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#507: Show ’Em Who’s Boss

September 6, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #505: You What, Part Five

Thanks to Ingo for the employee schedule Excel file you can see a tiny little glimpse of in panel 1!

The Multiplex Sales Drive continues… For those of you who don't yet read the Deleted Scenes blog posts, here's the skinny:

I'm hoping to raise enough money to get me through October's convention season with my head above water, before I start looking for freelance work to help pay the bills — because Multiplex doesn't cover them all, by any means. Instead of going by the number of book pre-orders, though, I've changed the bookmark promotion to go by a dollar amount: $5000. (By switching to the dollar amount, we're much closer to that goal than we were before, so I think that's fair.)

If (and only if) we sell $5000 worth of merchandise through the Multiplex Store between August 18th and September 18th: anyone who has pre-ordered the book (including Kickstarter backers) will get a Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show bookmark — and be eligible to win one of TEN Multiplex/Memento mini-posters and one of TEN Multiplex T-shirts (provided I have them in your size).

ll be shipping them with your book pre-order; other orders ship out as soon as I'm able.)

You can see the ballpark of where we’re at just above the strip — just over $2000, at the moment. If you love Multiplex and want to see me keep updating it as often as possible, support the strip! I would love have have new content (either for the Multiplex archives or in Deleted Scenes) every day of the week, but unless Multiplex is my full-time job, that's not even remotely possible.

Although I can certainly juggle a bit of freelance work in addition to Multiplex, the more time I have to work on the strip, the more updates you'll see here at the site — and the sooner I can get working on bonus strips for Book 2.

If you've actually read all of this, then you might be interested in listening to my interview with the Webcomic Beacon crew from yesterday. We talked mostly about printing a book collection (it gets a tiny bit technical in spots) and movies, but we actually bothered to talk about Multiplex a little bit, too!


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Multiplex is taking a short break.

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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