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#684: You Do It to Yourself

March 29, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #127: Brothers in Arms; #370: Exactly Like That; #604: Transform and Roll Out; #681: A New Hope; #682: Rough Draft; #683: Bro Code

The title is a reference to "Just" by Radiohead, naturally.

And if watch Community, you already know this, but if you don't, the "cool. cool cool cool" line is a nod to one of the best sitcoms going right now.

Aaand you can read a little more about the Teenage Mutant Alien Ninja Turtles "controversy" over at Coming Soon. It's worth noting that Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is working on the film along with director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles), and that there's really no telling how much Michael Bay is even involved. (The Transformers auteur is producing the Turtles film.)

The film is currently just titled Ninja Turtles, incidentally. According to Bay, that was Paramount's call.

One final reminder: I will be at Emerald City Comicon this weekend. In fact, by the time you read this, I'll probably be on my way there. So if you're headed there as well, be sure to stop by Booth 307, where I'll be set up with Angela Melick of Wasted Talent and my good friend Tom Brazelton of Theater Hopper, a stone's throw away from the rest of Blank Label Comics.

See you Monday!

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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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