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#267: Secret Heart

August 11, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #3: Girl Power; #84: Leaving on a Jet Plane; #89: More Than You Think; #265: A Poster Is a Poster Is a Poster

It's officially August in the Multiplex-verse now, so I've added the August Multiplex Examiner (previously a TopWebCmoics vote incentive) to link off of this page. The new TopWebComics incentive is an embiggened version of panel 1 from this strip.

Now that Multiplex and WOWIO have parted companies, you can now read the first (and only, so far) Multiplex eBook for FREE. You can read it online in your web browser thanks to Issuu. You can even read it full-screen! No registration, no downloads, no hassles — just comics. Essentially, it's just a different (better, in my opinion) way of reading through the first 24 strips from the archives, and with added material as well.

You cannot download the free Online Edition, but the High Definition Edition is still available for purchase, for those hardcore fans who want the highest-quality reproduction possible.

[NOTE: The Online Edition has since been moved here. You can download the HD PDF at the Multiplex Store.]

UPDATE: Live in Chicago? Want to see Don Cheadle's Traitor early? HollywoodChicago is giving away tickets!

A FRIEND IN NEED: My fellow cartoonist and Triple Feature MC Tom Brazelton (of Theater Hopper fame, of course) is in dire need of a bit of help after a massive hard drive failure has potentially wiped out five years of comics. If you've got a few bucks to spare and don't want the baby Jesus to cry, please go help a brother out. (Details about the circumstances and how to help out behind the link.)


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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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