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#535: Movin’ On Up

December 3, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #534: It Is Your Destiny

But wait, there's more! I did a quickie (that means poorly drawn) hand-drawn Multiplex comic and posted it as the new TopWebComics vote incentive, so give Multiplex your support and check it out! (It'll go up as a Deleted Scenes strip sooner or later, but… y'know. Multiplex needs your love.)

One last reminder for my Chicago-area readers: First Aid Comics' Crystal Lake Show this Saturday, December 4th, from 10am – 3pm. Me, a couple of other cartoonists, a few actors — and also Spider-Man and Santa Claus. I have a hunch Santa will have a longer line than me, and I'm okay with that. I'll have copies of the book and T-shirts for $15 apiece (what a bargain!), and of course I'll be happy to do sketches, too.

Admission is only $1 — or FREE if you bring a canned good or new toy.  Canned goods will go to the Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry, and toys will go to Toys for Tots, so don't cheap out on 'em! They're for a good cause!

If you can't make it out to the show but you want to get something from the Multiplex Store for someone you love — including but not limited to yourself — don't delay in getting your orders in before Christmas and/or whatever else you're celebrating around the winter solistice. I use Media Mail shipping for the books (it's the only way to keep the cost down on a book that weighs nearly 2 lbs.), which can occasionally be a liiittle slow, so I'd say you've got another week or so to safely order the book for arrival before the holiday!


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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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