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Help fund the creation and publication of Multiplex: There and Back Again (Book 2) — and if we pass our goal, Book 3, as well!

Who Am I?

I'm Gordon McAlpin, the writer and illustrator of Multiplex, an online humor comic about the staff of a movie theater and the movies that play there. I believe I was the first webcartoonist to use Kickstarter to fund a comics project, with my Kickstarter project for Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show, the first Multiplex print collection. Now I'm back, and I'm hoping to raise funds to produce a second collection, Multiplex: There and Back Again (a.k.a. Book 2).

What Happened Last Time?

Since I was the first webcartoonist to use Kickstarter to fund a comics project, I made a few mistakes. One was setting my project too long. Two straight months of promoting the fund-raising seemed like a good idea at the time, but it was too much for me and for some of you, as well. So I'm doing a "lightning round": three weeks — well, 23 days, to be precise, so that the project ends on April 12th at midnight. If we don't make the goal, so be it: Book 2 will happen later, rather than sooner (if at all).

For Book 1, I also set some of the rewards too low, such that the amount of time spent producing the rewards (the custom comics, in particular) basically nullified the amount of money raised by the rewards. The point, after all, is to raise funds that I can use to create and produce the book, not just to produce the rewards. This time, the reward levels are more appropriately set.

What is in Book 2?

Multiplex: There and Back Again picks up exactly where Book 1 left off, collecting Book 2 from the Multiplex archives — that is to say, strips #103–216. These strips introduce Flickhead Video and Jay, and sees Jason quitting and eventually returning to the Multiplex 10 (which is what the title — borrowed, though it is, from The Hobbit — actually refers to). As with Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show, it will also expand on the original archives with bonus comics, a few of which are already available in the Chapter 6 eBook.

Book 1 was enthusiastically reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Fandomania, Weekly Comic Book Review, Comics Waiting Room and a host of other comics publications, with many reviewers and readers alike praising the high quality production values of the book.

For Book 2, I want to match or even improve on that quality — budget willing.

I Thought You Weren't Going to Use Kickstarter for Book 2?

I hadn't planned to. I had hoped that the money raised by Book 1 would pay for Book 2, but costs from producing, distributing, and promoting Book 1 were significantly higher than anticipated — to the point where despite going well over my goal, I ended up spending a great deal of money on living expenses and promotion. While the book itself made a profit, I am still paying off some of the related expenses— a year and a half later, leaving no money left over for Book 2.

Kickstarter has exploded in the last year. I don't need to explain what it is to my readers while trying to raise the funds this time, that's for sure. And I've learned a lot, partly from the mistakes I made the first time around, and partly from watching other successful projects in the last several months, so I think I can do a better funding campaign and will ultimately publish an even better book because of it.

You Want $15,000 to Print a Book?

No, it's $15,000 — less 5% to Kickstarter, another 5% to Amazon Payments, and setting aside another 25%(-ish) for taxes — to finish writing & drawing, produce, proof, print, store, distribute, and promote a book. Approximately $7,500 of that will be the cost of the print run and shipping from the printer, depending on the number of books I end up printing. The next largest expense will be my living expenses for the time to finish and produce the book (as well as the rewards).

Unlike many of the cartoonists running Kickstarter projects for their books, Multiplex is not my day job. To be able to finish the book in a timely fashion, it needs to (temporarily) become my sole day job for at least four months. With Book 1, I underestimated how long it would take to do all the new material and rewards by about two months. That time, I was in a financial position to be able to cover the extra costs myself; this time I'm not, so my minimum goal needs to be set significantly higher in order to cover that.

How Much Material Is In Book 2?

Book 2 will be 208 pages, including about 25 or so pages of bonus comics. There won't be an exclusive story in Book 2, like the Prequel comic in Book 1, because there wasn't a good place to insert one that wouldn't feel like filler.

There won't be any more character bios and only a handful of "Miscellanea" and "Apocrypha" comics, because I didn't run many guest strips on Multiplex in this time period. There will be a short "The Story So Far…" comic explaining who's who and anything else you need to know to jump into Book 2, but it's not really a new story.

What Happens If We Pass Our Goal?

If we pass the goal by up to $5000, that money 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.

BUT if we pass our goal by more than $5000, any extra money will go towards funding the creation of the bonus material for Book 3. 

If we make it to $35,000, Book 3 will be completed in short order and readied for publication approximately nine months after Book 2 hits shelves. Book 3 will have slightly more new material than Book 2, as well as an 8 page story (and several bonus strips throughout the book) answering one of the most often asked questions: "Whatever happened to Brian?"

Let's Talk About Some of the Rewards…

The new T-shirts — If you got a T-shirt last time, you may have been disappointed in the printing quality. I was. This time around, I will be using a direct to garment printer — the same one I use to do all my other shirt designs (and which Sharksplode uses for its designs). This will give a very high quality, color-accurate image that is soft to the touch and breathable, unlike most full-color printed shirts. The design will be a parody of a movie poster chosen by YOU, the Kickstarter backers!

Strip prints — Both the smaller (8.5"x11") and larger (13"x19") prints can be any strip you choose, but they need to fit on the page — so for small prints, nothing longer than three tiers high, and for large prints nothing longer than four tiers high. (You may also choose individual panels instead of whole strips, if you prefer.) 

Custom comics — You can ask for the comic to be about any subject, but it cannot feature other companies' characters unless you own them (so no Wolverine goes to the Multiplex 10, although Kurt could be dressed up as Wolverine), and it can't be outright porn. Which isn't to say it can't be a little pervy. They will be drawn on 9"x12" Bristol, be about four panels long and penciled and inked by hand. You will receive the final, inked page.

Cameo appearances in a comic or chapter illustration — Cameos will be either in the regular strip OR a Book 2 bonus comic. If you have a preference, I will try to honor that, but there is a limited amount of space in Book 2 for cameos. (Bear in mind that — hopefully — any appearance in the regular strip will eventually be collected into a digital and/or print collection. Chapter illustrations are also used on the covers of the digital Chapter collections.)

By choosing the cameo as a reward, you permit me to do whatever I deem fitting with or to the character based off of your likeness (including but not limited to making him/her a terrible person), and to include this character in any future Multiplex strips, collections, merchandise, etc., without further approval and without compensation.

Custom comics — You can ask for the comic to be about any subject, but it cannot feature other companies' characters unless you own them (so no Wolverine goes to the Multiplex 10, although Kurt could be dressed up as Wolverine), and it can't be outright porn. Which isn't to say it can't be a little pervy. They will be drawn on 9"x12" Bristol, be about four panels long and penciled and inked by hand. You will receive the final, inked page.

UPDATE: The $80 Reward Level  This reward level also includes the PDF editions of both books. I forgot to mention that. (I can't edit the reward descriptions after people have already chosen them.)

UPDATE #2: MEXICO BACKERS — The additional shipping required for the $50 and $80 reward levels (with both of the books) should be $20, not $25.

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    THE RIFF TRACK PACK: I will record a "riff track" of the (non-porn) movie of your choice with my former Triple Feature cohorts, Joe Dunn and Tom Brazelton. The audio will be delivered to you as an MP3 file. Each of us will also draw one of the characters from that movie for you. ALSO: a cameo apperance in a comic or chapter illustration in the regular strip or a Book 2 bonus comic — PLUS everything in the Super Sponsor Pack. Please add $10 for additional shipping to Canada or Mexico, $20 elsewhere.

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    THE LEET PACK: Every Multiplex file (strip, reference file, background, etc.) in its original Illustrator format on a portable hard drive signed by the cartoonist, original art for a hand-drawn Multiplex comic on the subject of your choice, a cameo apperance in a comic or chapter illustration in the regular strip or a Book 2 bonus comic — PLUS everything in the Super Sponsor Pack. Please add $20 for additional shipping to Canada or Mexico, $40 elsewhere.

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