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#590: Freddy vs. Jason

May 20, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #589: Dream Come True

Thanks again to TJ Tague for Wednesday's guest strip! I'll get it onto the Guest Strips page as soon as I can.

Fans of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies will probably recognize panel 10 as being a reference to a scene in Nightmare on Elm Street 3, but I don't think you really need to know that to follow what's going on. I mean, seriously, you've all figured out by now that if there isn't a panel border, it's not real, right? (If the girl in bed with Jason changing every panel wasn't enough of a hint there.)

I like to think that Jason and Kurt actually did act out the bit in panels 4 and 5 to scare the Blogger, though, and that it wasn't only Jason's dream (within a dream).

I'll be reminding you (many times, probably) in the near future, but Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show will be listed in Diamond Comics' June PREVIEWS catalog (for sale in August). Its order code is JUN110987. Especially for those of you who live overseas, where the cost to ship the book often exceeds the cost of the book itself, this will your best chance to get the book! Have your local comics shop (which almost undoubtedly has an account with Diamond) order the book for you along with their regular order!

Send them over to http://www.multiplexcomic.com/enjoyyourshow if they want to learn more about the book, or read some clips from the many positive reviews the book has gotten since it was first published! The better the book sells through Diamond, the more likely they will carry Book 2 — which will also have some impact on whether Book 2 arrives sooner, rather than later… or (gulp) not at all.

Back to the subject of the strip, though: Have we got any other Nightmare on Elm Street fans out there? I like 1, 3, 4, and 5, despite all of their flaws — and 3 is actually my favorite. 2 and 6 were garbage, though, and I never saw any of the others. What I loved about 3 and 4 is the idea that Freddy actually has opponents who could sort of… but never really seem to… actually challenge him in a meaningful way. Those films don't really explore that idea as much as I would have liked, but they're still fun films. (I'd love the chance to write a Nightmare on Elm Street comic, now that I think about it… Somebody make that happen.)


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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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