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#597: Exquisite Corpses

June 9, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #594: Grown Ups; #595: Waiting for Forever

Dario Dargento's Suspiria is pretty well known, but I expect House isn't. Here's its trailer, courtesy the Criterion Collection, which issued a DVD and Blu-Ray of the 1977 horror-comedy last fall:

Both Suspiria and House have their shortcomings (Suspiria has pretty bad acting and the plot's really kind of stupid if you think about it objectively; House is just… well, you saw the trailer), but they both have excellent, frequently brilliant visuals, and Suspiria has amazing music (by Goblin), so they're certainly worth watching.

And also, now you know for certain: Norma suspended Kurt for three weeks. But since Multiplex is set in real time, and he was suspended on the same night Angie 2 was injured (May 20 — the day Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opened), that means he'll be back at the theater before you know it.

Thanks to Joel Watson of the webcomic HiJinks Ensue and the T-shirt mini-empire Sharksplode, I've found a T-shirt printing company that offers high-quality print-on-demand shirts at reasonable prices — so, I'm going to start rolling out a ton of T-shirt designs at the store over the next few weeks. Yes, I will finally be able to do character T-shirts (using DTG printing)! Yes, I will finally offer a Multiplex logo T-shirt again. If there's a Multiplex T-shirt you've been dying to have, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.

The first two new designs, however, are the Sarcastic T-shirt T-shirt seen in this very strip and an Ozu's the Boss? T-shirt.

I need to make sure that the printer has the other colors of shirts in stock before I can add the next couple designs. I'm also double-checking on the available of larger sizes (larger than 2XL) before I add those. I don't want to offer something they can't make, obviously!

UPDATE: They do indeed carry Men's sizes up to 5XL, so I've added those to the existing designs — and I've added four other shirts, as well: Multiplex logo shirts, Rhyme Bandits, I Believe in George Romero and Kurt's T-shirt from this strip, Rosebud Was My Dick.


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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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