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#785: Doubling Down on a Losing Bet

March 4, 2013

Notes from the Manager

If at first you don’t succeed… try, try, try, try, try again?

Sometimes I have to wonder how some people keep getting work. Superman Returns broke even at best and cost $270 million. Valkyrie broke even at best, with “only” a $75 million production budget. Unless the overseas box office is ridiculously good, the $200 million Jack the Giant Slayer is going to be a massive bomb. Bryan Singer has made some pretty good movies, but at what point does Hollywood say, “Hey, maybe this isn’t the guy we should be giving the reins to a $200-million-plus movie…?” (Personally, I think his strength is with character, not action, and he should step back and make some low-budget stuff again. As much as I love X-Men 2, the action scenes aren’t exactly great.) 

I asked this question on Facebook last night and it generated a fun conversation:

What are the unforgivably shittiest, terrible movies ever made by undeniably great directors? Key words: “by great directors,” so no saying anything by Robert Rodriguez or Clint Eastwood (even though he’s made a few great movies, I don’t think he brings much to the movies as a director, as much as he occasionally produces films that are great because of their scripts and actors).


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The Multiplex 10 is ten years old this month

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Ten years ago this month (on July 10th, 2005, to be specific), I posted two shitty looking comics to a corner of the Stripped Books website. At that point, I had no idea what I was in for: it was a gag strip that would quickly transform into a character-based comedy where people talk about movies — not just superficially about specific movies, but about how people watch and talk about movies of all kinds. The art got a little better, too.

The Multiplex characters took on a life of their own and ultimately turned this comic into an eleven- or twelve-year “epic” about the movie theater industry in one of the most interesting periods in its hundred-year history (and also this one jerk who kinda sorta becomes a slightly better person maybe if you squint your eyes and cock your head to the side a little).

Multiplex’s readership grew quickly in those first few years, thanks in very large part to a pair of guest strips on PvP and some well-placed Project Wonderful ad campaigns (thanks, Something Positive and Shortpacked!), and in the years since it has since retained a small but passionate readership that has supported me time and time again: the Patreon project of course, as well as two successful Kickstarter projects to fund two books I’m very proud of.*

Thank you for allowing me to tell this story.

Thank you for reading.

— Gordon


* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.

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