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#689: Bad Brains

April 13, 2012

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #687: Insolence of the Dead; #688: Born for This

Thank you once again to everybody who backed the Book 2 Kickstarter project! I am incredibly grateful for your support and generosity!

Starting next week, I will work my ass off to deserve it by making the best book I can. And next weekI'll be issuing Book 2 updates primarily through the Kickstarter Updates feed (and web page)— although you can also follow me on Twitter, because the links will get posted there, too.

Sorry about the delay in opening up PayPal donations towards Book 2 (for those of you who have asked about that). Expect that on Monday or possibly sometime over the weekend.

I've been a little busy getting my ducks lined up for going to grad school in the fall (I've officially accepted a spot in the Graphic Design MFA program at the University of Minnesota now), and with one large freelance illustration project that I need to get polished off before I can start on Book 2. So, you know. Don't worry: there should be plenty of time to get Book 2 completely finished (reader for the printer, anyway) before school starts. And hopefully school won't get in the way of Multiplex… but we'll worry about that when we get there.

This arc will be continued, of course, on Monday. See you then!

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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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