kickstarter update outlines (most of?) shows how reaching the $7500 goal just covers about 2/3 of the costs associated with printing the book and the Kickstarter Project — to say nothing of my living expenses while I finish the book, which the project was meant to cover, as well.

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged to date. Keep telling your friends to support the project, though — we've got 49 days left to keep raising money for the book, and by gum, we should take advantage of them.


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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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