Notes from the Manager
Sorry, I was late! I was busy getting the Chapter 5 HD Edition eBook ready for the store yesterday and ran out of time. Of course, that means the Chapter 5 HD Edition eBook is ready and available at the store! The free Online Edition will be up in the next few days.
Chapter 5 contains strips 81–102 (from August 2006 through November 2006), as well as six bonus comics strips not found in the Multiplex archives!
(Kickstarter backers, check your e-mailz or pop over the Kickstarter Project Updates page for your coupon code.)
This also means that the Multiplex: Book 1 collection is that much closer to going to press. I've still got the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith-centered storyline (about 8–10 pages), which will probably take me a good three weeks, and there's also the cover illustration and a few other illustrations left, so I'm looking at a good 4–6 weeks or so until I can send files to the printer.
The good thing is, despite the delays in finishing the book (I'm already over a month past my original target date, unfortunately — but again, it's not that I'm slacking; it's that my estimate for how long it'd take me to do all the new material was entirely too optimistic), I'm looking at a couple of printers in the US and Canada rather than China, which will make up for that lost time — so the book should still be on track for the same August availability I've been saying since… well, since the Kickstarter project started.
As always, I'll keep you posted!
OH! And I almost forgot: if you're in the Chicago area, I will be at the "Webcomics + Wine Event" at Third Coast Comics TOMORROW — Friday, May 7th — signing… um… whatever you've got for me to scribble on. I'll also do sketches and have a few small prints and mini-posters or whatever, since it's not like I have a book yet. (I sold out of the print editions of Chapter 1 at C2E2, sorry.)
Me, Lauren Burke and Greg Sorkin of P.I. Jane, and Tony Maldonado of both P.I. Jane and Chicago: 1968 will all be in attendance, talkin' comics, shooting shit, drinking wine, and apparently eating cupcakes, as well? This last part was news to me, but hey, who doesn't like cupcakes?
(P.I. Jane and Chicago: 1968 are both great, great comics, by the way. Check them out.)
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Sunday, November 1, 2015
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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