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#401: Diarrhea of the Dead, Part Two

October 7, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #195: Oh My God; #400: Diarrhea of the Dead, Part One

So you guys must really want those Mutliplex: Chapter 1 comics (and/or the print collection), because the Multiplex Kickstarter project is over $500 over the goal I'd set for tonight at midnight (and counting)!

It's not to late to get in on the action, though: if you pledge ANY amount today (Wednesday — and I'm going by Central Time), you'll be eligible to win one of five copies of the Chapter 1 print comic. (Note that these aren't yet printed, so they won't get shipped out for a while. They will eventually be available in the Multiplex Store, as well.)

Keep those pledges coming! I'll cook up another special reward/incentive random drawing soon, and (if you don't win now) you will be eligible for the next drawing!

Please don't feel like I'm asking for donations, here! I'm trying to make this more than worth your pledge: with bonus strips, the free copy of the Chapter 1 HD edition (and Chapter 2, when it's out) and $2 off any of the T-shirts in the Multiplex Store. The book will almost definitely have a cover price of $25 (judging from the quotes I'm getting back from printers so far), and you're getting free shipping anywhere in the US or Canada, too. With such ridiculously low interest rates these days, that's a bigger return on your investment than any bank is offering now, believe me!

There is one more update left this week! See you on Friday!

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Thank you very much for the outpouring of kind words since last Friday. It meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to say that I have great news: things may not be quite so bleak as I thought last week.

For some background, since I haven’t shared much of this publicly, my cat Punk very nearly died in September from a urinary tract infection. A slew of medicines turned things around after a rough couple of weeks, and he had two great weeks but then relapsed. As it turned out, the strain of infection he had was resistant to the antibiotics he was on, so he had to go on some new meds.

Because he wasn’t back at 100% (as close to 100% as an 18 year old cat with three chronic diseases gets, anyway), the recovery this time was very, very hard on him. Punk had to be taken to the emergency room last Wednesday evening, then he wasn’t handling the pain medication they prescribed very well — or eating, except when I would spoon feed him baby food — so I was… in a very bad headspace last week.

With non-stop attention and some tweaks to his medication dosages, he began improving steadily on Friday evening, started to eat on his own and seek out my company on Saturday, and he even meowed for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.

If this keeps up, this will be the third time he’s cheated death (last month, and a bout with pancreatitis a couple of years ago), but I’m still nervous about him relapsing yet again. There’s also the very real possibility that there is something else going on behind all his recent troubles…

But… he’s a tough little guy, and he’s had a great couple of days,which is very encouraging. He has even managed to get back to work on the strip with me (pictured above!), and we’ll hopefully be able to keep at it.

The Multiplex update schedule may be a little erratic for the next couple of months. If that happens, hopefully it will be because I need more time to finish my MFA thesis, not another downturn in Punk’s health. Either way, thank you for reading, and thank you for all your support — financial, emotional, and… egotistical?

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