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#394: Stuck Up

September 14, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #393: I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

The Multiplex: Book 1 Club of Awesome has launched at Kickstarter! What does this all mean?!

Well, to find out, you can just waltz over to the Kickstarter site and watch the pitch video, or you can keep reading:

As many of you know, I've been plugging away at the Multiplex print book for a long time, and it's been pretty slow going. The first of the five Chapter eBooks that will be collected into the Multiplex: Book 1 print book has long been available, but a second is pretty late, because of how much new material it has and how little time I have to work on it. Meeting the twice-weekly update schedule is tough enough, some weeks!

By joining the Multiplex: Book 1 Club of Awesome, you'll be helping me take some time off from the day job in order to complete the print book — and, more importantly, pay for the print run of the book itself.

These are not donations, though — absolutely not! In exchange for your pledges, you'll receive AWESOME! REWARDS! such as a thank you in the print book and free copies of the five eBooks as they're completed ($5 and up), signed copies of the book ($30 an up), hand-drawn character sketches ($100 and up), or even a cameo appearance in the prequel story exclusive to the print book ($200 and up) — and with any pledge amount, I'll keep you updated with exclusive updates at the Kickstarter page — with peeks at in-progress art, video updates, bonus strips, and the like. (Head on over to the Kickstarter Project page for a complete run-down of the various reward levels available to pledgers.)

The great thing about Kickstarter is that nobody gets charged — I don't get anything — unless the project meets its funding goal! See, if I only got $3000 in pledges, I may be able to take a couple of weeks off from work, but I wouldn't be able to afford a print run — so it wouldn't do any of us much good.

So if you've been dying to see the Multiplex print book, or just want to help an artist out, head on over to Kickstarter and pledge!

ALSO: I had a guest appearance on the Flicks podcast this week, talking about Multiplex for a little while before the hosts — Jason and Dan — and I talked about George Lucas's first film, THX 1138. (It's a two-hour podcast, but I'm only in on the first hour or so.) You can download that from iTunes for free via this link.

AND FINALLY: I will be at the Windy City Comic Con this Saturday (9/19/09), doing free sketches at the Third Coast Comics booth and joining Tony Breed (Finn and Charlie are Hitched), John Campbell (Pictures for Sad Children), Justin Pierce (The Nonadventures of Wonderella) and C. Spike Trotman (Templar, AZ) on the Webcomics 101 panel at 1pm.

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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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