Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #489: Toy Story 2
I apologize to everyone involved with How to Train Your Dragon for this strip.
Today, no guest strip — but in addition to my own comic, I do have a guest poem by Katie Schenkel:
Multiplex: An Ode
Standing Jason, Sitting Kurt
Their opinions reassert.
Movie news and movie rumors,
Complaining about consumers.
Kurt’s a fan of action flicks,
Films with zombies are his picks.
Jason’s often hard to please,
Disdain is his expertise.
But you never know what’s next
When you work at a Multiplex.
Katie says that was intentionally bad, but I don't believe her. She's also got a movie blog over at JustPlainSomething.com, so you can check that out sometime.
Tomorrow, we'll have yet another guest strip (and at least one more next week, too), but don't forget that I'm still keeping up with my regular updates, as well.
Also happening tomorrow is Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show releasing to the printer! Which just means they'll take a look at it, run out some proofs, and we'll see if any mistakes slipped past me and the proofreaders over these past two weeks before they actually print the thing… but we're getting there!
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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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