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#410: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 2, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #100: Another Fine Mess…

I'd really like to push for the $10,000 level over these next couple of weeks, so that more of the print run is covered by the Kickstarter funds.

Towards that end, for every $250 we raise above $8500 I'll be giving away a free copy of the Multiplex/Memento parody mini-poster and a set of five buttons to one lucky backer. If we reach $10,000 by the time the strip goes up on November 12th, though, I'll give away ten copies. [NOTE: if you've already pledged, you are already eligible — but if you want to increase your chances of winning, you can always increase your pledge!]

That's ten days to raise $1,255 — that's actually less than we've averaged to date, so I'm sure we can do it.

Oh yeah: this week's strips are all set on Halloween night. (I'm always a little behind my holidays.) I'm not 100% sure if it'll be a three-parter or not just yet, though. Check back Thursday either way, then, and if it is a three-parter, then you'll have a bonus on Friday. (You could also subscribe to the RSS feed or follow my Twitter account, y'know.)

UPDATE (11/3): Here's a bonus strip for you today, though — but only if you're a Kickstarter backer. The second part of the "Hostile Makeover" story explaining Becky's redesign is up as the latest Kickstarter update. As with the previous one, it's set after #42 in the archives and will appear in the the second eBook, as well as the Multiplex: Book 1 collection, of course. The third strip in this series will be back at the Multiplex 10 and hopefully come a lot quicker. (You see why I need time off of work to finish the print book, now, don't you? Because with a day job and the regular update schedule, it would take me years to get the bonus material finished.)

UPDATE (11/4): Looks like there will only be one more regular update this week (but it's a long one). It'll post Thursday, possibly Friday.

UPDATE (11/5): Ran out of time (and energy), so #411 will post on Friday (or late Thursday night). Sorry! There is that bonus strip over at the Kickstarter update page, though. Pledge $1 and read it, then come back tomorrow. :) [Don't forget that if you pledge, you get access to all the bonus content/updates, including the first two eBooks for free — even if you just pledge $1. The second one isn't out yet, mind you. Soon!]

I would also like to point out that this is the first update I've totally missed in about two years. So nyeah.

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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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