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#503: You What, Part Three

August 25, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #501: You What, Part One; #502: You What, Part Two

If you were scared by the long note on Monday, you may have missed the bit about me mentioning sort-of launch of the new Deleted Scenes blog here. Yesterday's update featured one of the custom comics I did for super-generous Kickstarter backers, and it featured the girls of Multiplex acting a bit oddly about a visitor to the theater. Check it out, if you haven't already! Even though it's not in continuity, it's still a Multiplex strip!

I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch or whatever, but it looks like I may have found a distributor for Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show. I'll let you know as soon as the ink is dry. So the chances of seeing the book at Amazon and in comics shops and bookstores around the US and Canada are, I think, a fair bit higher. I'll let you know more as soon as I know more.

This doesn't affect the Multiplex website's sales, of course — which I naturally make a significantly larger cut — as in the entire cut, so buying directly from me will always be the best way to support the strip.

Whether or not this is finalized, the promotional thingy still stands, no matter what — if I get 250 pre-orders before September 18th, everyone who has pre-ordered gets a free Multiplex bookmark.


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Multiplex Movie Review: The Island (2005)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

multiplex-island

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!)

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