Notes from the Manager
I forget if I mentioned there's a new desktop wallpaper available free if you make a donation via PayPal. You can actually get a preview of the art for it by visiting the all-new OpenCart-powered Multplex Store, now with a unified design (well, except for the lack of an ad, because it was causing problems with the SSL certificate).
There isn't any new merchandise in it — YET — but I needed to switch to a store that allows me to accept pre-orders… because obviously I've got this print collection coming out soon. Have you heard about that? :)
As it says on the left sidebar (below the strip) on the front page of the Multiplex site, the book is currently slated for September 22nd on-sale date. (It would ship shortly before then for pre-orders, to hopefully arrive on the 22nd.) I don't know of any reason why I should miss that date, since I will actually be getting the book somewhat earlier than that — but I need time to get review copies out and that sort of thing. Kickstarter Backers will likely get their copies a little earlier than that, too; I'll just need time to get all the packages together after the books arrive. (There are like 250 of them, so, you know… it's a lot of work.)
Also new to the little Upcoming Events sidebar (for those of you who don't pay attention to that, or aren't reading this on the front page of the site) is a few conventions I'll be at in the near future. Let's start with the biggest one, which happens to be the second largest comic book convention in the country:
I'm also planning on going to FallCon in Minneapolis, but that's not definite juuust yet.
And, for those of you in the Indianapolis area, I'll be at… actually, I'm not sure what it's called, but one of ASH Comics & Shows… shows… at the Ramada I-70 on October 24th. It's a tiny con, and I'll probably be stuck in a corner somewhere and seriously lonely, so if you're near there, drop by and keep me company.
I will also be doing a signing/book release party at Third Coast Comics in Chicago, right around the book release (naturally) and a signing at Acme Books & Comics in Peoria, Illinois, in either September or October, so keep your eyes peeled for information about those if you want me to scribble in the book for you, or save yourself shipping, or whatever.
EDIT: I've just confirmed with Terry of Third Coast Comics that the signing/book release party will be on September 18th, from 4pm to 7pm — kind of a limited release before the "wide" release on the 22nd, to put it in movie terms. It will be followed with their monthly Chicago Comic Book Meetup (at 7pm), where I'll be a special guest!
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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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