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#469: Enquiring Minds Want to Know

May 6, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #423: Refresher Course; #424: Simply Irresistible; #425: A Christmas Miracle; #467: Winners and Losers

Sorry, I was late! I was busy getting the Chapter 5 HD Edition eBook ready for the store yesterday and ran out of time. Of course, that means the Chapter 5 HD Edition eBook is ready and available at the store! The free Online Edition will be up in the next few days.

Chapter 5 contains strips 81–102 (from August 2006 through November 2006), as well as six bonus comics strips not found in the Multiplex archives!

(Kickstarter backers, check your e-mailz or pop over the Kickstarter Project Updates page for your coupon code.)

This also means that the Multiplex: Book 1 collection is that much closer to going to press. I've still got the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith-centered storyline (about 8–10 pages), which will probably take me a good three weeks, and there's also the cover illustration and a few other illustrations left, so I'm looking at a good 4–6 weeks or so until I can send files to the printer.

The good thing is, despite the delays in finishing the book (I'm already over a month past my original target date, unfortunately — but again, it's not that I'm slacking; it's that my estimate for how long it'd take me to do all the new material was entirely too optimistic), I'm looking at a couple of printers in the US and Canada rather than China, which will make up for that lost time — so the book should still be on track for the same August availability I've been saying since… well, since the Kickstarter project started.

As always, I'll keep you posted!

OH! And I almost forgot: if you're in the Chicago area, I will be at the "Webcomics + Wine Event" at Third Coast Comics TOMORROW — Friday, May 7th — signing… um… whatever you've got for me to scribble on. I'll also do sketches and have a few small prints and mini-posters or whatever, since it's not like I have a book yet. (I sold out of the print editions of Chapter 1 at C2E2, sorry.)

Me, Lauren Burke and Greg Sorkin of P.I. Jane, and Tony Maldonado of both P.I. Jane and Chicago: 1968 will all be in attendance, talkin' comics, shooting shit, drinking wine, and apparently eating cupcakes, as well? This last part was news to me, but hey, who doesn't like cupcakes?

(P.I. Jane and Chicago: 1968 are both great, great comics, by the way. Check them out.)


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Multiplex Movie Review: The Island (2005)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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This is  not as accessible to people who haven’t seen the movie as I like these reviews to be, but if you’re not familiar with The Island or Never Let Me Go at all, the premises are that clones are raised and educated as “spare parts” — which is just plain absurd. (The idea that such a thing would be allowed by any reasonable society made the premise impossible for me to swallow, except as a very far-fetched Twilight Zone-style scenario. At least in The Island, it was secret and illegal.)

An absurd premise isn’t a deal-breaker, though, really. But The Island never lets you go past its implausible premise, because it is constantly trying to explain how it all works in equally stupid ways, further compounded by Bay’s typical disregard for logic and continuity:

  • Once Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) learns the truth about their lives, he goes to the apartment of Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johannson) so they can escape. She greets him at the door by saying, “How sweet! You came to see me off” (I’m paraphrasing some of that)… yet their next scene, moments later, she is surprised and exclaims that he isn’t allowed in the female tower (as it’s called). This might be able to be explained away by some contrived explanation, but… the two moments feel completely incongruous.
  • The massive underground facility the clones are kept in is maintained by presumably hundreds of normal human employees (including Steve Buscemi, Sean Bean, and Yvette Nicole Brown’s characters) — complete with a showroom for ultra-rich potential clients. Yet Lincoln and Jordan emerge from it into desert with nothing around. No helicopter landing pad, no parking lot… nothing. We even see a helicopter landing pad later in the film, yet it is again nowhere to be seen at the very end of the movie.
  • Pursued by mercenaries, Lincoln and Jordan end up in a train station. The mercenaries open fire, killing Steve Buscemi, and a panic ensues inside the station… yet Lincoln and Jordan run onto the train with oblivious workers and passengers milling around calmly — and it then proceeds to leave the station as if no one has just gotten murdered… and arrives some time later in Los Angeles, without incident.

Minor or not, the sheer number of them just keep piling up. sigh

Anyway.

This is the last of the Multiplex Movie Reviews I’ll be sharing here in the Deleted Scenes blog for the near future. I hope you’ve enjoyed them!

Patreon patrons and Kickstarter backers will see more of these in their respective feeds come January — as well as the Multiplex: The Revenge bonus comics, of course. (There may even be a few movie review comics during the semester as time permits, but I can’t really promise anything. I’ve got A LOT of work to do for my thesis!)

EDIT: By the way, I wasn’t familiar with Parts: The Clonus Horror when I did this strip. (I don’t watch MST3K; I can’t bring myself to watch movies that shitty, even if there are incredibly funny motherfuckers talking over them.) But several people have told me about it since. These kinds of things are usually largely coincidental (or unintentional) — different people independently arrive at similar ideas all the time. $130 million movies generally don’t need to rip off obscure B-movie (or book, or comic book) plots when there are thousands of equally good ideas that they can legitimately use for less money than a settlement.

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