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#540: Obscurity Loves Company

December 20, 2010

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #448: Up, Up and Away; #539: What Did You Do?!

There will be five updates this week (some of them guest strips), so keep coming back!

For those of you who haven't heard of Rare Exports — pretty much all of you, I wager — this is Rare Exports:

I caught it at an advance screening last week, thanks to Ain't It Cool News and Gapers Block's Steve Prokopy (a.k.a. Capone). It's a bizarre, Finnish "Christmas tale" that… defies explanation, I guess. You can get the gist of it from the trailer, though. It's a flawed film on many levels, but it's funny and so many kinds of weird that I can't help but recommend it. If it's playing near you (and, for the vast majority of you, it isn't), see it — on Christmas Eve or Christmas, if you can. (Sure enough, it opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, at the lovely Music Box Theatre.)

UPDATE: A couple of Finnish readers have informed me that there were two Rare Exports short films. They're both on YouTube, of course. I've only seen one of them (which is really funny), but I think the feature is an… er, "origin" story of sorts, so if you are able to see the film and want to go in totally blind, you may not want to watch them first.

Sorry to disappoint those of you hoping for one of the girls to dress up as Quorra or Jem from Tron Legacy; maybe Thursday… Having seen the movie — and unlike half the internet, I enjoyed it despite its many (many) shortcomings. It's pretty, it sounds great, and I thought it was fun.

What did you think — or did you let the negative buzz discourage you from checking it out?

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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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