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#710: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

June 14, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #707: From the Internet, Part One; #708: From the Internet, Part Two; #709: From the Internet, Part Three

Sorry for leading you on (sort of), but that's it for Sophia. Bye, Sophia! And welcome back, Devi. She'll pop up again in the near future.

You can, of course, get the Art Is Failure, Life Is Shit shirt from the Multiplex Store, but that's been there for a while. There's also a brand new design there — sort of.

You remember waaaay back in Multiplex #684 when Franklin was talking about how the Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles movie will find our half-shelled heroes originating from another planet, rather than from our own beloved Earth?

UPDATE: The timing of this is uncanny — obviously Paramount saw this T-shirt design go up for sale and balked, because the film has been shelved “indefinitely.”

UPDATE 2: The original source for that, an article at The Hollywood Reporter, was updated to say it may have only been delayed by ten weeks, and is now targeting a March 2014 release.

So yeah. I finally got around to drawing this shirt design up and so you can now get a Ninja Turtles-inspired Michael Bay is the Devil design to complement the popular Transformers G1-inspired design. If you like it, tell your friends about it!

See you Monday!


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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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