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#512: Say It, Don’t Spray It

September 17, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #126: Because Crying Equals Drama

So, alas, with less than 24 hours left, it looks like the Multiplex Pre-Order Sales Drive will fall short of the goal by nearly $2,000. This one's not gonna come down to the wire, I don't think. We still got a healthy number of book pre-orders, and the Michael Bay is the Devil T-shirt pre-orders are moving along quite well, though, so thank you to everyone who donated or ordered something through the Multiplex Store!

Budget-conscious Multiplex fans may want to order their copies of the book through Barnes&Noble.com, who's offering it for 32% off. While I don't personally get nearly as much money from B&N sales, ordering it from there may encourage them to order more, and to even stock some in their brick-and-mortar stores, so it's not a bad thing! (And consider leaving a review of the book, too!)

I had to put off the next Multiplex Movie Club review (of Black Dynamite) 'til next week. All the pre-orders are piling up, I'm falling behind on Artist's Edition sketches (some of which I might share soon), and the book's gotta come first. So you have another few days to watch it before I post my review! WATCH IT!

The girl in the last panel here is a new staff member — namely Angie Booth, the Kickstarter backer who won a "job" at the Multiplex 10 Cinemas. Or, it's supposed to be her, anyway. The front angle looks more like her. Anyway, sorry, Angie! It's supposed to look like you.

You'll find out more about the Multiplex version of Angie soon — and meet a few OTHER new staff kids. Or heroes are all supervisors now, so it's about time they had someone to supervise, huh?

For the last time, if you are in the Chicago area, the Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show release party/signing will be at Third Coast Comics this Saturday (not Friday, as I mistakenly said on Monday) from 4–7pm, followed by the monthly Chicago Comic Book Meetup, where I'll be a special guest. Stop in, get a copy of the book early, and have a good time! Bring booze!


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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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