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#375: It’s Like I Don’t Know You Anymore

July 13, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #269: Old School, Part Two

The two posters behind Jason are semi-relevant to this strip (one a little bit more than the other). The predominantly black and white poster immediately left of him (Jason's right) is for It Might Get Loud, a documentary featuring Jimmy Page, Edge, and Jack White, jamming and talking about their craft and stuff. It's been at a few festivals, but will have a limited release this August.

The purple poster is for Soul Power and features a mustachioed James Brown. The film is of and about a music festival from 1974 in Zaire (coinciding with the famous match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman known as the Rumble in the Jungle), with a mix of American and African musicians, including James Brown, B. B. King, Bill Withers, the Crusaders, the Spinners, Miriam Makeba, among many others. (James Brown, B.B. King and the Spinners all played at the Regal in Chicago at some point, earlier in their careers; the Regal was demolished in 1973.) Here is its trailer:

Soul Power is out now in New York and LA, but it should be expanding around the US shortly.

Two other things worth mentioning:

1) This strip marks the debut of a few things drawn by one of my new assistants, Jarrett Quan; namely, some of the largely not-visible cars in the parking lot outside of the theater. Thanks, Jarrett! They look very good up close, too. You can see an enlarged view of panel 1 at TopWebComics and sort of see them (and Devi and James) embiggened for yourself.

2) There is a brand new interview with myself about Multiplex up over at Xcentriz. Go read it!

UPDATE: I've gotten a couple of questions about the capitalization of the world "Black" in panel 6, so I thought I would link to this post in the forum where I explain the rationale behind that.

UPDATE (7/14): Oh, I forgot — Multiplex turned four years old on July 10, making #375 more or less the fourth anniversary strip. (That also means I did roughly 120 strips in the past year — not bad for a "twice weekly" comic!)


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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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