Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #590: Freddy vs. Jason
I want to do three updates this week, since I've got the rest of Book 5 mapped out, and it's pretty time-sensitive — but I'm not sure how things are going to go this week with my current freelance gig, and so I'm not sure if I'll have time… To be perfectly frank, I'm not sure I'll be able to get Thursday's strip on time, if I'm working as many hours as I've been over the last few days.
Keep your eyes peeled, I guess? Or, y'know, follow @multiplex10 (or @gmcalpin) on Twitter, "Like" Multiplex on Facebook, or subscribe to the Multiplex RSS feed, or one of the many, many ways to keep up to date with websites in the 21st century.
There is a new T-shirt design available for PRE-ORDER in the Multiplex Store: Rhyme Bandits, which is (obviously) a play on the Time Bandits logo. This was on the short Whitey wore in the last couple of strips, except that I never actually showed the logo. (Someone's head was in the way in #590, and his back was turned in #589.) It just kind of worked out that way.
Anyway, I liked the idea and posted it on Facebook, and a few people suggested I actually make it a shirt, so… if 15 of you pre-order the design, I will print these up on royal blue shirts. If not enough people order, I'll refund everybody's money and be sad. (As always, I highly recommend anyone who wants Ladies shirts, or Men's 2XL or 3XL shirts to pre-order, because I simply don't sell enough of those designs to merit keeping them on-hand. I am, sorry to say, not Topatoco.)
So, since Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides relates to this week's comics, I should ask — did any of you see it? (I was either sleeping, working on the strip, or stuck in an office all weekend, so… I didn't get to.) Was it a fun throwback to the original film, or a tedious, convoluted attempt to capture lightning in a bottle yet another time?
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Sunday, November 1, 2015
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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