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#281: If I Don’t Like It, No One Can

September 15, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #280: Are You Ready for Some Football?

Lest anybody accuse me of putting words into Keith's mouth too asinine to have come from an actual human being, I was actually e-mailed those words almost verbatim from one of the readers coming into the strip for the first time from a relatively huge StumbleUpon spike. (Give #280 another review if you want to help spur it along! Positive or negative, they both send more readers my way. Which is why I think it's hilarious when people leave negative reviews.)

I think there will be three strips this week again, even though I'm trying to work back into the twice-a-week rhythm so I can work on the print collection more. If you prefer to read a new Multiplex three times a week, spread the word! Thumbs-up Multiplex at StumbleUpon, vote at TopWebComics, post links on Facebook or MySpace using the ShareThis button in the sidebar, write a review or interview me for your website or magazine — it all helps.

I'm making a good amount of money from Multiplex every month, but I'm still a ways off from being able to quit my day job and just work on comics full-time.

UPDATE: Check out a new interview with me over at Jackson Ferrell's This Week in Webcomics, in which we talk about Multiplex getting animated (someday, maybe, hopefully), the racially diverse cast, everybody's favorite supporting character Angie, and some other things.

UPDATE (9/17): I am a liar. This week's second update is pretty complicated, and I hope to get it all finished for Thursday, but that may not be possible: panel-wise, it's equivalent to about three normal-length strips.

If you're impatient, you can see the first 1/3 or so of it at TopWebComics. Otherwise, hang in there 'til Thursday, when — hopefully — the whole thing will be posted. Worst case scenario, I'll get the second 2/3 of it up as another vote incentive and post the rest of it on Friday.

When you see the whole thing, you'll probably understand why I didn't want to "officially" break it up into three separate strips. It changes the flow of the whole thing.

UPDATE (9/18): I've been afflicted with some bizarro mysterious (but mild) illness recently, so my productivity has shot downhill a bit. I have a doctor's appointment this morning to see what's wrong with my head this week, but #282 will be posted in its entirety tomorrow.


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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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