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#251: It’s Not Even Worth It

June 30, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #185: Considering the Source; #217: Live and Learn, Part One; #218: Live and Learn, Part Two; #223: Gaybait and Switch; #236: You Took the Word Out of My Mouth; #247: What Have I Done?

WALL•E was absolutely brilliant, and Wanted was really fun, too. It was a good weekend for nerd movies. Listen in as Joe, Tom and myself chat it up about the two big box office winners this weekend on The Triple Feature, tonight at 9:00pm Central!

UPDATE (7/1): I am now a pundit. Kwanzoo's Steve Anderson (also of The Anderson Files and Reel Advice) has just posted an article called (and about) "The Death of Cinema: I Am Not Alone Here," with sound bites from yours truly and fellow Triple Feature host Joe Dunn (of Joe Loves Crappy Movies, natch).

Joe missed the Triple Feature last night, but Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) and I sounded off — spoiler-free — about WALL•E, Wanted, and Wizard World Chicago in a special, sorta-short episode. Check her out by clicking on the "Listen to the Triple Feature" button over in the sidebar!

Next week, we'll only have Hancock to talk about, so we'll probably get back into WALL•E and Wanted (with spoilers) again. WALL•E, of course, was absolutely fantastic.


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.

Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.

We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.

Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.

I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”

Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.

Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.

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