400 Backers! 85% Funded! TEN DAYS TO GO!

The Multiplex 10: the animated short Kickstarter project has hit two milestones at the same time: 400 backers and crossing the 85% mark toward our funding goal!

We’ve still got a ways to go, but with ten days remaining, we’re in excellent shape. If you’d like see turn Multiplex into a Multiplex 10 web series (or TV series?!) distribution is really crucial. Head over to Kickstarter and pledge your support today!

Say hello to Kurt and Jason

Hello! The Multiplex 10 Kickstarter project ends in just over 14 days. As of this writing, we are a little north of $12,000, so just past 80% of our goal. Judging from my last two Kickstarters, we’re doing very well. The final week should pick up considerably over this past week.

BUT don’t forget that we still have a milestone goal of Jason reviewing every Harry Potter movie if we make that $15,000 baseline goal on/before Wednesday, April 26th, though! (Plus Fantastic Beasts if we make it on/before Monday, April 24th. But that seems kind of unlikely at this point.) I thought that was a fun premise… but it’s up to the Gods of Kickstarter now.

I also officially added our first (and, at this point, only) STRETCH GOAL. At $20,000, we’ll be able to do a few extra things:

  • Smoother, 4K animation
  • 5.1 Surround Sound mix (courtesy sound designer Ian Vargo)
  • AND… a theatrical premiere at the Somerville Theatre here in Somerville, MA. (All backers at the Special Thanks level and up will get free admission… and, of course, transportation is not provided.)

Thanks so much for all your support. I’m exciting at how the Kickstarter project is coming together, and I can’t wait to get started on the animated short. (Full time, I mean. I’m already working on it!)

Announcing… Multiplex Movie Review milestone goals!

Multiplex 10: the animated short has raised over $11,000 in pledges from 330 backers as of this writing, just over a week after launch. While we’re not officially greenlit yet — not until the project passes $15,000 — things look good.

I’m really thrilled at the prospect of bringing the characters from Multiplex to a new medium. Multiplex was, at its heart, a love letter to movies. It talked about movies directly, of course, but it also talked about how we watch them, how we talk about them, and how our shared love (and hatred) of movies — and all of our entertainment — makes us who we are and brings us together.

There were limits to doing this in a relatively grounded comic strip. Bringing Jason and Kurt to life in animation opens up a whole new dimension for affectionately lampoon the movies we love and hate: time and sound. And in terms of stories, the web series will (eventually) get weirder and weirder. Think: Clerks meets Community.

The first episode is very much an origin story, and there’s only so much we can pack into its eleven minutes… but hopefully we’ll get to do more episodes in the future, one way or another. The webcomic may be over, but this short is only the beginning.

In order to — fingers crossed — hit our base goal sooner rather than later, if we can reach $15,000 on or before Wednesday, April 26, I’ll post Multiplex Movie Review comics for all eight of the Harry Potter movies. And if we do it by Monday, April 24, I’ll throw in Fantastic Beasts, as well.

These movie reviews will be slightly different than past ones, though — Jason will review them at the age he was when each movie was released. So the first ones will be set before the comic strip began, and we’ll see him get older and older over the course of the reviews.