Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #874: The Spirit of the Season
Probably one more strip in this chapter, unless I change my mind about something! Which happens.
As for this strip, I wanted to have Norma slip in a comment about how the customer really only wanted free passes anyway, but there wasn’t any room. Speaking from experience, if you complain about something, it’s pretty easy to get free passes.
With me, when I complain about something, it’s almost always a presentation thing, and I really just want them to fix the problem and/or never let it happen again. Yet almost every multiplex I’ve been to in Chicago or Minneapolis, I’ve had to complain about the presentation: either too-dark screens (old bulbs), focus issues, 3D ghosting/crosstalk, or sound problems.
Most recently, a small two-screen theater in Minneapolis had focus issues and a too-dark screen when I saw Frozen. I fired off a (polite) complaint to the management, and along with an apology and an explanation that it was improperly cleaned porthole glass that caused the issues — the first I’ve heard of that issue. I also got a couple of passes mailed to me that I’m a little nervous about ever using. (“Sorry our movie presentation sucked; here’s passes so you can see more movies here!” Hmm…)
Anyway. How about you guys? Have you ever complained about something to management at a theater? How did they respond?
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
I want to take a foray into electronic publishing.
I am looking for a (prose) writer to provide a short story, novella or non-fiction story that I will turn into an iBooks-formatted eBook for sale (in the iBookstore), released under my Chase Sequence publishing imprint. Chase Sequence published Multiplex: There and Back Again, which won the 2014 IPBA Gold Medal for Best Graphic Novel/Drawn Book–Humor/Cartoon, so technically it is an award-winning publisher.
There is no limitation with regard to genre, but I will say that my taste in prose leans strongly toward literary fiction and non-fiction, and toward characters, psychology, and well-written prose over plot. (Margaret Atwood is my favorite writer.)
What to Submit: A pitch for a 30+ page, prose short story/novella/non-fiction piece. No comics — no picture books. If you have already written the short story, great, but it must be previously unpublished. Please include links or URLs to a resumé and examples of previous published work would be helpful, to give me a feel for your voice.
Send questions (or submissions) to gordon at multiplexcomic.com.
The Terms: No money up front, but 50% of the cover price in exchange for one year of exclusivity (from the date of publication). The writer retains all other rights to their story. These will be sold via iBooks only (at least at first), which means that Apple will get 30% and I will get 20% for my contributions: I will edit the story; I will design and produce the eBook; I will illustrate a cover for it (or hire someone else to, if I’m not the best fit for the story); I will help promote it.
Please submit your pitch before April 30, 2015. I will notify the selected writer(s) I am interested in working with as soon as possible after that.
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