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#565: What Price Victory?

February 25, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #555: The Third Miracle, Part One; #556: The Third Miracle, Part Two; #557: The Third Miracle, Part Three

And so ends the three-week three-strips-a-week stint. I hope you enjoyed the extra updates — and thank you to everyone who has bought stuff and/or shared the comic with their friends lately! You rock.

The first panel from #564 is still the vote incentive at TopWebComics, in case you'd like to see it double-sized.

This strip marks the first strip in Chapter 25 — or the fifth chapter in Book 5 (there are always five chapters per book), meaning a lot of the themes from Book 5 are going to start wrapping up in the near future. I hope you've been enjoying the last year!

Book 6 should be a lot of fun. It should start around #601, if everything goes according to plan… Obviously, some of the overriding themes of the strip will continue (such as Jason's growing interest in old movie theaters, and the gang figuring out what they want to do with the rest of their lives), but there will be a major storyline throughout Book 6 that I think you'll all enjoy. Of course, that's not for a few more months, so I don't want to get you all excited yet…

SHIRTS ON SALE! I have a clearance sale on all of the T-shirts in my store, because… I'm trying to clear out of my stock. (That's what clearance sales are usually for, right?) I'm down the my last three sold out of Copyright shirts, and Popcorn and Breakfast Club are dirt cheap.

ORIGINAL ART FOR SALE! If you loved the Shortpacked! guest strip (guest starring Jason!) I did a while back, you can bid on the original art — plus a color print of the finished strip — over on eBay!

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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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