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#507: Show ’Em Who’s Boss

September 6, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #505: You What, Part Five

Thanks to Ingo for the employee schedule Excel file you can see a tiny little glimpse of in panel 1!

The Multiplex Sales Drive continues… For those of you who don't yet read the Deleted Scenes blog posts, here's the skinny:

I'm hoping to raise enough money to get me through October's convention season with my head above water, before I start looking for freelance work to help pay the bills — because Multiplex doesn't cover them all, by any means. Instead of going by the number of book pre-orders, though, I've changed the bookmark promotion to go by a dollar amount: $5000. (By switching to the dollar amount, we're much closer to that goal than we were before, so I think that's fair.)

If (and only if) we sell $5000 worth of merchandise through the Multiplex Store between August 18th and September 18th: anyone who has pre-ordered the book (including Kickstarter backers) will get a Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show bookmark — and be eligible to win one of TEN Multiplex/Memento mini-posters and one of TEN Multiplex T-shirts (provided I have them in your size).

ll be shipping them with your book pre-order; other orders ship out as soon as I'm able.)

You can see the ballpark of where we’re at just above the strip — just over $2000, at the moment. If you love Multiplex and want to see me keep updating it as often as possible, support the strip! I would love have have new content (either for the Multiplex archives or in Deleted Scenes) every day of the week, but unless Multiplex is my full-time job, that's not even remotely possible.

Although I can certainly juggle a bit of freelance work in addition to Multiplex, the more time I have to work on the strip, the more updates you'll see here at the site — and the sooner I can get working on bonus strips for Book 2.

If you've actually read all of this, then you might be interested in listening to my interview with the Webcomic Beacon crew from yesterday. We talked mostly about printing a book collection (it gets a tiny bit technical in spots) and movies, but we actually bothered to talk about Multiplex a little bit, too!


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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!)

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