Notes from the Manager
I forget if I mentioned there's a new desktop wallpaper available free if you make a donation via PayPal. You can actually get a preview of the art for it by visiting the all-new OpenCart-powered Multplex Store, now with a unified design (well, except for the lack of an ad, because it was causing problems with the SSL certificate).
There isn't any new merchandise in it — YET — but I needed to switch to a store that allows me to accept pre-orders… because obviously I've got this print collection coming out soon. Have you heard about that? :)
As it says on the left sidebar (below the strip) on the front page of the Multiplex site, the book is currently slated for September 22nd on-sale date. (It would ship shortly before then for pre-orders, to hopefully arrive on the 22nd.) I don't know of any reason why I should miss that date, since I will actually be getting the book somewhat earlier than that — but I need time to get review copies out and that sort of thing. Kickstarter Backers will likely get their copies a little earlier than that, too; I'll just need time to get all the packages together after the books arrive. (There are like 250 of them, so, you know… it's a lot of work.)
Also new to the little Upcoming Events sidebar (for those of you who don't pay attention to that, or aren't reading this on the front page of the site) is a few conventions I'll be at in the near future. Let's start with the biggest one, which happens to be the second largest comic book convention in the country:
I'm also planning on going to FallCon in Minneapolis, but that's not definite juuust yet.
And, for those of you in the Indianapolis area, I'll be at… actually, I'm not sure what it's called, but one of ASH Comics & Shows… shows… at the Ramada I-70 on October 24th. It's a tiny con, and I'll probably be stuck in a corner somewhere and seriously lonely, so if you're near there, drop by and keep me company.
I will also be doing a signing/book release party at Third Coast Comics in Chicago, right around the book release (naturally) and a signing at Acme Books & Comics in Peoria, Illinois, in either September or October, so keep your eyes peeled for information about those if you want me to scribble in the book for you, or save yourself shipping, or whatever.
EDIT: I've just confirmed with Terry of Third Coast Comics that the signing/book release party will be on September 18th, from 4pm to 7pm — kind of a limited release before the "wide" release on the 22nd, to put it in movie terms. It will be followed with their monthly Chicago Comic Book Meetup (at 7pm), where I'll be a special guest!
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Sunday, July 5, 2015
Long version: Much of this is also on the Kickstarter project page, but I wanted to mention a few other things here that aren’t necessarily relevant to people who aren’t already familiar with Multiplex. Apologies about the long-windedness, but I want to be as transparent as possible in these projects.
So today’s good news is that because I’m almost finished with grad school (December! Hopefully!), I finally have the time to make a third Multiplex print collection. For the rest of the summer and into the winter and spring, I can work on Book Three — if we can raise the funds to cover the printing costs, of course, and to supplant the freelance work I’ll need to forego to work on the book.
The bad news is, printing costs have skyrocketed in the last two years. The quotes I’m getting are uniformly much higher than they were for Book Two (which had identical specs), which not only raises the printing costs, but the taxes and fees associated with the whole project. And so, the funding goal is significantly higher than the last project: $24,000.
If we can reach the funding goal, I’ll be able to work on Multiplex and the print book full time for the rest of the summer, pause for the fall semester, and then jump back in again after I complete my MFA in December. (The Kickstarter project page has a detailed tentative budget and timeline.)
Hopefully, I can count on you to help make Book Three happen!
And, ideally, we’ll even surpass the goal, which would let me move straight into working on the new material for Book Four. I’d really like to put the remaining books out once a year — or even faster, after the webcomic ends. For those of you already lamenting the imminent end of the comic strip (in a couple of years), the print books are not just a great keepsake — but the bonus comics mean they’re also more Multiplex.
Book Three can only happen if we hit the funding goal by July 31st at 9pm Central, so please don’t wait. Remember, you are only charged if and when we reach the funding goal by the deadline!
“Tell me more about this ‘Book Three’…”
Multiplex: The Revenge, as Book Three is officially titled, will collect #217–338 (March 2008 to March 2009), which includes Jason and Angie’s brief relationship, the Multiplex 10’s ultimate battle against Flickhead Video, Gretchen getting her due, and much more. It will have the same high production standards as the award-winning Multiplex: There and Back Again (Book Two) collection.
The book will be 208 pages long (just like Book Two) but have about 35 pages of new material spread out across its five chapters, with two slightly longer arcs set on opening nights of The Dark Knight and Watchmen. (Some of this material has already been shared with Patreon backers!) That’s like four months of new stuff!
These new strips will also answer one of the most common questions I get at conventions: “Whatever happened to Brian?” Brian and his accomplice will appear in new strips throughout the book, building on their appearances in the original strips, and culminating in the Watchmen arc that closes off this volume.
This plot line just kind of unceremoniously slipped between the cracks of too many other storylines back in 2009, and I eventually realized that it made more sense to revisit it in a print book rather than try to pick it up again after too much time had passed.
“When will it come out?”
I’m hoping to have Multiplex: The Revenge printed and in your soft, supple hands in September 2016. There is a more detailed timeline on the Kickstarter project page if you want to know more. (Full disclosure: I’m likely to be moving out of Minnesota next summer, and I’ve set this date to accommodate that. If I don’t end up moving, I will be able to move up the timeline by a few months.)
“What kind of rewards are there?”
Rewards include sketches, the Multiplex Chapter eBooks, movie parody mini-posters, cameo appearances in the book or the online strip, and much much more. You can see the complete list on the project page, but one of the coolest ones (in my opinion) is the set of three 11″x17″ movie parody mini-posters, though, which includes The Breakfast Club and Serenity (previously seen on the backer-exclusive T-shirts from the first two Kickstarter projects) as well as a new design based on suggestions from the Kickstarter backers! Brokeback Multiplex? Multiplex Strikes Back? You decide!
But I don’t have Book One or Two!
Book One is nearly sold out, but there is a (very!) limited number available at some reward levels, and I have a second printing of the book as a stretch goal. Book Two is available in some of the reward packages, as well.
Many of the reward levels also include the Chapter eBooks of Books One and Two, as well.
I plan to use BackerKit to allow backers to upgrade their rewards packages even after the funding period ends and for “add-ons” — but those orders don’t contribute toward the funding goal, and they won’t open up until after the project has been successfully funded (if it is funded).
What if I already own too many things, maaan?
Now, if you’re not interested in having the printed book, you can also read all the new stuff by pledging to receive the eBook collections (which, personally, I love reading on my tablet in ultra-high resolution) or back the Patreon project instead — although that doesn’t contribute toward the funding goal.
Other ways to support the strip and the book project
The Patreon is an ongoing subscription for the ongoing production of the comic strip. It currently raises roughly $600 a month after fees and such, so while those funds are ostensibly for the comic strip, it still lowers the amount of money I need to work on the book (that is, to pay my rent and bills so that I can work on the book instead of freelance work). I’d rather work on Multiplex than do most of that freelance stuff. You’d rather read Multiplex. Win/win, right?
All funds raised by the Kickstarter will be used for the production of the print collections and the various Kickstarter rewards (including “hiring” myself for the time to create and fulfill everything). If you want to support the comic but aren’t super keen on the monthly patronage thing (which I totally understand), supporting the Kickstarter project is a great way to make a one-time contribution.
Patreon patrons will have access to all the bonus comics for Book Three that Kickstarter backers do through the Patreon Activity Stream, so unless they want to get the printed book — or just want to chip in a little extra money to make sure the book series continues, there’s no reason to contribute to both.
If you’re allergic to Kickstarter, BackerKit will also facilitate pre-orders for non-backers — but again, those orders don’t contribute toward the funding goal. For Patreon patrons: I don’t yet know whether BackerKit supports coupon codes (all Patreon patrons at the $3 level and up get Multiplex Store discounts), but I’ll figure it out when the time comes.
Finally, if money is tight, you can still help by telling your friends about the books and the Kickstarter project! It all helps me, and that means more Multiplex for you.
Did I mention again that Multiplex is ten years old this month?
Well, it is!
Thank you for your continued support!
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