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#369: Michael Bay’s Inferno

June 25, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Panel 3 refers to one of the bonus strips found in the first and as-yet-only Multiplex eBook (page 3, specifically), although Jason has undoubtedly said it many other times. Hopefully the second eBook will actually get done sometime this year, and then the next ones (followed by the print collection) won't be too far behind.

As for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (a.k.a. Transformers 2), I haven't seen it yet. And, with as dull as I felt the first one was,* I would happily not see this one, either, except that I have to, for The Triple Feature. sigh

* Brainless and loud I can handle if the action is good, but I don't even think Michael Bay could direct a good action scene to save his life — and yet so, so many of you seem to disagree.

UPDATE (6/26): Hey, everybody! I will be at Think Galacticon 2009 this Sunday at 10:30am, on the "Anarchism and the Superhero" panel (weird, I know) moderated by Terry Gant of Chicago's very own Third Coast Comics along with All Things Dork's Jeffrey Smith and noir/SF writer Michael Moreci.


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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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