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#405: The Sound of Silence

October 16, 2009

Notes from the Manager

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Don't forget! For every $500 we raise through Kickstarter past $4500 before Monday, one lucky winner will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. (And once I've drawn you, it's pretty much a given that you'll appear in the regular strip at some point.) There's guaranteed to be one winner already, and we're just shy of a second one — which means double the chance to win for everybody! UPDATE 8:56 am: Woot! We just jumped past the $5500 mark and the 3/4 mark thanks in part to one very generous pledge. (Really, everybody who has pledged to date is responsible, so thank you all again.)

We're in the home stretch now, so to help get us to the $7500 level and beyond, I've lowered the $400 pledge level to a BARGAIN at $300 (I can do that since there haven't been any takers yet), which includes all of the lower level rewards — the thank you, the eBooks, the print book, the exclusive T-shirt, the character sketch, the cameo appearance and avatar graphics — plus an all-new hand-drawn, single-page comic of anything you want (except porn).

AND. The second webcomicker to get in on the Kickstarter Action is Templar, Arizona's Spike, whom I believe first heard about the fundraising site from yours truly, at the Windy City Comicon. She's got a project called Poorcraft that sounds like a book I wish I'd had ten years ago: a non-fiction volume (mostly but not entirely comics, which will be drawn by Diana Nock) about learning to be poor in order to do what you really want to do with your life.

Check out the Poorcraft Kickstarter pitch and back it, too, if you're so inclined. (And yes, I already made my pledge. I'm no hypocrite.)

Speaking of Kickstarter, I'll be joining the Fanboy Radio crew for another installment of "The Indie Show" this Sunday at 6pm CST. The episode looks like it will be mainly about the various comics projects on Kickstarter, as the rest of the episode will be taken up by Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.

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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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