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Archive for April, 2012


Trailer Watch: Whit Stillman returns with Damsels in Distress

The film that brought a pre-dental-makeover Kate Beckinsale into the spotlight here in the US, Last Days of Disco was a wonderful dialogue-driven, social-commentary-packed indie comedy… and a massive dud at the box office. It was well received in film nerd circles, though, and enjoys — like Metropolitan, Stillman’s first and best received film (which I have yet to see, though it’s in my Netflix queue) — a space in the Criterion Collection.

The fact that it took Stillman fourteen years to make another film after Disco is a bit perplexing, especially when the trailer for his new film, Damsels in Distress, looks so damned charming. In the film, “three beautiful girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of theircollege campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.”

You can read a bit more about Stillman and in a recent NPR interview.

Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Zach Woods, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Aubrey Plaza, and Caitlin Fitzgerald star. The film is in limited release now, so check your local listings if you’re interested!

Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Samurai Jack

(Please don’t laugh at my complete ignorance of actual swordfighting technique.)

Another commission, this time for Chris Riley, who asked for Ichigo Kurosaki (in his Bankai fighting mode) vs. Samurai Jack. I’ve never seen Bleach, so I don’t know who would win here. Any of you guys have an opinion about this?

Want a sketch from me? You can always get one through the Multiplex Store — or, for the next few days, pledge for the Draw Something Pack in the Book 2 Kickstarter Project.

Jeff Tweedy and Wayne Coyne

Here are a couple of drawings commissioned by one music-loving reader, Tom Spendlove — of Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco, top) and Wayne Coyne (of the Flaming Lips, bottom). I liked how they turned out, so I thought I’d share them with you.

These sketches are in line with the kind of detail you’ll get with the Draw Something Pack in the Book 2 Kickstarter Project, incidentally. Just sayin’. :)

To Infinity… and Beyond! (New Funding Goals!)

Multiplex: There and Back Again Lightning Round has met (and surpassed) its funding goal! Thank you to everybody who has pledged so far! Every one of your pledges has been vital to the project’s success, and I am incredibly grateful for your support. Multiplex has never been a runaway success in terms of readership, so your enthusiasm of my little cult comic is tremendously humbling.

The fact that we’ve passed the funding goal means, of course, what next?

I’ve said before anything over $15,000 will go toward paying off my lingering debts from Book 1, the promotion of Book 2, and, of course, supporting the continued production of the regular comic strip. As with the Book 1 Kickstarter project, I will share how I spend the funds with you in backer-only updates.

But allow me to sweeten the deal slightly with new Funding Goals:

$17,500 — Bookmarks will be added to the Basic Sponsor Pack (a.k.a. the $40 Reward Level, the $75 Reward Level, and up — but not the $50 “Just the Book” Reward Level, because it’s just the books).

$20,000 — eBooks will be produced in both PDF and ePub format. All backers [with eBooks included in their reward packs] will be get both formats (or just one, if you want). Also, backers at the $100 Reward Level and up will get their Chapter 1–10 eBooks delivered on a USB key along with their other pledge rewards.

$22,500 — ALL backers at the $8 level and up will get the Chapter 11 eBook free when it is completed.

$25,000 — ALL backers at the $8 level and up will get the Chapter 12 eBook free when it is completed.

$27,500 — ALL backers at the $8 level and up will get the Chapter 13 eBook free when it is completed.

$30,000 — ALL backers at the $8 level and up will get the Chapter 14 eBook free when it is completed.

$32,500 — ALL backers at the $8 level and up will get the Chapter 15 eBook free when it is completed.

Beyond that? Let’s worry about that later. :)