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#688: Born for This

April 11, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #674: Cut; #686: Reshoot/Recap; #687: Insolence of the Dead

I am running behind on the Thursday strip enough that I decided to split it in half.The other half will post on Friday.

Once again, zombie that isn't the Blogger is one of the Multiplex Movie Sponsors: Chris Hennes!

Since I'm posting this on Wednesday instead of Friday, I guess I can mention this again: The Kickstarter fundraiser for Book 2 is in its final 24 hours! (If I had planned this, I would have told you on Monday, I swear!) We now have 321 very generous backers (as of this writing) — more than for Book 1, and have raised over $4,000 more than Book 1, as well. Thank you very, very much to everybody involved!

As an extra thank you to the Kickstarter backers, I am giving away TWO sheets of pencils or inks from the zombie movie arc, one each to two random Kickstarter backers. Any backer at any pledge amount is eligible to win. So if you'd like a chance to win a page of hot zombie action (or talking) and put your name down for a copy of Multiplex Book 2 in the process, head over to Kickstarter and pledge!

We are a mere $255 away from the secondary funding goal of $17,500 — which will double the amount of original art I'll give away to four pages of pencils or inks, and also the addition of a Multiplex bookmark to any of the Basic or Super Sponsor Pack reward levels!

Yes, we've passed the funding goal — the amount needed to make sure that Book 2 gets made, but every penny pledged will go toward making Book 2 better, toward preparing for future print collections (for instance, buying 100 ISBN numbers rather than just ten, in order to save money in the long run), for promoting the book (such as convention expenses), and for the continued production of the  Multiplex comic.

$17,000 sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but so much of it is spoken for by Kickstarter ($850 and counting) or Amazon fees (approximately $680), taxes (around $3000?), printing (about $7,000?), shipping and shipping supplies (some ungodly amount), and so on — very little of it is actually going toward my living expenses while finishing the book. I will still need to take occasional short freelance projects to make ends meet throughout the summer. The more we raise, the less I will need to do that, the more I can devote to Multiplex, and the better I can make all of it — both the book and the current movie arc, which I know is one of the most popular arcs I've done!

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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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