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#538: The Way of the ’Wood

December 13, 2010

Notes from the Manager

When I first saw the trailer for the Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie "thriller" The Tourist, I thought it just looked like Salt 2: which is to say, a totally mediocre action flick that exists solely to be replayed on basic cable until for the next few years. (I recently posted a hand-drawn strip that mentioned Salt over at Deleted Scenes.)

I was stunned to learn that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the director of The Lives of Others, had directed the film. Even though it's easily one of my favorite movies of the past ten years, I still can't bring myself to watch the movie — especially after reading so many dismal reviews about it while researching this strip.

There are, of course, foreign directors who have managed to do pretty well. While Ang Lee's Hulk is easily one of his worst movies (although it has its defenders), he's also made Brokeback Mountain and Sense & Sensibility through the Hollywood system. Alfonso Cuarón has done rather well for himself, as well. But it's sort of like the equivalent of a small, indie band signing onto a major label. Nine times out of ten, all the personality and charm of their indie material is going to get polished out of it in the course of molding their music into three minute pop songs.

(P.S. Gavid Hood made Rendition here before Wolverine: Origins. It had middling reviews and bombed at the box office, so even though it supports Jason's argument, it was just easier to skip over it in the strip. There's only so much I can squoosh into a single sentence!)


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Multiplex 10: Hyrule Isn’t Going to Save Itself

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

If you’ve seen the rough animatic of the first scene from the animated short (which I posted both on Patreon and in the Kickstarter updates), you know that the episode begins before Jason has started working at the Multiplex 10.

So here’s one difference between the Multiplex 10 “universe” and Multiplex (comic strip) canon; Franklin started at the theater before Jason does. Also, the movie poster frames aren’t red anymore, because their vests are red, that was a really stupid decision, and I should have changed it ten years ago.

I feel bad that Franklin only has a small cameo in the first episode, especially since I already know who I want to voice him (hi, Terrence). Sadly, a lot of things that factor big in the comic won’t turn up in the first eleven minute episode, because it focuses on Kurt and Jason. But hopefully we’ll get to make more.

And even if we can’t, I’ll still want to make some mini-webisode sort of things and maybe a digital comic (e.g. Comixology Submit style)… and, of course, there’s also a tabletop/card game in development. So, like I’ve said, I’m not done with these characters yet.

 

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