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#565: What Price Victory?

February 25, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #555: The Third Miracle, Part One; #556: The Third Miracle, Part Two; #557: The Third Miracle, Part Three

And so ends the three-week three-strips-a-week stint. I hope you enjoyed the extra updates — and thank you to everyone who has bought stuff and/or shared the comic with their friends lately! You rock.

The first panel from #564 is still the vote incentive at TopWebComics, in case you'd like to see it double-sized.

This strip marks the first strip in Chapter 25 — or the fifth chapter in Book 5 (there are always five chapters per book), meaning a lot of the themes from Book 5 are going to start wrapping up in the near future. I hope you've been enjoying the last year!

Book 6 should be a lot of fun. It should start around #601, if everything goes according to plan… Obviously, some of the overriding themes of the strip will continue (such as Jason's growing interest in old movie theaters, and the gang figuring out what they want to do with the rest of their lives), but there will be a major storyline throughout Book 6 that I think you'll all enjoy. Of course, that's not for a few more months, so I don't want to get you all excited yet…

SHIRTS ON SALE! I have a clearance sale on all of the T-shirts in my store, because… I'm trying to clear out of my stock. (That's what clearance sales are usually for, right?) I'm down the my last three sold out of Copyright shirts, and Popcorn and Breakfast Club are dirt cheap.

ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE! If you loved the Shortpacked! guest strip (guest starring Jason!) I did a while back, you can bid on the original art — plus a color print of the finished strip — over on eBay!


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Review: Coherence (2013)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Written and directed by James Ward Byrkit.
Starring Emily Foxler, Hugo Armstrong, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lauren Maher, Alex Manugian, Lorene Scafaria, and Maury Sterling.

A new Patreon backer at the $50 level opted out of the usual reward of a plug in the “Become a Multiplex Patron” box (above, on the website), asking instead for me to plug the 2013 indie science fiction filmCoherence (with which he is not affiliated). I was happy to oblige, and so “A fan of Coherence” — a.k.a. The Patron, as I’ll refer to him from here out — is, for the duration of his patronage, among Multiplex‘s supporters. (And, yes, I will review just about any movie a $50 backer asks me to.)

What really got my interest in the film (aside from being asked very nicely to see it) was that The Patron compared it to Shane Carruth’s Primer, one of the best no-budget sci-fi movies ever made. I can definitely see the comparison: both are decidedly low-budget films with small casts and a science-fictiony premise. I feel like seeing the film fairly blind is probably the best, so I won’t summarize the plot beyond the premise of eight friends having a dinner party when a comet passes over and Strange Things Happen, but I don’t think I’m quite as enthusiastic as The Patron.

Unfortunately, the “go in as blind as you can” suggestion means I feel like I need to be pretty vague. Some clunky (and largely unnecessary) exposition gets spat out early on, which tried my patience a bit, but it gets fun as the plot gets rolling. And the plot is definitely the star of the film, not the largely forgettable cast of affluent, Southern California white people or the dialogue, which often feels improvised (in that it neither pushes the story forward nor reveals character, as good dialogue ought to).

Despite some genuinely terrifically creepy or suspenseful moments in the film, a handful of contrived plot points hold it back from being much more than a fun genre flick for me, but I found myself wondering what would happen next — almost up to the very end. A late turn in the film got more of an eye-roll from me than the shock that I think it was supposed register. As always, your mileage may vary, but the film’s merits make it well worth a viewing, particularly for science fiction fans suffering from blockbuster fatigue.

Here’s the trailer! If it piques your interest, please do check it out. It’s available for rent from Amazon Instant Video or for purchase from its official website, among other places. (I never recommend reading YouTube comments, but definitely on’t read the comments if you want to stay away from spoilers.)

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