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#381: Flash Forward

August 3, 2009

Notes from the Manager

As I mentioned on Friday on Flicker / Facebook, I wanted to do a parody of a movie poster, and I settled on Memento. It features Jason and Devi, so it sort of ties in with #363–365, where those two saw Ghajini, a shamless (remake of a) rip-off of Memento — but mostly I just thought it'd make a fun image. I hadn't actually intended on doing it so quickly, but I was having too much fun to stop! You can see the original Memento poster over at IMP Awards.

This sort of lighting is a bit on the complicated/time-consuming side, so no, I don't think I'll be using it in the regular strip, but it does make sense (to me) to use them for special illustrations like this, including the eBook covers. After playing around with the techniques, I have updated the first/only HD edition eBook to a "Second Edition," dated Summer 2009. The updated cover is the main change to the book, but I fixed a few mistakes and may have tweaked a few tiny details in the art, as well.


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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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