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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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Review: Coherence (2013)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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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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