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#510: He’s Misstra Know-It‑All

September 13, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #506: Hot and Cold

Here's a little audio aid for this strip, courtesy the real-life Kurt Bollinger [MP3, 1.1mb]. (Thanks, Kurt!)

There will be three strips again this week. On Wednesday, we'll say goodbye to Dominic forever (probably), and then on Friday, we'll get back to the Multiplex 10 and stay there for a while. I think.

Don't forget — if you're in the Chicago area, the Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show book release party/signing/whatever will be at Third Coast Comics this Friday Saturday from 4–7pm, followed by the monthly Chicago Comic Book Meetup, where I'll be a special guest. Stop in, get a copy of the book early, and have a good time!

We're getting closer to the $5000 goal… buuut it's not looking so good for the Multiplex Sales Drive, sad to say. Have we pre-sold all the books we're gonna pre-sell?!

Let's see if we can't try to get closer, anyway. There are TWO T-shirt designs new to the Multiplex Store you should check out. One is a handful of extra Multiplex/Breakfast Club T-shirts left over from the Kickstarter rewards — and the other is a "Michael Bay is the Devil" T-shirt (referencing not only the common Bay-hater refrain, but Jason's opinion from #369 and one of the Book 1 bonus comics).

HOWEVER. The Michael Bay T-shirt is only up for PRE-ORDER at this time and will ONLY be printed if I get 25 pre-orders by October 4th. Vote with your pocketbook, if you want to see these babies come into existence!

(If you've already ordered something and want to add either shirt to your order, e-mail me. In the US, it may not save you much, because books ship separately from T-shirts, but it can't hurt to check.)

EDIT: Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. The logo on Whitey's T-shirt in the strip is an unpaid, wholehearted endorsement of ibuymusic.net. Check out their website, and please support them and their positive efforts to help keep the artists you love working on the music you love.


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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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