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#407: Lord of Delusions

October 22, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #403: The Delusionist; #404: Too Much Information; #406: Mistaken Identity

First things first: the good news.

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.

The bad news is… that's only if the Kickstarter project succeeds! Without the Kickstarter funding, the book will not happen. At least not for another year or so. No time to create all the new material for the book, no time to put it all together, and certainly not enough money to pay for the print run and shipping from China, customs clearance, an ISBN number, etc.

If you are a big fan of Multiplex, please consider pledging at the $30 level or higher. It's not just to get your copy of the print book (with free shipping!), the eBooks, a thank you, and access to all of the exclusive bonus content I will be showering backers with once the project is successful (especially in February and March, when I'll be buckling down to finish the book) — it's to help support Multiplex, because while every penny of the Kickstarter funds will go towards the book itself, the profits from the book will finance Book 2 and hopefully one or two spin-off projects (yes, Multiplex spin-offs), as well.

Even if you can't afford the $30 level, you'll get the first two HD eBooks free (the second one will be done in the next few weeks, I hope) and access to the exclusive content at any level — even if you just pledge $1! You'll also be eligible to win Cool Shit in occasional random drawings. But after December 11th, the Club of Awesome's doors are locked!

Think of the Multiplex: Book 1 Kickstarter Project like NPR or PBS: sure, you get (most of) the content for free, but if you want to continue getting the same great comics — or, actually, more of them — then please pledge today!

In other news (but kind of not), the Fanboy Radio interview from Sunday is online now, for your podcasting pleasure.  The episode, #528, featured Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter, and then of course myself, talking about Multiplex and the Kickstarter project.

UPDATE (10/23): Oh my god. When you guys get excited about something, you guys get excited. The Multiplex/Kickstarter project raised over $600 in the past two days — more than enough to be successfully funded on its end date — but please, keep those pledges coming! This Kickstarter update outlines (most of?) shows how reaching the $7500 goal just covers about 2/3 of the costs associated with printing the book and the Kickstarter Project — to say nothing of my living expenses while I finish the book, which the project was meant to cover, as well.

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged to date. Keep telling your friends to support the project, though — we've got 49 days left to keep raising money for the book, and by gum, we should take advantage of them.


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

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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