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#564: A Night in the Patio, Part Four

February 23, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #416: Past, Present and Future?, Part One; #417: Past, Present and Future?, Part Two; #418: Past, Present and Future?, Part Three; #557: The Third Miracle, Part Three; #561: A Night in the Patio, Part One; #562: A Night in the Patio, Part Two; #563: A Night in the Patio, Part Three

The first panel here took me twelve hours to draw, so there's a lot more detail in it than you can see here online. Vote for Multiplex at TopWebComics to see it twice as big!

I mentioned on Monday that I'd be telling you a lot more about the Patio today — and I will, but it won't be here. Head on over to Chicago's own Gapers Block to read "The Return of the Patio Theater," an interview I conducted with the Patio's new manager (and son of the owner), Demetri Kouvalis — plus a brief history of the Patio and a photo set with photos by yours truly and my friend Charlene Epple. (Some of the photos were used as reference in this arc, so you might recognize them.)

For some behind-the-scenes chatter about this story arc and Multiplex in general, have a listen to TGT Webcomics Podcast Episode #151 wherein Kurt Sasso and I chat it up for an hour and a half about movies, the Patio Theatre, how I draw the strip, and even a couple of teases about where things are heading in the near future.

See you Friday with the last of my little three-strips-a-week bout of masochism.

SHIRTS ON SALE! I have a clearance sale on all of the T-shirts in my store, because… I'm trying to clear out of my stock. (That's what clearance sales are usually for, right?) Some of the designs are as low as $4.99, so, y'know. Check 'em out soon!

ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE! If you loved the Shortpacked! guest strip I did a while back, you can bid on the original art — plus a color print of the finished strip — over on eBay!

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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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