Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #339: Must Have the Precious; #343: The Thin Red Line; #351: Don’t Be Crazy; #378: While You Were Gone, Part One; #379: While You Were Gone II: The Wrath of Keith; #404: Too Much Information; #405: The Sound of Silence
Since last Monday, we've raised just under $1400, meaning two lucky winners will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. I'll contact the winners shortly.
We have $1610 remaining to guarantee that the project succeeds. With over 50 days left, I'm pretty confident that we can make it in three weeks on the outside, with plenty of time to spare. But let's not waste time! If we can raise more than the $7500 goal, we'll be able to cover more of the printing costs and use the money I have saved for promotion — or getting Book 2 started sooner rather than later.
The Fanboy Radio interview on Sunday went well, I think. Hopefully it will attract a few new readers to the strip — new readers who should really start from the beginning — or to the Kickstarter Project, which is most of what we discussed. (The episode, also featured Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.) The episode will be #528 and should be downloadable shortly.
I'm printing up a handful of copies of Multiplex: Chapter 1 (not to be confused with the Book 1 collection the Kickstarter Project is raising money for). If you want one now, please pre-order it. I won't be keeping very many of these on-hand; they're being printed by Ka-Blam (a print-on-demand service), so the profit margin is almost non-existent, even with a cover price of $3.99. To make it worth your while, I'll throw in a free copy of the HD edition eBook so you can compare the two. Add a T-shirt or a Memento mini-poster while you're at it! :)
UPDATE (10/20): By the way, the survey has ended, and between the comments I got there, the overall number of people who said yes they would buy one, and (well, okay, mainly) a couple of very impressive printing quotes I've received, the cover price of the book will now be $20.
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Sunday, November 1, 2015
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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