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#407: Lord of Delusions

October 22, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #403: The Delusionist; #404: Too Much Information; #406: Mistaken Identity

First things first: the good news.

The survey has ended, and between the comments I got there, the overall number of people who said yes they would buy one, and (well, okay, mainly) a couple of very impressive printing quotes I've received, the cover price of the book will now be $20.

The bad news is… that's only if the Kickstarter project succeeds! Without the Kickstarter funding, the book will not happen. At least not for another year or so. No time to create all the new material for the book, no time to put it all together, and certainly not enough money to pay for the print run and shipping from China, customs clearance, an ISBN number, etc.

If you are a big fan of Multiplex, please consider pledging at the $30 level or higher. It's not just to get your copy of the print book (with free shipping!), the eBooks, a thank you, and access to all of the exclusive bonus content I will be showering backers with once the project is successful (especially in February and March, when I'll be buckling down to finish the book) — it's to help support Multiplex, because while every penny of the Kickstarter funds will go towards the book itself, the profits from the book will finance Book 2 and hopefully one or two spin-off projects (yes, Multiplex spin-offs), as well.

Even if you can't afford the $30 level, you'll get the first two HD eBooks free (the second one will be done in the next few weeks, I hope) and access to the exclusive content at any level — even if you just pledge $1! You'll also be eligible to win Cool Shit in occasional random drawings. But after December 11th, the Club of Awesome's doors are locked!

Think of the Multiplex: Book 1 Kickstarter Project like NPR or PBS: sure, you get (most of) the content for free, but if you want to continue getting the same great comics — or, actually, more of them — then please pledge today!

In other news (but kind of not), the Fanboy Radio interview from Sunday is online now, for your podcasting pleasure.  The episode, #528, featured Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter, and then of course myself, talking about Multiplex and the Kickstarter project.

UPDATE (10/23): Oh my god. When you guys get excited about something, you guys get excited. The Multiplex/Kickstarter project raised over $600 in the past two days — more than enough to be successfully funded on its end date — but please, keep those pledges coming! This Kickstarter update outlines (most of?) shows how reaching the $7500 goal just covers about 2/3 of the costs associated with printing the book and the Kickstarter Project — to say nothing of my living expenses while I finish the book, which the project was meant to cover, as well.

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged to date. Keep telling your friends to support the project, though — we've got 49 days left to keep raising money for the book, and by gum, we should take advantage of them.


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“Autobiography” (excerpt)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

So I finished my Master of Fine Arts degree—technically as of March 31, although I’m still working on a couple of assistantships. But I got my diploma in the mail today.

This is one of the weirder things I did in grad school. It was a project I did for a Graphic Design Studio class, and the only stipulation was that you had to make a collection of… something. I chose to do a “collection” of twelve books that shaped who I am as a person. Not necessarily books that I still hold dear, but that really connected with me when I read them.

So, I call it an autobiography, although obviously it’s not. I decided to make a story scroll using clippings from these books, cut and pasted to build a NEW story (a creation story). I made scroll handles for it from wooden dowels (painted bronze) and bronze drawer handles on all four ends.

It was roughly 6¾ feet long if you completely unrolled the scroll, so I’ll only show the first bit here. You can click through to the Patreon page I posted it on a couple of years ago if you want to read the whole thing. I made it public so anyone can see it.

The books are (in no particular order): The Book of Job, translated by Stephen Mitchell; The Illustrated Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking; Cages by Dave McKean; Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood; Epileptic by David B; Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechen; Justice League: A New Beginning by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire; Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson; The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts; and The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. (The Pooh books are technically two separate volumes, so it’s really thirteen, but I now own a single-volume collection of them. I also read Justice League in the issues first, not TPB, so whatever.)

Enjoy! Or just kind of squint your eyes and wonder why this is something that graduate students spend their time doing. But hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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