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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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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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