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#524: Hazed and Confused, Part One

October 28, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #513: So Serious; #514: A Flesh Wound; #515: Up and At ’Em; #517: Too Young

We're cutting away from the Mexican soap opera to pay some attention to the new recruits at the Multiplex 10, plus Calvin, who hasn't been seen in a while, but was once the new guy himself — and a bit of a cranky one. But as long-time readers know, he lightened up, eventually.

(And, yeah, the title of this two-part strip is probably a bit of a spoiler — but come on, these strips are basically horror movie parodies; you know what's going to happen, you just don't know how it's going to happen).

The last few strips caused a bit of controversy in the comments field, and I'm half afraid that this strip will do the same, since I brought up one of the great political arguments of our time: "soda" vs. "pop." I say "soda," personally, but I'm also not a Chicago native; apparently people from here say "pop." What do YOU say?

See you Monday, and have a safe Halloween. I know I will: I'm staying home to watch The Walking Dead.


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The Multiplex 10 is ten years old this month

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Multiplex-10-Years

Ten years ago this month (on July 10th, 2005, to be specific), I posted two shitty looking comics to a corner of the Stripped Books website. At that point, I had no idea what I was in for: it was a gag strip that would quickly transform into a character-based comedy where people talk about movies — not just superficially about specific movies, but about how people watch and talk about movies of all kinds. The art got a little better, too.

The Multiplex characters took on a life of their own and ultimately turned this comic into an eleven- or twelve-year “epic” about the movie theater industry in one of the most interesting periods in its hundred-year history (and also this one jerk who kinda sorta becomes a slightly better person maybe if you squint your eyes and cock your head to the side a little).

Multiplex’s readership grew quickly in those first few years, thanks in very large part to a pair of guest strips on PvP and some well-placed Project Wonderful ad campaigns (thanks, Something Positive and Shortpacked!), and in the years since it has since retained a small but passionate readership that has supported me time and time again: the Patreon project of course, as well as two successful Kickstarter projects to fund two books I’m very proud of.*

Thank you for allowing me to tell this story.

Thank you for reading.

— Gordon


* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.

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