Notes from the Manager
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Sorry for the delay with this week’s first update!
If you didn't get the (almost) play by play with my Twitter account, my NYCC experience was a bit… hit and miss.
When I arrived on Friday morning to set up, I immediately noticed two things were wrong: (1) my “table in the Webcomics Pavilion” turned out to be an empty booth in a small, unmarked strip near some other webcomics people, and (2) the box of books I’d had delivered to the show was looking a bit unhealthy.
Somehow, what Reed Exhibitions had described to me as a “table” did not include an actual table, and I was forced to pay extra to actually get one. (I’ve complained, citing their sales person's e-mail describing it as a “table,” not a “totally empty booth” or “dealer space” or something accurate like that. While I’ve received an apology for the “miscommunication,” Reed hasn’t yet resolved this to my satisfaction.)
The box of books had clearly been dropped at some point, with over half the books’ back covers covered with black dirt of some kind and varying degrees of damage, and the box had been taped back together. While most of the dirt came off with an eraser, about 10 of the books were, in my opinion, unsellable.
Clearly, either UPS or Freeman, the company that handles any shipments and various “services” on site at the show, had dropped the box, and I needed to figure out who did it. A bit of detective work leads me to believe it was probably UPS, but I can’t really be sure, and as such, I may not be able to get any compensation for the damaged books.
It wasn’t all bad, though: Liz Bailie was an awesome fun tablemate (read Freewheel!), the Michael Bay T-shirts were a hit, the book sold very well, I met a lot of great fans — and (I think) made a few new ones. I also ran out of all the Multiplex cards with the URL late on Sunday, so now I need to order more before the next con I go to — which is actually next weekend. (I’ll have to figure something out for that.)
Those of you in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area should drop by and visit me at FallCon 2010 this Saturday, October 16th, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Progress Center!
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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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