Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #557: The Third Miracle, Part Three; #561: A Night in the Patio, Part One; #562: A Night in the Patio, Part Two; #563: A Night in the Patio, Part Three; #564: A Night in the Patio, Part Four; #599: Moving Forward, Part One
Rakesh, for those of you with poor memories, is Devi's current beau; he first appeared in #557 and received a name in #561. (The Related Strips are there for you.)
Anyway. Welcome to Multiplex #600! Long-time readers know I don't make a big deal about these things, because… I mean, I did 40 pages of new stuff for Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show (now available from Diamond Comics — JUN110987… heh), so it's really a totally arbitrary number.
For me, the real milestones are the six-year anniversary on July 10th and the end of Book Five (which should be right around the same time), but it still feels good to hit a nice, round number, all the same. Thanks to every single one of your for reading however long you have, and I hope you stick around for the long haul.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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.
* Speaking of Kickstarter projects, there will be an announcement about Multiplex: Book Three… very soon.
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