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#687: Insolence of the Dead

April 9, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #8: The Blogger; #680: The End Is the Beginning Is the End; #686: Reshoot/Recap

If you couldn’t tell that that was Zombie Blogger on top of Becky, hopefully the title clued you in.

The other zombie is one of the Multiplex Movie Sponsors: Chris Hennes! He’ll be back on Thursday, when this arc continues.

A massive, heartfelt thank you to everybody who steeped up after last Thursday’s call to action regarding the Kickstarter fundraiser for Book Two! 299 300 very generous backers (as of this writing) have made Book Two possible. It will happen. I’m targetting a March 2013 publication date at this point, but it might be sooner than that. My distributor has a little bit of say, as does whichever printing company I go with, of course.

I'm still recovering from my cold, and have a large freelance project that I should have started on last week to get to, but starting next week, I will be working on Multiplex and Multiplex: There and Back Again (Book Two) full time. Thank you (again) to everybody who has made this possible.

(Well, almost entirely full time. I will still be taking occasional smaller illustration or production projects because I can't leave my regular clients hanging. I need to have work to go back to after Book Two is completed!)

While the pressure is off now, check out this Deleted Scenes post, because there are some incentives for pushing us even further past the goal.

Oh, related to that — at the request of a few readers who are unable to pledge via Kickstarter (because of Amazon Payments or whatever), I will be opening up a second avenue for donating toward the production of Book Two for PayPal users. I expect to launch that on Thursday, after the Kickstarter project has ended. More details then…


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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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