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#456: The Best Laid Plans, Part Three

March 22, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #73: Look, Up in the Sky; #142: You Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do; #143: Phoning It In; #376: Hiding in Plain Sight; #377: History Lesson

Aaand… that's it for Chapter 20 and Book 4 of Multiplex. There will be 12 Books in all, so we're officially at the 1/3 point in Multiplex's main story (although not necessarily in terms of numbers of strips).

Book 5 begins on Thursday. See you then.

In case you don't follow me on Twitter or aren't a fan of Multiplex at Facebook, you may not know that there's a new addition to the Multiplex Store today — prints!

For $15 (which seems to be the going rate for these things from webcartoonists), you can get a 13"x19" print of your favorite Multiplex strip on archival quality glossy paper. There's actually a very limited selection right now, but if you'd really like to order one that isn't currently available, feel free to e-mail me, and I'll see what I can do. (Some strips simply aren't possible to produce that large, and others would take a bit of clean-up/reworking to look good — from a technical standpoint, that is, but also from an artistic one.)

Since I'm producing them myself (on a Canon PIXMA iX7000, if you're curious), you can bet the color reproduction will be as good as possible, and I'm absolutely thrilled with the sharpness of the vector art when it's scaled up to size.

UPDATE: Gretchen's bio strip from the upcoming Chapter 4 eBook has been added to her Cast page.

UPDATE (Thursday, March 24): Thursday's comic will be LATE. Sorry! You'd think that being a full-time cartoonist would mean I would get my strips done, but I get side-tracked on other (Multiplex-related) things a bit too easily, and then other things happen, and things. So, sorry!

But, if you aren't a member of the Club of Awesome, you can read a handful of new-to-you Multiplex stuff in the Chapter 4 eBook, which is available for free online, or 99¢ for the high definition edition: Chapter 4 has 4 bonus strips, 1 guest strip, and 2 extended scenes. The HD edition also has four character bios not in the online edition… since they're in the Cast page already.

Chapter 5 will have 8 bonus strips, so it will take two to three weeks to finish, and the Star Wars prequel (also 8pp) will take about the same amount of time again.


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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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