Notes from the Manager
Related Strips: #454: The Best Laid Plans, Part One
Yes, the screen in two of the Davis's theaters are actually at an angle: here's (photo of) a diagram of the theaters' layouts for evidence. I have no idea why they did that. Possibly because of the fire exits next to them…? Just a guess. It bugs the hell out of me when I end up seeing movies there.
I don't want these strips to seem like I'm knocking the Davis Theater owners, managers, or staff, by the way. It's a small, independent theater, and the current owner and management had nothing at all to do with the original theater getting chopped up, or the screens being at an angle. They're doing a great job with what they've got — and they were obviously kind enough to let me take photos inside it — and the absolute last thing in the world I would want is for anyone to not support an independent theater on my account.
There will be one last strip in this arc (and this chapter, and this book).
Also, those of you who aren't in the Club of Awesome may be interested in knowing that I'm one bonus strip and one bio page (for Gretchen) away from being done with the Chapter 4 eBook. Then — on to Chapter 5. And THEN… the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith prequel comic and off to the printer. I'm guessing I'll be about a month behind schedule, all told. Hopefully that won't impact the availability date much.
This whole book thing is going a bit slower than I'd hoped, partly because of things like… oh, deciding to take significantly more time on the art with the regular updates than I usually allow myself. :1 Ah well. I hope you've been enjoying the strip lately! 'Cause I have.
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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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