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#721: Tear It Down

July 23, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #720: You Jinxed It

To be continued on Thursday, naturally.

A couple of you have asked me what I think about the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, so I'll talk about that briefly, I guess:

I know I made light of the Philadelphia movie theater shooting a few years back, but… well, you know, nobody died there. Nobody walked into that theater thinking, "Hey, I'm going to kill a bunch of people." It seemed a different sort of situation.

I'm not going to bring this up in Multiplex in the immediate future, mostly because I'm in the middle of this zombie story, so there's no room for it, but also because I just don't want to give that little psycho any more ink. It's a terrible tragedy, and I hope the little mother fucker who inflicted it on Aurora, Colorado, gets what's coming to him, and that's all I really have to say about it right now.

Sadly enough, it may end up having to have implications on Multiplex, anyway — particularly related to the costumes and such… so it might have to come up in some fashion. But I'll worry about that when I need to.


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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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