Notes from the Manager
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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Friday, May 15, 2015
Longtime readers of the strip know I don’t just stop updating. Three years of grad school, and I’ve missed maybe one update. But as some of you may know (from Twitter or the Multiplex Facebook page), a friend of mine died in a car crash on Wednesday.
Ryan Love and I went to school together from 3rd grade until graduating high school, and he was probably the one person most responsible for me getting interested in comics. When we were kids, I read all his He-Man mini-comics, because my parents never bought me any of those toys. After I got into comics, he read my DC stuff, and I read his Marvel comics. He bought my comics for me on the sly when my mother banned me from reading them for getting “bad grades.” We co-created a ton of really dumb superheroes together, plus a couple of cool ones.
We drifted a bit after high school — different colleges and just part of growing up and being interested in different things. We kept in touch (not as much as we should have), and when we got together, we mostly talked about comics, he would badger me to join our high school friends’ Fantasy Football League (never going to happen), and we’d argue about something or another. He was great at arguing.
Since I was back in my hometown (Peoria, Illinois) for the Artist and Comic Expo, we had lunch on Monday, two days before he died. I hadn’t seen him in about three years, since the last time I had visited Peoria. This time we talked about comics, Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, and how we’ve both recently become engaged. He badgered me to join our friends for their annual get-together to watch “the draft.” I think that has something to do with football.
I also gave him a copy of Multiplex: There and Back Again. I inscribed it, “This book is all your fault.”
Even though we didn’t talk nearly as often as we did when we were little, time doesn’t change how much friends meant before, or how much of them was and continues to be a part of you.
Multiplex needs to take a short break while I head back to Peoria to go to his memorial service, and then immediately turn around and head over to Denver Comic Con. Hopefully I’ll find time to work on the strip somewhere in there, but in any event, I’ll start posting new strips in two weeks.
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