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WARNING: Vague and minor spoilers for Insidious are discussed.

#576: Insidiolicious, Part One

April 4, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #575: A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

A note about Angie's line: this strip continues from last week's Thursday comic, when they saw Insidious after close — so the events of this strip take place technically on Friday, April 1st.

EDIT: Since someone asked, Angie's boyfriend's Duncan first appeared in #418.

I managed to get both Insidious and Source Code in this weekend, as I'd hoped. I'll try to put up a view of each over at Deleted Scenes (T/Th), and I'm aiming for three updates this week (M/W/F), so check back soon and check back often!

Short version is, I liked both of them quite a bit:

Insidious was a particularly pleasant surprise, because I felt it lived up to its early reviews: it's a very good (if not spectacular) horror film that doesn't really break the mold, but manages to entertain throughout. There's a turn in the third act that will lose a lot of people (judging from other reviews and my friend Shanin's reaction), but I wasn't one of them.

Source Code was pretty much everything you'd expect it to be from the trailer, but one twist at the end seemed a little silly and extraneous to me. I'm still kind of turning it over in my head, but ultimately, I don't really care that much about it. The meat of the movie was smart, engaging, and a whole lot of fun.

What'd you see, and what'd you think?

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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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