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#347: …But Apparently You Would Steal a Movie

April 13, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #345: You Wouldn’t Steal a Car…; #346: You Wouldn’t Steal a Purse…

In case you haven't seen these, the titles of this and the last two strips were references to this anti-piracy "public service announcement." Even though I disapprove of piracy, it's a stupid argument, because... well, I'll just let Mindy Kaling explain it. (Seriously, though, it's stupid because piracy is not, in the legal or technical sense, theft; it's copyright infringement. There's a difference.)

Anyway, credit where credit is due: the conversation in the forum from the last strip pretty much wrote this one for me, with HeirToPendragon citing Disney's never-released Song of the South as a valid justification for piracy, in response to a post from me pretty much echoing Jason's sentiment in panel 2. Even though I don't entirely agree, I had to admit, he got me.

That specific movie wouldn't have swayed Jason, though — and Franklin sure as hell wouldn't be the one tempting him with it (although that's a pretty amusing image) — so I hit the internet trying to find a suitable film to replace it with. The first directors I thought of were Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, and apparently all Japanese movies before 1953 are in the public domain (yay Japan), and all their post-1953 work is available legally in the US thanks to the Criterion Collection.

Then I found out about Man Hunt, which is a 1941 thriller by Fritz Lang (whose film M is the first and greatest serial killer movie ever, and had already been established as one of Jason's favorite movies), and, after years of only being available on video through bootlegs and torrents, is indeed due out on DVD for the first time in one month.


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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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