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#463: That One Time When

April 15, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Happy Tax Day to everybody. (Especially my accountants at Rockstar CPA.)

In case you don't pay attention to the little "Upcoming Events" sidebar on the left side of the front page, I will be appearing at C2E2 in Chicago (April 16–18th) at table WC B in the Webcomics Pavilion, alongside Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue!

I'll also be in the Iron Artist competition in the 6:50pm time slot on Friday, and on the "Marketing Comics to Women and Minorities" panel, Sunday at 4:15–5:15pm, finishing out the show.

I've have a few T-shirts, Memento mini-posters, a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of the now-and-forever out-of-print Multiplex: Chapter 1 print comic, and a lot of small prints in tow (plus like three or four large prints) — and I'll be doing sketches and smiling and nodding and schmoozing and generally feeling awkward around people I don't know, so come say hi!

I'm excited to get to see my former Triple Feature mates Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) and Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies, Another Videogame Webcomic), and to get to meet a ton of other webcomics luminaries I've previously only tweeted or forumed with. (I have made "forum" a verb.)

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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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