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#303: The Game Plan

November 24, 2008

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #301: Franklin Onassis, All American; #302: Necessary Roughness

If you haven't been around for a few days, you'll probably notice that the site's been redesigned slightly. The ads are a little more obtrustive (sorry) but there are actually fewer of them! (I'm also trying to see if I can stop serving the most annoying ones.

Let me know if you have any problems with it, or see any mistakes. (If you do see something weird, first try clearing your cache or forcing a browser refresh.)

Update (11/25): Late second strip this week, sorry! Probably Friday during the day? It's mostly hand-drawn, and I don't want to rush it before I head out of town for the Giving of Thanks.  (Nevermind.)

Update (11/26): So there is a second strip this week  — the first of a two-part strip — but I'm putting it in the forum, because it's set after this current football story arc wraps and I didn't want to immediately confuse any of you. (I will add this completed "interlude" strip into the archives after the football arc wraps.)

The deal is this: I'm much slower with the hand-drawn stuff than vector art (only when I'm only using existing characters and backgrounds), and this being Thanksgiving week, I'm strapped for time to work on the strip. Since the next Multiplex strip has a few hand-drawn panels, rather than rush it out or put up the strip late, I thought I'd put up an quicker-to-draw (read: vector) strip over the next few days while I do the holiday thing and get caught up on the football storyline. Sorry to interrupt the story and keep you in suspense!

Go read the new comic in the forum here. Part two will show up over the weekend sometime, probably.

Update (11/29): Part two is up in the forum now.


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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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