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Don't forget! For every $500 we raise through Kickstarter past $4500 before Monday, one lucky winner will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. (And once I've drawn you, it's pretty much a given that you'll appear in the regular strip at some point.) There's guaranteed to be one winner already,
and we're just shy of a second one — which means double the chance to win for everybody! UPDATE 8:56 am: Woot! We just jumped past the $5500 mark and the 3/4 mark thanks in part to one very generous pledge. (Really, everybody who has pledged to date is responsible, so thank you all again.)
We're in the home stretch now, so to help get us to the $7500 level and beyond, I've lowered the $400 pledge level to a BARGAIN at $300 (I can do that since there haven't been any takers yet), which includes all of the lower level rewards — the thank you, the eBooks, the print book, the exclusive T-shirt, the character sketch, the cameo appearance and avatar graphics — plus an all-new hand-drawn, single-page comic of anything you want (except porn).
AND. The second webcomicker to get in on the Kickstarter Action is Templar, Arizona's Spike, whom I believe first heard about the fundraising site from yours truly, at the Windy City Comicon. She's got a project called Poorcraft that sounds like a book I wish I'd had ten years ago: a non-fiction volume (mostly but not entirely comics, which will be drawn by Diana Nock) about learning to be poor in order to do what you really want to do with your life.
Check out the Poorcraft Kickstarter pitch and back it, too, if you're so inclined. (And yes, I already made my pledge. I'm no hypocrite.)
Speaking of Kickstarter, I'll be joining the Fanboy Radio crew for another installment of "The Indie Show" this Sunday at 6pm CST. The episode looks like it will be mainly about the various comics projects on Kickstarter, as the rest of the episode will be taken up by Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
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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