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#364: Suck It Up, Suck It Down

June 11, 2009

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I did a little research for this strip by seeing Ghajini at the Big Cinemas Golf Glen. The staff was friendly and professional, and the theater itself is beautiful (having been freshly remodeled from its previous incarnations). They've still got a few kinks to work out with the presentation, but hopefully they'll get it all worked out soon.

The movie itself was surprisingly enjoyable for something so completely unoriginal. The film really is exactly as Jason described it: a terrible Memento rip-off smooshed together with a cheeseball romantic comedy, and then a few music videos that have practically nothing to do with anything cut in every half hour or so. And it's three and a half hours long.

There's more than Memento, even. The opening credits are pretty much an imitation of Fight Club, and a scene where the sweet, romantic lead briskly walks an elderly gentleman down the street while describing the goings-on around them is flat-out plagiarized from Amélie.

But as Devi points out, the songs are good, there's a goofy sort of charm to the rom-com half of the film, and the leads are hot, so it's not a total waste of time. In fact, it's pretty fun.

(We'll get Jason's final verdict on Monday, I think.)


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

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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