Notes from the Manager
I forget if I mentioned there's a new desktop wallpaper available free if you make a donation via PayPal. You can actually get a preview of the art for it by visiting the all-new OpenCart-powered Multplex Store, now with a unified design (well, except for the lack of an ad, because it was causing problems with the SSL certificate).
There isn't any new merchandise in it — YET — but I needed to switch to a store that allows me to accept pre-orders… because obviously I've got this print collection coming out soon. Have you heard about that? :)
As it says on the left sidebar (below the strip) on the front page of the Multiplex site, the book is currently slated for September 22nd on-sale date. (It would ship shortly before then for pre-orders, to hopefully arrive on the 22nd.) I don't know of any reason why I should miss that date, since I will actually be getting the book somewhat earlier than that — but I need time to get review copies out and that sort of thing. Kickstarter Backers will likely get their copies a little earlier than that, too; I'll just need time to get all the packages together after the books arrive. (There are like 250 of them, so, you know… it's a lot of work.)
Also new to the little Upcoming Events sidebar (for those of you who don't pay attention to that, or aren't reading this on the front page of the site) is a few conventions I'll be at in the near future. Let's start with the biggest one, which happens to be the second largest comic book convention in the country:
I'm also planning on going to FallCon in Minneapolis, but that's not definite juuust yet.
And, for those of you in the Indianapolis area, I'll be at… actually, I'm not sure what it's called, but one of ASH Comics & Shows… shows… at the Ramada I-70 on October 24th. It's a tiny con, and I'll probably be stuck in a corner somewhere and seriously lonely, so if you're near there, drop by and keep me company.
I will also be doing a signing/book release party at Third Coast Comics in Chicago, right around the book release (naturally) and a signing at Acme Books & Comics in Peoria, Illinois, in either September or October, so keep your eyes peeled for information about those if you want me to scribble in the book for you, or save yourself shipping, or whatever.
EDIT: I've just confirmed with Terry of Third Coast Comics that the signing/book release party will be on September 18th, from 4pm to 7pm — kind of a limited release before the "wide" release on the 22nd, to put it in movie terms. It will be followed with their monthly Chicago Comic Book Meetup (at 7pm), where I'll be a special guest!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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
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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