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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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Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Thank you very much for the outpouring of kind words since last Friday. It meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to say that I have great news: things may not be quite so bleak as I thought last week.

For some background, since I haven’t shared much of this publicly, my cat Punk very nearly died in September from a urinary tract infection. A slew of medicines turned things around after a rough couple of weeks, and he had two great weeks but then relapsed. As it turned out, the strain of infection he had was resistant to the antibiotics he was on, so he had to go on some new meds.

Because he wasn’t back at 100% (as close to 100% as an 18 year old cat with three chronic diseases gets, anyway), the recovery this time was very, very hard on him. Punk had to be taken to the emergency room last Wednesday evening, then he wasn’t handling the pain medication they prescribed very well — or eating, except when I would spoon feed him baby food — so I was… in a very bad headspace last week.

With non-stop attention and some tweaks to his medication dosages, he began improving steadily on Friday evening, started to eat on his own and seek out my company on Saturday, and he even meowed for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.

If this keeps up, this will be the third time he’s cheated death (last month, and a bout with pancreatitis a couple of years ago), but I’m still nervous about him relapsing yet again. There’s also the very real possibility that there is something else going on behind all his recent troubles…

But… he’s a tough little guy, and he’s had a great couple of days,which is very encouraging. He has even managed to get back to work on the strip with me (pictured above!), and we’ll hopefully be able to keep at it.

The Multiplex update schedule may be a little erratic for the next couple of months. If that happens, hopefully it will be because I need more time to finish my MFA thesis, not another downturn in Punk’s health. Either way, thank you for reading, and thank you for all your support — financial, emotional, and… egotistical?

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