Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #469: Enquiring Minds Want to Know
Sorry for the delay with this week’s first update!
If you didn't get the (almost) play by play with my Twitter account, my NYCC experience was a bit… hit and miss.
When I arrived on Friday morning to set up, I immediately noticed two things were wrong: (1) my “table in the Webcomics Pavilion” turned out to be an empty booth in a small, unmarked strip near some other webcomics people, and (2) the box of books I’d had delivered to the show was looking a bit unhealthy.
Somehow, what Reed Exhibitions had described to me as a “table” did not include an actual table, and I was forced to pay extra to actually get one. (I’ve complained, citing their sales person's e-mail describing it as a “table,” not a “totally empty booth” or “dealer space” or something accurate like that. While I’ve received an apology for the “miscommunication,” Reed hasn’t yet resolved this to my satisfaction.)
The box of books had clearly been dropped at some point, with over half the books’ back covers covered with black dirt of some kind and varying degrees of damage, and the box had been taped back together. While most of the dirt came off with an eraser, about 10 of the books were, in my opinion, unsellable.
Clearly, either UPS or Freeman, the company that handles any shipments and various “services” on site at the show, had dropped the box, and I needed to figure out who did it. A bit of detective work leads me to believe it was probably UPS, but I can’t really be sure, and as such, I may not be able to get any compensation for the damaged books.
It wasn’t all bad, though: Liz Bailie was an awesome fun tablemate (read Freewheel!), the Michael Bay T-shirts were a hit, the book sold very well, I met a lot of great fans — and (I think) made a few new ones. I also ran out of all the Multiplex cards with the URL late on Sunday, so now I need to order more before the next con I go to — which is actually next weekend. (I’ll have to figure something out for that.)
Those of you in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area should drop by and visit me at FallCon 2010 this Saturday, October 16th, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Progress Center!
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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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