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#522: Man Up

October 21, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #521: Oops, I Did It Again

One thing I heard from people at the cons I've been at recently is a (mild) complaint about my "irregular" update schedule. So rather than post this as two separate strips, I figured I'd just post the whole thing on Thursday, instead. You can pretend the top three tiers are one strip, and the bottom three are another, though. It works the same either way, to me.

Speaking of conventions, as I mentioned on Monday, I am appearing at one last convention for the rest of the year (I think): Indiana natives, please stop by and visit me at the Indianapolis Comic Book & Toy Convention on Sunday, October 24th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. It'll be at the Ramada Inn I-70, located at East 6990 East 21st Street, in Indianapolis, Indiana. I'll have the book, some T-shirts, and of course I'll be doing sketches and that sort of thing, as well.

Unless I add something to my calendar soon, it looks like the next con I attend will be Emerald City in early March — and I've just added SPACE to my convention calendar for late March 2011, which means I won't be attending C2E2, despite it being in Chicago. (Crazy, I know!) For more information on any of these cons, click through the links in the Upcoming Events sidebar thingy.

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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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