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#459: This Will End Badly, Part Three

April 1, 2010

Notes from the Manager

So I just found out where I'm gonna be at C2E2 in a couple of weeks! If you plan on going, click here to see a fancy-ass map of the convention and a fancy-ass pointer of where I'm gonna be (at booth WC B in the Webcomics Pavilion), sharing a booth with Joel Watson of Hjinks Ensue.

By the way, if you DO plan on going to C2E2 and are interested in a Multiplex print, shoot me an e-mail, and I'll save you shipping by bringing it to the show for you. I'll have a few different prints with me, as well as T-shirts and mini-posters and such.

Speaking of prints! You know that I have the super-ginormous 13"x19" prints available for $15 at the Multiplex Store, right? Well! I've added smaller (8.5"x11") and cheaper ($10) prints, as well, currently with the same selection as the larger prints.

Again, if you'd like a print of another strip, just shoot me an e-mail. Some of them simply aren't practical at one size or another; some of the super-long strips, for instance, would end up printing smaller than they are on the web, and that just won't do.


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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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