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#315: The Season of Giving

January 2, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #50: Git-R-Done!; #67: Caution Period

You can read a bit more about the incident this strip addresses over at Movie Make-out ("James Joseph Cialella Jr., folk hero"), if you didn't see it last week. Yes, it actually happened (of course), and — just to nip one line of offense in the bud — no, wanting to help a guy pay for legal fees doesn't mean you're condoning anything he (allegedly) did, up to and including the attempted murder charge — if, in fact, Mr. Cialella was attempting to murder the guy, which I seriously doubt. I'd lay money down that charge gets reduced or dropped.

From the article, it seems as if the gunshot victim was between his family and Cialella, yet Cialella returned to his seat to watch the movie afterwards, which leads me to believe he probably could have easily killed the gunshot victim if he had the inclination to do so — but I'm not a cop or a lawyer, so what do I know?

One thing I do know is how to read, though, and the number of articles that edit out (in my opinion) crucial details in the timeline of the incident, or headlines that are oversimplified to the point of inaccuracy (such as "Phila. man shot because family talked during movie," for instance), disturbs me. No, the two men argued because the family talked during the movie, and the dispute turned physical, after which Cialella allegedly drew his gun. It's not as if they were talking, and he immediately turned around and shot the guy. The scant information we do have from the Philadelphia police makes this perfectly clear.

Anyway, I suppose we'll just have to wait and see how this case progresses.

(Thank you for the translation assist, Jackson and Sofía.)


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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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