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#756: You Have to Cut the Umbilical Cord Sometime

November 15, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #755: Fast Forward

Late, again. :( Grad school, of course.

Some of you will be excited, though, that one of the reason I am swamped is a project for my Game Design class:

I am designing a Multiplex-based card game where you play the manager of a movie theater, competing against the other player(s) for the coveted regional manager position.

The deck has 120 cards, with roughly 90 original illustrations in that. Most of the art will be by me, of course, because it's Multiplex, but about 50 of the cards are "film stills" from various (fake) movies, and I am hoping to farm out some of these films to generous friends and artists and such. They are small pieces — 4.25" x 2.55" (200% printed size), but they do need to be full-color, and they do need to look like film stills (NOT posters, NOT pin-ups) and should not use any existing intellectual property or celebrity likenesses. I would like the artwork in layered Photoshop files, ideally, but since you can use whatever illustration technique you want (er, except for photos), I realize that won't always be possible.

If you are interested in helping contribute artwork to this game, please e-mail me a portfolio (links/websites, please, not attachments) and let me know some genres of film you might be interested in doing. I need the art by Thanksgiving the end of the November — so it's a quick turn-around! Please do not volunteer if you cannot meet OR BEAT this deadline or follow directions, because I won't be able to use your art and you will have wasted your time, and I will feel badly about it, but that's just how it is. (If you're interested in doing more than one, that would be awesome, too, but we'll take it one at a time.)

I cannot use everybody, of course. As a graduate student, there is a minimum level of drawing ability that I need to require for this artwork — it has to be professional looking. And there are only so many adventure and action movies to go around, so you might be good enough, but just not suitable. If I don't contact you with a movie (or some options), please don't take it personally.

Lastly, and this is the shitty part: there is no pay involved at this point, because it is purely a student project at this point — but obviously you keep your copyright. I may end up publishing this game somewhere (very far) down the road, though, and would potentially pay to license the artwork for that. So there's that.

 


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Multiplex Movie Review: The Island (2005)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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This is  not as accessible to people who haven’t seen the movie as I like these reviews to be, but if you’re not familiar with The Island or Never Let Me Go at all, the premises are that clones are raised and educated as “spare parts” — which is just plain absurd. (The idea that such a thing would be allowed by any reasonable society made the premise impossible for me to swallow, except as a very far-fetched Twilight Zone-style scenario. At least in The Island, it was secret and illegal.)

An absurd premise isn’t a deal-breaker, though, really. But The Island never lets you go past its implausible premise, because it is constantly trying to explain how it all works in equally stupid ways, further compounded by Bay’s typical disregard for logic and continuity:

  • Once Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) learns the truth about their lives, he goes to the apartment of Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johannson) so they can escape. She greets him at the door by saying, “How sweet! You came to see me off” (I’m paraphrasing some of that)… yet their next scene, moments later, she is surprised and exclaims that he isn’t allowed in the female tower (as it’s called). This might be able to be explained away by some contrived explanation, but… the two moments feel completely incongruous.
  • The massive underground facility the clones are kept in is maintained by presumably hundreds of normal human employees (including Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, and Yvette Nicole Brown’s characters) — complete with a showroom for ultra-rich potential clients. Yet Lincoln and Jordan emerge from it into desert with nothing around. No helicopter landing pad, no parking lot… nothing. We even see a helicopter landing pad later in the film, yet it is again nowhere to be seen at the very end of the movie.
  • Pursued by mercenaries, Lincoln and Jordan end up in a train station. The mercenaries open fire, killing Steve Buscemi, and a panic ensues inside the station… yet Lincoln and Jordan run onto the train with oblivious workers and passengers milling around calmly — and it then proceeds to leave the station as if no one has just gotten murdered… and arrives some time later in Los Angeles, without incident.

Minor or not, the sheer number of them just keep piling up. sigh

Anyway.

This is the last of the Multiplex Movie Reviews I’ll be sharing here in the Deleted Scenes blog for the near future. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Patreon patrons and Kickstarter backers will see more of these in their respective feeds come January — as well as the Multiplex: The Revenge bonus comics, of course. (There may even be a few movie review comics during the semester as time permits, but I can’t really promise anything. I’ve got A LOT of work to do for my thesis!)

EDIT: By the way, I wasn’t familiar with Parts: The Clonus Horror when I did this strip. (I don’t watch MST3K; I can’t bring myself to watch movies that shitty, even if there are incredibly funny motherfuckers talking over them.) But several people have told me about it since. These kinds of things are usually largely coincidental (or unintentional) — different people independently arrive at similar ideas all the time. $130 million movies generally don’t need to rip off obscure B-movie (or book, or comic book) plots when there are thousands of equally good ideas that they can legitimately use for less money than a settlement.

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