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Guest Strip by Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper)

March 7, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Thanks very much to Tom Brazelton of Theater Hopper — one of my best buds in webcomics — for helping me out with a guest strip. Tom and I have been in the Boxcar Comics collective together (in fact, he brought me into the fold, I think) and, of course, the late, lamented Triple Feature podcast, and we still talk constantly on Twitter and via e-mail and all of that. He's an awesome guy; very, very funny; and you should check out his comic RIGHT NOW.

I've been in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon, which was seriously the best time I've ever had at a convention. I sold every book I brought by 4pm on Saturday (oops!), I met a ton of awesome readers, made a bunch of new readers (I think), and got to hang out with Dave Willis (Shortpacked!) and Joel Watson (HiJINKS Ensue) a bunch, which is always a lot of fun.

I'll post a couple of sketches I did at the show over at Deleted Scenes in the near future (and if I gave you one at the show, I'd love you forever if you took a photo or scanned it and sent it to me).

I'm still aiming for two updates of my own this week — on Wednesday and Friday, so I'll see you then.

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SHIRTS ON SALE! I have a clearance sale on all of the T-shirts in my store at the moment. Copyright shirts have sold out (thank you!!), but the Workplace Romance, Popcorn and Breakfast Club are all $4.99and even the über-popular Michael Bay is the Devil shirt is only $12.99.

There's a new T-shirt design up in the story — the Ozu's the Boss? T-shirt worn by Jason in Multiplex #555 is now available for PRE-ORDER at the bargain price of $14.99.

Order it NOW (especially if you want a Ladies size, or either a Men's Small or 2XL+) because otherwise they might not get made, or available in your size!


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Review: Coherence (2013)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Written and directed by James Ward Byrkit.
Starring Emily Foxler, Hugo Armstrong, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria, and Maury Sterling.

A new Patreon backer at the $50 level opted out of the usual reward of a plug in the “Become a Multiplex Patron” box (above, on the website), asking instead for me to plug the 2013 indie science fiction filmCoherence (with which he is not affiliated). I was happy to oblige, and so “A fan of Coherence” — a.k.a. The Patron, as I’ll refer to him from here out — is, for the duration of his patronage, among Multiplex‘s supporters. (And, yes, I will review just about any movie a $50 backer asks me to.)

What really got my interest in the film (aside from being asked very nicely to see it) was that The Patron compared it to Shane Carruth’s Primer, one of the best no-budget sci-fi movies ever made. I can definitely see the comparison: both are decidedly low-budget films with small casts and a science-fictiony premise. I feel like seeing the film fairly blind is probably the best, so I won’t summarize the plot beyond the premise of eight friends having a dinner party when a comet passes over and Strange Things Happen, but I don’t think I’m quite as enthusiastic as The Patron.

Unfortunately, the “go in as blind as you can” suggestion means I feel like I need to be pretty vague. Some clunky (and largely unnecessary) exposition gets spat out early on, which tried my patience a bit, but it gets fun as the plot gets rolling. And the plot is definitely the star of the film, not the largely forgettable cast of affluent, Southern California white people or the dialogue, which often feels improvised (in that it neither pushes the story forward nor reveals character, as good dialogue ought to).

Despite some genuinely terrifically creepy or suspenseful moments in the film, a handful of contrived plot points hold it back from being much more than a fun genre flick for me, but I found myself wondering what would happen next — almost up to the very end. A late turn in the film got more of an eye-roll from me than the shock that I think it was supposed register. As always, your mileage may vary, but the film’s merits make it well worth a viewing, particularly for science fiction fans suffering from blockbuster fatigue.

Here’s the trailer! If it piques your interest, please do check it out. It’s available for rent from Amazon Instant Video or for purchase from its official website, among other places. (I never recommend reading YouTube comments, but definitely on’t read the comments if you want to stay away from spoilers.)

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