Notes from the Manager
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Late, again. :( Grad school, of course.
Some of you will be excited, though, that one of the reason I am swamped is a project for my Game Design class:
I am designing a Multiplex-based card game where you play the manager of a movie theater, competing against the other player(s) for the coveted regional manager position.
The deck has 120 cards, with roughly 90 original illustrations in that. Most of the art will be by me, of course, because it's Multiplex, but about 50 of the cards are "film stills" from various (fake) movies, and I am hoping to farm out some of these films to generous friends and artists and such. They are small pieces — 4.25" x 2.55" (200% printed size), but they do need to be full-color, and they do need to look like film stills (NOT posters, NOT pin-ups) and should not use any existing intellectual property or celebrity likenesses. I would like the artwork in layered Photoshop files, ideally, but since you can use whatever illustration technique you want (er, except for photos), I realize that won't always be possible.
If you are interested in helping contribute artwork to this game, please e-mail me a portfolio (links/websites, please, not attachments) and let me know some genres of film you might be interested in doing. I need the art by
Thanksgiving the end of the November — so it's a quick turn-around! Please do not volunteer if you cannot meet OR BEAT this deadline or follow directions, because I won't be able to use your art and you will have wasted your time, and I will feel badly about it, but that's just how it is. (If you're interested in doing more than one, that would be awesome, too, but we'll take it one at a time.)
I cannot use everybody, of course. As a graduate student, there is a minimum level of drawing ability that I need to require for this artwork — it has to be professional looking. And there are only so many adventure and action movies to go around, so you might be good enough, but just not suitable. If I don't contact you with a movie (or some options), please don't take it personally.
Lastly, and this is the shitty part: there is no pay involved at this point, because it is purely a student project at this point — but obviously you keep your copyright. I may end up publishing this game somewhere (very far) down the road, though, and would potentially pay to license the artwork for that. So there's that.
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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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