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#670: Getting Your Hands Dirty

February 17, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #616: Persuasion; #631: Reading Between the Lines

I hate to spoil the surprise, but I don't want you coming here on Monday wondering if I've forgotten that I do a webcomic at all.

Beginning Monday, Multiplex will be crossing over with Dave Willis's webcomic Shortpacked! I'm sure many of you already read it, and if you don't, now is as good a time as any to get started. It's one of my favorite webcomics (and I'm not even remotely a toy nerd), and one of a very few that I actually bother to read online rather than waiting for print collections.

Dave also happens to be one of my favorite people in webcomics, and he also helped coerce Spike and Kel into letting me to join Blank Label Comics collective.

The six-part crossover will start on Monday over at Shortpacked!, and then alterate for the next few days — so Multiplex on Tuesday, SP! on Wednesday, Multiplex on Thursday, and then conclude on Friday with strips at both sites. (Dave's Friday comic will be first chronologically.)

See you next Tuesday! And if you're reading this on Monday, that's why there won't be a new comic until tomorrow. By the way, for you eager beavers who like to read strips immediately, Shortpacked!'s strips post at midnight EST, while Multiplex's post at midnight CST.


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Tell me a story. (Looking for a prose writer for an eBook single.)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I want to take a foray into electronic publishing.

I am looking for a (prose) writer to provide a short story, novella or non-fiction story that I will turn into an iBooks-formatted eBook for sale (in the iBookstore), released under my Chase Sequence publishing imprint. Chase Sequence published Multiplex: There and Back Again, which won the 2014 IPBA Gold Medal for Best Graphic Novel/Drawn Book–Humor/Cartoon, so technically it is an award-winning publisher.

There is no limitation with regard to genre, but I will say that my taste in prose leans strongly toward literary fiction and non-fiction, and toward characters, psychology, and well-written prose over plot. (Margaret Atwood is my favorite writer.)

What to Submit: A pitch for a 30+ page, prose short story/novella/non-fiction piece. No comics — no picture books. If you have already written the short story, great, but it must be previously unpublished. Please include links or URLs to a resumé and examples of previous published work would be helpful, to give me a feel for your voice.

Send questions (or submissions) to gordon at multiplexcomic.com.

The Terms: No money up front, but 50% of the cover price in exchange for one year of exclusivity (from the date of publication). The writer retains all other rights to their story. These will be sold via iBooks only (at least at first), which means that Apple will get 30% and I will get 20% for my contributions: I will edit the story; I will design and produce the eBook; I will illustrate a cover for it (or hire someone else to, if I’m not the best fit for the story); I will help promote it.

Please submit your pitch before April 30, 2015. I will notify the selected writer(s) I am interested in working with as soon as possible after that.

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