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#368: Common Ground

June 22, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #367: I Am a Snob, Not Only in Fact, But on Principle

Well, I almost got through a whole strip without nekkid people.

The poster in Lydia's apartment is for Pierrot Le Fou, a Jean-Luc Godard movie starring Anna Karina (like Vivre Sa Vie, which Jason and her bonded over back in #357). Yes, we've been following Jason and his confused bed-hopping antics for a little while now, but look at it this way: it's only been eleven strips, or just half of a regular-length comic book. It's all very necessary; trust me.

The two movies Jason and Lydia watch in this strip — Ikiru (To Live) and Walkabout — are, indeed, wonderful films. (Your mileage may vary, of course.) Both are available on Criterion Collection DVDs.

Next time (a.k.a. Thursday), we will probably actually be at the Multiplex 10. Because this strip is called Multiplex.

Join Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper), Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies), and myself (Multiplex, duh) for The Triple Feature live via TalkShoe at 9PM Central, when we'll have a special guest, Trisha Lynn, my Movie Make-out co-blogger, to discuss Year One, Moon, and — briefly — The Movie Make-out/Triple Feature Top Ten (And Then Some) Sci-Fi Movies List. And maybe some other stuff.

Lastly, but not leastly, you can see an enlarged, lettering-free version of panel 1 as the TopWebComics vote incentive, because I was really happy with how the background turned out. (For a background that will probably not get a whole lot of use, I spent an awful lot of time getting the reflection right.)

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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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