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#408: She’s Angry

October 26, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #234: The Angry Test, Part One; #235: The Angry Test, Part Two; #344: For Pity’s Sake; #351: Don’t Be Crazy; #400: Diarrhea of the Dead, Part One; #406: Mistaken Identity; #407: Lord of Delusions

You guys are amazing. The Multiplex/Kickstarter project raised about $1000 since last Thursday — more than enough to be successfully funded on December 12th (the end date). And to think I was actually kind of anxious about getting to $7500 last week!

I love you guys. (That's a gender-neutral "guys," by the way.)

Okay. Anyway. I swear, I'll stop pushing the Kickstarter thing quite so hard for the near future, but please keep those pledges coming if you can, though!

Here's why: even the current $8000 from Kickstarter will leave me with nearly a $3000 shortfall, based on my projected total costs of $8650 (which of course is how much I need after Amazon Payments takes their transaction fees and the IRS gets its cut).

That $8650 estimate includes the book itself plus the exclusive T-shirts and shipping for all the incentives, but it doesn't include my living expenses for the two months I'll be taking off to finish the book.

Now, I don't expect to raise nearly the $12,000 break-even amount solely through Kickstarter. I'm not even going to hope for that much. I have money set aside, and if I'm still coming up short on cash, I can figure something out. (Hell, maybe I can apply for a Xeric award in the spring.) Worst case scenario: I dust off my credit card and carry a small balance until the books arrive from China and start selling. shrug

The important thing is, with the $7500 goal more than met — thanks to your pledgesthe book will happen next year, most likely early autumn, but possibly late summer. Obviously, I'll keep you posted at every step of the way on the Kickstarter Updates page.

So thank you, thank you, thank you so incredibly much to everyone who has pledged to date! Keep telling your friends to support the project, though — we've got 46 days left to keep raising money!


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The Multiplex 10 is ten years old this month

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Multiplex-10-Years

Ten years ago this month (on July 10th, 2005, to be specific), I posted two shitty looking comics to a corner of the Stripped Books website. At that point, I had no idea what I was in for: it was a gag strip that would quickly transform into a character-based comedy where people talk about movies — not just superficially about specific movies, but about how people watch and talk about movies of all kinds. The art got a little better, too.

The Multiplex characters took on a life of their own and ultimately turned this comic into an eleven- or twelve-year “epic” about the movie theater industry in one of the most interesting periods in its hundred-year history (and also this one jerk who kinda sorta becomes a slightly better person maybe if you squint your eyes and cock your head to the side a little).

Multiplex’s readership grew quickly in those first few years, thanks in very large part to a pair of guest strips on PvP and some well-placed Project Wonderful ad campaigns (thanks, Something Positive and Shortpacked!), and in the years since it has since retained a small but passionate readership that has supported me time and time again: the Patreon project of course, as well as two successful Kickstarter projects to fund two books I’m very proud of.*

Thank you for allowing me to tell this story.

Thank you for reading.

— Gordon


* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.

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