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#45: Off with Her Head?

February 20, 2006

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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Friday, May 15, 2015

Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.

Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.

We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.

Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.

I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”

Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.

Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.

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