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#311: Exactly Like the Holidays

December 22, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Posts: #27: Merry Christmas from Multiplex; #103: Deck the Halls with Déjà Vu; #189: This Perfect Christmas Holiday

You'll notice two new buttons in the sidebar:

1) A mini-button for Is It Funny Today?, a new comics ranking website. Multiplex is listed with them as a story strip, so that question is really "Is It Good Today?" but whatever. Please vote there whenever you feel like it, and of course poke around their site, while you're at it; you're likely to find some great comics.

2) The return of the PayPal donation button, just in time for Christmas. ;) Multiplex pulls in a tidy sum from ad revenue, but if you're one of those types who has ad blocking software (kidding), or you just want to help me get closer to putting out the long overdue Multiplex eBook #2 (to say nothing of a print collection), it would be greatly appreciated. (Alternatively to simply making a donation, you can buy the first eBook in the Extras section and get a little something for your money.)

In other news, Trish and I are actively seeking a third co-blogger for Movie Make-out. If you want to get paid a pittance to write about movie news — not reviews, mind you — drop me a line and I'll send you the details. (If you've already sent in samples, don't worry; we're not going to settle on anybody until after the first of the year at the soonest. You're not out of the running yet.)

Stay warm out there, y'all. See you Thursday.


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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

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