Notes from the Manager
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The Multiplex: Book 1 Club of Awesome has launched at Kickstarter! What does this all mean?!
Well, to find out, you can just waltz over to the Kickstarter site and watch the pitch video, or you can keep reading:
As many of you know, I've been plugging away at the Multiplex print book for a long time, and it's been pretty slow going. The first of the five Chapter eBooks that will be collected into the Multiplex: Book 1 print book has long been available, but a second is pretty late, because of how much new material it has and how little time I have to work on it. Meeting the twice-weekly update schedule is tough enough, some weeks!
By joining the Multiplex: Book 1 Club of Awesome, you'll be helping me take some time off from the day job in order to complete the print book — and, more importantly, pay for the print run of the book itself.
These are not donations, though — absolutely not! In exchange for your pledges, you'll receive AWESOME! REWARDS! such as a thank you in the print book and free copies of the five eBooks as they're completed ($5 and up), signed copies of the book ($30 an up), hand-drawn character sketches ($100 and up), or even a cameo appearance in the prequel story exclusive to the print book ($200 and up) — and with any pledge amount, I'll keep you updated with exclusive updates at the Kickstarter page — with peeks at in-progress art, video updates, bonus strips, and the like. (Head on over to the Kickstarter Project page for a complete run-down of the various reward levels available to pledgers.)
The great thing about Kickstarter is that nobody gets charged — I don't get anything — unless the project meets its funding goal! See, if I only got $3000 in pledges, I may be able to take a couple of weeks off from work, but I wouldn't be able to afford a print run — so it wouldn't do any of us much good.
So if you've been dying to see the Multiplex print book, or just want to help an artist out, head on over to Kickstarter and pledge!
ALSO: I had a guest appearance on the Flicks podcast this week, talking about Multiplex for a little while before the hosts — Jason and Dan — and I talked about George Lucas's first film, THX 1138. (It's a two-hour podcast, but I'm only in on the first hour or so.) You can download that from iTunes for free via this link.
AND FINALLY: I will be at the Windy City Comic Con this Saturday (9/19/09), doing free sketches at the Third Coast Comics booth and joining Tony Breed (Finn and Charlie are Hitched), John Campbell (Pictures for Sad Children), Justin Pierce (The Nonadventures of Wonderella) and C. Spike Trotman (Templar, AZ) on the Webcomics 101 panel at 1pm.
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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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