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#582: Gateway to Horror

April 21, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #575: A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose; #576: Insidiolicious, Part One; #577: Insidiolicious, Part Two

One other related strip is the bonus comic from the upcoming Chapter 6 eBook that I just posted over in the Deleted Scenes blog: Multiplex #108 1/2: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. If you don't follow me on Twitter or subscribe to one of the feeds that includes the Deleted Scenes content, go check that out.

This is the first of a series where Kurt is introducing Jason to the world of horror movies.

To be honest, I'm pretty unfamiliar with a lot of horror movies, so I've been doing a ton of research (watching horror classics) to prepare for this arc for a while now, and I've barely scratched the surface of the genre. I've seen a few, of course, but I'd never seen The Fly or The Thing until this past week. (I absolutely loved The Thing. The Fly had some great moments, as well.)

The movies they'll be watching are absolutely not a "Best of" list, since I'm one of the least qualified film buffs for writing one of those — but they will all be movies I (and Kurt) think are at least good — just an introduction to the genre, for both Jason… and kind of myself, too.

This arc won't necessarily all be consecutive, but it will continue into next week. In a roundabout way, this is the culmination of Jason's obsession with How to Train Your Dragon; it's him trying to branch out and try movies he is skeptical of (to say the least), like he was with that Dreamworks cartoon.


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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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