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#787: The Future Is Ours, Part Two

March 11, 2013

Notes from the Manager

There’s a term coined by Timothy Leary — “set and setting” — in reference to the context in which people take psychoactive drugs: the idea being that the mindset and the setting in which you do the drugs has an effect on your experience of the drugs’ effects. If you’re in a good mindset and a good setting, you’re more likely to have a good trip. If you’re in a bad mindset and/or a bad setting, you’re more likely to have a bad trip.

I believe that this idea is true of movies, too, to an extent: with the right set and setting, nearly any movie-watching experience can be more enjoyable (if not enjoyable, exactly). Comedies are more fun when you’re sitting in an audience that’s enjoying itself. Horror movies are more fun with an audience that’s scared out of its wits. Movies that are “so bad they’re good” can be fun with a group of people sitting around to rip on them with… for some people, anyway. (Me, I can’t get into that shit; I always feel like I could be watching something that was legitimately good instead. Life is too short.) And so on.

My point here isn’t just about an audience, though, but of the projection and the theater, too:

As funny as I think that clip is, I think Lynch is being a bit of a curmudgeon here. I wouldn’t watch a movie on my smartphone, either, yet I have seen and loved a great many movies on my iPad mini and a good pair of headphones, which is high enough resolution that held at a normal distance from my head the screen is actually bigger than my TV. But yeah. A bigger screen is more immersive, which nearly always makes for a better experience. Even if the movie itself isn’t.

I digress. See you Friday!


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.

Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.

We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.

Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.

I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”

Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.

Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.

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