Notes from the Manager
Payoff for a seemingly innocuous detail 110 strips ago. I am totally doing webcomics wrong.
This one's gonna fly past a lot of you, but it's clear that it's something to do with the projector, right? (The ZScreen is "a push-pull electro-optical liquid crystal modulator that is placed immediately in front of the projector lens… to alternately polarize the light from each video frame. It circularly polarizes the frames clockwise for the right eye and counterclockwise for the left eye." [Wikipedia])
I guess if you don't count all the bonus comics and such, Multiplex is 750 strips old today. Thank you for reading. Sorry the schedule's been wonky recently. I hope to get back on track once the hand-drawn movie stuff is over, and there will be a short break between Books 6 and 7 for me to try to get a buffer together for like the second time ever.
If any of you webcartoonists (or cartoonists or animators or whatever) out there would like to do a Multiplex guest strip, drop me an e-mail, and I'll give you the details/requirements.)
Movie theater workers: What did you think the "Z" stood for?
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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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