Notes from the Manager
Ngh. Sorry, I got a little too serious this time, I think. I won't make too much of a habit of this sort of strip, but after I saw the full trailer at Apple's Quicktime Trailers page last night, I couldn't stop thinking about it, and it screwed any chance of doing something else this week.
I don't want people to think — as I've seen around the internet, in forums or whatever — that Multipex is a "movie review comic," à la Joe Loves Crappy Movies and Popcorn Picnic (both of which I love and highly encourage you to read). It's not… well, not usually. I guess this time is sort of a movie trailer review. But usually, the characters aren't stand-ins for myself, and their opinions are often not in any way related to my own. In some cases — such as the Saw II strip, way back when — I haven't even seen the movie the gang is talking about.
Me, I'm on the fence about the Marie Antoinette trailer. I'll definitely see the movie, though. (I loved Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides way too much to not see whatever Sofia Coppola does next.) Becky and Jason are saying a few of the thoughts I've had running through my head, but I can't honestly say I like it (like Jason, whose opinion is usually closest to my own) or not (like Becky). As Becky says, I do think it looks perfect. But what is the deal with the New Order song? One of my favorite things about period films is the period music, so hearing an 80's New Wave pop song (not to mention the black and hot pink movie poster) took me aback, just a bit. I even love that song, but what does it have to do with the film? Is "Age of Consent" even going to be in the movie? The shot of people dancing, thankfully, does look like they're dancing to 18th-century-appropriate music, but you never know.
I know the film's original score will be by Air, a French band that I used to consider one of my favorites until they unleashed 10,000 Hz Legend on the world and made me want to stab my ears out. (Their latest album, Talkie Walkie, is pretty good, but they will never totally compensate for the wretchedness of their second album.) Air's Virgin Suicides score was really good, and I hope they'll adapt their talents to the subject matter well. But again, you never know.
I guess what I'm saying is, I hope we get something a little closer to Vangelis's slightly (but not jarringly) anachronistic, synth-laden score for Chariots of Fire and as far away from the "We Will Rock You"-sporting Knight's Tale as possible.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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.
* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.
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