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Guest strip by Howie Noel (Tara Normal)

August 4, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Thanks to Howie Noel of the awesome sci-fi mystery action romance Tara Normal for today's Rise of the Planet of the Apes-themed guest strip! Who's going to go see that movie this week? I'm way behind on movies and will probably try to finally see Captain America instead, but I think Rise looks pretty fun.

Thanks again to all of the other cartoonists who helped me out with guest strips in my time of need. Until I manage to get them added to the Guest Strips second, you can get to them with the calendar menu in the left sidebar. There will be at least one more guest strip in the near future, by a good friend of mine, but I'll be trying to get caught up again on my own personal updates — while also gearing up for heading straight back to Sweet Home Chicago for the 2011 Chicago Comicon next weekend.

No rest for the weary, right?

See you tomorrow with my own second update for the week.


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The Multiplex 10 is ten years old this month

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Multiplex-10-Years

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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