Multiplex is a Webcomic by Gordon McAlpin.It's right over here.Set in the (fictional) Multiplex 10 Cinema, the strip is an interesting blend of Comedy and Teen Drama, littered with lots of movie (and movie theater industry) commentary and criticism about everything from actual movies, to directors and actors, to the debates underlying certain documentaries. The various antics, misadventures, and industry-speak of the cast form the basis for a lot of the humor, and the entire basis for said drama (which thankfully comes in small doses).The strip manages to create a good balance between all these elements, interspersing the movie commentary and relationship drama between lots of gags, more than one video game challenge, and a good dose of character development.Despite its setting and the characters, it is very accessible, and the author is part of a podcast panel which goes into more detail on many freshly released movies, as just one of several projects.The strip also has several things which make it easier to read, including a fairly helpful comments section, with a "related strips" sub-section, and it is one of the many webcomics starting to use a "tagger," which lets the reader cookie the strip they were reading.
Armored Closet Gay: Chase, before an accidental threesome made him come to terms with his gayness.
Art Shift: The standard style is vectorized characters and settings, but when the staff begins filming a zombie film the "camera view" is a sketchy black-and-white/gray-scaled graphic novel-esque style.
Author Allusion McAlpin makes numerous references to his (former) movie review site Movie Makeout.
His knowledge of the inner workings of movie theaters is actually pretty impressive considering he's never worked in one. He's just really determined to have accurate details.
Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: Norma, whose strict adherence to company policy earns her the hatred of the staff who is used to a laissez faire management. She quickly proves that she truly cares about the staff, shows appreciation for a job well done, and even learns to loosen up a bit.
Melissa: (After Norma hands out promotions and raises to the majority of the cast) So... do we like Norma now or...?
Jason and Angie came to an agreement that his atheism and her Christianity was something he was incapable of getting around, and for the sake of keeping him from bickering about it, they broke up. They're still good friends and hang out after work though.
Jason and Devi cycle in and out of this over the course of the strip.
Beta Couple: Kurt and Melissa have dated pretty uneventfully for the entire run of the strip.
Beware the Nice Ones: When Sunny finds out that Brian has been cheating on her with Gretchen for months, she snaps and decks both of them.
Brick Joke: Melissa chews Jason out because she suspects he wants to hook up with an underage employee. Over a year later, he finds out Franklin did just that and calls Melissa in the middle of the night to simply tell her "I hate you."
Camp Gay: Chase, who finally comes out of the closet after posing as a macho womanizer, immediately turns into a camp gay. The other gay character (whose most overt homosexual characteristic is a penchant for pink shirts) goes back and forth between confused and offended.
Character Development: Jason's been opening his mind to things that he's never thought to even give a chance before, after coming face to face with the idea of having to work in a movie theater the rest of his life. He's been reviewing movies for blogs and going to see movies he doesn't expect to be good.
Defictionalization: Whenever a character in the strip is wearing a T-shirt with some slogan on it (for example, "Michael Bay is the Devil"), Gordon will typically make it available in the comic's store.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The first few years of the comic were significantly more filled with office drama. "will they wont they" romantic tension, lying and backstabbing, and villainous employees. These days most of the comic is focused on introspective examination of the characters growing into adults.
Angie: Believed to be an Emo Teen, turned out to be a Perky Goth who is a devout Christian.
Sunny: Dumb Blonde cheerleader who dated Brian with major PDA and would sleep with him in the theater. Turns out she is also a devout Christian, becoming chaste because she wanted to focus on her faith, and aspires to be a social worker. Also, you should really watch out for her.
Whitey/Dub: Seems like your average dumb stoner. Turns out to be a very talented funk & soul bass player with a bit more intelligence than his accent lets on.
Hollywood Atheist: Jason had a problem dating Angie because he is an atheist and she is a Christian, and despite the fact that she has no problems with his lack of faith, he was always the one to bring up the topic and try to fight about it. It's justified, however—Jason is argumentative and opinionated about everything, it's his major character flaw and was presented as such before the subject of religion even arose.
Paparazzi: Gretchen considers herself an "investigative reporter" in training. Really, she's just a completely unlikable gossip who is willing to sleep around and use minor blackmail to dig up dirt on the personal lives of her fellow employees.
Put on a Bus: Dom. Introduced as a member of Whitey's band in the same strip he starts up a relationship with Becky, his time in the strip ends with her breaking up right after sex on Valentine's Day and then getting tossed out of his band for leaving them stuck playing covers because he doesn't practice.
Queer People Are Funny: Neil is highly annoyed with Jason and Kurt's attitude toward using gay jokes and using "gay" or "queer" as an insult.
Reality Ensues: The ending of Multiplex of the Dead, where after all the zombies return to normal, the cast realizes that they just murdered a whole bunch of people and that that's going to be hard to explain.
Shown Their Work: The author has never worked in a movie theater, but he goes out of his way to depict a realistic cinema, including back room staff-only areas like the projection booths.
The Snark Knight: Jason's taste in movies is what he would consider to be distinguished and high brow. He has no problem admonishing others for their choice of films.
Squee: Becky lets out one after finding out that a school has hired her to be a substitute teacher.
Stalker with a Crush: Keith for Angie. It gets so scary he ends up fired after he attacks Jason and frightens Angie. It's even hinted that he came back to get Jason with a butcher's knife, but aborted the plan when he found out Jason had borrowed the security guard's taser.
Earlier in the strip, one of the running gags was Melissa's stalker, who was a much tamer version than Keith. He was more of an annoyance and faded away.
The Stoner: Jason, when not on the clock, can almost always be seen blazed out. Whether in his home, at a friend's house, or even sitting out in public.
Stop Being Stereotypical: Neil gets incredibly angry about the way Chase is such a flamboyant gay, and chews him out a lot for it, eventually causing Chase to have an emotional breakdown.
Straight Gay: Neil. He wears a pink shirt, but besides that he acts like any other employee in the theater. He's also been trying to "fix" the Camp Gay character who endlessly frustrates him.
Webcomic Time: Played with, in that McAlpin will generally inform us how long a story arc took and when we can start assuming its the present day again (as opposed to last Thursday or the previous week).
What the Hell, Hero?: Becky chews out Jason for ditching his date because she was obnoxiously texting in the middle of a movie. Jason then responds by pointing out that Becky waited to break up with her boyfriend until immediately after she got one last sex out of him first. They then concluded that they're both jackasses.