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#750: Finally, Part Two

October 26, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #639: Aaah! Zombies!!; #749: Finally, Part One

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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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

Leonard_Nimoy

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