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#476: Astrid…

May 31, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Astrid is the name of the girl character from How to Train Your Dragon, which they are, of course, watching. This scene is very early in the movie, and it happened to be the exact moment that I realized, "Yeah, I'm gonna like this. A lot."

If you're not a close follower of what's out at the movie theater, the reason they're not wearing 3-D glasses in this comic (as opposed to all the earlier times Jason has watched it) is that due to the relatively limited number of 3-D capable screens in the country, most — if not all — of the last 3-D screens Dragon was playing on are now showing Dreamworks' other 2010 release, Shrek 4.

Dragon is only in about 800 theaters across the country now, so if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself the favor of seeing it in theaters (and especially in 3-D if you still can).

And just in case you're curious, the movie doesn't have a home video release date yet (although it'll undoubtedly be out by Christmas).

UPDATE: A couple of movie theater workin' readers have pointed out the unlikelihood of How to Train Your Dragon being in a 10-plex at all anymore, and they're right. (How to Train Your Dragon is only in one second-run theater in the Chicago area this week, for example.)

If you're anal and you really want to have the timeline straight, the three-parter at the Hideaway took place two weeks ago, and this strip would have taken place last week. Thursday's strip will get me caught back up to the present day.


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

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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