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#316: Silence Is Golden

January 5, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #315: The Season of Giving

If you missed the update late Friday, you'll want to step back to #315 to read that and possibly the Notes from the Manager, as well.

More details about the shooting have emerged since a hearing last Wednesday, when the attempted murder charge was thrown out by the judge (as I expected):

[Woffard] Lomax, 31, told the judge he was at the movie with his girlfriend and her three teenagers, enjoying the film and laughing, when a man in front of him — not Cialella — told him to quiet down.

"We can't laugh?" Lomax recalled asking.

A second man threw popcorn at the family, and a brawl ensued. Lomax said he was fighting with the first man when the second man pulled out a gun and fired, striking him in the left arm.

A defense lawyer argued that Cialella was being choked and punched as he tried to break up the fight and fired in self-defense.

"He's a marksman," lawyer Greg Pagano said. "If he wanted to shoot to kill, he would have."

Some of Lomax's new account of the incident sounds a bit strange to me, considering that he previous told police that "Cialella was walking toward his family when he stood up and was shot," but perhaps the discrepancies between the two versions are attributable to the newspapers' editing, not Lomax himself.

Happy New Year, y'alls.

The movie they're watching is, of course, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. I enjoyed it, but it failed to resonate with me as a love story (which was, unfortunately, the heart of it), in order to really make me fall in love with the film — even my massive crush on Cate Blanchett wasn't enough to make me care about Benjamin, despite a solid performance by Brad Pitt, well-aided by fantastic aging (and de-aging) special effects.

David Fincher's visuals were terrific, as I had expected, and there are definitely moments of brilliance in the film, so it was worth seeing. Even at 2 hours and 45 minutes, I didn't feel that it was too long, which says something in and of itself.

The comment about Taraji P. Henson's Southern black voice in the last panel (from a new customer character I call "Broseph"; he's with Chad of Chad & Trixie from the Mission: Impossible III strip) is one I've seen here and there on the internet, although I don't agree with it. The role of Queenie (Benjamin's adoptive mother) could have been a fairly stereotypical "Mammy" role, but Ms. Henson fills it out well, giving Queenie a heart; she's one of the strongest characters in the film.


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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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