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#519: With a Heart of Gold

October 12, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #469: Enquiring Minds Want to Know

Sorry for the delay with this week’s first update!

If you didn't get the (almost) play by play with my Twitter account, my NYCC experience was a bit… hit and miss.

When I arrived on Friday morning to set up, I immediately noticed two things were wrong: (1) my “table in the Webcomics Pavilion” turned out to be an empty booth in a small, unmarked strip near some other webcomics people, and (2) the box of books I’d had delivered to the show was looking a bit unhealthy.

Somehow, what Reed Exhibitions had described to me as a “table” did not include an actual table, and I was forced to pay extra to actually get one. (I’ve complained, citing their sales person's e-mail describing it as a “table,” not a “totally empty booth” or “dealer space” or something accurate like that. While I’ve received an apology for the “miscommunication,” Reed hasn’t yet resolved this to my satisfaction.)

The box of books had clearly been dropped at some point, with over half the books’ back covers covered with black dirt of some kind and varying degrees of damage, and the box had been taped back together. While most of the dirt came off with an eraser, about 10 of the books were, in my opinion, unsellable.

Clearly, either UPS or Freeman, the company that handles any shipments and various “services” on site at the show, had dropped the box, and I needed to figure out who did it. A bit of detective work leads me to believe it was probably UPS, but I can’t really be sure, and as such, I may not be able to get any compensation for the damaged books.

Ugh.

It wasn’t all bad, though: Liz Bailie was an awesome fun tablemate (read Freewheel!), the Michael Bay T-shirts were a hit, the book sold very well, I met a lot of great fans — and (I think) made a few new ones. I also ran out of all the Multiplex cards with the URL late on Sunday, so now I need to order more before the next con I go to — which is actually next weekend. (I’ll have to figure something out for that.)

Those of you in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area should drop by and visit me at FallCon 2010 this Saturday, October 16th, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Progress Center!


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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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