Notes from the Manager
I am running behind on the Thursday strip enough that I decided to split it in half.The other half will post on Friday.
Once again, zombie that isn't the Blogger is one of the Multiplex Movie Sponsors: Chris Hennes!
Since I'm posting this on Wednesday instead of Friday, I guess I can mention this again: The Kickstarter fundraiser for Book 2 is in its final 24 hours! (If I had planned this, I would have told you on Monday, I swear!) We now have 321 very generous backers (as of this writing) — more than for Book 1, and have raised over $4,000 more than Book 1, as well. Thank you very, very much to everybody involved!
As an extra thank you to the Kickstarter backers, I am giving away TWO sheets of pencils or inks from the zombie movie arc, one each to two random Kickstarter backers. Any backer at any pledge amount is eligible to win. So if you'd like a chance to win a page of hot zombie action (or talking) and put your name down for a copy of Multiplex Book 2 in the process, head over to Kickstarter and pledge!
We are a mere $255 away from the secondary funding goal of $17,500 — which will double the amount of original art I'll give away to four pages of pencils or inks, and also the addition of a Multiplex bookmark to any of the Basic or Super Sponsor Pack reward levels!
Yes, we've passed the funding goal — the amount needed to make sure that Book 2 gets made, but every penny pledged will go toward making Book 2 better, toward preparing for future print collections (for instance, buying 100 ISBN numbers rather than just ten, in order to save money in the long run), for promoting the book (such as convention expenses), and for the continued production of the Multiplex comic.
$17,000 sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but so much of it is spoken for by Kickstarter ($850 and counting) or Amazon fees (approximately $680), taxes (around $3000?), printing (about $7,000?), shipping and shipping supplies (some ungodly amount), and so on — very little of it is actually going toward my living expenses while finishing the book. I will still need to take occasional short freelance projects to make ends meet throughout the summer. The more we raise, the less I will need to do that, the more I can devote to Multiplex, and the better I can make all of it — both the book and the current movie arc, which I know is one of the most popular arcs I've done!
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
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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