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Guest strip by Howie Noel (Tara Normal)

August 4, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Thanks to Howie Noel of the awesome sci-fi mystery action romance Tara Normal for today's Rise of the Planet of the Apes-themed guest strip! Who's going to go see that movie this week? I'm way behind on movies and will probably try to finally see Captain America instead, but I think Rise looks pretty fun.

Thanks again to all of the other cartoonists who helped me out with guest strips in my time of need. Until I manage to get them added to the Guest Strips second, you can get to them with the calendar menu in the left sidebar. There will be at least one more guest strip in the near future, by a good friend of mine, but I'll be trying to get caught up again on my own personal updates — while also gearing up for heading straight back to Sweet Home Chicago for the 2011 Chicago Comicon next weekend.

No rest for the weary, right?

See you tomorrow with my own second update for the week.

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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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