Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #339: Must Have the Precious; #343: The Thin Red Line; #351: Don’t Be Crazy; #378: While You Were Gone, Part One; #379: While You Were Gone II: The Wrath of Keith; #404: Too Much Information; #405: The Sound of Silence
Since last Monday, we've raised just under $1400, meaning two lucky winners will have their Facebook/Twitter/whatever avatar drawn for them by yours truly in the Multiplex style. I'll contact the winners shortly.
We have $1610 remaining to guarantee that the project succeeds. With over 50 days left, I'm pretty confident that we can make it in three weeks on the outside, with plenty of time to spare. But let's not waste time! If we can raise more than the $7500 goal, we'll be able to cover more of the printing costs and use the money I have saved for promotion — or getting Book 2 started sooner rather than later.
The Fanboy Radio interview on Sunday went well, I think. Hopefully it will attract a few new readers to the strip — new readers who should really start from the beginning — or to the Kickstarter Project, which is most of what we discussed. (The episode, also featured Kickstarter co-founder Yancy Strickler and cartoonist Jamie Tanner (The Aviary), who has successfully funded his second graphic novel through Kickstarter.) The episode will be #528 and should be downloadable shortly.
I'm printing up a handful of copies of Multiplex: Chapter 1 (not to be confused with the Book 1 collection the Kickstarter Project is raising money for). If you want one now, please pre-order it. I won't be keeping very many of these on-hand; they're being printed by Ka-Blam (a print-on-demand service), so the profit margin is almost non-existent, even with a cover price of $3.99. To make it worth your while, I'll throw in a free copy of the HD edition eBook so you can compare the two. Add a T-shirt or a Memento mini-poster while you're at it! :)
UPDATE (10/20): By the way, the survey has ended, and between the comments I got there, the overall number of people who said yes they would buy one, and (well, okay, mainly) a couple of very impressive printing quotes I've received, the cover price of the book will now be $20.
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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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